Unit Updates, April 2018

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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2018 Teaching and Learning Strategies (TLS) Program May 16th

The Center for Instructional Technologies, in conjunction with VITAL, is proud to cosponsor this year’s Teaching and Learning Strategies (TLS) Program on Wednesday May 16th from 9:30-4:00 in Bartley Hall.  The TLS program offers a stimulating campus-wide forum to share instructional practices, exchange ideas with colleagues, and plan for the new academic year. Contribute your teaching expertise: Offer an interactive session, facilitate a topic-specific small group discussion, moderate a panel, or present a poster. All sessions are 50-minutes in length. Please submit your proposal here by Monday, April 30th. For more information, please visit the TLS website.  

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Freshman Booklet

A new interactive Incoming Freshman Checklist for the class of 2022 has been added to myNOVA for Spring 2018. This task center features active content on each task card designed inform incoming students when they have completed each to-do item in in preparation for their 1st year. 

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Web Search Enhancements

UNIT has made an enhancement to the search experience on villanova.edu.  Now, everyone can search all web content from Falvey Library and Villanova.com.  Visit any University Webpage and click the search icon at the top of the page. 

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Classroom Technologies Upgrades

UNIT’s Classroom Technology Team upgraded the following areas during the Spring Semester:

  • 6 labs in the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing – Driscoll Hall labs are  feature all of the technologies of a typical classroom plus simulation for health assessment, standardized patient observation and testing. The upgrades include new HD projectors, HD cameras, software-based video conferencing, wireless A/V and switchers. Switchers provide faculty and students with the various wired connections to the projection systems and displays in the classrooms which impove picture and sound quality, allowing for a better teaching and learning experience.
  • The Dean’s Boardroom received a complete A/V upgrade. The upgrade was necessary to support digital signals, BYOD devices and the unique uses of the boardroom. The upgrades include a new HD projector that extends out of a wall pocket on a Crestron controlled actuator. The motorized projection screen drops from the ceiling to reveal an integrated HD camera for video conferencing. The space also features a house computer, audio conferencing, wired and wireless A/V connectivity and a wireless touch panel for Crestron system control.
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IT Security: Spring Clean up

Spring-cleaning time is here, and time to check for updates, eliminate useless software and files, and get your home computer organized.  Here are some IT tips:

  • Organize Your Files:  Every file should have a proper place. Create new folders and properly name your files, and delete what you do not need. Make sure private information is secure and where it needs to be.
  • Update Applications and Programs:  Delete unused applications and programs. Check your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software for updates. 
  • Reset important passwords: No matter how strong and perfect your Amazon and Facebook passwords are, it is time for a change. This includes your computer account’s password, social media passwords, online banking and PayPal password.  
  • Run Computer Utilities:  Whether you have a Windows or Mac computer, running your computer’s built-in utilities is easy. 

Remember, these tips can also be used for your smart phone and tablet!


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