Be the Geek

September 11, 2017

‘Be the Geek,’ another way of saying ‘be the change,’ wins $5,000 campus grant

Expect interruptions to myUCDavis, Office 365, and other services on Sept. 9

September 08, 2017

Some UC Davis online services will be unavailable during parts of Saturday, Sept. 9, while the campus corrects a problem with Data Center equipment through a software update. The plan is for two service outages, each approximately 5 to 30 minutes long, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. If more interruptions are needed, information will be posted at

The affected services include the myUCDavis web portal and Office 365 email accounts, although O365 accounts that are active when an interruption begins will continue to work.

For more information, see the status announcement. For service updates, including announcements when the work is finished, please see

Classrooms get tech upgrades

September 07, 2017

Students and faculty will enjoy improved technology inside 15 classrooms in Giedt, Olson and Everson halls starting this fall, thanks to upgrades made over the summer.

Next phase of SmartSite drawdown: No new project sites, starting Sept. 1

August 18, 2017

The retirement of SmartSite moves another step forward on Sept. 1, when the ability to use the service to create new project sites will end.
Rather than create a new site in a vanishing service, it’s time to choose an alternative. Several exist.
For more information, including a survey tool that can help identify alternatives for project sites, please see the projects transition web page. Read more about the transition from SmartSite to UC Davis Canvas at

2017 Cyber Safety Survey, coming soon, includes shorter version for faculty who manage their own machines

August 16, 2017

If you manage technology at UC Davis, keep an eye out for the yearly Cyber Safety Survey. It should come your way soon.

The survey takes the pulse of information security at UC Davis, and has two versions this year. The standard edition, with approximately 90 questions, is usually completed by the IT directors of high-level campus units. The shorter version, with about 24 questions, is mostly for faculty who use computers or devices that aren’t managed by IT staff.

The goal is to identify trends and common problems across UC Davis; measure progress in campus cybersecurity; and find the areas with the most risk so that the Information Security Office (ISO) can work with units to reduce that risk.

New survey tool can help you replace your SmartSite project site

August 11, 2017


If you own a project site in SmartSite and need ideas for replacing it now that SmartSite is ending, check out the new survey tool at It suggests alternatives based on what you want to accomplish.

Many of the alternatives are collaboration services that didn’t exist when SmartSite debuted in 2006, and are a better fit for certain purposes than SmartSite is.

Registration opens for this year’s Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology

August 10, 2017


See if this would be useful to you: a day of workshops, talks and sessions about teaching and technology, customized for UC Davis faculty, and led by a campus colleague or expert. UC Davis has recently adopted Canvas as its main learning management system, so exploring Canvas should be a theme.

And the event should be free, conveniently located, and, what the heck, include a complimentary lunch.

Canvas’ new annotation tool adds features, with more to come

August 03, 2017

If you teach with UC Davis Canvas, this news should interest you: Instructure is adding features and making improvements to DocViewer, the new annotation tool that has replaced Crocodoc in Canvas.

Instructors use annotation tools to comment on students’ coursework, typically as part of grading. (The Canvas grading tool is SpeedGrader.)

To access SmartSite legacy course sites from off campus, instructors will need to use a VPN

July 05, 2017

*UPDATE* The SmartSite change planned for July 14 has been postponed until a later date. We will provide an update when the new date has been set. Access to SmartSite will continue as usual until that time.

The new home for SmartSite legacy course sites will be available to instructors starting July 14 at

Instructors can access the location via the campus network, or—when they’re away from campus—by using a VPN connection (“virtual private network”). Instructors with a departmental VPN can continue to use their existing service, while others can use the VPN service provided by the UC Davis Library. These instructions have details. Using a VPN for off-campus access will help secure any private information contained in the archives.

If you have access problems Thursday, check your wi-fi

June 20, 2017


If you can’t get internet access on campus beginning this Thursday, check the wi-fi setting on your device. If it’s still trying to use moobilenetx, that will likely be the problem. Moobilenetx won’t be working anymore.

On Thursday, June 22, the campus is retiring moobilenetx in favor of eduroam, a secure wireless service that can also be used at thousands of universities, airports, and other public sites worldwide.