TechNews

Posted Date: 10/02/2017

UC Davis Canvas is beginning its second full year at UC Davis this fall, after implementing a few changes and improvements since spring. Here’s a quick rundown, plus links to locations where you can read more about the changes that interest you:

Posted Date: 09/29/2017

MyUCDavis and other services that draw data from the Banner student information system will be unavailable from 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, through 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, while Information and Educational Technology makes necessary improvements to the Banner infrastructure. 

However, some services that students, faculty and staff access through myUCDavis, including email and UC Davis Canvas, will still be available. You’ll just need to access them without using the portal. See this Knowledge Base article for more information about accessing services when myUCDavis is unavailable. 

Posted Date: 09/25/2017

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.

Posted Date: 09/08/2017

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 status.ucdavis.edu.

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 status.ucdavis.edu.

Posted Date: 08/18/2017

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 movetocanvas.ucdavis.edu.

Posted Date: 08/16/2017

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.

Posted Date: 08/11/2017

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 smartsiteprojects.ucdavis.edu.

Posted Date: 08/10/2017

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.

Posted Date: 08/03/2017

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.

Posted Date: 07/05/2017

*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 smartsite-legacycourses.ucdavis.edu

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.

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