Since launching Desire2Learn (D2L) in Spring 2011, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has retained all courses, and their associated content and student data. However, because D2L is a cloud service, there are storage limits, which we have recently exceeded.
A security vulnerability that affects OpenSSL, being referred to as Heartbleed, was recently discovered and has potential for widespread impact. OpenSSL is software commonly used to secure web servers, including many web-based services throughout the university.
The Office of Information Technology has formed a team to identify ways to improve the Desire2Learn service based on your feedback to the Annual Services Survey in 2013. As part of this effort, the team is interviewing faculty members about their experiences with Desire2Learn. Interviews will be conducted at locations convenient for participants from Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 11 and are expected to take 30-45 minutes.
Our campus is constantly under attack by a barrage of attempts to steal personal information, often referred to as phishing. Work-from-home and check scams are also on the rise. See more about employment scams on the CUPD website.
The Office of Information Technology and the university's Office of Information Security will be sending survey emails to a random sample of university employees, student workers and other affiliates during March. The survey is hosted by Qualtrics and should only take a few minutes of your time if you receive one. Your input will provide the university with important feedback that will help us enhance future security awareness campaigns and programs.
Following is a copy of the email:
To prevent potential viruses from infecting your computer, OIT's email security system blocks file types that are commonly used to package malicious content from arriving in your Inbox. Currently, this is accomplished by quietly denying delivery of the entire email message.
As part of CU-Boulder's existing Microsoft agreement, faculty/staff are permitted to download and use Microsoft Office for work purposes at home. Now Microsoft is offering the "Home Use Program" to faculty and staff; a license to use Microsoft Office on home computers for personal purposes as well, for $9.95. To take advantage of the Home Use Program, log on to www.microsofthup.com using your colorado.edu email address and program code 828E448BE4.
Be a part of something new and exciting. The Associate Vice Chancellor for IT & Chief Information Officer is forming a student committee to advise on strategic IT initiatives aimed at improving the technological lives of the 30,000 students at CU-Boulder. This group addresses concerns with current services as well as providing forward-looking advice and counsel on new services.
Oracle's latest release of Java, Java 7 Update 51, is affecting access to some of CU-Boulder's services. The new release improves security by requiring Java applet coders to have their code signed. However, some of the vendor solutions we use are not yet compliant with this new level of security.
You might say that Mark Werner, Associate Director of Academic Technology, Strategy and Support, was destined to work at the intersection of technology and education.
“I was a unique kid in that I grew up in Rochester, MN where it was a hotbed of technology with IBM and the Mayo Clinic located there,” recalled Mark. “We had a lot more technology in our schools and I started programming and tinkering with computers right away when they came out.”
Update March 4: We have found a bigger room and registration is open again.
Web experts from across campus will talk about common web problems and offer solutions based on case studies and demos during a half-day workshop on Tuesday, March 11 in the British Studies Room in Norlin Library on the CU-Boulder campus. The workshop is designed to have something for everyone, regardless of web design experience.
AT&T will conduct a coverage survey on the CU-Boulder campus in the overnight hours of March 3-8 resulting in degraded service for AT&T wireless customers. This work will result in slower wireless data speeds and a higher incidence of dropped calls for AT&T wireless customers, particularly in the southwest corner of main campus, from 12 a.m. midnight to 6 a.m. each day of the survey.
The coverage survey is a necessary step toward deploying a distributed antenna system which will improve AT&T wireless coverage on our campus, particularly in-building coverage.
Over Maymester 2014, the campus i>clicker software will be upgraded, requiring that the firmware on all base stations be updated too. If you have a base station and plan to teach with i>clicker after Maymester 2014, please exchange your base station for a new one at the IT Service Center located in the Technology Learning Center, starting during finals week of Spring 2014.