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Turnitin Rubric Enhancements: New Sharing and Uploading Capabilities

April 08, 2014

Turnitin has expanded its grading rubric features. Now professors can browse and import standard rubrics from Turnitin's Teaching Tools, or upload rubrics created in Microsoft Excel. Rubrics shared through Teaching Tools are designed for a variety of subjects and grade levels; professors can edit grading scales and categories to meet specific instructional needs. To find out more about sharing rubrics through Turnitin's Teaching Tools, visit: http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/teaching-tools

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New Turnitin Capabilities Enable Grading for a Variety of Subjects

March 20, 2014

Turnitin might be best known in the humanities as a plagiarism detection tool. But with the new "Grade Anything" capabilities in Turnitin's GradeMark feature, students and professors from many disciplines can get the most out of these feedback and evaluation tools. Now users can upload a variety of media, including PowerPoint presentations, images, videos, as well as traditional text documents. Professors can use quick grading features to add comments, give points, and offer feedback on almost a...

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Luminis CMS No Longer Available Starting April 1

March 18, 2014

Luminis, the University's previous web content management system (CMS), will be permanently shut down on April 1, 2014. As of that date, it will no longer be accessible.

Luminis site content was migrated into the University's new CMS, Cascade Server, in Aug. 2013. If users saved anything in Luminis after Aug. and would like to keep it, they will need to login to the previous system and download their files before April 1, 2014.

To access Luminis:

Go to: lcms2.isg.siue.edu

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Microsoft Office Now Available To Students

March 17, 2014

Microsoft has added a benefit to the existing SIUE campus agreement that allows students to download and install Microsoft Office at no additional charge. This new offering is available immediately.

Currently enrolled students can log in with their SIUE e-ID and password, then download and install Microsoft Office on up to five computers. This also includes Office applications for iPhone and Android phones. Students can simply visit https://portal.microsoftonline.com and sign in using their SIU...

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ITS Training Sessions Scheduled for Spring

March 12, 2014

Hone your skills or learn something new this spring. Several ITS training sessions and open labs are scheduled for this semester, including workshops on Microsoft Office 2013, Banner, and Cascade Server. Visit the ITS Training page to read more and register. Feel free to call the ITS Help Desk at 618-650-5500 with any questions or requests for one-on-one training.

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Tips from the Help Desk: Free Ways to Protect Your Computer

March 11, 2014

Sometimes it seems that we spend more time defending our computers than actually using them to be productive. To make it easier, we've put together a list of free tools that can help keep your computer clean and running fast. We've also included a short description of common threats faced by computer users today. If you have any questions about using the tools below or about protecting your devices in general, feel free to contact the ITS Help Desk at 618-650-5500.

Types of computer threats:

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New Distance Learning Classroom in Founders Hall

March 04, 2014

ITS has added another Distance Learning classroom to facilitate the growing popularity of video conferencing. The updated equipment is in classroom 1408 in Founders Hall. It features all of the standard SMART classroom equipment as well as a full HD camera, two projectors, and video conferencing system. Video conferencing rooms also work well for web meetings via WebEx and connect virtually anywhere. If you’re interested in using a room for your class, please send a message to help@siue.ed...

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Blackboard Collaborate File Conversion Issue

February 24, 2014

Although faculty are able to play back Collaborate recordings in Blackboard, a known issue prevents those recordings from being converted to .mp3 (audio) or .mp4 (video) formats. If you need to convert Blackboard Collaborate recordings so they are available to students in .mp3 and .mp4 formats, complete the request form linked linked below. The Blackboard Support team will process requests in the order in which they are received. If you have any questions, contact ITS at (618) 650-5500.

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Mass Publish Scheduled for Cascade Server

February 20, 2014

Cascade Server, the University's content management system, has been experiencing display issues with pages involving https:// SIUE url’s. A solution for the display issues has been identified and will need to be applied system wide to all pages and sites by re-publishing the entire SIUE website.

The mass publish is scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 24th at 4 p.m. and will be completed by Tuesday, Feb. 25th. We will send out a notification on Tuesday once the publish is complete.

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Blackboard Upgrade Complete

January 30, 2014

The following features have been enhanced with the most recent upgrade to Blackboard, which was completed on December 20, 2013.

  • Tests and Surveys - More options for giving student feedback, detailed test access logs to verify reported test-taking issues, and new test availability settings are among the updates to Blackboard tests and surveys.
  • Discussion Boards - Inline response features and improved thread visibility are highlights of the improved discussion board.
  • Achievements - Faculty ca...

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Blackboard Upgrade Requires Respondus Updates

January 22, 2014

Students and faculty will need to update licensed Respondus products to assure full functionality with the current version of Blackboard at the start of the Spring 2014 semester.

  • Faculty using Respondus and/or StudyMate Author must update to the latest release of those products by visiting: http://www.respondus.com/support/patches.shtml. Users must be updated to at least:
    • Respondus 4.0.5.06
    • StudyMate Author 2.5.1.04
  • Students in courses where faculty are administering tests that r...

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Faculty/Staff Blackboard Reminders for Spring

January 09, 2014

Reminders for spring:

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Upcoming ITS Training Sessions

January 07, 2014

Several ITS training sessions and open labs are scheduled for the coming weeks, including sessions on Microsoft Excel, Blackboard, and Turnitin. Find out more and register for these opportunities at: http://www.siue.edu/its/fac_staff/training/. Call ITS at 618-650-5500 with any questions. 

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SMART Classroom Upgrades in Peck Hall and Engineering Additions

January 06, 2014

As part of the Engineering Building construction and renovation, ITS has added SMART classroom equipment to sixteen classrooms in the new extension and seven classrooms in Peck Hall. All of the rooms received new projectors, high resolution document cameras, 20" SMART Podiums, and a room control system.

The new equipment is exciting, but may take some getting used to. ITS offers tutorials on the new equipment at http://www.siue.edu/smart. We also offer one-on-one training, which can usuall...

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Tips from the Help Desk - How to Spot Phishing Scams

January 02, 2014

Phishing is an attempt to steal a user’s personal information through fraudulent emails. Below are a few tips to help you identify these scams and keep your information safe online.

  • Ultimatums or threatening tones are signs of phishing scams. Scammers will often attempt to frighten you by saying your account will be deleted if you do not respond.
  • Do not click on links or open attachments in emails from unknown senders.
  • Scammers will often show you a legitimate link but clicking on it ...

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