Unit Updates, August 2017

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.

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UNIT Homepage Redesign

UNIT's homepage has a new look and feel providing a clean and consolidated landing page for UNIT information and services. The overall goal is provide the community with a convenient, streamlined experience that is focused on UNIT's solutions and services.  New features include a mobile friendly layout and intergrated social media focus to foster improved communication with the Villanova community.  Click HERE to view the new layout.  

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NovaNow Enhancements

Nova Now, Villanova’s mobile application, now features the ability to use your finger print to sign-in to important areas like grades, class schedule, and more.  This feature is available for both iOS and Android versions.  For more information visit HERE.

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LMS Evaluation Vendor Dates

Instructional Technologies is currently evaluating Learning Management Systems and has scheduled for LMS vendors (Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Instructure) to be on campus to present to Villanova in September.  Please see the September calendar for scheduling HERE.


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UNIT's Fall Start Up Services

Welcome Back Villanova Community and Welcome Class of 2021!  UNIT offers the following technology and services to Students, Faculty and Staff to assist in starting the Fall 2017 Semester:

Freshmen and Upperclassmen Move In - UNIT’s TechZone at Vasey will be open for extended hours for freshman and Upperclassmen move-in the weekend of 8/18, as well as having satellite locations on South 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 Service offerings can be found HERE, which outlines UNIT’s Faculty centric services and 'What UNIT can do for you?’.

TechZone – Students, Faculty and Staff having any technical 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

To access the Self Service Help Desk please go HERE review short instructions and to log in.

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New Skype for Business Features

UNIT has enabled Skype for Business for usage outside Villanova.  Skype meets instant messaging and chat communication needs.  It is accessible from Office 365 located at office.villanova.edu.  With this new feature, Villanova Skype users can chat and make voice or video calls to Skype for Business users at other institutions or anyone using Skype for Consumers .  Watch this video for steps on how to add external contacts to your Skype for Business Contact List. 

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IT Security: Social Media Safety

A common concern with social media sites such as FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, & LinkedIn is protecting your personal information. Potential dangers include:

  • Impacting Your Future: Some organizations search social media sites as part of background checks. Remove embarrassing or incriminating photos 
  • Attacks Against You: Cyber attackers can analyze your posts and use them to gain access to your or your organization’s information. 
  • Accidently Harming Your Employer: Criminals can use any sensitive information you post about your organization against your employer.

The best protection is to limit what you post. The more friends or contacts you share with, the more likely that information will become public. You should assume anything you post can or will become a public and permanent part of the Internet.

Be aware of what friends are posting about you. If they post something you are not comfortable with, ask them to take it down. If they refuse or ignore you, contact the social media site and ask the site to remove the content for you. At the same time, be respectful of what you post about others.

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