Welcome to TechBrief , an e-newsletter to keep you informed of the latest happenings in Information Technology at Union.
In this issue, you'll learn about:
iTunesU promotes University
Audio and video content popular with public
iTunesU is Union's newest way to distribute public audio and video files to students, employees or others outside the University. This is being done through one central channel on Apple's iTunes site. Like many universities, Union now provides iTunesU content that appears in public searches inside the iTunes store.
To see what's there, go to the Connect with Union section of www.uu.edu and use the iTunes icon. This content comes from the Union Audio Project (www.uu.edu/audio) and will include other University and academic resources. Topics include departmental, colloquial and guest-speaker lectures, faculty research as well as departmental promotional materials.
To get started adding content, contact Instructional Technology and Campus Media (ITCM) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-661-5077 for production assistance with your audio or video content. Contact Cam Tracy at email@example.com or 731-661-5502 for help posting and promoting your content inside iTunesU.
iTunesU content is for public use. Licensed content or other media intended only for students should be viewed through Moodlerooms, Blackboard or other secure sources.
Phishing: IT will not request passwords
Password privacy protects you, Union
Union's IT staff will never request your University password via e-mail or by calling you. It's that simple.
With thousands of students and employees, it's likely that every day there are attempts to compromise the security of University systems. You've all received a message saying your technology access will be shut down unless you enter your username and password somewhere. At times it appears to be from a Union source. This is phishing. It's an attempt to get your login information, giving the requestor a chance to steal your credit card numbers, Social Security Number, bank account numbers, etc. Sharing your University login information gives hackers a possible path to steal thousands of people's private information. It's not just about you. It's about all of us.
Union's IT staff will never request your University password via e-mail or by calling you.
You should not share any password, including passwords to your non-Union accounts. If you think there is a legitimate request for you to act, be sure the request is coming from a trusted source. Look up the organization's contact information. Don't use links or use phone numbers in the message. If you get a call requesting your Union login, call the IT helpdesk at 731-661-HELP (4357) to report it.
If you want to change your Union password at any time, go to password.uu.edu
Need help? Contact IT
Use e-mail, phone, web
Has your Union computer stopped working? Are you having problems getting to a specific website or all websites? Do you need help with Moodlerooms or Datatel access or the portal? Do you need new software?
Contact IT for help. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 731-661-HELP (4357) or use our online form at ithelp.uu.edu. You can always find this contact information at www.uu.edu/it (as pictured above) or in the email signatures of IT staff. Learn more about the information we'll need when you contact us.
University adds e911
Emergency calls located instantly
9-911. Dial it from a Jackson-campus, University-installed phone and the e911 dispatcher will know where you are. It's not just some location in one of the University's 50-plus Jackson-campus buildings, but the exact location in the specific building and office. In a medical, safety or security emergency, this will help responders get to you much more quickly.
Safety & Security, IT, Facilities Management and Union Station worked for almost two years to plan and to implement this critical service.
Dial 9 for an outside line, then 9-1-1. That gets it. You're done.
Portal proves popular
Student voting, more added
In March, the portal was used for the first time to support student nominations for faculty member of the year. There was approximately double the student participation compared to the last two years! 309 students voted, compared to 169 last year and 146 in 2010. In April, 582 total votes were cast online for sophomore-, junior- and senior-class officers. This compares to 264 total votes in 2011 and 435 in 2010.
Other recent additions to the portal include:
Also, several new membership-restricted team sites are in planning/development/use. These include sites for the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), the Student Government Association (SGA), Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), the Office of University Communications (OUC), and the Union 2015 leadership committee.
Learn more at www.uu.edu/portal
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