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Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.
IT Support for Commencement 2020
UNIT played an instrumental role in the success of the first ever Online Degree Conferral for Villanova. UNIT collaborated with the Office of the President, University Communications and Marketing, the Office of the Dean of Students, and outside vendors to deliver a special experience to Villanova’s Class of 2020. On the day of the Conferral, there were approximately 36,000 visits to the Commencement website and over 5,300 viewers watching the Conferral live; an additional 2,400 viewers watched the ceremony after the broadcast. Congratulations to the 3,500 students in the Class of 2020!
Setup Call Forwarding
Do you want to setup call forwarding from you office phone to your cell phone or need to make busines calls from your mobile phone? UNIT offers a feature to setup call forwarding to redirect your office line to mobile line. To start the process using click here, then click on Forward Office Phone Extension and follow the steps.
Microsoft OneDrive Features
Villanova’s remote workforce can access their documents and content across web, mobile and desktop using Microsoft OneDrive. This is a solution for your personal cloud storage in Office 365 accessible at office.villanova.edu.
Features of OneDrive for Business include:
- 1Terabyte (TB) individual storage space to store and organize your documents and other files in the cloud
- Share files and folders with others and give them permission to review or edit the content
- Review and edit Office documents on mobile devices and tablets using Office Mobile
- View and edit Office documents in a browser using Office Online
Classroom Technologies Updates
UNIT’s Classroom Technologies team returned to campus in May to continue and complete AV system upgrades inclusive of redesigning the AV systems from the ground up to include all new Infrastructure, HD Laser projectors, Cameras, Microphones, Wireless AV connectivity, AV VLAN, and 1:1 Mediasite Capabilities. Upgrades in the Charles Widger School of Law rooms 301A, 301B, 301C, 306, 307 and have been completed. Phase 3 will consist of rooms 201, 202, and 302 currently in progress. These ongoing upgrades will allow UNIT to elevate the classrooms AV systems to support Villanova’s standards and improve quality of user experience, class recordings and support.
Wired Network Refresh
The Campus Wired Refresh project is moving onward and upward! Villanova’s existing data and voice wired infrastructure continues to be upgraded to address bandwidth demands and growth needs of the wired network. The replacement of all legacy wired switches will future-proof the University’s network and provide for extremely faster network speeds. The last remaining buildings will be upgraded throughout the summer. As always, UNIT will work with building managers and communicate all upgrades in accordance with our change management process.
Skillsoft Online Learning
Skillsoft is an internationally awarded and recognized leader for providing online courseware, videos and other learning objects (“assets”) to enhance your professional and IT skills. Skillsoft has quick start learning programs that have lessons, videos, and job aids in one location. Skillsoft’s course catalog is extensive. The variety of subject matter includes analyst research, business skills, productivity and collaboration tools, IT skills, and certifications. If you need a Skillsoft account, please contact the Help Desk (9-7777.) Skillsoft is available 24/7, and can be accessed HERE.
IT Security: DIgital Wellbeing
Digital wellbeing is often associated with minimizing screen use, reducing eye strain, becoming aware of the unforeseen mental health impacts of things like social media use, increasing the emphasis on physical activity and nutrition, and promoting better sleep patterns. In recognition of mental health month, and to help support higher education professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, below are some tips on digital wellbeing.
- Engage with Digital Tools for recreation
- Take advantage of mobile apps designed to help you maintain your health and wellness.
- Connect with people virtually
- Minimize device usage by putting away mobile devices while enjoying a meal with your family
- Stop using electronic devices at least 30 minutes before your bedtime
- Keep your phone out of your room at night. Instead, charge it in a central location like a living room or kitchen.