Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.
Coming soon...myNova will receive a major technological improvement for the Fall semester. The new platform, powered by One Campus will feature dynamic search capabilities and will provide the opportunity for additional content to be shared for faculty, staff, students, and other key user groups. This change will occur in August in preparation for the new academic school year.
The Instructional Technologies website has been redesigned with a new layout resulting in easier navigation. The new layout features all of IT services directly on the splash page. Check it out here!
The UNIT Operations Team has been working to improve functionality with Exchange Online Protection and to reduce SPAM throughout the campus email system. Here is a summary of the changes recently made:
UNIT's Wildcard Services deployed wireless access readers to the dorm rooms of Sullivan, Sheehan, O’Dwyer, Delurey, Simpson and Moriarty Halls. This initiative adds security and convenience; students can open their dorm room with their Wildcard or an app (CBORD Mobile ID) on a smartphone. The system also integrates with the Housing Management System to seamlessly update access assignments. The new system was rolled out to 565 locations in 6 resident Halls and replaces the punch code and key-based locks. This Wildcard Access enables Villanova to:
Instructional Technologies installed 4 dedicated Mediasite recorders in Bartley Hall Rooms 3001 and 3010 and in Driscoll Hall Rooms 223 and 225. These dedicated recorders will allow for all the classes or events taking place in these rooms to be recorded, at any time of day. To get your class or event recorded, click here.
The next big technical advancement is IoT – connecting everyday devices to the Internet, like doorbells, light bulbs, refrigerators, baby monitors, cameras, and thermostats. These connected devices can make our lives much simpler, but they also come with their own unique security issues.
Many IoT devices purchased today have little or no security built into them. Here are some steps you can take to protect your IoT devices and yourself: