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ITS Network & Systems Infrastructure Maintenance

May 21, 2015

ITS Network & Systems Infrastructure Maintenance

There will be a Network Outage on Sunday May 24th 2015 affecting Peck Hall. ITS Networking will be performing maintenance on the Data Network for Peck Hall on Sunday May 24th 2015 from 8:00am to 4:30 pm. This maintenance will cause a network outage for the areas affected. The area of the building that
will be mostly affected is 300-wing of Peck on all 4 levels. All maintenance should to be completed by 4:30pm. For more information, please conta...

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Add Test Student

May 11, 2015

Blackboard’s Student Preview Feature Replacing “Add Test Student” Process

Faculty no longer need to create and maintain a “test student” account in Blackboard in order to view courses as a student. The new Student Preview button in Blackboard allows faculty to easily switch from an instructor's view to a student’s view without adding a test student account to the course. Student Preview lets faculty view test configurations, date restriction settings, and My ...

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Tips to Protect Your Personal Information

April 06, 2015

From internet search queries to shopping patterns, it is common practice for companies to collect data on individuals. Big data drives marketing tactics, mail advertising, social media trends, and internet pop-up ads geared towards its consumers by using collected online personal information. These practices can leave your personal information vulnerable. If specific information is found by an identity thief, your information could be stolen. The ITS department suggests these six tips to help yo...

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Blackboard Community Engagement

March 09, 2015

The my.SIUE portal has been renamed to Blackboard Community Engagement. Still keeping to the look and feel of Blackboard, all SIUE students, faculty, and employees will be able to access resources by logging in with their Blackboard account. 

Blackboard Communities (Organizations), a new feature designed to host ongoing educational and learning groups within SIUE is now available.* Request a Bb CE Organization here: Organization request form.

*Please note tha...

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SIUE is now on iTunes U!

March 02, 2015

What is iTunes U?

iTunes U is the world’s largest catalog of free educational content. iTunes U is a free service hosted by Apple that allows instructors, administrators, and affiliates to manage, distribute and control access to educational audio and video content for students within a college or university. To get started and affiliate your Apple ID with SIUE click here.

How do I get my content on iTunes U?

- By using the iTunes U Course Manager
- Create an instructor profile
- Create a...

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Blackboard Training

February 25, 2015

Are you a faculty member interested in learning more about Blackboard this semester? Register for a training workshop on using discussion boards, assignments, tests, or other tools aimed at improving student engagement in your online, hybrid, or web-enhanced courses. The spring workshop schedule and registration page is now available at: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_aaAV2bKQ19Yo2kR

For self-paced training and other on-demand resources, visit the ITS Blackboard page at: http://www...

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New Student Preview Feature in Blackboard

February 25, 2015

The new Student Preview button in Blackboard allows faculty to easily switch from an instructor's view to a student’s view without adding a test student account to the course. Student Preview lets faculty see the online environment as a student would see it, including viewing test configurations, date restriction settings, and My Grades. To find out more about using this feature, visit: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb/fac_staff/bb_step4h.shtml

If you have any questions, please contact ITS at h...

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Turnitin and iThenticate Planned Outages on March 7

February 23, 2015

Turnitin and iThenticate, two plagiarism detection and paper revision services, will be unavailable on March 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST for routine maintenance. Please contact ITS at help@siue.edu or 618-650-5500 with any questions.

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ITS Updating Aging Equipment

January 28, 2015

ITS has has been busy adding new equipment and updating aging equipment in the learning spaces on campus. Below are some notable updates.

  • All of our computer classrooms are receiving a new projector, screen, and audio upgrades.
  • Five to six year old projectors are being replaced with new units.
  • The 20 oldest smart classrooms are receiving new Smart monitors, touch screens, and control equipment that support HDMI connectivity.
  • Two classrooms are testing Apple TVs that allow wireless presenta...

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Spring Blackboard Training Workshop

January 28, 2015

Are you a faculty member interested in learning more about Blackboard this semester? Register for a training workshop on using discussion boards, assignments, tests, or other tools aimed at improving student engagement in your online, hybrid, or web-enhanced courses. The spring workshop schedule and registration page is now available at: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_aaAV2bKQ19Yo2kR

For self-paced training and other on-demand resources, visit the ITS Blackboard page at: http://www.siue.edu/...

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Spring ITS Technology Training Workshop

January 28, 2015

ITS provides training opportunities each semester for faculty and staff who are interested in gaining new or improving existing technology skills. Among other workshops this spring, ITS will offer sessions on Microsoft Office, University email, Banner (the University’s registration system), Cascade Server (the University’s web content management system), and Blackboard (the University’s learning management system).

Visit the ITS Training page to learn more and to register: htt...

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Training Page Navigation

January 23, 2015

When you arrive at the ITS Training home page, you have some options on how to view the training schedule.   Users can:

  1. see the 8 upcoming scheduled training sessions on the right side of the screen.  Clicking on any one of those will open that event in Master Calendar where they can see not only that session, but any future sessions.
  2. see all of the upcoming scheduled training sessions by clicking on the orange rss icon in the header at the top of that RSS box on the right.&#...

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ITS Service Interruptions on Sunday, November 23

November 20, 2014

As ITS continues the renovation of the University’s primary data center, the following services will be unavailable between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 23, 2014:

  • Email
  • Sharepoint
  • Blackboard Analytics
  • Ratex
  • Event Management System (EMS)

Also, during the campus power outage for the Morris University Center on Sunday, November 23rd, there will be NO network service to the Morris University Center or Rendleman Hall. This means that remote connections to desktop computers...

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Request Blackboard Course Shells for Spring

November 13, 2014

All Blackboard course shell requests must be made online by choosing the appropriate option under "Blackboard Faculty Forms" at: http://www.siue.edu/its/bb
 

  • To ensure that your spring course shells will be ready for the first day of the spring semester, submit your complete request no later than Wednesday, December 17 for the Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy, or Monday, December 22 for all other academic divisions.
  • Course shells may be requested as soon as an instructor know...

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IT Security Precautions for Traveling Abroad

October 20, 2014

Faculty and staff need to be mindful of what they take with them into any foreign country, especially China. Recent trends have shown American researchers are being targeted and having confidential information stolen. The FBI has been adamant that any electronic device taken into China will be viewed and most likely will have information stolen.

One thing to keep in mind is that hackers may not be targeting you specifically but may just be looking for a way to get to the larger SIUE network; ...

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Establishing Copy and Print Restrictions In Blackboard Tests

October 17, 2014

To prevent Blackboard users from copying and printing while inside of a test, including on post-test feedback screens, faculty may want to establish copy/print restrictions in Blackboard Tests. Follow the instructions below to set up such restrictions:

  • Select "Edit the Test Options" on a test you have already created
  • Go to the "Content Link Description" text box under "Test Information"
  • Select the "HTML" option from the bottom row of buttons on the content editor
    • If you do not see the HT...

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