Selected UD students to complete annual ECAR survey

The University of Delaware is participating in the 2018 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Student Technology Survey.

UD is one of about 200 member institutions of EDUCAUSE, a professional higher education technology association, that asks a random selection of students to participate in a survey that covers topics like technology use and support services. The data from the anonymous survey provides UD and other EDUCAUSE institutions with valuable information about how students on our campus and across the country use technology, allowing us to adjust our technology services accordingly. 

If you are one of the 3,465 UD undergraduate students selected to participate in this survey, you will receive email with a link to the survey in early April 2018. Information Technologies encourages your participation to help provide important research data for the higher education information technology community.  The survey closes on April 20, 2018.

For more information, contact the survey team at ecar-survey@udel.edu.

2018 Secure UD Training available this week

Our community and our University are targeted by hackers every day. Cybercriminals are looking for any way to exploit our systems or steal our research data, intellectual property, and personal information. Our collective security depends on our individual actions: each of us has the power to protect ourselves, each other, and our institution from cyberattacks.Secure UD logo

Secure UD Training is a security awareness resource for University employees. It empowers employees by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves, our community, and our University from cyber risks. Its modular, online, self-paced design makes it easy to complete during lunches or between emails, and the skills it cultivates are applicable throughout your life, whether at home, in the office, or abroad.

Secure UD Training has been updated and improved for 2018 and will be released this week. This year, you can expect

  • an updated Learner Dashboard, which displays your available training and important messages
  • updated, interactive training modules
  • a new training curriculum design
  • the ability to “test out” of specific modules by demonstrating your knowledge
  • greater account security through the University’s two-factor authentication (2FA) service.

2018 Secure UD Training is organized into two phases that group training modules into shorter, more convenient chunks:

  • Phase I of 2018 Secure UD Training will be released this week and will remain available through the spring semester 2018 and summer 2018 term.
  • Phase II will be released in October 2018 and will remain available through the fall semester 2018 and winter 2019 term.

Each phase of Secure UD Training includes about 10 featured modules (or about an hour of training) plus access to our more extensive training library, including resources about securing your family and home. The new curriculum design means you won’t have to request additional modules anymore. See a module that interests you? Go ahead and take it!

Emails about Secure UD Training will be sent on behalf of secadmin@udel.edu, the official email address of Secure UD. This is a change from previous years. If you don’t see your training emails, check your junk or spam folder. Remember, you can always log in to training through the Secure UD website; if you’re not sure about the information in a training email, you can visit the official website to log in and verify your training status.

If you aren’t currently enrolled in Secure UD Training and would like to be, send email to Secure UD at secadmin@udel.edu to get access.

Data Privacy Day

The University of Delaware, alongside more than 300 other organizations worldwide, will be celebrating Data Privacy Day on Sunday, Jan. 28. Data Privacy Day is an annual, international effort to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Awareness of data privacy is crucial in a world where data is constantly being collected and distributed among people, devices and services. People voluntarily share their personal data through social media accounts, rewards programs and other applications, often without considering how that information may be re-shared or used.

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Office 365 Online available to UD on Jan. 16, requiring Microsoft MFA for more security

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16, University of Delaware faculty, staff and students will be able to use Microsoft OneDrive and online versions of other Office 365 applications.

Students and employees are already able to download Microsoft Office 365 to use on their personal computers and devices or to download a version of Microsoft Office for a University-owned system.

The cloud-based version of Office 365 offers, improved security, new sharing options, the ability to use cloud-based or downloaded versions of popular Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and
other features.

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DISCOVER. LEARN. SHARE. TechFair 2017: Nov. 15

University of Delaware Information Technologies invites faculty and staff to explore the ways technology can help them, their clients and their students by attending the “Discover. Learn. Share.” Tech Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center. Lunch will be provided.

The annual Tech Fair provides an opportunity for faculty and staff members to familiarize themselves with the technology services offered by the University. Staff members who provide technology support and manage central systems will be available for questions, short discussions and hands-on demonstrations of technology tools.

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UD to celebrate GIS Day on Nov. 16

The University of Delaware IT Client Support Systems, the Library, Museums and Press, and the Geography Department will host GIS Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, with a program of lightning talks and poster sessions in the Perkins Student Center Gallery.

The program will begin at 10 a.m., but participants should arrive by 9:30 a.m. to enjoy refreshments and networking opportunities. Those interested in GIS are encouraged to drop by for this event.

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