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.
Over the past year UNIT has focused on learning and applying use cases for Augmented and Mixed Reality devices, beacon technology, and mobile applications. Media Technologies, a division of UNIT, has created this short video documenting our progress. Please click HERE.
The new release of Nova Now is available in the App Store which providing a more secure and stable environment for the application. The new relaease introduces personas; which allows content to be tailored to specific audiences like Faculty, Staff, Students, and Visitors. Future releases will include integrations with Meriden Beacons, the new Campus Shuttle (Double Map), push notifications, and much more!
The 2019 PC Refresh is a campus-wide initiative and we need your assistance in order to meet the planned project timeline! Beginning spring 2019 (eligible full-time staff) and summer 2019 (eligible full-time faculty), all primary laptops and desktops will be replaced with a new computer and an upgraded software suite. The University’s timeframe is as follows:
We invite you watch a short video explaining the 2019 PC Refresh. The video gives an overview of the project, timeline, faculty and staff PC makes and models, FAQs, and other important information. An informational video and more project detail is available here:http://pcrefresh.villanova.edu
The University Analytics Committee, in collaboration with UNIT, would like to introduce you to Nova Data Request, a new method to submit requests for your data and analytics needs. Utilize the form to submit your data and analytic requests so the streamlined process will automatically route your request to the correct department. Nova Data Request is available in the University Analytics Task Center.
The Microsoft Office 365 suite has been updated and now features full availability for Skype for Business Conference and Power BI for faculty and Staff. Changes will include a new Skype Meeting Button in Outlook Client (after client restart), access to Power BI and inclusion with MyAnalytics (via introductory email). Skype for Business is a unified communications platform utilized by the university. Power BI and MyAnalytics are business analytics tools.
Check out the chanes in O365 (office.villanova.edu)!
Beginning on December 26th at 3:30AM/EST, Blackboard will be unavailable due to a system upgrade. All courses in the following terms to be archived: Spring16, Summer16, Fall16. These courses will be stored offline for a period of five years. The policy for Blackboard courses can be found here.
New/ Updated Features
Anonymous Grading: Grant Additional Attempt: Instructors can now grant an additional attempt for scenarios when the student needs one and the prior attempt can't be cleared because it is in an anonymous state.
Clear a Multiple-Choice Selection: Students are now able to clear a selection from multiple-choice questions. This lets students avoid a penalty when they’ve made an initial selection and negative pointsare associated with answer choices.
Grading in Blackboard Instructor App:This release provides support for grading in Blackboard Instructor. Instructors and graders can now easily identify courses where they need to grade studentsubmissions. They can review, annotate, and grade submissions and quickly publish the grades back to students. (more information on grading click here).
Hackers don’t take Holidays! Be aware of the dangers of shopping online and ways you can protect yourself.
Additionally, keep an eye on your credit card statements to identify suspicious charges and possibly have one credit card just for online purchases.