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Fall 2017 - UNIT Progress Report Back to top

Dear Villanova Community: 

Welcome to the Fall 2017 issue of UNIT's Progress Report. This newsletter is a semester recap highlighting UNIT Projects, Support, and Service Offerings to the University. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues by contacting: support@villanova.edu.


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month Back to top


National Cyber Security Awareness Month Back to top

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October 2017 marks the start of the annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is a global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to provide resources and information to stay safer and more secure online. Villanova is again a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2017. 

For more information, visit National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2017, visit here


Information Security Awareness Videos Back to top

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 As part of Villanova's NCSAM efforts, and as an official champion, Villanova recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.  UNIT's Information Security Office made available a variety of cyber security safety resources during the month of October 2017, via social media (including our Tech Zone's Facebook and Twitter feed), as well as campus-wide digital signage!  In 2017, Villanova's Information Security Awareness Policy was approved to support the University's commitment for faculty and staff Information security awareness education, and is available here.  Staff and faculty are required to view ten technology-centered "basic training" videos (Blackboard) as outlined in this policy.


UNIT Services and Collaborations Back to top


LMS Evaluation 2017-2018 Back to top

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UNIT, the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) and representatives from the University' colleges have undertaken a review of current and competing Learning Management Systems (LMS) to make a recommendation to renew or replace Villanova's LMS solution, Blackboard Learn 9.1. Villanova University has utilized Blackboard Learn since 2011 and over the past several months, UNIT has been reviewing possible replacement systems as the LMS landscape has dramatically shifted in the last 6 years.

UNIT has partnered with VITAL to form a faculty guidance committee with representatives of each college to systems to meet with the program owners of fully online programs and evaluate possible replacements. The decision to renew Villanova's current LMS contract or migrate to a new system is one that has the potential to impact all levels of the university; as such all feedback is extremely important throughout this process.

More on the LMS Evaluation, schedules and vendor day information can be found here.



Nova Schedule Builder Back to top

The Office of the Registrar in collaboration with UNIT have launched a new scheduling tool. Nova Schedule Builder is a new scheduling utility for students, it provides a visual representation of the many scheduling options available. Nova Schedule Builder is a more robust application than its predecessor, ScheduleR, and addresses many of the shortcomings experienced in that application, which should prove to enhance the student scheduling experience. Students must still register for their courses through their MyNova as Nova Schedule Builder is a viewing tool only and does not register students.

Links to Nova Schedule Builder are located in student and advisor MyNova accounts. More information can be found here


Augustine's Confessions 2.0 Back to top

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UNIT in collaboration with ACS and the Augustinian Institute have released version 2.0 of Augustine's Confessions for iOS.  This new version, which is used by all first-year students takes full advantage of the native features of an Apple device and features the book, commentaries, galleries, and much more! The App is available for download for both IOS and Android devices: More information and download info can be found here


New Vendor for Dell Equipment Back to top

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The Procurement Office and UNIT are pleased to announce that Connection (formerly GovConnections) is now the University's vendor for Dell equipment purchases. With this partnership, Connection is providing the University significant savings on equipment and individualized customer support to assist with the purchasing process. Connections is a NovaBuy punch out vendor with Villanova standard models selected, tested and supported by UNIT, featured on the site home page. Ordering is extremely user friendly and a VU account representative is available to provide a high level of individualized support. Please visit the Procurement website for more information on NovaBuy. 


UNIT Support Solutions Back to top


Wireless Expansion and Coverage Back to top

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The University's Wireless Network Upgrade Project continues to be executed, spring and summer 2017 upgrades have been completed and phases for fall-winter 2017 and beyond are underway. The upgrades expand wireless coverage, capacity and provide faster connections to the wireless networks in residential areas, classrooms, and academic/administrative areas.

For spring and summer 2017, UNIT completed wireless infrastructure upgrades in Falvey Library, Driscoll Hall, Health Services Building, and Villanova Law School, as well as both Lancaster Avenue and west campus residential areas. UNIT deployed over 690 next-generation wireless APs, as well as significant infrastructure and bandwidth improvements.

Activity for fall 2017 include the upgrade of Mendel Hall wireless (completed), Vasey Hall, Connelly Hall (with outdoor capability) and  other academic buildings either underway or to be scheduled. Information regarding the next steps for the University's wireless infrastructure plan, including schedules and coverage map is available here


Eduroam--Global Wifi Roaming Back to top

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Eduroam - Is designed to allow students, faculty and staff to use their home institution's credentials to connect wirelessly and securely to the Internet while visiting other participating institutions.  Eduroam enables you to use your Villanova MyNova credentials to access the wireless network at participating educational and research institutions. Additionally, Guests from participating institutions can use their credentials to access the wireless network on the Villanova campus.  Click here to find out where Eduroam is supported and access a list of over 300 participating institutions in the U.S. 

For more information click here.

To view where the Eduroam is available on campus click here


Email/Spam Improvements Back to top

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The UNIT Operations Team successfully improved functionality with Exchange Online Protection and worked to reduce SPAM throughout the campus email system.  Here is a summary of the changes made:

  • Updated mail flow processes, for better accuracy with delivery and a decrease of SPAM to inboxes. Many users have noticed the daily Spam Quarantine Daily Digest has fewer messages.
  • Continued adjustment of SPAM controls to reduce delivery of junk email to user inboxes.
  • Additional whitelisting of University partners to streamline delivery of messages.

More information on Office 365 and Exchange Online email can be found here.


Classroom Upgrades Summer 2017 Back to top

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In coordination with Facilities Management, the following highlights some of the summer 2017 classroom updates for campus:

 

  • Bartley 2044, 2045 and Student Study Room 2055 were renovated and now feature 70" Full HD displays, allowing faculty to duplicate content for instruction or separate it for collaborative learning exercises. The systems also incorporate HD lecture capture to record rich multimedia content for on-demand viewing. Multiple glass writeable surfaces and modular furniture provide a customizable teaching and learning experience.
  • Seven classrooms were renovated in John Barry Hall. Featuring new furniture-matching lecterns, Full HD projectors, and premium switchers that provide a variety of wired connections to the projector in the classroom.
  • Tolentine 213 as a pilot project, UNIT partnered with the Office of the Provost and Facilities Management to update the instructor and student learning experience in this location. Information from the upgrade and usage will provide information on future classroom uses within Tolentine Hall. As part of this pilot, this classroom now features a large writable whiteboard surface, mounted on a track system and access to a vibrant 90" Full HD display. The design provides instructors with the benefit of a customizable mix of technology and writing surfaces. Further, the student seating has been upgraded and allows for a more flexible arrangement supporting a broader mix of pedagogies. 

New Skype for Business Features Back to top

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UNIT has enabled Skype for Business for usage outside Villanova.  Skype meets instant messaging and chat communication needs.  It is accessible from Office 365 located at office.villanova.edu.  With this new feature, Villanova Skype users can chat and make voice or video calls to Skype for Business users at other institutions or anyone using Skype for Consumers .  Watch this video for steps on how to add external contacts to your Skype for Business Contact List. 


Email/Spam Improvements Back to top

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The UNIT Operations Team successfully improved functionality with Exchange Online Protection and worked to reduce SPAM throughout the campus email system.  Here is a summary of the changes made:

  • Updated mail flow processes, for better accuracy with delivery and a decrease of SPAM to inboxes. Many users have noticed the daily Spam Quarantine Daily Digest has fewer messages.
  • Continued adjustment of SPAM controls to reduce delivery of junk email to user inboxes.
  • Additional whitelisting of University partners to streamline delivery of messages.

More information on Office 365 and Exchange Online email can be found here.


SkillSoft Online Training Back to top

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UNIT continues to offer SkillSoft Online Training for the Villanova community. SkillSoft is your 24x7 online training solution to learning resources for IT skills improvement, professional development, performance support, and more. Search or browse the course catalogs or videos to find your software training topics. If you don't have a Skillsoft e-Learning account, please contact the HelpDesk at 9-7777 or e-mail support@villanova.edu


    


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