Key Technologies for Faculty

Human Resource System

Technology: Oracle's PeopleSoft Human Capital Management

The UWI through the PeopleSoft's Self-Service system allows employees to view and/or print payroll compensation information. Staff can also monitor and make leave request online.


Student Administration System

Technology: Bursary Online Student System (BOSS)

Bursary Online Student System. The UWI, Mona, Bursary efficiently manages the financial affairs of the Campus through the effective application of technology and innovation - embracing service excellence and exhibiting resilience in a dynamic environment. One of the ways we accomplish this is through the Bursary Online Student System (BOSS).


Technology: Celcat

Timetabling System


Technology: Ellucian Banner - Student Administration

Banner is the key Student Administrative System used by Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine. The features of the system are as follows: facilitating online applications by prospective students, registration using the Web for adding/dropping classes, looking up classes to add, changing class options, viewing fee assessment, viewing withdrawal information, access student records such as holds, grades and academic transcripts.


Technology: Infosilem

Infosilem is a timetabling system integrated with Banner and is available at Cave Hill.


Technology: Open Campus Management System (OCMS)

Open Campus Management System (OCMS) is a custom built, simple powerful student management system used by the Open Campus. 


Productivity Application

Technology: Google Applications Webmail (Google)

Stay connected from anywhere with Google Apps for Education. With the Google Applications system everything is automatically saved in the cloud - 100% powered by the web. This means that emails, documents, calendar and sites can be accessed and edited on almost any mobile device or tablet anytime, anywhere. Google Apps is available at the Open Campus.


Technology: Microsoft Exchange

Microsoft Exchange is an on-premises staff email system for staff members of Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine.


Academic

Technology: E-Books

Electronic books demonstrate capabilities that challenge the very definition of reading – audio-visual, interactive, social elements enhance informational content of books. This system offers many advantages i.e. it is easily accessible, lower costs, portability and word search capabilities. This technology has the potential of being disruptive. Cave Hill - Anecdotal evidence of growing use of eBooks, including free books, at CH.

At the Mona Campus, the Medical Faculty students can now access eBooks for a fraction of the cost of their textbooks. iBook is being developed with TMRI for epidemiology course. 


Technology: Moodle Learning Management System

Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalized learning environments. Otherwise known as OURVLE at Mona; E-learning at St. Augustine. 


Technology: Open Science Data Cloud

Open Cloud Consortium is a not-for-profit organization that manages and operates cloud computing infrastructure to support big data scientific, medical, health care and environmental research.

Public Datasets Users have unlimited access to a repository of datasets which include:
- Genome Datasets
- Sociology Datasets - Weather Datasets
- Global Land Surveys - Census Datasets


Technology: Reference Manager, Endnote (Thomas Reuter)

Used by library and students to capture publication information.


Technology: Response Technology/Web-based Polling

Response technology or web-based polling application that allows students or meeting participants to use response devices or mobile devices and computers to respond to interactive polling questions that are presented during a class or meeting presentation. Presenters may use multiple choice, alphanumeric, multiple response, short answer and essay questions. Pilot license is available at Mona and additional 100 seats for 1 year from Educause promotion.

SMART Response system (40 clickers/transmitters), purchased by Educational Media Services (EMS) at Cave Hill and used in workshops for faculty, including the CUTL technology course. EMS currently researching options towards expansion, including discussions with the Bookshop. For Mona, Responseware is being piloted within Humanities and Education, Chemistry and UWISON. Approximately 300 students are being impacted.

For Cave Hill,  pilot usage of the SMART Response system in the Faculty of Medical Sciences  has yielded positive results. Turning Technologies response system is in limited use in Faculty of Science and Technology at Cave Hill. Faculty interest in this technology is high.


Technology: SPSS

SPSS is one of the most popular statistical packages which is used to perform highly complex data manipulation and analysis with simple instructions. 


Technology: Turnitin

Turnitin is an anti-plagiarism application used in evaluating and improving student writing. This is a cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time which provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 126 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student papers online.


Infrastructure

Technology: Bring Your Own Devices

The use of mobile learning apps, tablets, smart phone, etc. facilitates easier access to educational resources and gives institutions a competitive advantage.


Technology: C@ribnet

Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network. All campuses are connected to C@ribnet through national research and education networks (NRENs). Open Campus is connected to C@ribnet 100 Mbps shared with STA; 10 Mbps shared with Cave Hill and Mona; other Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sites 5Mbps.


Technology: Cross-Campus Voice Connectivity

Inter-Campus Calling the Across Four Campuses Staff members of UWI can now dial directly to other campuses by using the campus identifier followed by the campus 4 digit extension. For Mona Campus dial 6 plus the extension), for Open Campus dial 3 plus the extension, for Cave Hill dial 4 plus the extension and for St. Augustine dial 8 plus extension.

For example from Mona to Cave Hill dial (4+ 2491); Mona (6+8123); St Augustine (8+81234); Open (3+7234)


Technology: Eduroam

Eduroam is an integrated wireless service that provides secure and fast wireless internet access from laptops, tablets or smartphones. It is free of charge for students, researchers and staff worldwide. The Eduroam service is coordinated with The UWI and over 60 countries worldwide in areas such as Universities, research centres and libraries.


Technology: Internet2

Internet2 allows for sharing of scarce educational, research resources and access to scientific instruments for research, teaching and learning. Expensive resources can be shared between institutions, across distance - Laboratory instruments, high performance computers, databases, library materials. Access to high quality interactions with other Internet2 members (such as New World Symphony).

Internet2 also allows for intercampus connectivity for high quality video conferencing and facilitates enhanced collaboration between the campuses.

Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery; Private cloud for Education and Research at the St. Augustine and Cave Hill campuses.


Social Networking

Technology: Social Networking

Social networking or Web 2.0 sites such as Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn have reached wide acceptance and high user access.

Social Media Policy is approved and available at: http://www.uwi.edu/projects/policies/default.aspx


Microsoft SharePoint

Technology: Microsoft SharePoint

SharePoint platform is a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device. All you need is a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox. Cross-campus initaitive links the Enterprise Identity Management System with SharePoint.


Open Source Applications

Technology: Open Source Applications

Open source software development harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. At The UWI we use Dspace (UWISpace) and Moodle Learning Management.

Desktop Video Conferencing

Technology: Blackboard Collaborate (BBC)
BBC is an Online Collaboration Platform that is integrated with our LE to offer a more collaborative, interactive and mobile learning experience that constantly evolves, and you’ll keep everyone engaged like never before. That’s what the Blackboard Collaborate online collaboration platform is all about. Helping you create virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces that open more possibilities to more students, wherever they are. Offering exciting new approaches to learning while involving each student on an individual level.

Video Conferencing Facilities

Technology: Video Conferencing Facilities

There are video conferencing facilities across the University. Inventory was established as part of the Single Virtual University Space (SVUS) initiative (link to SVUS website for details)


Spatial Software

Technology: ArcGIS

Spatial software


Library System

Technology: UWILinC - Ex Libris Group

UWIlinC is the e-information portal for The UWI libraries allowing search and discovery from a single interface. UWI information resources from across the English-speaking Caribbean in all formats including UWI's intellectual output, subscribed resources (electronic journals, databases, electronic books) and the catalogues for all four UWI campuses can be accessed via UWIlinC. UWIlinC is built on Ex Libris which is a leading provider of library automation solutions, offering the only comprehensive product suite for the discovery, management, and distribution of all materials—print, electronic, and digital. Dedicated to developing the market’s most inventive and creative solutions, Ex Libris leads the way in defining and designing efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of academic, research, and national libraries today, enabling them to transition into the future.

Ex Libris caters to libraries of every type and size—from single-branch institutions to large consortia. Built on open architecture and with support for industry interoperability standards, all Ex Libris products are flexible, customizable, easy to maintain and manage and Unicode-compliant with full multilingual capabilities. Implemented as stand-alone solutions or integrated with existing environments, Ex Libris products help libraries streamline operations and increase user satisfaction and loyalty.


Portfolio Management

Technology: Open Campus e-Portfolio - Mahara

Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application created by the government of New Zealand. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other.


Enterprise Risk Management

Technology: Resolver GRC Hosted web based

Resolver GRC is a hosted web based application currently being used by Management Audit to ensure compliance and by the Enterprise Risk Management to document, assess and rank risks to the strategic objectives. It is a shortlisted contender by Planning and Development to deploy Balance Scorecard methodology. It is to be used by all four campuses and the Vice Chancellery.


Help Desk

Technology: Alloy Navigator

Alloy Navigator is an enterprise-level IT infrastructure management suite based on ITIL principles providing Service Management & Asset Management. This solution is available at Cave Hill.