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computing at uf

Computing at UF

Preview 2008

today s topics
Today’s Topics
  • UF Student Computing Requirement
  • Computing services available to students
  • Your GatorLink account
student computing requirement
Student Computing Requirement
  • Access to and on-going use of a computer is required
  • Undergraduates
    • Know your major? Check college recommendation
    • Undecided? Check general UF recommendation
software for students
Software for Students
  • UF Software CD (
    • Contents include:
      • Campus Connections Configurations
      • Browsers
      • E-mail Software
      • Virus Protection
      • And much more!
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
    • Available at the UF Computing Help Desk for $74.59
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Software for Students

UF Bookstore

  • Located within the Reitz Union
  • There you can find:
    • Educational pricing for software
      • Example:
        • Adobe Studio MX Commercial: $849.00
        • Adobe Studio MX Educational: $249.00
    • Computer hardware and peripherals
computer security
Computer Security

Network Security

  • Firewalls
    • Protects your computer from an outside attack
    • Core Force, Sunbelt Kerio and Zone Alarm
  • Virus protection with auto-update turned on
    • Protects your computer from malicious programs
  • Operating system’s automatic updates turned on
    • Windows, Macintosh and Linux
account security
Account Security

Password Security

  • Passwords are like underwear.
      • Change them often.
      • The longer, the better.
      • Don’t share them with anyone.
      • Be mysterious.
      • Don’t leave them lying around.
connecting to dhnet
Connecting to DHNet

DHNet – Division of Housing Network

  • Provides a high speed connection within residence hall rooms.

Equipment Needed

  • A computer with an Ethernet network card
  • A Category V (5) Ethernet cable
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Connecting to DHNet

Preparing your computer ahead of time:

  • Remove ALL Peer2Peer software (Kazaa, etc)
  • Install anti-virus softwareMcAfee Virus Scan (preferred)
    • turn auto-update on
  • Windows OS set to auto-update
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Connecting to DHNet

Connecting to DHNet

  • Plug Ethernet cable into wall port AND computer
      • One wall port per resident
  • Navigate browser to
  • Follow the instructions on website VERY CAREFULLY
  • Restart your Computer and you’re set to go!
dorms wireless system
Dorms Wireless System

Is there wireless in the dorms?

  • Thanks to funding provided by Student Government, students living in the dorms now have wireless access points (within common areas).
  • To set-up your DHNet wireless configurations, please refer to the instructions found at
      • Under the Ethernet Configuration Help link
wired laptops on campus
Wired Laptops on Campus

Where can students connect their laptops?

  • In CIRCA Computer labs, UF Libraries, Reitz Union, The Hub

What do students need to get connected?

  • Laptop with Ethernet network card
  • Category V (5) cable
  • GatorLink account
wireless laptops on campus
Wireless Laptops on Campus

Where are the hotspots?

  • Indoor and outdoor areas are active

What do students need to get connected?

  • Laptop with ‘Wi-Fi 802.11b or 802.11g’ compatible adapter
  • GatorLink account is required for authentication
campus computer labs
Campus Computer Labs

What can you find in the labs?

  • PCs with Windows XP, Macintoshes and laptop connections
  • B&W and color laser printing, plotters, scanners, digital video editing
  • Internet connectivity
  • Abundant software from our lab network
    • Over 150 software packages
    • Use of the CIRCA labs is free for all students
    • GatorLink username and password are required
computer labs on campus
Computer Labs on Campus

For additional information visit:

your gatorlink account
Your GatorLink Account
  • One username and password for campus computing services
  • Modified at
  • Is often used for official UF correspondence
  • Provides a “” e-mail address
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Your GatorLink Account

How do students create their account?

  • Online –
    • Create account
    • Change password
    • Set up forgotten password hint
  • In Person
    • UF Computing Help Desk (HUB 132) with Gator1 card
  • Activate GatorLink services:
    • myUFL  Student Self Service  Preview Setup
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Your GatorLink Account

Basic Services:

  • Access to myUFL, ISIS, WebMail, other campus sites
  • Free E-mail (150 MB of space)
  • Free Web Space (20 MB of space)
  • Access to computer labs, laptop connections
  • Elective charged services: laser/plotter print, Unix, dial-up
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Your GatorLink Account

Have you heard of the FERPA Rules?

  • It is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also known as the Buckley Amendment)
  • This act states that the University is only allowed to disclose account information to the account owner
  • Who is the account owner?
    • The student only.
      • Parents, siblings, friends, roommates, etc. are not considered account owners.
free computer training
Free Computer Training

How can students get computer training?

  • Online IT Training –
    • Numerous software and programming language titles to choose from, and it’s FREE!
    • Now featuring Microsoft Office 2007 & Windows Vista Training.
    • GatorLink account and Windows compatible computer are required.
application assistance
Application Assistance
  • Application Support Center
    • Hub 224
    • A Subdivision of the UF Computing Help Desk
    • Provide workspace and technical support to ALL students for the core desktop applications (MS Office, Adobe Products, etc.)
    • Informational Seminars
    • Assistance with your Thesis
useful websites
Useful Websites
  • myUFL – my.ufl.eduand your college’s web site
  • GatorLink –
  • UF Computing Help Desk –
  • Housing DHNet Network –
  • UF Software CD –
  • Computer Requirement –
  • Computer Labs –
  • IT Security Information –
  • Office of Information Technology–
getting help
Getting Help

Where do students go for help?

  • UF Computing Help Desk
    • Phone: (352) 392 – HELP (4357)
    • Email:
    • Web:
    • In person:
      • HUB 132

This presentation can be found at:

Need computing help?

(352) 392-HELP (4357)

libraries at uf
Libraries at UF
  • UF Digital CollectionsBaldwin Children's Literature Collection, Samuel Proctor Oral History Collections, Florida Photograph Collections, Aerial Photography Collection...
  • Architecture and Fine Arts LibraryArt, Architecture, Building Construction, Interior Design, Urban Planning...
  • Education LibraryCounselor Education, Educational Administration & Policy, Educational Psychology, School of Teaching & Learning, Special Education...
  • Judaica Library(Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica)Located in the Northwest corner of the first floor of Library West.
  • Health Science Center LibraryDentistry, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine
    • Borland Health Sciences Library (Jacksonville)
    • Veterinary Medicine Reading Room
libraries continued
Libraries (Continued)
  • Allen H. Neuharth Journalism and Communications LibraryJournalism, Mass Communications...
  • Legal Information CenterLaw
  • Library WestHumanities, Business, and Social Sciences
    • Humanities & Social Sciences(352) 273-2615
    • Business(352) 273-2634
    • Collection Management Department. (352) 273-2629
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Libraries (Continued)
  • Marston Science Library
    • Science Collections and ServicesAgriculture, Life Sciences, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Earth Sciences
    • Government DocumentsState, Federal, International
    • Map & Imagery LibraryFirst floor of the Marston Science Library.
  • Mead LibraryLocated at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
  • Music Library231 Music Building (located immediately south of the Century Tower.
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Libraries (Continued)
  • Smathers Library (East) Adjacent to Library West on the north edge of campus off University Avenue.
    • Latin American Collection Fourth floor of Smathers Library
    • Special & Area Studies CollectionsRare Books, Florida History, Baldwin Collection, Belknap Collection, Archives
    • Digital Library CenterDigital Collections
    • BookstoreFirst floor of Smathers Library adjacent to Library West
effective presentations
Effective Presentations

A Necessary Evil

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Today’s Topics
  • Advantage of Visual Aids
  • Basic Guidelines (Do’s & Don’ts)
  • Choosing a Slide Design
  • Tips for Good Design
  • Handouts, etc.
  • Delivering your Presentation
advantages of visual aids
Advantages of Visual Aids

Visual aids make presentations:

  • Better.
  • Clearer.
  • Interesting.
  • Easy to follow.
  • Easy to comprehend.
  • Organized.
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Advantages of Visual Aids
  • Increases retention.
  • Reinforces ideas presented.
  • Easy presentation of data.
  • Summarizes data by using charts.
  • Highlights the main points.
  • Keeps the speaker on track.
basic guidelines
Basic Guidelines
  • Simplicity, clarity, and legibility:
    • 7 x 7 Rule
    • No more than seven lines per slide.
    • No more than seven words per line.
    • Letters need to be seen from distance.
    • Prevents clutter.
    • Improves readability.
this is what happens to a presentation if you do not adhere to the 7 x 7 rule
This is what happens to a presentation if you do not adhere to the 7 x 7 rule:
  • How many months or years is the software needed? If your software need has a short life span and the software will not be used after the need has end, then looking at a lease agreement is advised.
  • Will you require the most current release (version) of the software when it is made available buy the vendor? If your answer is No, then lease perpetual pricing may be best. If your answer is Yes, then you will need to know what the maintenance cost (upgrade cost) of a perpetual licensing agreement will be in the future. Term of use will play a deciding factor. Come on, write all this down. We know you want to.
  • What are the life spans of the lease and perpetual licensing agreements?
  • What is the cost of a lease agreement and its renewal costs? What is the term of the lease agreement? Finished writing yet? It’s busy work, isn’t it.
  • What is the cost of a perpetual agreement and its upgrade costs? What is the term of the Upgrade period (if any)? Write faster! The slide’s changing soon!
  • What is your funding for the software? If you do not have enough funds to cove the initial purchase of a perpetual licensing agreement then a lease agreement may be the only option.
  • Yipe! Isn’t this just busy, busy, busy?! Are you still trying to write all this down?
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Basic Guidelines
  • Consistency :
    • Speech and slides must match.
    • A slide for each main point.
    • Number your slides.
    • Keep a consistent font, design, background.
    • Use of the black screen (if available).
basic guidelines continued
Basic Guidelines - Continued
  • Duration:
    • Only provide relevant information.
  • Referencing:
    • Do not call unnecessary attention to visual aid.
    • Reference a slide only when it is necessary.
    • Referencing becomes repetitive.
    • Referencing is annoying to the audience.
  • No more than three colors.
  • No more than three type of fonts.
  • Never use pictures of poor quality
  • Dark background with light text is easier on the eyes.
  • No more than three colors.
  • No more than three type of fonts.
  • Never use pictures of poor quality
  • Dark background with light text is easier on the eyes
    • especially in a dark room.
slides continued
Slides - Continued
  • Don’t go overboard with transitions
  • Animations should be used sparingly
  • Don’t use sound unless you need to
  • Clip art should enhance, not distract.
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Slides - Continued
  • Highlight the main points by underlining or boldfacing them.
  • Use capital and lowercase letters.
  • San Serif fonts are acceptable.
  • Consider using a bulleted list.
tips for a good design
Tips for a Good Design

The design must be:

  • Relevant:
    • Choose the right chart.
  • Conceptually clear:
    • Concepts and definitions should be clearly stated.
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Tips for a Good Design

The design must be:

  • Technically clear:
    • Informative title.
    • Appropriate headings and labels.
    • Enough white space to avoid visual clutter.
bad lettering
Bad Lettering


Better Lettering

Tips on Using Visual Aids

  • Leave out jargon.
  • Number the pages.
  • Include your name.
  • Include your contact information.
  • Distribute them all at once.
  • Have enough.
prepare your lesson plans in advance
Prepare your lesson plans in advance
  • You can learn the material.
  • Test the material.
  • Consult/improve your weak areas.
  • Allows you to prepare for questions.
  • Allows you to prepare visual aids.
  • Allows you to prepare assessment tools.
practice your lesson plans in advance
Practice your lesson plans in advance
  • Allows you to practice your timing.
  • Allows you to test the logical flow.
  • You become focused on key points.
  • Practice in front of peers for feedback.
  • Make corrections as needed.
visit the presentation room
Visit the Presentation Room
  • Examine the capability of the room.
  • Practice speaking to determine volume.
  • Become familiar with your environment.
    • Lighting.
    • Projection ability.
    • Seating capacity.
    • Internet connections.
  • You can report problems in advance.
arrive 30 minutes early
Arrive 30 minutes early
  • You can mentally focus.
  • You can arrange visual aids:
    • Handouts.
    • PowerPoint Presentation / Slide show.
    • Diskettes / Exercise Files.
  • Reduces anxiety.
as participants arrive
As participants arrive
  • Greet participants if you have time:
    • Establishes confidence between the instructor and participants.
  • Distribute handouts.
  • Answer brief preliminary questions.
start on time
Start On-Time
  • Out of respect for those who arrived on-time.
  • Your lecture time may be limited.
  • Shows that you’re organized.
once you ve started
Once You’ve Started
  • Welcome the participants.
  • Introduce yourself and your co-presenters.
  • Allow audience to introduce themselves:
    • Only if the group is small (5-10 persons).
  • Introduce the topic.
  • State your objectives.
during your presentation
During Your Presentation
  • Give a 5 minute break for each hour.
  • Allow time for questions throughout.
  • Do not introduce material you haven’t rehearsed.
  • Incorporate appropriate humor.
  • Be aware of your timing.
  • Remember eye contact / vocal projection.
ending your presentation
Ending Your Presentation
  • Summarize the main points.
  • Allow time for questions and answers.
  • Provide a session evaluation form.
  • Give participants a sense of “what to do next”.
  • Provide a list of references.
  • Provide your contact information.
closing advice
Closing Advice
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Avoid objectionable humor.
  • Do a relaxation exercise before your presentation.
  • Don’t be overly critical of yourself.