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Becoming cyber-aware


This October marks the 12th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). During the month, both private and public sectors, as well as communities, will celebrate NCSAM by sharing tips, advice, resources, and best practices for staying safe while connected. We live in a connected world and need to know how to stay safe while online.

Long gone are the days when we only used the Internet for surfing. Today we purchase airline tickets, deposit checks into our bank accounts, sync our fitness trackers, access our health records, order groceries, and so much more – mostly from the palms of our hands. We can contact family, friends, and even our doctors. A device that is not connected to the Internet is nearly useless today. However, being online threatens our privacy and the security of our personal information, so we all need to do our part to protect ourselves while online. Cyber security is a shared responsibility, so let’s commit to being more cyber aware this October and beyond.

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Apple releases OS X El Capitan and iOS 9

At the end of September,os_x_el_capitan_roundup-800x409 Apple unveiled its latest iteration of operating systems for Macs, iPhones, and iPads. While Apple touts that the new operating systems will increase performance and bring about other significant improvements, there are reasons why you might want to hold off on upgrading to the latest platform. Read on for an overview of the two platforms and why Campus Technology Support recommends that you do not upgrade until a patch has been released. Continue reading »

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An overview of James Lang’s book on cheating lessons

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Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty by James Lang

I read an insightful book over the summer that made me stop and think. It was so inspiring that I decided to blog this fall about the topic. Academic dishonesty is brought up frequently in Teaching and Learning Technologies Online Working Group Discussion lunches and it’s a topic that many of us are concerned about.

I’ll begin the academic dishonesty blog series with a book overview of Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013) by James Lang. (The following posts will examine techniques faculty can use to deter academic dishonesty in classes as well as recommendations by our online Elon faculty). James Lang is an Associate Professor of English, and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, at Assumption College. He also has a regular column in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Continue reading »

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Bio professor 3D-prints microscope accessories at Maker Hub

mkrHeader01Elon’s new makerspace, the Maker Hub, is chock full of cool gadgets for students, faculty, and staff to use for making pretty much whatever they want. From knitting needles to soldering supplies, the Maker Hub has it. Among these tools is a 3D printer, which students have used construct handy items like iPhone speakers and necklaces. Now, biology professor Dr. Eric Bauer is 3D-printing microscope add-ons that will help with his research on zebrafish.  Continue reading »

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Dropbox phishing scheme affecting students

Over the last few weeks, nodropbox-100354429-largestudents have experienced an influx in phishing scheme messages purported to be sent by trusted friends and colleagues. While the email appears legitimate, clicking the link compromises the security of your account. Read on for information about what the email looks like and what you should do to prevent unauthorized access to your account. Continue reading »

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Getting past the alpha geek mentality: makerspaces on campus

alpha geek iconMakerspaces are popping up everywhere in North Carolina. Universities, private colleges, public schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations are building these spaces to encourage tinkering and innovation. Elon is no exception—we opened our first makerspace, dubbed the Maker Hub, this fall.

Since Elon is now part of the larger maker movement in North Carolina, the university recently hosted a makerspace panel discussion with folks from UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Davidson, UNC-Greensboro, and the Alamance Makers Guild. The conversation centered on ways to get faculty and students interested and involved in making, including ideas for makerspaces that are welcoming, encouraging, and successful. Below are a few highlights of the discussion, plus details about how to stay involved in this conversation.  Continue reading »

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Music major Addison Horner teaches piano with Instagram

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Hashtag Music Logo

Contrary to popular belief, Instagram is not just reserved for pictures of latte foam designs and bathroom mirror selfies. Music major Addison Horner (’16), for example, uses the app as a tool for music education. His honors thesis project, Hashtag Music, involves creating a 10-month-long curriculum on Instagram that teaches young adults to play the piano.
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Wireless network available for smart TVs and more

Earlier this month,Phillips-Technologies-Wireless-Networking Instructional & Campus Technologies launched the new elonu-connect wireless network at Elon University. This wireless network is designed for connecting smart TVs, gaming systems, wireless printers and other devices. Read on to learn how to connect your devices, and why you may want to reconsider using a wireless printer. Continue reading »

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Technology resources available for Move-In

As students, both 08_27_10 movein day 002 editnew and returning, make their way back to campus this week, Instructional & Campus Technologies (ICT) will have a presence across campus to help students with accessing campus-based technology. Additionally, the Technology Service Desk is available to assist students with accessing our wireless networks and print stations at our office located at 114 W. Lebanon Avenue. Continue reading »

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Summer upgrades and improvements

Summer upgrade iconOver the summer, Instructional & Campus Technologies made a number of improvements that will impact students, faculty, and staff. Below are some highlights.  Continue reading »

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