Why You Should Always Keep Your Browser Up To Date!

firefox, chrome, opera, safari, IE logos -- for the best experience, keep your browser up to date!

*** We recommend having both Firefox AND Chrome! ***

I know, I know, ensuring that you have the latest version of a web browser is about as exciting as watching paint dry and as important of a task as ironing underwear, BUT updates will make a considerable impact upon your browser experience. How?

Most importantly, outdated versions of web browsers make you vulnerable to serious security flaws that can allow malicious websites to potentially read your files, steal passwords, and infect your computer with viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, or other sorts of malware.  Many browser updates are issued to specifically to combat these critical problems.

Not updating your browser regularly can also lead to technical difficulties or odd behavior with web-based tools like Canvas, Digication, and more.

Every newer generation of a browser improves the speed at which you can explore and use the Internet: web sites can load faster, making the tasks you carry out on those web sites quicker, too.

Another reason to keep your browser up-to-date is to have the best browsing experience otherwise. Web sites built using new technology for their display and features will look as they should and work better.

So, please, please, please, take the time to update your web browsers. If you need assistance, you can always call the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email help@wlu.edu, or stop by Leyburn Library!

NOTE: While making your browser more secure helps reduce the risk that a hacker will use it to compromise your computer, it is still important to employ safe computing practices! 

HELP! What the heck does that red eye in Gradebook mean???

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If this is the red eye you see in Gradebook, please contact Public Safety at 540-458-8999 instead of the ITS Information Desk.

The eye icon will display in your Gradebook if you have applied a manual posting policy in a course — i.e. at some point, you clicked on the blue gear icon in the upper right hand side of Gradebook and chose to have grades hidden by default vs. automatically posting grades:

screenshot of Grade Posting Policy tab in Canvas Gradebook

— or applied a manual posting policy in an individual assignment.

red eye icon in Canvas GradebookThe red shaded eye icon indicates that there are grades within the assignment that are currently hidden and must be posted before they can be viewed by students.

transparent eye with slash icon in Canvas GradebookThe unshaded eye icon indicates that a manual posting policy is currently in place and future grades are hidden from student view or that a manual posting policy was previously used to hide grades in an assignment. If you have selected a manual posting policy for a course, all assignments that do not have hidden grades will display the unshaded eye icon.

When grades are hidden from student view, the Total column also displays the unshaded eye icon to indicate that the total grade in the Gradebook differs from the total grade viewed by the student.

Have questions about Canvas? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email help@wlu.edu, or stop by Leyburn Library!

 

3 New Courses in LinkedIn Learning That I Need to Watch!

Wow! Each week, LinkedIn Learning offers a plethora of new skills to learn. Here are three videos from this week’s 44 new additions that I’ll be watching!

iOS 13 and iPadOS: iPhone and iPad New Features 

screenshot of LinkedIn Learning video, iOS 13 and iPadOS: iPhone and iPad New Features

Explore new features of iOS 13, including improvements to existing apps including Reminders, Health, and Photos, and discover features completely new to the iPhone and iPad, including Dark Mode, QuickPath typing, and the ability to attach external storage devices. Instructor Garrick Chow covers ways to remove location data from your photos before sharing, and new, easier ways to share and manage files. Find out about unique features of iPadOS, including Slide Over and Split View, and the ability to use a Bluetooth mouse with your iPad.

Illustrator Quick Tips

screenshot from LinkedIn Learning video, Illustrator Quick Tips

This collection of quick Adobe Illustrator videos is designed to show you workarounds, demonstrate helpful tricks, and explain useful features. Explore how to change the shape of text, use a single tool to create beautiful ranges of color, and distort shapes and drawings. Find out how to quickly build simple shapes, add arrowheads to lines, and more.

Women Transforming Tech: Breaking Bias 

screenshot from LinkedIn Learning course, Women Transforming Tech: Breaking Bias

Break into the tech industry by breaking bias. Learn skills to level the playing field, gain visibility, build a network, pick the right projects, and pave the way for change. The Women Transforming Tech series is focused on helping women interested in working in and staying in the tech industry. In this short course, Lori Mackenzie, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business and executive director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, explains what women can do to break implicit and explicit bias and come out ahead. Using these tips, you can start your career off strong—and transform the tech industry from the inside out.

How do I create a YuJa recording on a PC?

Here’s how! Watch this short video tutorial (created in Camtasia) by Director of Academic Technologies, Julie Knudson:

Still need help? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email help@wlu.edu, or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the main level of Leyburn Library.

P.S. Those big ol’ eyes belong to sweet little Molly, Julie’s fur baby, the cutest little cocker spaniel!

Be a Part of the 2020 Active Learning Fellows Initiative (ALFI) Cohort!

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We are now accepting applications for the 2020 ALFI Cohort.

If you’re ready to incorporate active learning in the classroom and interested in examining and making thoughtful adjustments to your teaching methodology with a group of like-minded colleagues and the gentle guidance of ITS Academic Technologies, then you should apply! 

Professors selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,000 and must be able to meet the following requirements:

  1. As part of the cohort, you agree to read and discuss the recommended articles and chapters on active learning prior to meetings.
  2. You will incorporate active learning elements into a Fall 2020 course. (You should have taught the course at least twice  previously so that the content is very familiar.)
  3. You will identify at least one module in the course that can be reworked using active learning techniques.
  4. You will attend up to four meetings over the summer (late May through early August) with Academic Technologies and CARPE staff and/or other cohort members to work through the process of planning and building the active learning module, and one meeting in the fall to discuss progress.  If you’re planning on being away/abroad for most of the summer, this program may not be for you.
  5. You will provide feedback to Academic Technologies on what worked, what needs improvement, and give suggestions on how to improve the program in the future.
  6. You agree to participate in a Fall or Winter Academy panel session on active learning, sharing results of the program.
  7. You will participate in future ALFI cohort meetings/luncheons, when new participants are ready to discuss how to rework modules, and other sessions, when available.

Ready? Set? Go! Visit go.wlu.edu/alfi to apply now!

Update from Classroom Technologies: Classrooms and Learning Spaces That Got a Facelift!

Classroom Technologies has been super busy this past spring and summer making modifications and upgrades to classrooms and spaces around campus.

  • Ruscio Center for Global Learning 123 – Two new 80” flat panel displays!
  • Early Fielding Conference RoomSolstice Pod and 65” flat panel display!
  • Huntley Hall 323 – New touch panel, Solstice Pod for wireless connectivity, new Blu-ray player, new laser projector!
  • Sydney Lewis Hall Classrooms A, B, C and D – New light controls!
  • Sydney Lewis Hall Classroom B – Digital switching upgrade along with new touch panel, new ADA-compliant lectern. Solstice Pod for wireless connectivity, Blu-ray player, front camera and ceiling mics for videoconferencing, new dual laser projector, and new screens!
  • Sydney Lewis Hall Classrooms E and G – New touch panel screen, new ADA-compliant lectern! Solstice Pod for wireless connectivity, Blu-ray player, front camera and ceiling microphones for videoconferencing, and dual flat panel displays!
  • Stackhouse TheaterNew assisted listening system, new surround sound system, new screen, new rear camera for lecture capture, new front camera and ceiling mics for videoconferencing, new touch panel screen in control booth, along with the ability to control resident PC and monitor event audio! 
  • Wilson Hall 2017 – New touch panel screen, Solstice Pod for wireless connectivity, Blu-ray player, front camera and ceiling mics for videoconferencing, new laser projector, and a new larger screen!
  • Wilson Hall 2020 – New touch panel screen, Solstice Pod for wireless connectivity, new amplifier and speakers, new laser projector, and new screen!

Hats off to Tom Capito, Alicia Shires, Todd Goetz, and Andy Briggs for all the amazing work you’ve done with these updates!

If you have any questions about the technology upgrades, please contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP) or email help@wlu.edu.

Submit your Winter Academy session proposals! 

Winter Academy 2019 will run from Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12.

If you have an idea for a session, please email Julie Knudson and/or Helen MacDermott and tell us the following:

  1. Title
  2. Description
  3. Presenter(s)
  4. Presentation format: Panel, guest speaker, workshop, information session,  discussion, demonstration (you can select more than one)
  5. Duration
  6. Preferred day(s)/time(s)/location
  7. Technology required 
  8. University account number (if you’d like to have the session catered)

Thanks! Registration will open in late November/early December at go.wlu.edu/winteracademy.

The NY Times nailed it: “Why You Need a Password Manager. Yes, You.”

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Everyone should use a password manager. It’s the most important thing you can do — alongside two-factor authentication — to keep your data safe.

You probably know that it’s not a good idea to use “password” as a password, or your pet’s name, or your birthday. But the worst thing you can do with your passwords — and something that more than 50 percent of people are doing, according to a recent Virginia Tech study — is to reuse the same ones across multiple sites. If even one of those accounts is compromised in a data breach, it doesn’t matter how strong your password is — hackers can easily use it to get into your other accounts.

But even though I should know better, up until a few months ago I was still reusing the same dozen or so passwords across all of my everything (though at least I had turned on two-factor authentication where I could). It’s just too difficult to come up with (and remember) unique, strong passwords for dozens of sites. That’s why, after much cajoling from co-workers, I started using a password manager — and it’s why you should be using one, too. Aside from using two-factor authentication and keeping your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, it’s the most important thing you can do to protect yourself online.

Hear, hear! Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/27/smarter-living/wirecutter/why-you-need-a-password-manager-yes-you.html or go download LastPass Free straight away!

Lecture Capture with YuJa

W&L is transitioning from Tegrity to YuJa, an all-in-one service for recording, editing, storing and streaming multi-formatted video and audio content, including screen capture, across any device. (This transition is taking place because McGraw-Hill is discontinuing Tegrity.)

In addition to lecture capture, YuJa (pronounced “you-jah”) can be used for video management, live streaming, video conferencing and creating video quizzes. YuJa offers the same major features as Tegrity, but with additional flexibility and capabilities, and can be used from within the classroom or from a personal computer or mobile device.

It is available to all faculty, staff, and students and is integrated with Canvas

Looking for the YuJa Recording Nuts and Bolts Handout that Brandon distributed at the Fall Academy sessions, “New and Improved! Lecture Capture with YuJa”? Look no further!

Contact the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu or 540.458.4357 or Senior Academic Technologist Brandon Bucy if you have any questions about using YuJa or lecture capture in the classroom!