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VoiceThread is an interactive multimedia discussion tool that allows instructors and students to asynchronously engage with each other using media, voice, video, or text. Voicethread instructional designer George Haines is holding an online training especially for IC faculty on Friday, September 11, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

Please click this registration link to register.  All are welcome.

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The Zoom for Outlook add-in allows you to easily add a Zoom meeting to any new or existing calendar event through Microsoft Outlook for the web, Windows, and macOS. If you plan to use this feature, we recommend installing the add-in via the Zoom for Outlook add-in article in the IT Knowledge Base article rather than from the Zoom Download Center. Please note the previous Zoom Outlook plugin for macOS is no longer supported and macOS users should install the Zoom for Outlook add-in.

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Microsoft Teams offers virtual meeting opportunities to engage with your teams remotely! As an Ithaca College faculty, staff and student, you have access to a variety of Microsoft Office 365 applications and services including Microsoft Teams, a communication and collaboration platform, with virtual meeting options. Learn more about standard meeting options and how to enable new meeting features below!

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Over the weekend of August 15th - 16th Information Technology will be updating 150 Windows classroom computers across campus. 

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Starting August 3rd, Sakai will be protected by Duo. Your login process will remain the same other than the addition of a Duo prompt similar to those on Banner, Office 365, and the HR system. Sakai guest accounts are unaffected by this change. More information about Duo is available at ithaca.edu/duo.

Information Technology Service Desk
ithaca.edu/itchat
servicedesk@ithaca.edu
607-274-1000
104 Job Hall

Starting August 11th, all access to Parnassus will require first connecting to our Global Protect virtual private network (VPN). This includes access from both on and off campus, but it only affects Parnassus (our old HR/Finance system). Access to the the new Finance and HR Cloud system is unaffected. Only a small number of people still have need to access Parnassus.

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After careful consideration and a deep-dive evaluation of the newest release of Sakai (20), while also recognizing the overwhelming changes that faculty and students are experiencing as a part of the upcoming academic year, the Information Technology team has decided not to upgrade to a more current version of Sakai at this time.  

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This message is to inform the campus community of the cloud recording policy for Zoom. All Zoom meetings and webinars that are recorded in Zoom’s cloud storage are automatically deleted after 120 days. If there is a specific need to save meeting/webinar recordings long-term, Information Technology recommends downloading the files from Zoom and uploading them into Kaltura (media.ithaca.edu).

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As posted previously, myhome.ithaca.edu portal is being transitioned to apps.ithaca.edu on June 26.

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Ithaca College recently acquired Formstack, a web form application that will directly replace JotForms (within WPM) and Cognito Forms. Formstack offers the self-service ability to create dynamic forms for registrations, surveys, and workflows, with the ability to collect online payments and HIPAA-related information.

The Business Productivity team has been reaching out to existing form owners of JotForms and Cognito Forms as part of a phased winding down of those services by February 2021.

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Effective May 30, 2020, Zoom will require that all users accessing Zoom have the latest release (version 5) of the Zoom desktop client or mobile app enabled on their device(s). Without the latest version, Zoom users will not be able to host or join Zoom meetings using the desktop client or mobile app.

To update Zoom on your desktop or mobile device please visit the Zoom Support article “Upgrade / update to the latest version.” or follow the steps below to update your Zoom desktop client. If you see a message to contact your administrator in order to update the software, please uninstall Zoom, then download the latest version.

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This message is to inform the IC campus community that Sakai will be upgraded to the most recent version, Sakai 20, over the summer. The upgrade is tentatively scheduled for August 11, 2020 and will involve approximately 6-8 hours of downtime. This is an annual upgrade to the system. As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide the campus community with information and timely updates.  

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Goodbye to myhome

Contributed by John White on 05/28/20 

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After many years of service, the myHome website is being decommissioned on June 26.

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Effective May 30, 2020, Zoom will require that all users accessing Zoom have the latest release (version 5) of the Zoom desktop client or mobile app enabled on their device(s). Without the latest version, Zoom users will not be able to host or join Zoom meetings using the desktop client or mobile app.

To update Zoom on your desktop or mobile device please visit the Zoom Support article “Where Do I Download the Latest Version.” or follow the steps below to update your Zoom desktop client. If you see a message to contact your administrator in order to update the software, please uninstall Zoom, then download the latest version.

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Effective May 30, 2020, Zoom will require that all users accessing Zoom have the latest release (version 5) of the Zoom desktop client or mobile app enabled on their device(s). Without the latest version, Zoom users will not be able to host or join Zoom meetings using the desktop client or mobile app.

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As of May 18th, the Windows 10 version 1909 “feature update” is now available for self-installation on College Windows computers. Feature updates are essentially new versions of the operating system. Rather than a large update every several years, such as Windows 7 to Windows 10, Microsoft now offers smaller feature updates twice per year. These incremental operating system updates help to:

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Beginning this summer, and at the end of June each year, IT will automatically be deleting all Sakai course sites that are more than 5-years old (most have not been accessed in years). 

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See Adobe's recent announcement about an online, self-paced course for Adobe InDesign, as well as information about distance learning resources and a new Adobe Creative Educator program.

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Ithaca College has been following developments related to the privacy and security of video conferencing, particularly with Zoom, and has taken measures to help our community use these tools safely. This message is intended to outline the concerns, to provide information on measures that Zoom and the College have put in place, and to provide guidance to help video conference organizers determine which settings support their needs, and when Microsoft Teams may be a more appropriate tool.

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