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IT Governance – October 2017

IT GovernancePresentation – Dr. Mike Berman, Chief Innovation Officer, CSU Office of the Chancellor.

The IT Governance Executive Committee was introduced to the new Chief Innovation Officer at the Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Michael Berman. The areas of focus for the Innovation Office at the CO are:

  1. Student Systems – Currently there is a nationwide trend on how to make systems more agile through PeopleSoft. Mike hopes to launch a product in about 6 months to start trying a new interface.
  2. Cloud Computing – Costs are going down, there are financial changes, staffing changes and demand changes. We now have better systems and spend less money.
  3. Virtual and Augmented Reality – A summit will take place next week which will have CSUSB’s Mihaela Popescu presenting. It will showcase what campuses in the CSU are doing with this technology.
  4. Collaboration at a Distance – Zoom and other tools are used for collaboration at a distance.

College Scheduler Presentation – Amy Braceros

A brief demonstration of the step-by-step process was shown for the College Scheduler program.

Policy Review

The following policies were brought to the committee for validation and to review proposed changes.

  • Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Communications – The Committee validated the policy with some housekeeping changes.
  • Printing Policy – The Committee validated the policy with some housekeeping changes.
  • Mobile Device Policy – The policy was presented with proposed minor changes. The Executive Committee voted to move forward with taking the policy to the Administrative Council.
  • Campus Email Structure and Communication Policy – The proposed changes were discussed and a few minor changes will be made before moving to Administrative Council in November

All four policies will be taken to the Administrative Council Meeting on November 1st.

ATI – Instructional Design

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The Instructional Designers within the Academic Technologies and Innovation Department (ATI) of the ITS Division offer high-quality professional development, pedagogical, and course design/redesign with technology support. Their team of experienced designers can help you transition your face-to-face course to a fully online or blended learning course, re-design an existing course, or simply provide you with best practices in course design, recommended technologies, and available resources.

Consultations

If you are looking to make a change to your face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online course but are uncertain what you want that change to look like, schedule a consultation with our team!  We can help you identify new and exciting technologies to bring into your classroom or rethink a course activity to increase student motivation.

Course Design/Redesign

Instructional Designers offer high-quality course design/redesign with technology support. Our team of experienced designers can help you transition your face-to-face course to a fully online or blended learning course, re-design an existing course, or simply provide you with best practices in course design, recommended technologies, and available resources.

Online Pedagogy

Teaching online presents many new and exciting challenges for instructors who are used to a brick-and-mortar, face-to-face environment. With the help of an expert instructional designer, instructors can take advantage of the opportunity to learn how online and face-to-face pedagogy differ and how to prepare an online course accordingly. Our designers offer practical advice for the pursuit of pedagogical goals by providing best practice tips and help finding the perfect piece of technology to fit your needs and budget.

Program Development

Program development includes full course design services for all courses in a program, including collaboration with program directors and department chairs to ensure program goals are met.  Courses developed as part of a program will ensure consistency across courses and can include coordinated activities and assessments.

QM/QOLT Sample Course Template

The CSUSB Blackboard Quality Matters (QM) /Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) sample course template provides faculty with a foundation to build a quality online course. For detailed information, download the Blackboard QM/QOLT Sample Course Template Guide or complete a service request form.

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How’s Your Cyber Hygiene?|Keep Private Information Private

Brought to you by The Cyber Security Club.

keep-private-information-privateWhen it comes to online privacy most students, especially millennials, are oblivious to the settings of their accounts, passwords, and apps that require location set ups. They are less mindful of the posts they put up and how it can affect them afterwards. Even if there are no specifics to the time just the name of the event and location can suffice or even photos of tickets of the event is dangerous in itself.

Be mindful of what you post online and the settings on your social media and apps. The friends one has on the social media is also important to be careful with. It is important to know who you add and are inviting to see your information because remember all information on social media is public. According Andra Zaharia, a Security Specialist at Heimdal Security, close to 600,000 Facebook accounts are compromised each day.

 

How’s Your Cyber Hygiene?|Look for the “S” in HTTPS

Brought to you by The Information Security Club.

look-for-the-s-in-httpsThere are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to browsing the internet. Most remain obvious yet one of which has been a standard since its inception. The “S” in HTTPS. Not many people know this but the “S” actually stands for secure. As a whole this in most cases should be a standard for most sites yet it remains unknown. Given the fact that most browsing involves some degree of transaction or personal projection of oneself, it’s important that we all become aware of the “S” in HTTPS.

An example of this can be seen with the website for Nocturnal Wonderland, the annual EDM (Electronic Dance Music) concert which drives youths towards its large rave scene. When looked at closely one can see the lack of HTTPS within the web address. Especially when dealing with an online purchase the importance of this security measure remains essential. In regards to millennials, the main issue 18 – 29-year old’s deal with is with identify theft.

How’s Your Cyber Hygiene?|Think Before You Click

Brought to you by The Information Security Club.

Pop up ads, redirections, andthink-before-you-click fake websites are just a few of the detours taken when coming across false and misleading links. Spoofed websites and emails try to fool you into clicking bad links. Stop. Think. When on a search engine, take caution as to where your results lead you. Questionable domain names and extensions are key indicators that can save you from unsecure sites and prying eyes.

Be especially cautious when following links within your social media accounts. Online quizzes, articles, and contest entries can lie as hidden traps to lure people into dangerous sites. Ever important are the now condensed or “tiny” URLs which are responsible for leading people astray. Millennials (ages 18 – 33) are the most likely age group to fall victim to cyber crime! Remain vigilant and on the lookout for suspicious site extensions such as .tv, .co, .biz, and more.

How’s Your Cyber Hygiene?|Be Cautious With Email

Brought to you by The Information Security Club.

be-cuatious-with-emailOn regular basis we are constantly getting emails either from school, work, subscriptions, and more, but keep in mind of who we give our emails to and which emails we decide to open. If there is an email you are suspicious of or do not know who sent it to you the safe bet would be to not open it. Emails can have subject headings that are appealing to us such as “You’re a Winner!” but it is usually those emails that have malware which attack our computers. The same goes for emails sent to us with attachments. In reality we should all be cautious when we download and attach files ourselves, this also includes being aware of who is sending us these files.

The FBI states to never open or download attachments from people we do not know and to be careful with attachments that people we do know send since they can carry advanced malicious code. Emails are more susceptible to having viruses that can easily take over your computer and information without proper caution.

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Zoom: Collaborate Together

Collaborating with classmates is a breeze using Zoom, CSUSB’s tool for hosting and attending video conferences. In one platform, Zoom allows groups of up to 200 students to host online meetings, conferences, and chats. It can be nearly impossible finding time in everyone’s busy schedule to meet up, so students miss out on necessary preparation to do well on group assignments. With Zoom, students can virtually rehearse projects and record meetings to view later.

Zoom includes other creative tools like screen-sharing and a virtual whiteboard to create and save notes. From anywhere, students can meet using their laptop, desktop, and tablet, or smartphone. Zoom is compatible with iOS, Mac, Android, and PCs. Once Zoom has been downloaded on your device, invite classmates to join and get a head start.

Get Zoom here for your laptop, iOS, or Android device: Zoom Download Center

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Snagit Screen-Capturing Tool

Snagit is the ultimate screen capture tool to save and display images from the web. With Snagit’s easy-to-use tools, you can quickly create your own images and videos from the web to write feedback, resolve a problem, or show off something new and cool. Snagit empowers you to communicate effectively with visuals that add spark and clarity to your ideas on any subject.

For first-time installations and upgrades: Snagit Download and Installation

Note: To access Snagit, please contact the Technology Support Center for a software key at (909) 537-7677 or support@csusb.edu.

 

 

Specialty Software for Students

Students have access to Specialty Center software programs using campus-owned machines in CSUSB’s computer labs that provide aid and resources to various courses. The specialty software available to students include:

  1. Compustat (Standards & Poors): This a database of market information on active and inactive publicly held companies. This database provides annual and quarterly income statements, balance sheets, cash flows, etc.
  2. Geographic Information System (GIS): GIS is used to integrate hardware, software, and data for analyzing and making decisions based on trends in geographic form (maps, globes, reports, and charts).
  3.  Social Sciences Research and Instructional Center (SSRIC): SSRIC is a database that grants access to a number of the primary data sources used by social scientists.
  4. Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP): CRSP is a database that contains information on securities traded on the New York and American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ system. Results include daily listings on prices, returns and various data regarding market performance.
  5. Statistical Analysis System (SAS): SAS is a software that is used to produce analytics for businesses.
  6. SPSS: SPSS is an application that supports statistical analysis of data. It allows for in-depth data access, preparation, reporting, graphics and modeling.

Currently,  specialty software programs are  available on campus-owned machines only, but some software can be purchased at a discounted rate. If you would like personal access, contact the Technology Support Center (909) 537-7677 or support@csusb.edu about purchasing software for use on your own computer.