IT Matters – Spring 2017

Information Technology: Deliver, Lead, InnovateThe Information Technology Division continues its partnerships, campus-wide, to support students, faculty and staff. We have worked this semester to enhance technologies in our classrooms, offices and lecture halls, increase wireless coverage, promote the use of multimedia technologies, and provide technology support services and workshops.

Find the latest updates below and remember, you can access this newsletter, as well as Lehman’s academic calendar, course schedules, mobile library tools, and campus life information on Lehman Mobile Central, available at the App Store and on Google Play, where it has a 4.7 rating. And don’t forget, Lehman One Access facilitates reduced sign-on, streamlining the login process for Blackboard, CUNYfirst, Lehman Connect and other CUNY and Lehman systems.

Congratulations to all Lehman graduates! Remember, we will live stream Lehman’s 49th Commencement ceremony on June 1, 2017

IT Roadmap 2017/18

The IT Division publishes an annual Tech Roadmap to inform the Lehman community of key digital directions. The 2017/2018 roadmap starts with the premise that people, devices, things and services are becoming increasingly digital, connected, and intelligent – algorithms and machine learning are becoming part of the digital resources we use every day. Based on feedback and comments from Lehman students, faculty and staff, Lehman’s latest IT Roadmap is available on Lehman Connect. Five areas of focus include: 1) optimizing student success and engagement; 2) enhancing educational technologies; 3) modernizing Lehman’s core IT infrastructure; 4) increasing Lehman’s role as a digital innovator; and, 5) expanding digital change across the campus.

We look forward to continuing a campus-wide dialogue regarding technology’s role in support of teaching, learning and research, and how the smart use of technology can enhance the experience of our community.  The newsletter is organized around the five IT Roadmap themes.

Optimizing Student Success:

CUNY Virtual Applications

Students, faculty and staff can now remotely access a new CUNY-supported suite of mathematical and analytical applications from anywhere using the CUNY Virtual Desktop. Available applications include SPSS, SAS, Matlab, Mathematica and Maplesoft with additional software and services coming soon. After you install the virtual desktop, log-in using your CUNYfirst ID followed by and your CUNYfirst password. Access to these tools is also available in the IT Center, the Library, and in labs.

Tech Fee Committee Update

The Student Technology Fee process for identifying and prioritizing Lehman’s proposals for 2017-2018 has concluded and recommendations will be reviewed and posted on the Lehman website. Several new and innovative projects were reviewed and the Committee received great feedback to enhance the process for next year. Special thanks to all who submitted a proposal and to our committee members, especially to student representatives, faculty members, and administrators.

Enhancing Educational Technologies:

Smart Classroom Upgrades

Information Technology continues its commitment to enhancing campus classrooms with technologies that support teaching and learning. Last semester, the Gillet 024 lecture hall had a tech upgrade to support the new, dynamic teaching approaches of our faculty.  Improvements included a laser projector, a new audio system, as well as wireless collaboration tools, among others. Several new multi-modal computer labs were launched this semester. They include Carman B38, 220, 242, 311 and 342. Carman 320 will be outfitted as a multi-modal classroom during the summer. These upgrades were the result of funding from an NSS grant, Lehman College Strategic Initiatives, and the Tech Fee process.  We appreciate the collaboration and support of faculty, the Campus Planning and Facilities, and Buildings and Grounds.

Modernizing Lehman’s Core IT infrastructure:

Expanded Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) uses a technology that hosts the computer desktop operating system on a centralized server. This results in a reliable and robust user experience that also improves manageability. The IT Division continues to expand Lehman’s virtual desktop capabilities with more than 600 virtual desktops in use across campus at the IT Center, the Library, campus labs and offices. Based on a positive student and faculty experience, we expect to expand the use of VDI over the next year.

Network Security and Wireless Upgrades

The IT Division continues to upgrade the wireless and network infrastructure across the campus to meet the growing use of mobile devices. In the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences department, IT installed wireless access points in ten classrooms and replaced older access points throughout the building to improve network coverage, device density, and speed. In Carman Hall, high bandwidth network cabling and advanced wireless access points have been installed for the new multi-modal classrooms (see story above).  In addition, Shuster Hall has also seen wireless improvements.  Finally, with the support of CUNY CIS, IT has implemented next generation firewalls to increase protection from malware threats. The new firewalls support faster network connections that increase Lehman’s bandwidth to the CUNY network to 10 Gigabits per second.

Increasing Lehman’s Role as an Innovator:

VR/AR Training Academy

In January, Lehman announced the launch of a first-of-a-kind Virtual and Augmented Reality Training Academy and Development Lab for CUNY students and local residents. Under the leadership of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Lehman is partnering with EON Reality Inc. to offer students state-of-the-art experiential training and position them for career opportunities in the fast-growing VR/AR industry. Topics of study include animation, 3D graphics, web design and more. Classes in the non-credit program started on May 15.  See for more information.

Enhanced College Directory

The IT Division is pleased to announce that an enhanced College Directory will be launched on the Lehman website in June.  Based on an IT Experiment to Learn (E2L) initiative and developed with community input, the enhanced directory will introduce smart capabilities for an improved experience and ease of use.  Key features will include:

  • A mobile responsive site that will be easy to use on your smartphone or tablet. Included are a call assistance icon and building locations using Google Maps.
  • Smart search suggestions are available as users type in the search bar. Spelling suggestions are available to assist when searching names.
  • Reverse lookup will allow you to search by extension, building or room number.