Unit Updates, August 2015

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

NovaNow & Wildcard

Incorporated into the Nova Now App is a link to Wildcard’s new responsive portal.  Once logged into Nova Now,  you are no longer required to log in a second time to manage your Wildcard Account.  You are able to conveniently add money to  your Nova Bucks Account using this new mobile friendly experience.  For more information on NovaNow, click HERE

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Respondus Lock Down Browser--New Version

Respondus has recently released a new version of LockDown browser based on Google Chromium.  It is a stand-alone web browser with no dependency upon Internet Explorer.  Any students who have used LockDown Browser in the past should uninstall the old version and install the new version.  LockDown Broswer can be downloaded from the Resources tab in Blackboard Learn.

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Falvey Idea Accelerator & Technology Enhancements

A brand new collaboration space titled “Falvey Idea Accelerator”. The ICE Center has a multi-disciplinary and cross-college focus and seeks to advance the University's strategy by fostering cross-college learning and embedding entrepreneurial thinking more deeply in the Villanova culture. This new space will feature full HD projection, a house PC with wireless keyboard, 6 full HD monitors, wireless collaboration equipment, wireless AV control and sound system. The space is designed to function as one large space or as individual pods. It will also feature specialized technology that will recognize individuals and present them with customized content.

Falvey Classrooms (101, 102, 104, 105) and a new Collaborative Learning Space called the 'Falvey Idea Accelerator' are under renovation to improve the facilities and functionality of these learning spaces. These classrooms have brand new HD LCD Projectors, analog and digital hybrid AV system, electric projection screen and push button system control.

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Handshake Career Management System

UNIT collaborated with Career Services to implement the Handshake career management system.  Students can create a profile and upload their resumes.  Handshake provides students the ability to engage with companies based upon their interests.  Companies can post employment opportunities and career fair information on Handshake.

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2015 Fall Start Up UNIT Services

Welcome Back Villanova Community – UNIT offers the following technology and services to Students, Faculty and Staff to assist in starting the Fall 2015 Semester:

Freshmen and Upperclassmen Move In - UNIT’s TechZone at Vasey will be open for extended hours for freshman and Upperclassmen move-in the week of 8/17, as well as having satellite locations on South and Main Campus to assist setting up and connecting technology. Student Technology Information and College specific technology requirements can be found HERE

UNIT’s Faculty Service Offerings – UNIT’s Faculty Services can be found in the new UNIT Faculty Brochure, which outlines UNIT’s Faculty centric services is now live HERE. Additional information on UNIT Faculty Services can be found on the UNIT Faculty Services page located HERE.

UNIT’s New Service Desk System - Easyvista.Villanova.edu which includes an enhanced Self Service option that allows for the Villanova community to easily request UNIT related services and solutions online. To access the Self Service system please go to the following page to review short instructions and to log in HERE.

TechZone -Students having any problems can contact the Villanova TechZone, located in Vasey Hall room 101, Ceer 209 and at the Villanova Law School.  Walk-ins are available 9-7 Monday-Thursday, 9-5 Friday, or users can call the Helpdesk at 610 519 7777, email at support@villanova.edu, or chat at unit.villanova.edu 

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IT Security: Backup & Recovery

UNIT encourages faculty and staff to backup all important files on your new University-issued desktop/laptop computer (as well as home computers.) Your files and data are critically important to your job at Villanova, so it is up to you to understand what backups are, how they work and how to create the best backup strategy that meets your needs.  Unfortunately, too many people fail to realize how important backups can be – until it’s too late.

UNIT recommends working with your department/College IT coordinator to plan a backup strategy for your workstation; for example, saving important files on a file server and/or backing them up “locally” to an external storage device - and then keeping these devices in a secure place.We encourage you to read and learn more about this month’s IT Security Awareness topic here: http://www.securingthehuman.org/newsletters/ouch/issues/OUCH-201508_en.pdf



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