Unit Updates, November 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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UNIT Emerging Technologies Video

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

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NovaNow Upgrade

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!  

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PC Refresh 2019--Coming Soon!

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:

  • Administrative departments: March 18 – April 19, 2019
  • Academic departments:  May 20 – June 7, 2019

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

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Nova Data Request Form

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.

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Microsoft O365-New Apps

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)!

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Blackboard Winter Upgrade--December 2018

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).

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IT Security: Tis the Season to be Cautious

Hackers don’t take Holidays!  Be aware of the dangers of shopping online and ways you can protect yourself.  

  • Criminals often create fake websites by copying the look of or using the name of well-known stores. 
  • Verify the website has a legitimate mailing address and a phone number for sales or support-related questions. 
  • Look for obvious warning signs:  poor grammar and spelling.
  • Be very suspicious if a website appears to be an exact replica of a well-known website you have used in the past, but the website name of the store is slightly different. For example, you may be used to going the website https://www.amazon.com for all of your Amazon shopping.  But be very suspicious if you were to find yourself at a website pretending to be Amazon with the URL http://www.store-amazon.com.

Additionally, keep an eye on your credit card statements to identify suspicious charges and possibly have one credit card just for online purchases. 

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