Educause offers a wealth of useful materials. If you work at UC Davis, viewing them online just got easier, because you no longer need a separate Educause login. Use your campus Kerberos ID and passphrase, and you're in.
Credit the easier access to Information and Educational Technology, which recently enabled federated access to Educause for UC Davis faculty and staff. Federated access allows people at trusted institutions to use their local logins to access restricted materials at other locations.
The federated access to Educause represents another step forward in campus efforts to give faculty and staff online access to additional protected scholarly materials through one secure login. But for anyone not interested in the finer details of access management, the simplified route to Educause is the biggest news.
Educause, a nonprofit that promotes the intelligent use of information technology to advance higher education, offers professional development opportunities and free materials to universities and colleges. The resources include publications, Web seminars, presentations, effective practices, discussion groups, conference materials, and a searchable library, on subjects ranging from cybersecurity and networking to the law and teaching.
Recent reports include titles on cloud computing, communicating effectively to faculty about information security, and the social networking habits of students. A "mentoring kit" offers advice on helping colleagues to build a career--or on finding someone to help you build your own.
The campus has an institutional membership in Educause, which means any faculty or staff member at UC Davis can use its resources.
To use the new access, go to www.educause.edu, then:
- Click Login in the upper-right corner
- Click the InCommon logo in the upper-right corn er
- In the "ARE YOU FROM" window, scroll or search for University of California, Davis (use the full name--"UC Davis" won't work)
- Select it
- Log in when prompted. You'll land on the Educause home page. The upper-right corner will say something like "Welcome [back]" and list your name. If you already have an Educause profile with an email address, you'll see a message asking you to confirm that your profile is accurate.
And that's it.
For help, contact the IT Express Computing Services Help Desk at (530) 754-HELP (4357).