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Faculty Newsletter - September 2014

Faculty

        Add/Drop Notifications
        Lecture Capture
        ePortfolio
        Java Updates
        Blackboard: Uploading Syllabus, Course Display, and Naming Files
        Stay Protected
        Register for Wireless
        IT Training
        Renovations Updates


Add/Drop Notifications In Your Inbox

Beginning the first day of classes and throughout the semester, you will receive email notifications listing students who recently added/dropped your course(s). More details and additional Semester Course and Grade Roster views can be found at: Course & Grades Roster Summary.

Lecture Capture Update

Now included in lecture capture are better analytics reporting, discussion threads integration, bookmarks, and heat maps. An Echo 360 tab in Blackboard can be requested to direct students to the Echo Center page which houses the list of lecture captures. Authentication may be required. To find out more about the new features, contact Educational Media Services or click here.

ePortfolio Update

The latest ePortfolio upgrade brought new features:  a better editing layout, and a sleeker design.  Users can embed PDF documents, move feedback around their pages, and add badges from other sites. Adding content is simpler than ever with a new menu bar that moves with you as you scroll throughout the page. Users who like to edit on-the-go will enjoy ePortfolio’s new responsive design for mobile devices.

Questions?  Log into http://eportfolio.pace.edu to check out these new additions or contact acadtech@pace.edu.

Using Internet Explorer for Banner or Kronos?

Microsoft recently released a patch that changes the way Internet Explorer (IE) interacts with outdated Java ActiveX controls.

Beginning Tuesday, September 9th, users trying to access web pages with Internet Explorer (IE) and using lower versions of Java ActiveX controls will see security notification pop ups.  Users should update their Java to version Java 7 update 65.

For more detailed information, go to the Java Compatibility page.

Blackboard

Upload Your Syllabus to Blackboard

For instructions on how to upload your course syllabus to Blackboard, click here.

Blackboard Course Display

Under the "My Courses" section, there is a known Blackboard limitation that affects users who have access to more than 150 courses in Blackboard.   View more details...

Naming Files in Blackboard

Please make sure your students are properly naming their files when uploading to Blackboard.  View more details...

Stay Protected!

Computer security is an issue that everyone faces.

How do I keep from falling victim to a phishing scam?

DO NOT respond to these email types, click any links or attachments, or provide any personal information. Delete the email message from your Inbox and then permanently remove it from your Deleted Items folder.

DO NOT share with anyone your account information and/or passwords. This can lead to fraudulent account access and identity theft. Learn more...

DO NOT visit untrusted websites. This will reduce your computer’s chances  of infection with malware.

Everyone is responsible to ensure that we keep our institution’s and personal data secure.

Stay vigilant and take key steps to help safeguard personal information and the institution’s data.

Phishing messages try to disguise themselves as authentic emails by spoofing  you with “From” addresses of people you know or are known companies. They will attempt to convince you to divulge personal or sensitive information such as Social Security number, credit card numbers, or  accounts and passwords.

For more details and best practices, visit Pace’s IT Security website. 

If you or your area needs training, email IT Security at itsecurity@pace.edu

Need Wireless? Register Your Device

Connect to PACE-OPEN to configure your wireless devices. (A one-time process.)  Follow the instructions to automatically configure and register the devices for PACE-WIRELESS.  When completed, the device should be connected to PACE-WIRELESS.  Learn more…

To check if your devices are registered, see How do I check if my device is registered?

Need Guest Wireless?

This system also offers a self-service option for Pace students, faculty, and staff to generate wireless/wired network guest accounts for their visitors who would like to access the  internet during their visit. Get instructions here: Guest accounts for PACE-WIRELESS

Need IT Training?

View all online or instructor-led IT training courses at: IT Training.

Summer Renovations

Classrooms and Lecture Halls

This summer, over 90 classroom upgrades were done, including the installation of eleven new interactive whiteboards, projectors, enhancements to the main video conference rooms, and the renovation of the Law School’s Moot Court Room.  In August, Educational Media conducted training sessions and classroom tours for faculty.  More sessions are being scheduled throughout the semester. You can contact Educational Media Services to schedule tours or training.  To see a full list of current classroom technologies click here.

New York Campus Computer Classrooms

ITS worked with Facilities & Planning to renovate four ITS-managed electronic classrooms:  Rooms W200A, W200B, W205, and W206.  They were refreshed with fresh paint, new carpeting, and new furniture to match the recently renovated main computer lab.  Updated floor layouts and space-efficient desks improved traffic flow to achieve an increase in the number of computers available. Stop by and see the changes!  View more details...