Welcome to TechBrief , a regular e-newsletter to keep you informed of the latest happenings in Information Technology at Union.
In this issue, you'll learn about
Stuff those Christmas stockings with software!
Software you need, at great prices
Whether you're a student or an employee, you can select from a variety of academically-discounted software titles including Microsoft Office (Windows or Mac), Windows 7, SPSS, Parallels and more. Most prices are under $100, with some as low as $20!
Download software immediately and securely to your home computer from e-Academy at uu.onthehub.com or choose to order a DVD copy.
For complete details and a link to helpful frequently asked questions, visit our Software Purchasing information page.
Portal services and resources growing
Private content targeted to you
The main purpose of the university's portal (portal.uu.edu) is to provide a single point of access for numerous internal services and resources. It will complement external information sharing provided by www.uu.edu
The portal provides specific services for collaboration, communication and connection, as well as information resources from departments and groups.
The portal's personalized collaboration services include My Classes, My Team Sites, My Week, My ToDo, and e-mail access. Communication services include announcements from the university targeted to groups of which you're a member, as well as university-wide events, news and more. Connections to WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague services provide secure access without having to log in every time.
The portal's red menu bar includes a library of over 100 university forms and documents, HR's Employee Benefits Center, a prayer request list, a list of employee birthdays and more.
More services and resources will be added in the future.
University tests online tool for student evaluation of courses
Efficiency is a primary goal
This fall, selected faculty and students are testing an online course-evaluation system that may be used for course evaluations university-wide. This web-based tool was recommended as a means to improve efficiency and effectiveness over the current paper-based system.
Evaluation results are electronically collected, analyzed and reported so that staff no longer have to enter responses or create reports manually. Faculty can access survey results quickly and efficiently.
"Each student gets reminder e-mails with personalized links to the course evaluations," says Jim Avery, Associate Vice President of Information Technology. "Faculty get regular e-mails to remind the class to use the e-mailed links. However, they cannot tell which students have completed the survey and cannot view individual results of the survey." This level of anonymity is integral to the system and helps promote quick and confidential feedback to each faculty member.
A town hall meeting this spring will following to give all faculty the opportunity to learn more about the system.
Security tips for your phone, tablet, laptop
Essential in protecting university information
As we all increasingly use our personal smartphones, tablets and laptops for university purposes, it's critical that everyone actively protects the privacy and security of university information. This includes e-mail, grades, financial information, Social Security Numbers and more.
Here are a few tips to keep your mobile device secure. Please help us protect the privacy of all those associated with the university.
For more tips, visit IT's portal site.