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Students Newsletter - April 2017


ePORTFOLIO CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

2017 New York Regional ePortfolio Conference

This year's NY/NE Regional ePortfolio conference, Re-Bundling Higher Education: High Impact ePortfolio Practice and the New Digital Ecosystem, was co-sponsored by Pace and CUNY and held at Guttman Community College. The event explored the changing role and impact ePortfolio is playing in the future of higher education.
 
The two-day conference held in early March featured over forty presentations and a student showcase starring twenty-two students from ten campuses including Pace.  Over two hundred people attended across the two-day event.  In addition to Pace, presenters and attendees came from fourteen CUNY campuses, six SUNY campuses, Columbia, and NYU -- but also from a wide range of other colleges and universities, as far east as Madrid and Dublin, as far west as Portland and Vancouver, and many places in between, including Penn State, Bucknell, Pratt, Quinnipiac, Mercy College, and Florida International University.
 
Breakout sessions focused on ways ePortfolio is being used in the following areas: Pedagogy, Professional Development, Advisement, Assessment.
 
One of the highlights during this event was the ePortfolio Student Showcase, where several students from Pace and CUNY shared their own ePortfolio with attendees. Most of the students use ePortfolio to showcase their academic career, projects, skills, and experiences and some have presented it to potential employees as well.


BLACKBOARD UPGRADE: MAY 20 THROUGH MAY 21

System Will Be Unavailable During Upgrade

Blackboard will be upgraded from Saturday, May 20th through Sunday, May 21st. During this time, Blackboard will not be available. Please note this maintenance period and plan your work accordingly. This is especially important as it related to submissions by students and any grading being performed by teachers.


TAKING A DYSON OR LUBIN COURSE?

Submit Course Evaluations and Avoid Grade Delays

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 2017 will be available during the following timeframe: Monday, April 24th - Monday, May 8th. The grades for this semester will be delayed until Monday, May 22nd 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 Monday, April 24th.

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


PORTAL IS GETTING A MAKEOVER!

New and Improved Navigation and Design

Over the next few months ITS will be working with various campus areas to upgrade our MyPace Portal (portal.pace.edu) system early this summer. While upgrade is required to stay up-to-date with the vendor changes, it also provides us with a great opportunity to review, evaluate, and clean up content that has been added over the years. The upgrade will improve user experience and allow for users to conveniently view content regardless of the device they use. Additional updates will be sent out to our ITNotice-Listserv.

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LECTURE CAPTURE UPGRADE

Moving from Echo 360 to Panopto

Educational Media is proud to announce that we are moving our lecture capture system over from Echo 360 to Panopto. Panopto offers a robust playback environment, interactive quizzing, advanced post-capture editing, mobile recording via smartphones/tablets, and much more. The decision to switch over to Panopto was reached after a semester long pilot with feedback from faculty, staff, and students.

Pace will be transitioning to this new platform during Summer 2017, and it will be fully launched by Fall 2017.

What will happen with old videos on Echo 360?
Old Echo 360 videos will be moved over to the new platform during this time as well. The tentative migration date of content from Echo to Panopto will begin on Monday, May 22nd. We will share more details as the date approaches.

How can I learn more about Panopto?
We will be having an introduction orientation for Panopto on Wednesday, April 26th in Civic E319 (NYC) & Miller M16 (PLV) from 12:10PM - 1:10PM, as a part of our T5: Tech Talks series.

In addition, we will be hosting training sessions throughout the summer. The dates will be listed on the Educational Media webpage. We are excited for this next step in Lecture Capture at Pace University!

Questions? Contact Tony Patteril (tpatteril@pace.edu) at 914-773-3778 or Fallon Saratovsky (fsaratovsky@pace.edu) at 212-346-1583 or stop by one of the Educational Media offices (NYC: Civic E312 & PLV: Miller M31).


STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE 

Submit Proposal Ideas

Pace University assesses a Technology Fee to ensure students have access to the latest instructional technology resources available. The fee is earmarked for instructional technologies to keep Pace up to date with the technology needed for today's teaching and learning methodologies. All revenue generated from the technology fee goes directly towards funding instructional technology initiatives. Proposal requirements, guidelines, submission deadlines, and meeting dates are found on our website.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th. Deadline for proposal submissions is Tuesday, April 11th.

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REMINDER: ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS REQUIRED FOR PASSWORD RESETS

Have You Set Up Your Alternative Email Address and Security Questions?

If you forget your password and need to reset it, you can do it via https://adam.pace.edu. However, now you will be asked to provide an alternative email address that we have on file for you, in order to complete the password reset process. We strongly recommend that you add an alternative email address and set up (or update) your security questions with unique answers that only you would know.

  1. You can update your security questions via https://adam.pace.edu (under Account Management section on the right side).
  2. You can update your alternative email address within MyPace Portal (https://portal.pace.edu), by accessing the Personal Information link within your Student, Faculty, or Staff tab.  
Need Assistance? Contact the ITS Help Desk at (914) 773-3333 (pacehelpdesk@pace.edu) or online at http://help.pace.edu.

COMPUTER SAFETY TIPS

Digital Spring Cleaning

Traditionally, spring cleaning means cracking our windows, dusting, mopping, and vacuuming, but this spring consider taking a few minutes to "clean" your digital life.

Here are a few tips that will help you stay safe against cyber-attacks and protect your business and personal data all year around.

  • Keep a clean machine: Ensure all software on internet-connected devices is up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
  • Lock down your login: Simple usernames and passwords are not sufficient to protect key accounts such as email, banking and social media. Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as two-factor authentication and one-time codes through your mobile device.
  • De-clutter your mobile device: Delete unused apps and keep others current, which includes your mobile device operating system.
  • Do a digital file purge: Perform a thorough review of your online files. This includes deleting emails you do not need and unsubscribing to emails you no longer need to receive. You should also back up any important data to a secure cloud site or hard drive where it can be safely stored.
  • Clear old browser data: Many web browsers can store passwords or have autofill settings. Over time the data stored by the browser accumulates, and is not a secure place to store your login information. Take some time to review your browser settings, clear old data, and ensure your browser's security settings are keeping you safe.