In the 2012 UB Student IT Experience Survey, a number of students commented that they weren’t aware of many useful UBIT services, but wished they were better informed. In September 2012, a UBIT campaign was launched, reaching students in a way most use every day: social media.
UBIT posts began circulating in September 2012, beginning with the Student Experience Facebook page, potentially reaching over 9,000 students. Each post includes a teaser headline, brief information about the service, and an eye-catching image- usually photos of students relating to technology or clever memes.
Most popular posts of the fall semester included a look at iprint, UB Secure, keeping UBmail post-graduation, and a finals week post listing 24 hour places with Wi-Fi on campus for studying. These posts resulted in subsequent traffic spikes to the UBIT website.
During the Spring 2013 semester, UBIT posts will continue to be featured on the Student Experience Facebook page, with additional messages appearing on the individual “Class Of” student Facebook pages, and the main University at Buffalo Facebook page.
VITEC Solutions services both personal and department-owned computers and iProduct devices; visit their drop-off depot in the Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary or call 800-333-1075. You can also request office pick-up for UB-owned equipment.
iPhone usage by students is up in every UB school. Students in the School of Nursing reported the biggest increase this year- their iPhone usage jumped from 18.6% in 2011 to 45.9% in 2012. Verizon Wireless is currently the carrier of choice of students at UB, with 39% using their service.
In 2012, more students reported connecting to Wi-Fi through UB Secure. 74% reported securely connecting vs. 67% in 2011.
Computing and Information Technology at UB is more than 40 years old. Here’s a look back at the Interface newsletter from March 1980. (Please note: this PDF file includes perturbations natural to the duplication process at the time.)