Changes Coming to Wake Downtown Wireless

Information Systems is making changes to the configuration of our wireless network to provide a seamless user experience for the entire Wake Forest community across the Reynolda Campus, Wake Downtown, Wake Washington, and Wake Charlotte.

Beginning Tuesday, March 6, 2018, faculty, staff and students at Wake Downtown/Innovation Quarter will see WFUWireless in their list of wireless networks in addition to WakeDowntown, which will be phased out at the end of the academic year. Users should select WFUwireless and authenticate using their WFU username and password.

New antivirus/malware software

Beginning Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Information Systems will upgrade the antivirus software on Wake Forest University issued computers to Cisco’s Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) through the campus network. This upgrade replaces Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) and provides a higher level of protection from viruses and malware. This will protect Wake Forest University issued Windows and/or Apple computers.

The automated installation process will vary based on your computer model.

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Time is running out!

Students, set up Google 2-Step Verification by March 12, 2018, to avoid being locked out of your WFU account.

A drawing for cool technology prizes will be held for all students who set up Google 2-Step Verification before the deadline!

Enable 2-Step Verification

TechXploration – March 21, 2018

Mark your calendar now! TechXploration 2018 will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in room 401 of the Benson University Center. This event brings together faculty and staff who want to share their experiences with current technology efforts underway. TechXploration allows faculty, staff and students to see how technologies are being leveraged in teaching, learning, research, engagement and creative endeavors at Wake Forest University.

Have you discovered a use of technology that helps with teaching, learning, or scholarship that you would like to share with your colleagues? Or do you have a student working with a particular technology that you would like to see at TechXploration? If so, please contact Pat Idol and Ginny Mikkola, the TechXploration organizers, at techxploration@wfu.edu by Wednesday, February 28th, to secure a spot.

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The IRS will NOT request personal information by email – EVER

You are the first line of defense for protecting your personal information from phishing email attacks. It is tax season and it is important to remember that the IRS, banks or other institutions will never ask for personal information via email. If you receive notification that you are a victim of identity theft, learn more at the IRS website.

If you are unsure about the content or validity of an email, don’t respond to it and forward the email to the Information Systems Security Team at infosec@wfu.edu for further analysis.

If you have fallen for a phishing email, complete the next steps immediately:

  • Change your WFU Google email password to a new password. Never reuse old passwords.
  • Implement Google 2-Step Verification to protect your WFU Google email and data. Consult the following video or contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help@wfu.edu or 336-758-4357 (HELP) for assistance.
  • Learn more on how to identify phishing emails by viewing the video ‘Avoiding phishing scams’ here.
  • Be wary of all links in emails. If in doubt, contact the sender to validate the request.
  • Malware is often delivered as an email attachment. Most common safe attachments are .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx.  Don’t open attachments that end with .ws, .zip, .docm, .exe, .js, scr

University-Wide Initiative: Google 2-Step Verification Deadline Approaching

Students! The following is a reminder about the University-wide initiative to better protect Wake Forest University user accounts and reduce the risk for security breaches. The University-wide initiative requires all students to set-up Google 2-Step Verification for their university accounts by March 12, 2018. Read the email sent to campus on September 13, 2017.

Many of you have already set up Google 2-Step Verification. We thank you! A drawing for cool technology prizes will be held for all students who set up Google 2-Step Verification before the deadline! If you have not done so, here is what you need to know:

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1/8/2018-Major computer security threats in the news

You may have seen information in the news about new computer security threats.The flaws — dubbed Meltdown and Spectre — affect processing chips made by Intel, AMD and ARM. Information Systems is aware of the potential threats.

It is important that you keep all your devices updated with security releases and application updates as they become available.

1/8/2018 – Updates to Google Calendar

Beginning Monday, January 8, 2018, Google will add new features and update the look and feel of the Google Calendar for its users, including Wake Forest University.

Read more about the fresh look and new features from Google.

This update was initially announced as an option to Google Calendar users in October 2017.

1/3/2018 – Important information regarding the wireless network

Information Systems is making improvements in the configuration of our wireless network.

Beginning this week, users will see a new wireless network, WFUwireless-legacy, to be used for connecting older devices which support only the 2.4Ghz spectrum, such as Raspberry Pi and iPhone 4S and older. Most devices will continue to connect, without any changes, to WFUwireless and should enjoy improved performance. This change will provide an overall better wireless experience for all users.

What do I need to do/know?

  • The new wireless network, WFUwireless-legacy, will be visible in the list of wireless networks.
  • If you no longer see WFUwireless in your list of available networks, you should connect to WFUwireless-legacy.
  • Starting the week of January 1, 2.4Ghz devices will no longer be able to connect to WFUwireless.
  • Most users will not have to make any changes to their WFUwireless configuration.

T-CART Grants 2018

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the T-CART grant programs, formerly known as the STEP grants, partnering with three separate campus offices to provide faculty with funding to advance their teaching, learning, scholarly, and creative work. All applications are due February 9, 2018. Recipients will be notified by March 2, 2018.


Summer Course (Re)Design

This joint grant, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC), assists faculty wishing to develop new courses (or redesign already existing courses) that pursue creative and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning at Wake Forest.

Whether through digital tools, or “hybrid” approaches that re-imagine class as a space for active and collaborative learning (e.g. flipping), pedagogical innovations provide many opportunities for creative change. These novel modes of education allow for the thoughtful exploration of new teaching methods and technologies, course designs, and strategies for promoting participatory learning. They can also result in a comprehensive change in the way the course is taught, and/or how students are given feedback or assessed (for example, using e-Portfolios for learning assessment throughout a course).

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for the Summer Course (Re) Design Grant.

Blended Online Learning Development (BOLD)

This joint grant, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Online Education, is intended to encourage faculty interested in developing high quality online or blended courses in support of the undergraduate mission.

Whether you are looking to create a completely online course, defined as those where greater than 50% of the face-to-face time is replaced by online activities, or a blended course, where 25% to 50% of face-to-face time is replaced with online activities, this grant offers compensation for the time necessary to design and develop a high quality course and ensures the assistance of an instructional designer and technical assistance.

For more information about this grant, visit the Call for Proposals for the Blended and Online Learning Development (BOLD) Grant.

Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP)

This joint, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Information Systems, provides funding for faculty summer projects to explore new and existing technologies with the potential to enhance teaching, scholarly, and creative work.

This is the opportunity for faculty to explore a range of technologies, devices, and software and to integrate them into their work.  For more information on the grant including examples of technologies to explore visit the Call for Proposals for the Summer Technology Exploration Program (STEP) Grant.