Fall 2015 - UNIT Progress Report Back to top


Dear Villanova Community:

Welcome to the Fall 2015 issue of UNIT’s Progress Report. This newsletter is meant to inform you about UNIT Projects, Support and Service Offerings to the University. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues by contacting:

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month Back to top

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015 Back to top


In September 2015, Villanova joined a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online. As an official Champion, Villanova University recognizes commitment to cybersecurity and online safety. 

Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security, NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. This year marks the 12th year of NCSAM.

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSAM Champions program, and how to participate in NCSAM activities, visit 

For more information, please visit:

UNIT Services and Collaborations Back to top

New IT Security Awareness Videos Are Available Back to top


In  March 2015, Father Peter mandated IT Security Awareness Training for staff and faculty. It seems like every other week there is a new security breach at major corporations. Additionally colleges and universities are not immune to this trend. Avoiding a disruption to campus operations and safeguarding personal information, confidential data and intellectual property are paramount to protecting Villanova.

As part of the IT Security Awareness Program, UNIT has made available 5 new videos to assist in elevating the Villanova Community’s Security Awareness. Hacked? Data-Encryption, Cloud Computing, Data Destruction, Telecommuting-Security. You may access these videos in the Blackboard portal, by these easy steps:

1.       Go to Villanova University’s Blackboard website.

2.       Log in using your University username and password.

3.       Click on IT Security Awareness Program under My Organization on the right-side of the page.

4.       Click “October: Cyber Security Month” to view new videos.

For additional information:

Falvey Video Production Studio Back to top


UNIT's Instructional Technology department has installed a new video production studio on the ground floor of Falvey Library. This new studio, adjacent to the Idea Accelerator, supports the recording of highly produced lectures for distance and on-campus courses. Centrally located on campus, the studio is a convenient location for the recording of promotional and informational materials as well as instructional content. Beyond recording, this insert studio is capable broadcasting live, via fiber, to various media outlets such as CNN, Al Jazeera, ESPN, the Wall Street Journal and others.

Whether looking to promote research, create a podcast, or record lectures Instructional Technologies and the new Falvey Production Studio is the place to be. Keep an eye out for the grand opening soon.

Please contact for more information about UNIT's Instructional Technology department's multimedia services.

Cognos Mobile Back to top


Cognos Mobile is currently available to Cognos users on an Apple iOS platform, and is accessible on campus or through the Villanova Gateway.  IBM Cognos Mobile extends the capabilities of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence to users on various mobile devices. It allows users to access and interact with all of the reports, dashboards, and metrics, whether offline or online which empowers users to remain productive whenever and wherever.

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Yellowdig Integration w/ Blackboard Back to top


Yellowdig is a social learning platform integration within the Blackboard LMS.  Yellowdig allows Faculty and Students the ability to pin content in multiple formats.  Once a pin is created, other people in the course may “comment on” and “like” any of the previous pins.  Instructors can create an assign a point system with different points for interactions such as: original pins, comments, likes, etc. The point system can be used to drive student engagement and is optionally capable of reporting a participation score to Blackboard’s grade book.

More information is available at: Instructions for adding Yellowdig to Blackboard can be found here:

SkillSoft Online Training Back to top


UNIT continues to offer SkillSoft Online Training for the Villanova community. SkillSoft is your 24x7 online training solution to learning resources for IT skills improvement, professional development, performance support, and more. Search or browse the course catalogs or videos to find your software training topics. If you don’t have a Skillsoft e-Learning account, please contact the HelpDesk at 9-7777 or e-mail


Blackboard Student Back to top


Bb Student is Blackboard's newest mobile solution that helps students react quickly to their changing course needs, while learning to plan for the future.  It is available on Android and iOS devices. With Bb Student, you can:


•        Quickly view updates to your courses and content

•        Take assignments and tests

•        View course, assignment, and test grades 

Secure Data Transfer-FileSend Back to top


UNIT is providing a secured file transfer platform for the campus community to share data with internal and external users while email provides a convenient platform, there are times when a more secure transfer solution is needed. The application provides a simple to use interface to upload multiple files and share them with multiple users simultaneously.  Options to limit the time a file is available, limit the number of time a file may be accessed and to receive notification of any actions on an uploaded file are built into the solution.

Villanova’s FileSend application ( is available to all faculty and staff. 


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