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IT Service Desk Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 27 November 2019 | 11:24 am

[REMINDER] The College of Charleston IT Service Desk will be closed on Thursday, November 28. On Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 the IT Service Desk will be operating in a limited capacity and will only be monitoring chat help.cofc.edu and email itservicedesk@cofc.edu. The IT Service Desk will not be available via phone on these days. Normal hours will resume Sunday, December 1.

2019 Annual Report

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 8 November 2019 | 11:55 am

The Division of Information Technology has published its 2019 Annual Report. The report is a brief snapshot of some of the services Information Technology at the College of Charleston provides, along with highlights of key initiatives where we’ve partnered with different areas across campus. To view the report, please visit it.cofc.edu/annual-report.

 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about the importance of staying safe online. The overarching theme for the month is, ‘Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.’ and the Division of Information Technology is proud to be a champion for this online safety and education initiative.

Here are a few tips you can implement to protect yourself and your family against cyber threats:

  • Never click and tell. Keep account numbers, social security numbers, and passwords private. Avoid posting information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans online or on social media.
  • Limit app permissions. Check your app permissions and learn to say “no” to privilege requests that don’t make sense. Delete apps you don’t need or no longer use.
  • Make passwords hard to guess. Avoid using personal information such as your name or pets’ names and common words like ‘password’ or ‘1234’. Instead get creative and substitute letters with punctuation or symbols. Also, consider using the longest password or passphrase (a sequence of words like ILOVE2readtheSKY!) permissible.
  • Protect accounts with MFA. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is often available for financial, social media, and email accounts. MFA makes your account security stronger and reduces the risk of online fraud and identity theft.
  • Be cautious of free Wi-Fi. When using free Wi-Fi, avoid conducting any personal business that requires passwords or financial information, turn off file sharing, and turn off automatic connect. When finished, choose “forget network”. Using your smartphone as a hotspot is a safer alternative to using an insecure network.

Want more tips and tricks for keeping yourself safe online? Join Information Technology for a discussion on Tuesday, October 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Stern Student Center Ballroom for Cybersecurity: It’s Not As Scary As You Think. The goal of the event is to dispel common myths about cybersecurity like “it’s too hard,” “there’s nothing I can do about it,” and “it’s not going to happen to me,” while also empowering students, faculty, and staff with the information and tools they need to stay protected while connected.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Event – October 29

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 10 October 2019 | 3:20 pm

Join us on Tuesday, October 29 from 1 – 2 p.m. in the Stern Student Center Ballroom for a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month event. Come listen as College of Charleston Information Technology panel members discuss tips and tricks for keeping yourself safe online. Everyone is welcome – bring a friend!

There will be treats, door prizes, giveaways, a photo booth, and more.

 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 26 September 2019 | 9:38 am

We’re a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019 Champion! #BeCyberSmart and follow us this October as we share helpful tips for online safety and privacy.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

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IT Service Desk Expanded Walk-Up Hours

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:54 am

The Division of Information Technology would like to announce expanded walk-up hours for the new IT Service Desk.

Our walk-up hours and locations (map) include:

  • Bell Building: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Addlestone Library: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Education Center: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

As always, contact IT with questions or concerns by email itservicedesk@cofc.edu, chat help.cofc.edu, or phone 843.953.3375. For further updates and news, follow IT on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

 

Yammer Training Outline Available

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 12 September 2019 | 10:54 am

[Faculty and Staff] Did you miss our Yammer trainings this summer? Visit our training site at training.cofc.edu to download Microsoft’s Yammer Quick Start Guide. You’ll also find our Yammer Training Outline to see what was covered – use this resource if are showing others in your office how to use the social networking platform.

 

September Learning Opportunities

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 10 September 2019 | 11:09 am

With Forms, a Microsoft Office 365 application, you can easily create surveys, quizzes, and polls. Then, you can view results, number of responses, average time to complete, and status of the form in real time or in Excel. It’s even possible to embed the form on web pages and edit settings to allow anonymous results. In this one-hour training, you’ll learn these functions and more.

*Bonus: If you missed our Microsoft Teams training this summer, we will be offering the course again on September 30 in RSS 131 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Email hamtl@cofc.edu to sign up for any of these learning opportunities.

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This article in The College Today outlines the different ways to contact the new IT Service Desk, including our three walk-up locations, if you need technology assistance. Read it here https://today.cofc.edu/2019/08/29/it-service-desk-replaces-helpdesk-self-service-portal/

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Akindi, the New Scantron Alternative

By drinkuthkh
Posted on 22 August 2019 | 9:44 am

College of Charleston officially launches Akindi, the new Scantron alternative. Akindi is a more convenient bubble sheet creation and scanning application.

Akindi will allow you to:
  • have multiple versions of a test
  • print bubble sheets directly from your department printer
  • grade bubble sheets from any networked scanner
  • grade bubble sheets using your iPhone
  • immediately get your test results and test reports
  • use it as a standalone application or integrate it with OAKS and the OAKS Grade book
Uses for bubble sheets in the classroom:
While bubble sheets are normally used to give quizzes or tests there are other ways to use it.
  • formative group assessment: have the student complete the answers together as a team then go to their table and scan their bubble sheet using your phone to tell them where there are misunderstandings.
  • reading quizzes: have student take a short quiz on the readings or homework at the beginning of the class then use your phone to quickly grade them to help guide your lectures.  Also serves double-duty to take attendance and uploads the grade into the OAKS Grade item.
  • post class test for understanding: give a quiz the last 5 minutes of the class to test for understanding.
  • rubrics: use them to score a rubric
  • evaluation: use them as a likert scale to do a mid-semester student evaluation of the class.
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