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Archive for August, 2013

Mobile Devices: Safety & Privacy Considerations

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Parishweta Bhatt

With the proliferation of mobile devices in our lives and the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) on campuses, teachers and students need to be more aware of the safety and privacy concerns related to mobile devices. Users are three times more likely to give out sensitive information on a mobile device and fall […]

Information Technology Leads Network Infrastructure Upgrade

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by ccrobin

The Office of Information Technology (IT), led by the Network Management group, has been working throughout the summer on an extensive, campus-wide network upgrade.  The planning for this upgrade began several years ago with a funding strategy, a detailed network design, a procurement, various state-level approvals, etc. The last time a network upgrade of this […]

What I Learned This Summer About MOOCs

Posted on: August 13th, 2013 by kfg

A question that comes up frequently this time of year is, “What did you do this summer?”  A major highlight for me was taking a “MOOC,” i.e., a massively open online course.    MOOCs are free, online courses that typically enroll thousands of students.  Some see them as a transformational force in higher education, whereas others […]

The Fall 2013 IT Survival Guide

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by JIMMY BALL

Welcome! The Office of Information Technology (IT) has been busy preparing  for new and returning faculty and students. Below are some of the important changes we made during the summer along with links to common websites and informative TECHNews articles. UM Google All students are given UM Gmail accounts which include access to Gmail, Google […]

Accessible Web – Deadline Sept. 1

Posted on: August 7th, 2013 by Robby Seitz

If you are a campus webmaster or the head of a department with a website, I encourage you to review the policy on Accessibility of Technology Services. We have a self-imposed deadline coming up on September 1 to have all of our “official Web pages” pass the error checks in the WAVE: Web Accessibility Evaluation […]

New Blackboard Interface

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Penny Rice

On Wednesday, August 14, the Office of Information Technology (IT) will release a redesigned user interface for Blackboard Learn (Blackboard).    At first glance, Blackboard will look very different, but rest assured that all Blackboard tools and menus are exactly where they were before.  The interface has just been redesigned to provide a clean and […]