May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. OIT would like to remind everyone that information technology can be one of the great equalizing forces in our society, helping to lower barriers and bring access to a broad spectrum of individuals. OIT is committed to fostering digital accessibility at Ohio University.
Adobe recently notified us that they have extended their offer of free personal access to Creative Cloud applications for OHIO faculty, staff, and students through July 6, 2020. If you took advantage of this offer during spring semester, no additional action is needed. Your access will automatically be extended through July 6.
On May 11, 2020, OIT will begin phasing out support for Basic Authentication, an older, less secure way of accessing Office 365 services. When this change takes effect, some email and calendar clients and mobile apps will stop working with Office 365. To find out if this change will affect you and what you will need to do, see Next Steps.
Last week, OIT's Information Security Office unveiled a top-to-bottom redo of the University's IT Security website that will make it significantly easier for OHIO faculty, staff, and students to find the resources they need to protect University and personal data.
Starting May 7, 2020, OHIO employees and emeriti will be required to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the following online services:
- Office 365 – Email, Calendar, OneDrive, Teams, and other Microsoft online applications
- Qualtrics – For tasks like creating/editing surveys, viewing reports, and analyzing/exporting data. Survey participants will not be affected by the new requirement.
Office 365 and Qualtrics are the latest to join a growing list of University online services that are protected with MFA, including PeopleSoft, e-Biz, and My Personal Information.
In January 2020, OIT conducted a faculty survey to document LMS usage patterns, identify current and emerging needs for this service, and gauge faculty attitudes toward Blackboard Learn, the University's current LMS. A detailed report from that survey is now available (DOCX hosted on OneDrive).
Learning spaces, including physical classrooms, blended hybrids like the Ohio University Learning Network (OULN), and fully digital locations, play an important role in Ohio University’s strategic initiatives. If you would like to help shape the future of learning spaces at Ohio University, consider joining the newly formed Learning Spaces IT Advisory Community. Membership is open to anyone at the University.
In light of all that is happening with OHIO’s move to online instruction and remote work, it’s more important than ever that OIT continues to engage the University community in evolving and advancing technology services. To that end, two new IT advisory communities will launch in the month of April: Collaboration Tools and Computer & Device Support. Additionally, we will continue moving forward with the Teaching & Learning Technologies community that launched in February.
Most of us are so looking forward to spring! While it might be easy to see the need to purge and tidy up, realizing the need to also digitally declutter isn’t so apparent. Follow these tips from SANS to get your virtual house in order.