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5 Moodle tips to start the semester

Image of a start lineIt’s time to get your Moodle courses ready! Here are five helpful (and short) tutorials for building your Moodle course at the start of the semester.  Continue reading »

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What is malware?

Malware is software used to perform malicious actions.  You may have recently heard about one type of malware called ransomware during the WannaCry attack.  Read an in-depth analysis of WannaCry.  There are several actions you can take to help protect against malware attacks.  One action is thinking before clicking on attachments or links in unsolicited emails.  The Securing the Human series from the SANS Institute, a respected source for information security training has created an informative video which talks more about malware. Read more about the SANS Institute.

Watch this video to learn more about what malware is and how to help protect yourself from a malware attack seeking to compromise your devices and data.

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Remember passwords easily with passphrases

We already know the common best practices when it comes to passwords like creating a long password, using a unique password for each account, and changing passwords often.  But… how do we remember all of these long, unique, and changing passwords?  If you are not using a password manager like LastPass consider using passphrases to help with remembering these passwords.  The SANS Institute, a respected source for information security training has created an informative video about passphrases. Continue reading »

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Windows 10 versus Windows 7: What You Need to Know

This summer, Campus Technology Support will roll out Windows 10 to University-owned devices on the 2017 Summer Replacement schedule, as well as PCs in classrooms and labs. For those of us who run screaming from software updates, curse Facebook every time it’s redesigned, and stubbornly refused to give up our flip phones, this change may be jarring. Continue reading »

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Parking ticket phishing email

PhishingTextA new phishing email is appearing in inboxes, urging users to pay a parking ticket.  Below is an example of the email with suspicious areas highlighted.

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Hello spring, goodbye digital clutter

Digital Spring CleaningJust as our lives can get cluttered with physical stuff, our digital lives can also benefit from some spring cleaning. Use the tips below to help clear your devices and make sure you are still using secure online practices.

TIP #1 Remove unused apps

“Clean” your mobile devices by deleting unused apps. Not only do they consume storage, they also clutter your screen.  For apps you do use make sure they are up to date and review their permissions. Continue reading »

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Open book assessments may reduce academic dishonesty

Picture of an open bookPreventing academic dishonesty in online and blended environments is a challenging obstacle. An open-book assessment with challenging questions that refer directly to course content may be an effective technique in reducing academic dishonesty.

You can administer this type of assessment on the whiteboard, with a Word document, inside your Learning Management System’s test bank, or through discussion forums.
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Are you interested in teaching online this summer?

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Did you know that Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) facilitates a training program for faculty teaching online? The program provides resources and training to faculty while they modify their face-to-face course for the online environment. Continue reading »

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Moodle Calendar: Helpful tool for online courses

CalendarThe Moodle calendar is one of my favorite features, and especially helpful for Elon students partaking in the summer online program.

If you use the standard Moodle assignments and add a due date to the course activity, Moodle automatically propagates that information to the course calendar block as an event!

The calendar automatically keeps track of and displays all course related due dates (projects, quizzes, chat room appointments, assignments).  In addition, students can add personal events to the calendar and customize it with user options (i.e. the time display, upcoming events, and first day of the week). Continue reading »

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Wiki ideas for math, science, history and literature courses

Idea with a Post-it noteA wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents that has many class uses.  Here are some suggestions to use wikis in your Math, Science, History and Literature classes. Continue reading »

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