Heartbleed: Why It’s Time to Change your Online Passwords

The internet is dealing with the fallout of a major security flaw, known as Heartbleed, affecting almost everyone with an online account of some type. If you have a Yahoo, Google, Tumblr, Facebook, or any number of other accounts you are advised to change your password. Many companies have already added security patches to their systems, but your login information is still vulnerable.  For more information, including a list of websites that have been affected, Mashable has a quick guide, and LastPass has a more in-depth source to check if a website you use has been affected.  Check the LastPass site before you change your password, as if it has not  updated their security it is not safe to change your password yet.

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Library closed March 12th.

The Marygrove College campus will be closed today, March 12, 2014, due to inclement weather.

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Scheduled downtime for library databases: Thursday, March 13 from 10:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST

An important message from the Marygrove College Information Technology team:

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the highest levels of satisfaction for the college, it is necessary to regularly perform system maintenance and upgrades. It is our intent to reserve the second Thursday of every month from 10:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST to facilitate the required maintenance to our production infrastructure. During this maintenance window, we also reserve the right for planned downtime to those systems described below.

The next monthly scheduled maintenance will be Thursday, March 13 from 10:00 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST. During the downtime the following services will be unavailable:

  • Email
  • Datatel
  • Report Manager (Scheduler)
  • Blackboard
  • WedAdvisor
  • Library Databases
  • Remote VPN Access
  • Remote Datatel Access

Services are expected to return to normal by 2:00 a.m. If any deviation from this plan is necessary, you will receive additional notification. You will also be notified when services are restored by the IT department.

If you have any technical issues after the services are restored, please contact the I.T. Service Desk immediately at 313-927-1282 for support. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Announcement: Marygrove College Library will have shortened hours on March 4th

Please be advised that the library will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 for an all-staff meeting.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Spring break is almost here! Library spring break hours

Spring break hours:

Saturday, March 1: 8-4 pm
Sunday, March 2 : 1-5 pm
Monday, March 3: 9-5 pm
Tuesday, March 4: 9-5 pm
Wednesday, March 5: 9-5 pm
Thursday, March 6: 9-5 pm
Friday, March 7: 9-5 pm
Saturday, March 8: CLOSED
Sunday, March 9: CLOSED

 

 

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What’s new in Blackboard? Service Pack 13!

Marygrove College Library:

A blog from our friends in Educational Technology Services.  View the original post here:

What’s new in Blackboard? Service Pack 13!

Posted on January 31, 2014 by 

The new year ushered in a new semester and a new look to the Blackboard learning management system. Marygrove’s Information Technology Services Department launched Service Pack 13 just before the start of the winter 2014 term. A new service pack can include a patch to fix a known problem, security upgrades, visual enhancements, and other changes to improve the users’ teaching and learning experience. Here are some of the new Blackboard features that come with Service Pack 13. (The following information was adapted from the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center.)

New Crisp, Uncluttered Interface

The first thing you will notice is a much cleaner, crisp, uncluttered, yet familiar look to the interface design.  This new design makes it easier to navigate the platform and complete tasks.

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Course-to-Course Navigation

While you are in one course you can click the Action Link next to the Home button to jump from course to course.

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Course Themes

Themes and Structures can be used to make changes to the formatting of a course. Themes are purely a cosmetic change, while Structures fundamentally change the design of a course. Themes are pre-set color schemes that an instructor can apply to a course. Once a theme is selected, all students will see the course with the theme applied. A theme can be changed as often as desired, and the Default theme will return the course back to the original color scheme.

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Global Navigation and My Blackboard

Everything you need for your Blackboard experience is in one convenient location. My Blackboard provides you with quick and easy access to critical and timely information regarding your school, courses, and fellow classmates. From My Blackboard you can view how you are doing in each of the courses you are enrolled in, see grades, be reminded of assignments that are due, and much more.

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Discussion Board

The discussion board has been thoroughly redesigned.  Changes include:  All posts on one page.  The entire discussion thread appears on a single page, thereby maintaining the context of posts and replies to one another.

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User Profile — A profile is a reflection of how you want to present yourself to your peers, classmates, and instructors. In your Blackboard profile, you decide what you want to be called, what your academic interests are, and anything else you want to share with other users.

Conditional highlighting of instructor’s posts — Conditional highlighting makes it easier for students to find posts from instructors in a sea of other posts.

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Respond to posts inline – When clicking “Reply” the text editor appears in the context of the discussion so as not to interrupt the flow of the conversation.

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Post first – In addition to the above, there is also a new setting that permits instructors to specify that students must enter their own thread before viewing other threads in a forum.

Calendar

The calendar has been completely rebuilt, providing a much more modern tool both in terms of looks and functionality.  Calendar events can be color coded to differentiate courses and personal items.  Items that have assigned due dates automatically appear on the calendar.  It is also now possible to create recurring events.

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The Retention Center

This is a new feature.  The Center highlights retention factors and student engagement, alerting faculty to potential risk and allowing them to take action.  The easy to understand views and pre-configured rules make it easy to identify at-risk students within a course.  NO SETUP is required on the part of the instructor.  However, instructors can modify the rules to suit their own individual teaching methods.

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Inline Assignment Grading

Inline Assignment Grading is an improvement when it comes to grading assignments.  Instead of requiring instructors to download student submitted files, instructors can now view student submitted files “inline.”

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Also new in this service pack is the ability to fix problematic questions by simply editing them directly and having all updates sent automatically to the Grade Center. Negative Marking allows instructors to apply negative point values for wrong answers.

Content Editor

The newly designed content editor vastly improves the user experience for adding text and other forms of digital content to Blackboard.

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Originally posted on Marygrove ETS News:

The new year ushered in a new semester and a new look to the Blackboard learning management system. Marygrove’s Information Technology Services Department launched Service Pack 13 just before the start of the winter 2014 term. A new service pack can include a patch to fix a known problem, security upgrades, visual enhancements, and other changes to improve the users’ teaching and learning experience. Here are some of the new Blackboard features that come with Service Pack 13. (The following information was adapted from the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center.)

New Crisp, Uncluttered Interface

The first thing you will notice is a much cleaner, crisp, uncluttered, yet familiar look to the interface design.  This new design makes it easier to navigate the platform and complete tasks.

Image

Course-to-Course Navigation

While you are in one course you can click the Action Link next to the Home button to jump from course…

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ProQuest databases will be down Saturday night

The library databases provided by ProQuest will be down overnight on Saturday, February 15th for 8 hours beginning at 10 pm (EST).

From Proquest:

On February 15, 2014, ProQuest will make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

To minimize the impact to you and your users, these enhancements will be installed during an eight-hour window of typically low usage (from 10:00 UTC through 18:00 UTC).

Services that may be affected:

  • Proquest Research Library
  • CultureGrams
  • eLIbrary
  • eLibrary Elementary
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • PsycInfo

If you will need database access during this time please explore our database listing here for an alternative.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

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