Unit Updates, April 2016

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

Student Information System (SIS) Framework

UNIT has upgraded the integration process between Banner and Blackboard.  Student Information System (SIS) integration helps administrators integrate course, user, and enrollment data with Blackboard Learn.  For example, all events, inclusive of user updates, course creations, and enrollments are now handled in real time.  This update is seamless to Blackboard end-users, but on the back-end, the SIS Framework integration enables Blackboard resiliency, and future-proofs the University’s investment in the e-learning platform.

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Summer Wireless Upgrade

UNIT is committed to delivering, managing, and supporting Villanova’s wireless network infrastructure.  In early May 2016, UNIT will begin Phase I of the University’s Summer Wireless 2016 project, including the upgrade of the wireless network for residential buildings on South and Central campus.

Residential buildings scheduled for wireless upgrades on South campus this summer, include: Caughlin, Donahue, Good Council, Katherine, McGuire, and St. Monica; Central campus residential buildings include: Alumni, Austin, Corr, and St Rita’s.

UNIT’s team will be installing all wireless AP’s, network routers and switches, and begin testing, from June through July 2016.  UNIT plans to have all residential areas, located on South and Central residential areas, “cutover,” and fully operational by August 1, 2016.

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Classroom Technology Updates

“Did you know there are over 200 learning spaces across campus?  UNIT’s Classroom Technologies group installs, upgrades, maintains and supports multimedia and A/V presentation equipment.  Classroom Technology is ever evolving and Villanova is committed to making our classrooms better every year.  We have many new updates to our website to reflect this and you may want to take a moment to take a look.  Information on the decommissioning of old technology to instructions on how to connect to the classroom technology in use today.  Check out:  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/unit/instructionaltech/classequipment.html

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QuickTime Software Removal

UNIT will be releasing an update to remove QuickTime on Windows machines on Tuesday, 4/26/2016, due recent announced vulnerabilities.  Please note that this does not apply to QuickTime on Mac OSX.  Apple will no longer be issuing security updates for the QuickTime on the Windows Platform to fix these or future vulnerabilities, UNIT is recommending the use of the VLC Media Player.  This player is available on all University issued machines. To download VLC Player for non-Villanova issued machines, please click here.  For more information regarding the QuickTime vulnerabilities, please click here.    


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Counseling Center Recording and Observation

UNIT worked with the Education & Counseling department to create a space that allows for the observationand recording of student counseling sessions.  UNIT worked closely with Counseling faculty to assess their pedagogical needs, using that information to create an easy to use counseling recording and observation system.  This system, located in Vasey 203/208, allows faculty and thier class to observe the sessisons.  Additional faculty can communicate directly to the student counselor to provide real time feedback to the student so they can adjust their counseling in real time.  There sessions can be recorded and played back in class for an immediate debreifing or uploaded to Mediasite for archiving and on demand playback.  

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IT Security: Your Kids Online

You can help protect your kids against three types of dangers your children face when online: strangers, friends and themselves, by following some basic steps:

  • Talk to your children about not sharing private information and be careful
  • Have a dedicated computer just for your children located in a public, high traffic area so their computing activities can be monitored
  • For mobile devices, have a centralized charging station away from kids bedrooms
  • Eastablish ground rules for online use about length of time and what they can & cannot do online
  • Setup filtering or monitoring tools on the computer to control websites that they can visit.  
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