Passport: Scheduling Success

WashU IT is launching the IT Passport campaign later this month to highlight the ways that our tools and services can supercharge your collaborations. We have spent the last several months meeting with representatives from various schools and departments to find out how people collaborate across our campuses and to identify which tools can best support those needs.  Over the course of the next year, we will feature five different example workflows including building teams for grant-funded research, using collaborative tools to build your course schedules, and collaborating while ensuring we are aligned with HIPAA and FERPA requirements.

Passport originates from our deeply-held belief that WashU IT is a customer service organization, and, with Passport, we want to explore practical examples of how our institution can use powerful tools to collaborate more effectively. Passport moves the focus away from technical details by providing clear, concise guidance for how to accomplish common, repeated tasks like building course schedules for the upcoming year. This way, the focus can be where it belongs–on the important work that you do.

During the campaign, we will launch a workflow designed for building a departmental schedule with your colleagues. This workflow revolves around taking advantage of collaborative tools built to simplify group tasks. Building your team is easy because we carefully chose software and services that integrate seamlessly. Once your workflow is built, it can be set aside and revisited when it’s time for the task to be repeated. We placed a strong emphasis on building workflows that are repeatable, because we know your time is valuable.

Over the course of the next year, we will debut new workflows regularly, which will be featured on it.wustl.edu/passport. Once our campaign launches, make sure to check the site regularly for updates about workflows throughout the year. Additionally, we will be reaching out to you via email, digital signs, campaign-specific training documentation, and on-site events at Danforth and WUSM.

If you have any questions, suggestions, and/or comments about this project, please reach out to Quint Smith. We are excited to share the many ways that Passport can work for you.