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Holiday season sees increase in malware

During the holiday season, hackers become increasingly active due to the increased volume of people shopping online. With an increase in internet traffic, hackers use this time of year to focus their attempts on spreading malware and viruses in order to gain access to user information such as account passwords and banking information. It is important for users to be mindful of the websites they visit and where they enter sensitive information. Continue reading »

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Tech roundup: Presentation tools for every occasion

3013659550_46990b4144With the amount of presentation software available, it can be hard decide what is the best for your particular project. Over the past year, the writers on the technology blog have highlighted a number of presentation tools that could suit your project needs. If you’re working on a presentation in a team, these five tools could work for you. If not, here is our roundup of presentation software you should try:

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Problems with OSX Yosemite

On October 16, yosemiteApple rolled out its latest OSX release for Mac computers, OSX Yosemite. While there are many positive additions Apple made to the operating system, there have also been numerous glitches identified in the system that have affected multiple users, including those on Elon’s campus. Continue reading »

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6 Quiz Tips for Moodle

The Moodle Quiz is a powerful tool, and can save you hours of grading (or at least the walk to-and-from Belk Library to drop off and pick up your Scantrons). With only minor tweaking, your Quiz can be automatically graded, with the results released to your students when you choose. It’s very easy to assess and grade all those essay questions. You can also give individual students with accommodations additional time to complete your Quiz. But with all these features comes inevitable confusion. Based on a review of the challenges faculty typically face using Moodle Quizzes, I’ve assembled six tips for setting up your Moodle Quizzes and making them nearly foolproof.

And remember: If you run into any trouble, please call the Technology Service Desk at 336.278.5200!

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Dr. Crider on how the Epic Finale redefines the final exam

Students show off the phones they used to record video during the exam.

Students show off the phones they used to record video during the exam.

The creation of a good exam is a tricky art. An exam should test students what they’ve learned, but it is hard to spice things up from the monotonous multiple-choice format. However, Dr. Tony Crider has found a way to test his students in a way that challenges deeper thought and ended with students standing, applauding and actually thanking him for the exam. This is the Epic Finale.

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Managing your account passwords

Earlier this month, Instructional & Campus Technologies upgraded the Self-Service Password Maintenance site that allows faculty, staff, and students the ability to manage their account passwords. The upgraded site makes it easier than ever for users to change their account passwords without contacting the Technology Service Desk. Continue reading »

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Exploring Keynote

This article is a part of the Writing with Thumbs project – a year-long look at iPad apps and accessories that support writing. Read more about the project here.  

We've all been there.

We’ve all been there.

For most of us, a professor’s instruction to “make a presentation” is basically synonymous with “make a PowerPoint.” Everyone and their mother knows how to make a PowerPoint presentation, which may be why this software has joined the ranks of “Xerox” and “Kleenex” among trademark names that are used generically. There are a few competing presentation softwares that have gained college students’ attention over the last few years—most notably Prezi (famous for its sometimes vertigo-inducing “infinite canvas” concept) and Google Presentations (essentially a stripped-down version of PowerPoint). But one of the most underused presentation programs seems to be Apple’s Keynote, which allows students to produce more polished, professional presentations.

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Adobe Voice: Presentations with personality

This article is a part of the Writing with Thumbs project – a year-long look at iPad apps and accessories that support writing. Read more about the project here

I’ve been abroad for a litScreen Shot 2014-10-23 at 1.28.40 PMtle over a month and a half now, and it’s been quite the adventure. As a good student/daughter/friend, I’ve been trying to document my time through pictures and videos that I can share or send to friends and family. To be honest, sharing photos through Facebook and Instagram is all fine and dandy…but only up until a point. I can’t lie when I say that I’m pretty bored with those apps. So over the last month I’ve been trying to figure out creative ways to share my time abroad. I wanted to find something different, something unique, and most importantly something easy. That’s when I found Adobe Voice.

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Take better notes with OneNote

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If you’re anything like me, you understand how important it is to take good notes. I prefer taking notes the old fashioned way by actually taking a pen a writing words down on real paper (yes, people do still do that). I must admit that using an app for note taking made me a little nervous. After using OneNote for a month, however, I have changed my mind. Read on to see why!

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Be careful with spam emails

Over the lastspammsg few weeks, Elon University has experienced an influx in spam emails being sent to students, faculty, and staff. The emails that have been reported to the Technology Service Desk have become as chameleon-like as ever, coming in different shapes and forms that somehow do an excellent job of mimicking an official Elon University look. Here are some things to keep in mind when checking your email and wondering whether or not a message is spam. Continue reading »

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