Spring 2016 - UNIT Progress Report Back to top


Dear Villanova Community:
Welcome to the Spring 2016 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:

University IT Security - February is Data Privacy Month Back to top


In recognition of Data Privacy Month, University Information Technology (UNIT) urges  all campus users to learn how to safeguard their sensitive data in the workplace and at home.

, Data Privacy Month is held annually every February to empower campus users to protect their privacy and to control their digital footprint. It also stresses the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority.

During Data Privacy Month, UNIT encourages all users to access Villanova's IT Security Awareness Training on Blackboard. Several new informative videos are available to  promote best practices related to data security and privacy. From password protecting to encrypting your data.

To view Villanova University's IT Security Awareness videos:

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.

UNIT Services and Collaborations Back to top

Prospective Student Process Improvements Back to top

During the Fall of 2015, UNIT Implemented improvements in the Password Reset process for Prospective Students via the MyNova portal. The improvements have allowed Prospective Students applying for admission, checking admission results and filing paperwork the ability to reset their own passwords online.  This backend process change was a significant upgrade from a manual process used in previous years. This change resulted in an 85% decrease in related support call activity for the Early Admission period.  

CAMPUS Events Calendar Back to top


The Web Services and Technology Group implemented an enterprise-wide solution that manages the multitude of events happening on campus.   This enterprise-wide event and facility management solution creates an overall awareness for all members of the Villanova community of the events happening on campus.  Check out the new look of our University Calendar on our website.  For more information:

Law Clinic Recording System Back to top

UNIT's Instructional Technology department created and installed a recording system for the Clinical Program at the Charles Widger School of Law.  The recording system allows the Clinical Program to record student simulations with actors as well as student interviews with actual clients.   UNIT-Instructional Technology carefully worked with Clinical Program faculty and staff to understand how the clinic uniquely operates and the pedagogical value of the recordings.  With the Clinical Program's needs and learning goals in mind, UNIT-Instructional Technology designed the recording system that allows students to self-start recordings anytime from within the room, live viewing of simulations/interviews, and provides Clinical Program faculty, staff, and students secure access to the recordings.
 UNIT-Instructional Technology designed, installed, and supports the entire recording system, including the cameras, microphones, room recording controls, and the recording device.  The recording system was completed at the end of the Fall 2015 semester, and the Clinical Programs started using the recording system with the start of the Spring 2016 semester.   

Augustine's Confessions App Back to top

Mobile App built by Villanovans for Villanovans:  The Web Services and Technology Group released Augustine's Confessions for Android and iOS devices in the Google Play and iTunes App Store.  The Confessions mobile app is an annotated interactive sourcebook. Textual, visual, and audio aids developed by Villanova's ACS program facilitate learning for scholars of all levels and learning styles.  For more information:

UNIT Hosted Yellow Dig Faculty Development Session: Increase Participation & Socially Engage Your Class Back to top


On February 24th at noon in the Falvey Library, please join UNIT in welcoming Prof. John Boland of Drexel University's Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Institute as he presents on an innovative, socially engaging teaching and learning tool called Yellowdig. Yellowdig is a social pin-board for teams that lets you quickly share items of interest, assess student participation, and drive class discussions within your private community. For more info and to register, please go to the registration page via the following URL -

UNIT Support Solutions Back to top

TZ Digitization Back to top


UNIT's Technical Support Services Team developed a new service intake process at the Campus TechZones.  By utilizing technology from Easy Vista (Service Management system), integrated with Wildcard swipe programming,   significant improvements have been implemented  that improve workflow, area based metrics and the overall customer experience. The newly developed process keys off of the clients Wildcard during the check in process and replaces multiple systems and manual processes, allows for improved accuracy with metrics and quick retrieval of data. 

Office 365 Available to Faculty, Staff and Students Back to top

 In 2015 UNIT released of Microsoft's Office 365 to the Villanova Faculty, Staff and Students. The cloud-based version of the Microsoft Office desktop suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote  along with increased storage using Microsoft OneDrive (OneDrive-Villanova University).  Additional Office 365 components have been rolled out including modules such as Sway and Yammer.

Sway is a presentation program and can be used for interactive lessons, assignments, project recaps, newsletters and more.

Yammer is a private social network that connects people, allows for sharing information across teams. Communications on Yammer are secure and visible only to people within Villanova.

Located at and login using your Villanova username (MyNova) password.  More information located HERE.

Grand Opening of UNIT's Video Production Studio in Falvey-1/15 Back to top

On January 15th the grand opening of UNIT's newest video production studio on the lower level of the Falvey Library, adjacent to the Idea Accelerator. This newest studio supports the recording of highly produced lectures for distance and on-campus courses and the production of marketing materials. 

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 TechZone at 9-7777 or e-mail

Tax Tip from the IRS - Tax Preparers: Perform a Deep Security Scan of Your Computer Back to top


The Internal Revenue Service urges all tax return preparers to get off to a clean start this January and perform a security deep scan of their computer drives and devices.

Already in 2016, the IRS is seeing multiple email phishing scams some posing as the IRS targeting tax preparers. These scams are designed to steal sensitive information either the preparers passwords for IRS accounts or sensitive taxpayer data stored on computers.

More information may be found here.


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