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Student Newsletter - April 2016


THINKING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Blended learning refers to the idea of incorporating a digital platform into class-conducting course exercises and discussions both in-person and virtually. But in my experience, it means much more. Blended learning encouraged me to think more critically about world issues and provided me increased opportunities for collaboration with my peers.

I had the opportunity to take a blended learning course that combined traditional classroom methods with elements of technology. Most of the class discussions took place online. This allowed my classmates and me to engage with the course material in a more focused way. We were able to reference the curriculum and link to external content which demonstrated how what we were learning related to real-world policies. The interactions I had online with my classmates were often more productive and dynamic than in our face-to-face sessions. As a result, I developed more meaningful relationships with the other students in my blended learning course than in the traditional in-person courses I was taking at the time. Blended learning gave us more time to reflect on course topics and challenge each other to think more critically about what we were learning.

As a student, I believe learning should not be passive, but rather encourage student productivity in the form of creative ideas, innovative proposals, and research methods that act as drivers of change. Blended learning gave me the opportunity to do all these things by encouraging me to think beyond the classroom setting and attempt to answer real world questions.

5TH ANNUAL ePORTFOLIO CONTEST

Have you developed an ePortfolio which reflects your personal and professional growth?
Enter the 5th Annual ePortfolio Contest a ePortfolio.pace.edu via the Spring Contest link on your dasboard by Wednesday, April 20th.
 
Submission Requirements
  • A reflective statement on your Introduction page in the "Overall Reflections" box. The statement should answer the question "How does your ePortfolio reflect your personal and/or professional growth as you continue your studies at Pace University?" (250-500 words)
  • At least three complete ePortfolio pages that have permissions set to share with logged in users and/or the public.

Winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card and will be recognized at the Writing Enhanced Course Awards with an ePortfolio Certificate of Excellence.

Learn more


BLACKBOARD MIGRATION 

The Blackboard migration will occur from Monday, May 16th (12:00PM) - Friday, May 27th (5:00PM).
 
What do Students need to know?
Courses that run during May Intersession, Summer I, and Summer II will become available on the Course Start Date as defined in Banner.
For updates and details on the Blackboard Migration, please visit our IT System Status page at http://status.pace.edu

TAKING A DYSON OR LUBIN COURSE?

Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace.  Dyson College and Lubin School of Business are urging all students taking any Dyson or Lubin course to participate.
 
Course evaluations for Spring 2016 will be available during the following time frame: Wednesday, April 20th - Wednesday, May 4th. The grades for this semester will be delayed until Wednesday, May 18th for any students who have not completed all of their evaluations by the deadline noted above.

Further details and instructions regarding the Course Evaluation process will be sent out to your Pace email address when the period opens on Wednesday, April 20th.

Questions? For Dyson contact Rich Miller (rmiller@pace.edu) and for Lubin contact Tom Miliano (tmiliano@pace.edu).


SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

Many of our licensed applications and programs used for academic courses are Windows based. Students can check with Faculty to determine software compatibility. Software not compatible with Mac OSX environments requires Apple users to utilize Boot Camp or obtain a separate program such as VMware Fusion or  Parallels which will then allow for the Windows operating system to be installed on the Apple computer.

Students should reach out to the vendors for specific questions and software installation assistance. Once the prerequisite software have been installed, ITS can assist with installing the free version of MS Office through adam.pace.edu.

Check out IT Discounts for discount software purchases.

For details on hardware and software for academic and University needs, visit the  Supported Hardware page.

COMPUTER SAFETY TIPS

Mobile devices more than ever have become the main way to communicate and interact with each other. With all these convenient features come added risks, but here are some tips to protect your devices and your personal information.
  • Password-protect your devices.
    It is recommended to configure your devices to lock after a short period of time. Remote wipe your device if it's lost or stolen by enabling passwords, PINs, fingerprint scans, or other forms of authentication. 
  • Secure those devices and backup data.
    Make sure that you can remotely lock or wipe each mobile device. That also means backing up data on each device in case you need to use the remote wipe function.
  • Verify app permissions.
    Review privacy and access levels requested by the app before and after installing it! Limit access whenever possible (e.g., Does the app really need access to your contacts and location?)
  • Update operating systems and apps.
    Security fixes or patches for mobile devices are often included in OS and App updates.
  • Be cautious of public Wi-Fi hot spots.
    Avoid any website requiring you to log in or to transmit financial or other sensitive information.
  • Turn off Bluetooth when you aren't using it.

For more security best practices, go to: IT Security.


EMAIL MAILBOX UPGRADE

The last group of NY Student accounts was upgraded successfully on Thursday, April 7th. Students received notifications with additional instructions, including the steps below. 

What do I need to check after I receive the upgrade completion notice?

  • Check your mobile device's incoming email server settings.  Currently, your incoming email server is listed as either emailwst.pace.edu or emailnyc.pace.edu (based on campus).  After your mailbox upgrade is completed you should see email.pace.edu.  If you do not see email.pace.edu, please update the server settings to email.pace.edu.  In some cases, you may need to delete your Pace email account and re-create it.
  • Check to make sure all your mailbox content is still showing and that any previous settings, such as email forwarding, are still enabled.

For more details visit: Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgrade.


PHAROS PRINTING SYSTEM UPGRADE   

The Pharos Printing System will be upgraded over the summer. Details to follow at www.pace.edu/printing.

Learn more


MOBILE TECH MEETINGS

Don't miss out on a unique opportunity to join Apple for their presentation at the Monday, May 9th Mobile Tech meeting.

Below are the remaining dates for Spring 2016 Mobile Technology meetings. 
  • Wednesday, April 20th: 12:20PM-1:15PM: Miller 16 and Civic E319
  • Monday, May 9th: 12:10PM-1:10PM: Miller 16 and Civic E319