Unit Updates, July 2014

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.

Unit Updates

IT Security Awareness Videos

 UNIT has made available a series of IT security awareness videos on the Blackboard portal, in an effort to build awareness of online risks and educate our community on preventive measures and provide the tools and additional awareness needed to protect yourself and our community in the IT world. These videos are brief and easily digestible, and cover topics including: creation of a strong password, avoiding phishing scams, protecting your email and IM, safe social networking practices, and protecting your computer.

To access:

  1. Go to Blackboard elearning.villanova.edu
  2. Login using your University username and password
  3. Click on IT Security Awareness Program under My Organization on the right side of the page.

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Upgraded Internet Firewalls

UNIT continuously looks for new and innovative approaches to ensure University network security, and safeguard Villanova’s computer network from the wide variety of threats and vulnerabilities.  Over the summer, UNIT’s Network and Communications Services team replaced Villanova’s “traditional” Internet firewall with a “Next-Generation” firewall.   Next- Generation firewalls address limitations in traditional firewalls that render organizations susceptible to increasingly more sophisticated and aggressive network-based attacks. 

The University’s new Internet firewall will enhance network quality of service (QoS) for students, faculty, and staff by better management of network bandwidth for University mission-critical applications, restricting access to or blocking non-productive and suspicious applications, and more sophisticated detection and remediation of destructive malware.

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Microsoft @ Home Use Program (HUP)

Through the Universities campus license agreement with Microsoft we are able to offer all current Faculty, Staff, and Students Microsoft Office 2013 for $9.95.  For more details please click here.  This link will give you access to purchase the software for installation on up to 2 machines (PC or MAC).  

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Printer Ordering Process

Xerox is now the preferred vendor through XSE for our campus print environment. UNIT partnered with XSE can provide managed print services that will reduce the total cost to the university by managing and optimizing printer use, improving environmental sustainability and can improve document security. Cost savings can be as much as 30% of an organizations printing budget.  To order please click HERE

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Blackboard Learn 9.1 Upgrade

Blackboard Learn 9.1 delivers exciting innovations as well as deep improvements to core capabilities, resulting in a product that is more intuitive, engaging, and focused on instructors and students.  These features will be available to faculty beginning on August 10, 2014.

Anonymous & Delegated Grading:  provides a more useful, robust option and best practice than has been implemented previously by the “Hide User Names” capability to enable anonymous grading and provide a mechanism for lead instructors to delegate grading.

Significant Figures in Calculated Formula Test Questions:  Instructors in STEM disciplines expect precision in the tools that support their pedagogical methods.

Student Preview:  provides the capability for an Instructor to see the course exactly how a student would see it.  The new Student preview will be replacing the Add Test student tool.  

Portfolio:   intended primarily as a tool for students to reflect on their own learning or as a tool for assessing student learning.  

SafeAssign:  enhancements to the SafeAssign service to provide a more seamless integration with native Learn Assignments and updating the SafeAssign Originality Report interface.  

Single Course User Participation Report:  provides data for a single with a count of the student’s academic contribution within a course.  This report provides data necessary to substantiate a student’s academic contribution within a single course.

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