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Next Tech Briefing - Oct 17
Blue Jeans -
Free Video Conferencing


Tech Briefings are free, informal, and interactive seminars led by knowledgeable IT Services staff or other IT professionals on computer-related topics of interest to the Stanford community.

Tech Briefings are monthly events, held Fridays from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in
Turing Auditorium (Polya Hall, Room 111). No registration is required.

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Upcoming Tech Briefings

Date / Time Topic Presenter(s)
Oct 17
3 - 4:30 PM

Blue Jeans - Free Video Conferencing at Stanford

BlueJeans audio/video conferencing service is now part of the Converged Communications package and available to all active faculty, staff, and students at no additional cost.

Please join us for this fun and informative Tech Briefing where you will learn how to access your BlueJeans account, schedule and participate in a meeting, share your screen and documents, use the recording functionality, etc.

In addition to providing simple to use, high quality video conferencing, BlueJeans is also a replacement for WebEx, Premiere Global, and other audio conferencing services.


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Meeting ID: 137218373

To join via Phone: 
1) Dial:
   +1 408 740 7256
   +1 888 240 2560 (US or Canada only)
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2) Enter Conference ID: 137218373

Jo-Ann Cuevas, IT Services
Nov 14
3 - 4:30 PM

Apple Presents

Join us for this Briefing as Apple representative Dane Riley gives an an update of Apple products. He will also discuss any new Apple announcements.

Dane Riley, Apple
Dec 5
3 - 4:30 PM
The Enhancement to Two-Step Authentication

Jo-Ann Cuevas, IT Services

Nan McKenna, Computing Services

Dec 12
3 - 4:30 PM

Canvas Learning Management System: GSE’s Holistic Approach to Migration

Moving to a new technology or system is among the toughest programs to plan and execute for any organization. In 2013, the Graduate School of Education began exploring new learning management systems for GSE courses and ultimately selected and migrated to an open source version of the learning platform, Canvas.
This Tech Briefing will describe GSE’s approaches for working with Canvas software—including integrating Stanford’s PeopleSoft—as well as share about our decision-making process, pilot testing phase, communication and rollout strategies. We will address successes, lessons learned, and what’s ahead.

- Pamela Levine
- Shawn Kim
- Paul Michael David
- Wilson Wang
- Chi-Hou Vong

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Last modified October 16, 2014