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Attention, faculty: Learn about UC Davis Canvas at ‘boot camp’ Sept. 13-14

September 02, 2016

Faculty can get a helpful introduction to UC Davis Canvas during a special “Canvas boot camp” in 75 Hutchison Sept. 13-14.

The sessions are intended for instructors who will teach with the new learning management system (LMS) this fall, although all UC Davis faculty are welcome. There’s no cost to attend.

For both new and advanced users

The program includes three, repeated half-day sessions on the basics, plus one session on advanced uses of Canvas.

2017 Information Security Symposium sets dates, seeks volunteers

August 19, 2016

Organizers of the next UC Davis Information Security Symposium have announced the dates: June 20-21, 2017. Now they’re looking for volunteers to help plan the conference.

This every-other-year event, which usually sells out, presents two days of lectures, labs and discussions on topics involving privacy, information, computer and network security. It attracted more than 300 technical professionals and administrative managers from all over the University of California in 2015, and is adding capacity for 2017.

UC Davis Canvas login sequence will change starting Aug. 19

August 17, 2016

Starting Friday, Aug. 19, you will log in to UC Davis Canvas a little differently than you have so far.

When you log in, you will now land on an intermediate page that asks if you’re signing in as an affiliate of UC Davis, or as a guest (see screen shot). Choose your answer, enter your credentials, and then you can proceed to use UC Davis Canvas.

UC Davis Canvas uptake: 97 instructors, 2,750 students, during Summer Session 2

August 10, 2016

Use of UC Davis Canvas continues to expand. During Summer Session 2, ninety-seven instructors are using the initial, limited version of the new learning management system (LMS) to teach 90 courses enrolling 2,750 students.
 
That’s up about 50 percent from Summer Session 1, when UC Davis Canvas debuted as the eventual replacement for SmartSite. The campus is transitioning to UC Davis Canvas during 2016-17, and SmartSite will remain available for teaching through spring quarter 2017.
 

Latest incident reinforces need to secure campus printers

August 03, 2016

UC Davis Police report that a hate message appeared in several campus printers Monday night. The incident re-emphasizes the importance of securing printers against unwanted traffic from the Internet.

In March, an outside source sent hateful messages to UC Davis and other universities via unsecured printers. The campus is investigating the source of the current message.

IET refreshes its ‘campus tech for non-technologists’ news site

August 02, 2016

​TechNews, where Information and Educational Technology posts news about campus tech for non-technologists, is the latest IET website to get updated. On Aug. 2 IET modernized its design and restored a subscription-only, Monday-morning email of TechNews headlines.

The change was one of several IET website updates released Aug. 2. The TechNews change is the most visible.

Move to Canvas summer update: Logins, workshops, course prep, and more

July 29, 2016

The move to UC Davis Canvas has begun. Sixty-one instructors have taught with it during Summer Session 1, and the numbers will only grow from here.

The campus is moving to the UC Davis Canvas learning management system (LMS) during 2016-17. Canvas is replacing SmartSite, which will remain available for teaching through spring quarter 2017.

Microsoft outage disrupts some campus email accounts

July 29, 2016

UC Davis email services were disrupted this morning by a faulty networking device in a Microsoft data center. The disruption has prevented some people from accessing their uConnect Office365 accounts, which include UC Davis email, calendar services, and Office web applications.