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.
"No one was happy. We had old technology, things were breaking and it was taking too long to make changes or get anything done."
With winter break winding down, it's time to prepare for your spring courses. If you're planning on using Desire2Learn, we have some helpful tips to ease you into the new school year:
Desire2Learn has existed on the CU-Boulder campus for over two years now. During the 2013 fall semester, over 2,400 courses used D2L. With so many instructors utilizing D2L at CU-Boulder, the growing collective knowledge about D2L has contributed to increasingly effective uses of the feature-rich online learning environment.
The following video illustrates how instructors at CU-Boulder have tapped into the power of the Desire2Learn to heighten student engagement and achieve course learning objectives.
If you’re not using your smartphone to further your teaching and learning, maybe it's not so smart after all. But don’t tell your phone that. Instead, use this list of resources to raise the IQ of your phone and other mobile devices.
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 goal of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is to provide the CU-Boulder campus with innovative, customer-focused IT support and core IT services. The services we provide to the CU-Boulder community run the gamut from antivirus software to virtual private networks and everything in between. And of course we also provide support when and where you need it.
Recently, a number of University of Colorado employees learned they were victims of cyber theft after responding to a malicious email and finding their pay had disappeared and was not deposited in their bank accounts. Below are a few crucial reminders for all of you.
The University of Colorado will never ask you to provide personal information such as usernames, passwords or Social Security numbers via email. You should never send such information via email.
Campus IT is rapidly evolving and many new services are coming online that allow you to more efficiently collaborate with your colleagues. You can get up to speed by attending one of the upcoming informational brown-bag presentations where some of the newest campus services will be explored including Google Apps for Education.
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.