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Spring 2018

Contents:

Wireless Upgrade Project  

Academic Technology Grants 

Office 365 Available in 2018 for Faculty and Staff  

Software Center and Self Service  

Security Tip: Shopping Online Safely  

 

Wireless Upgrade Project 

 

Information Technology Services has begun the process of upgrading the wireless network on campus. This upgrade significantly increases the reliability and speed associated with the wireless network. During this process, the wireless network will be re-designed to support user density in all useable rooms on campus. This ensures that classrooms and other heavily populated areas have the appropriate number of access points to provide the necessary speed and capacity to support wireless devices. This upgrade process is to be performed over multiple phases. The first phase of this process has already begun and will replace roughly half of the current access points on campus.


The first phase includes upgrades to the following areas: Residence Halls (Osprey Village, Osprey Crossings, Osprey Cove, Osprey Landing, Osprey Hall, The Flats, and The Fountains), Building 5 - Physical Facilities, Building 6 - The Annex, Building 9 - Fred Schultz Hall, Building 16 - Osprey Commons, Building 17 - Osprey Clubhouse, Building 42 - Coggin College of Business, Building 47 - Traffic Control Booth, Building 51 - Social Science, Building 52 - Parking Services, Building 62 - Housing Maintenance, and Building 64 - Campus Maintenance Facility.

ITS expects the first phase to be completed before the beginning of the 2018 fall semester. The number of phases and length of time to upgrade the entire campus will depend on resources and budget availability. 

Academic Technology Grants  

The Campus Technology Committee and Academic Technology unit of Information Technology Services invites proposals from faculty for UNF Academic Technology Grants. The purpose of these grants is to support and advance the technology needs of the faculty in service of their teaching, research/creative, and service activities. The grant program provides support of up to $1000 towards information technology requirements per funded individual project, or up to $2000 for multiple faculty members working together. Applications for the spring funding round are due by 5 p.m. on February 2, 2018. More information and application details. Questions about Academic Technology Grants can be directed to Gordon Rakita at grakita@unf.edu or (904) 620-1658.

Office 365 Available in 2018 for Faculty and Staff 

Faculty and staff can soon enjoy the many benefits of Office 365. Some of these include more email storage space, Office 365 ProPlus (five free Office downloads on personal devices), Office Online (work in the cloud with Office apps), OneDrive for Business (one terabyte of cloud storage) and new applications and services. When the change is made, faculty will see very little difference with the Office applications installed on their UNF computer, but when they log in to Webaccess.unf.edu, there will be a lot of new functionality, applications, and more. The specific date when Office 365 becomes available for faculty and staff is not yet known, but the estimate is sometime this summer. 

Software Center and Self Service  

Coming in Spring 2018, ITS will be introducing two Self Service tools for Faculty and Staff. These tools are named Software Center (Windows) and Self Service (Mac). Both tools provide access to software that can be installed without admin rights. The tools also bring expanded capabilities to how software updates are installed on UNF devices.

Security Tip: Shopping Online Safely 

The IT Security Team conducted a forum in December on online shopping safety. Below are some of the suggestions resulting from the talk. 

  • Only purchase from reputable vendors who have positive consumer ratings. 
  • Make sure the site is security-enabled. Look for a web address that starts with HTTPS:// (notice the "S"). 
  • Personal information is like money, protect it as such. Be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Only fill out required fields at checkout. 
  • Use a safe payment method. Using a credit card online is better than using a debit card. The safest method is using a prepaid credit card for online purchases. 
  • Disable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi while online shopping. (Some stores and locations look for devices using these and track your movements while you are in range.) 
  • Always run up to date antivirus and anti-malware software. 
  • Use strong passwords and use different passwords for different accounts. 

 

Questions or comments regarding this Technology Update may be directed to its-infomail@unf.edu