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If you see ‘unauthenticated message’ in your inbox after Oct. 29, here’s what it’ll mean

October 16, 2020

Starting Oct. 29, you might start seeing "[Unauthenticated message]" appear in the subject line of some email messages that third-party email vendors send to your UC Davis email account.

The tag doesn’t automatically mean the message is spam, but it probably does mean the vendor needs to work with the campus to comply with UC Davis’ updated authentication process for such messages.

It’s almost as simple as not using 123456 as a password: Duo, Zoom, and good advice for cybersecurity at UC Davis this fall

October 09, 2020

Zoom and Duo are the new names in campus cybersecurity this year, so they’re getting more attention. But to protect yourself from hacks and account breaches, you need to think about your habits as much as you do your technology.

As we enter the new academic year, here are three things you can do as a student to significantly cut your exposure to cyber-risks while you study at UC Davis. These ideas come from the UC Davis Information Security Office. To make your work and privacy even more secure, check out the additional ideas at the end.

UC Davis Canvas handles record volume on first day of classes

October 02, 2020

Here’s an icebreaker you can use when waiting for your next Zoom meeting to begin:

What core part of UC Davis was viewed 3.28 million times on the first day of classes fall term?

Answer: UC Davis Canvas. The learning management system (LMS) logged that many page views on Sept. 30, a volume more than twice as large as last year’s.

Zoom UC Davis update: No-cost accounts for students, plus other changes (revised 9/21)

September 17, 2020

Update Sept. 21: Zoom now says it will not enforce a previously announced security requirement that all meetings have passcodes or waiting rooms starting Sept. 27. Instead, the company plans to introduce an opt-in administrative setting in November that would "ensure that all meetings have a passcode, waiting room, or 'Only authenticated users can join' " requirement, and "highly recommends" that locations adopt this setting.

Keep Teaching adds clearer path, guidance to its popular set of resources

July 02, 2020

The UC Davis Keep Teaching website, a collection of ideas and resources that emerged almost overnight last March to help faculty and TAs shift quickly to remote instruction, now offers a clearer path through its offerings.

On July 2, the site released a major update to the site’s Teaching section to make key resources easier to find, feature peer-to-peer comments from faculty, and present seven pedagogical topics that instructors should consider as they teach remotely.

To keep using Zoom, upgrade to new version before May 30

May 20, 2020

UC Davis faculty, students, and staff need to upgrade to version 5.0 of Zoom before May 30 in order to continue participating in classes or other online sessions that use the videoconferencing tool.

Zoom released version 5.0 on April 27, and will not allow older versions of the tool to be used starting May 30. The new version, a major upgrade, includes security improvements and other enhancements.

IT Express is fully open and ready to help, wherever you land

March 23, 2020

The coronavirus is disrupting campus services, but the IT Express Service Desk is keeping a steady beat.

The campus tech service desk, with its analysts working remotely, continues to answer questions and requests for assistance on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will also observe those hours during spring break.

You don’t need to be on campus to enlist their help. If you’re a UC Davis faculty member, student, or employee, they’re open for you.

New this week: Webinars for faculty on using Canvas, other tools, to teach online

March 09, 2020

The campus is presenting four webinars for faculty daily today through Friday, March 13, on how to use Canvas to hold quizzes or exams online, communicate with students, or distribute video lectures.

Each webinar, presented by an instructional technologist in Information and Educational Technology, lasts one hour. The topics:

Cybersecurity offers careers to students of science, arts, culture—and it pays well

February 20, 2020

For cybersecurity to keep pace with the fast spread of technology, the field needs students of every interest to think of it as a good potential career. This includes students from computer science, art, sociology, the economy, culture, ethics—you name it. Cybersecurity needs them.

A lunchtime get-together for UC Davis students this winter helped put that point across, and might even have inspired a new career path or two.

It improves clarity, saves time: Faculty list varied reasons for using Gradescope

February 18, 2020

UC Davis faculty curious about new approaches to grading might want to read this recent post in The Wheel. In it, instructors from different fields explain why they use Gradescope, a relatively new grading app on campus. Their answers are positive and varied.

One says Gradescope’s rubrics “allow for quick, clear grading” for questions “ranging from a few sentences to a full page of writing.” Another uses the app to “evaluate and improve my exam questions and structure.”