Oct. 14 Updates & Opportunities: IE 10, New Workshop, Win 10, #NCSAM

Sunset of IE 10 – January 12, 2016

Beginning January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer support Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10.   Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 11 will become the sole Web browser version receiving support through patches and updates. This change leaves older browser versions extremely vulnerable to security threats and attacks.  UF community members who use IE must ensure that all devices they use to conduct university business—whether UF-owned or personal devices—are updated to IE11.   Using an unsupported browser on your work computer or on personal devices will make you highly susceptible to vulnerabilities that may compromise university data and/or your personal information.

There may be some faculty uses of IE 10 or below, due to compatibility with research-based programs and data sets.  Faculty need to be made aware of the significant risk in using IE 10 after Microsoft’s sunset date.  Remediation should begin immediately.  Contact the UF Help Desk (132 Hub) for help with your personally owned devices and your local IT support unit for help with UF-owned devices.  Distributed IT units should refer to the UF Endpoint Management web report “IE Browser Versions” to identify which of their supported computers are still running IE 10 or below.

New Workshop:  Learning Analytics and Canvas

On Thursday, October 22 (and scheduled three additional times in November), UFIT will host a workshop developed to assist instructors utilize the analytics tools available in Canvas. This one-hour workshop will provide in-depth coverage of Canvas’ Analytics and Quiz Statistics–-tools that help identify struggling students, enhance quiz and test content assessment reliability and validity, and improve student learning.  Read the UFIT News story (http://news.it.ufl.edu/education/using-canvas-data-to-improve-learning/) to learn more about this workshop.   For information about the Learning Analytics Project at UF, please email Doug Johnson (wanderer@ufl.edu).

Windows 10 List-Serv

A new, open Listserv list is available for individuals to discuss issues, workarounds, and solutions they discover with Windows 10.  The list is called Windows-10-L.  To subscribe to this list, send a blank email (no subject is required) to listserv@lists.ufl.edu with the text:

•         Subscribe Windows-10-L Firstname Lastname
•         Where Firstname and Lastname is, put your own first and last name

You’ll then receive an email with a link to confirm your list subscription.  For any questions about the Windows-10-L list, please contact Alvin Woodbury (Alvin.woodbury@ufl.edu).

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Some resources for you to use and share:

•         Keep Your Info off the Dark Web http://news.it.ufl.edu/security/keep-your-info-off-the-dark-web/
•         Cyber Self-Defense Workshop Recording – Now Available: https://security.ufl.edu/cyber-self-defense/
•         One Simple Step Can Avoid a Big Problem:  https://news.it.ufl.edu/security/one-simple-step-can-avoid-a-big-problem/

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