Del Mar College is inviting
students as well as faculty and staff to “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” to
access the Internet across campus via a pair of new Wi-Fi hotspot networks. The
new networks will allow users to leave their worries about data plan limits
behind even as they interact online with faculty and staff at the College as
well as surf the Internet.
To help promote awareness
among students, members of the Student Government Association and the Genshiken
Anime Student Registered Organization took part in a walk-through presentation
by student leader Allen Roberts in the Harvin Student Center today, Thursday,
Services began working on a “BYOD” initiative this summer to provide a greater
level of Internet connectivity to DMC students who require web access to
complete academic work as well as conduct college business such as submitting
Financial Aid documents.
To better manage web
traffic, the ITS team has created two networks. VikingNet serves DMC students;
faculty and staff have Wi-Fi connectivity via DelmarNet. Both networks have
been in service for about a week.
Both VikingNet and DelmarNet
provide general access to the Web as well as connectivity to DMC’s secure
network resources such as the Canvas Learning Management System and WebDMC in
practically every building on the East and West Campuses of the College.
To log in, students, faculty
and staff will provide user and password info on an authentication page or
Connectivity can be gained via
any wireless device such as a tablet or smart phone with Wi-Fi capability;
however, users will be limited to authenticating two devices at the same time,
says August Alfonso, Chief Information Technology Officer for the College.
“Going forward, we will
evaluate the amount of bandwidth students use on average – it’s a primary
consideration that is under review for expansion,” Alfonso says.
The Wi-Fi initiative has two additional phases, Alfonso
adds. Phase Two is a planned wireless backbone upgrade based on student data
usage statistics. Phase Three is a planned bandwidth increase or upgrade
depending on student WiFi usage statistics.
“The outcome is a
student-friendly Wi-Fi solution for all DMC students,” Alfonso says.
The “Bring Your Own Device”
initiative is just one of several high-profile projects for the Information
Technology Services team at the College. This summer, the team replaced the
web-based Blackboard Learning System with Canvas LMS, which uses a cloud-based
In addition, the team also
launched “Ask the Viking” database tool that provides answers to questions web
users pose via search field on the College’s home page. To date, the database
has close to 270 answers to questions; the ITS team expects to continually add
new answers to the database as questions from students arrive.
For the four-week Fall
2013 registration period, the ITS team tracked almost 4,000 questions receiving
answers during Week One, nearly 5,000 during Week Two, 769 questions receiving
answers during Week Three and 392 during Week Four.
In the photo: DMC student Allen Roberts leads a step-by-step presentation on how students can log in to the new campus Wi-Fi hotspot network, VikingNet. Information Technology Services has also set up a second network for faculty and staff called DelmarNet.