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.
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
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 (https://filesend.villanova.edu) is available to all faculty and staff.
Turning Technologies has released TurningPoint Cloud which is replacing Turning Point 5. The new Cloud version will allow faculty to send their participation to the Turning Cloud, fully encrypted and accessible from anywhere. For more information, click here.
With the upcoming Papal visit, UNIT recognizes that some faculty may be seeking to supplement the loss of class time with online activities. Faculty considering alternatives may choose from a variety of options scaled from basic to more advanced technologies. For those interested in implementing one of the more advanced options, please allow yourself more time for preparation and consider contacting UNIT for any necessary training. Faculty may also consider attending upcoming workshops.
UNIT is committed to help facilitate these alternative means to minimize any lost class time due to the Pope’s historic visit. Should you be interested in exploring such options, please contact the UNIT Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-519-7777.
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.
October 1 marks the start of the 12th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). In recognition of how valuable the Internet is in our daily lives and the collective effort needed to protect it, the theme for the month is “Our Shared Responsibility.”
Please stay tuned for more important Cyber Security Awareness information during the month of October. This includes important information that are all aligned to the following themes:
Week 1: October 1-2 Five Years of STOP.THINK.CONNECT: Best Practices for All Digital Citizens
Week 2: October 5-9 Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity at Work
Week 3: October 13-16 Connected Communities and Families: Staying Protected While We Are Always Connected
Week 4: October 19-23 Your Evolving Digital Life (Internet of Things)
Week 5: October 26-30 Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals