Celebrating This Year's Finalists - 2019
The Innovation Award recognizes innovative IT projects or initiatives that have significantly advanced teaching, learning, research or administration within an institution or in the community. The recipient of the 2019 Innovation Award is the University of Alberta’s Plaintext Password Sniffing Project.
To ensure technology and its related services continue to play a key role in supporting teaching, learning and research the University of Alberta has established an internal vision of 'Reset, Reshape, Refocus'. Under this vision that the Security Team implemented a unique and innovative approach to better secure the campus community. By leveraging an existing technical investment to enable plain text password sniffing, they successfully built a tool that not only alerts when someone has entered credentials into an unencrypted web-form but also expires those credentials automatically.
The 2018 Innovation Award Finalists
NGSIS Platform Modernization - University of Toronto
For the past ten years, U of T had faced a crisis during its student registration period with its Student Information System (SIS). To address the issues of an aging and costly mainframe and an outdated code base, U of T embarked on an intense three-year initiative called the Next Generation Student Information Services (NGSIS) Platform Modernization Project. On November 19, 2018, the project successfully launched and the U of T SIS transformed from a legacy mainframe application with roots in the mid-1970s to an internet-savvy application with modern smarts.
This truly monumental project can now handle approximately 9,000 concurrent users compared to the previous 700 and has set the stage for future technological innovation. It was a complex and risky initiative requiring masterful leadership and architectural wizardry.
Research Administration Information System - University of Victoria
Intensive research activity at the University of Victoria requires careful management of over $100M in research funds annually. To accomplish this, the Office of Research Services (ORS) maintains databases of research ethics, grant applications, funding and awards, contracts, publications, theses, talks, meetings, etc. for reporting purposes. UVic-RAIS is by far the largest in-house build by UVic to date using modern technologies with over 2,000 hours of technical and design effort and 70,000 lines of code written. RAIS represents innovation in technology, features and approach, with the focus on ease of use and access for our UVic researchers. With this innovative development, the UVic-RAIS team has raised the bar on research ethics management systems.
Cyber Incident Response Framework - Information Security SIG
Information security is a high profile, high risk area of concern and attention for all CUCCIO members. Those acting against our information security interests are freely sharing and trading information about us. Our failure to share information and best practice, and to act in a coordinated fashion, puts our members at increased risk of organizational harm. This challenge, posed by the CUCCIO CIO’s to the Security Special Interest Group (the SSIG), was the motivation behind this collaborative effort. Using the SSIG as a recruiting device the group self-organized, identified a lead author to outline and develop the document based on community direction, and through discussion, debate, and contributed material arrived at the guide submitted to CUCCIO and planned for join publication with CAUBO.
The 2018 Collaboration Award Finalists
Learning Management Consortium Migration of Moodle to the Cloud - University of Alberta
This project was a collaborative effort across multiple teams within the University of Alberta, NAIT and NorQuest College to innovatively design and leverage cloud technologies to improve and enhance the Moodle Learning Management System platform used by over 50,000 students across the three institutions. The multi-tiered project was a success as a result of the innovation and collaboration across all of the teams. The University of Alberta, NAIT and NorQuest, as well as their students, are the benefactors of a greatly improved infrastructure and environment that was deployed by the collective team.
The Learning Technology Environment (LTE) Renewal Project - University of British Columbia
The Learning Technology Environment (LTE) Renewal Project's goal was to deliver a learning technology ecosystem that empowers students and faculty to achieve their learning and teaching goals by providing dynamic, pedagogically sound, convenient, and user-friendly tools. Faculty and student-led peer engagement and consultation were critical to the success of the LTE project. Using a very different selection process than in the past professional staff helped support faculty in the pilots, evaluated security and integration requirements, and several participated on the RFP evaluation committee, along with faculty and student representatives and learned that they can never go back -- faculty members' and students' direct and meaningful involvement in technology selection is critical to a project's success.
CUCCIO Community Award
The CUCCIO Community Award recognizes an individual, group or institution whose efforts exemplify CUCCIO’s desire to build, support and enrich the higher education IT community. Unlike the innovation and collaboration awards, this award will honour a member institution, individual or group who has demonstrated a passion for CUCCIO’s principles of information-sharing, collaboration and knowledge creation throughout the CUCCIO community.
The recipient of the 2019 CUCCIO Community Award, Gayleen Gray, CTO and AVP IT at McMaster University exemplifies this same commitment to our community. She has been active in CUCCIO almost since its inception - first as a deputy CIO and now as a CTO and AVP of IT in her own right. She never shies away from sharing her knowledge and experiences – both good and bad. And she is always ready to help a colleague in whatever way she can most recently by helping to refine and launch CUCCIO’s leadership development program. She plays a mentorship role with a number of members in our community and with her participation in the leadership development program has taken a whole new group of future leaders under her wing.