September, 2017 CIO Update
With the school year in full swing and Fall officially arriving, I thought I would highlight several new initiatives that help to ensure that all of the services we offer can be easily accessed and utilized and that our user community can access and handle VCU data easily but also safely.
The Learning Systems Academy
The Learning Systems Academy was created to support VCU faculty with technology for teaching and learning. It contains a library of videos on topics ranging from beginner Blackboard to using VoiceThread. The short clip format makes it easy for faculty to get quick help on things like “how to create a test in Blackboard” or “how to start a Collaborate Ultra session.” They can search for a specific topic or simply click on a clip they are interested in learning more about; each video is 5 minutes or less. The Academy differs from other TS offerings, because the videos are created by subject-matter experts on the Learning Systems team, and are recorded and delivered using VCU-supported tools. These tools are available for faculty to use, making it easier for them to relate it to their own courses or content.
Technology Services’ IT Service Catalog is now LIVE!
Technology Services launched the IT Service Catalog, which is housed under the IT Catalog link on the Technology Services webpage. The Catalog is a comprehensive listing/inventory of the external and internally managed IT services available to the VCU community (only those services which are currently available and in production are listed). The IT Service Catalog derives from ITIL, which is a framework of best practices for IT Service Management. You can use the latest versions of most modern day web browsers or your mobile device to access the catalog. Please visit https://www.ts.vcu.edu/ and click on the IT Catalog to view and utilize the Service Catalog.
Coming October 4, 2017 – Google Drive Gets Easier with Drive File Stream
Google’s Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync. It will look and function similar to a mapped network drive on your Mac/PC.
Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer. Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.
Choose which files or folders you’d like to make available offline. Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.
Please visit https://goo.gl/7SypcN for more details
VCU is going HTTPS
You should prepare to see more GREEN security lock icons in your address bar when visiting VCU web properties.
Beginning this month, all HTTP web traffic will be redirected to use the secure HTTPS protocol. By making this improvement, Web Services is ensuring that the communication between a visitor’s web browser and a VCU website is encrypted and secure.
Automatic redirection will be turned on for the primary Web Services’ managed servers on September 26th, 2017.
IT Policies and Standards Project
The VCU Information Security Office has been working with the VCU Technical Advisory Committee, VCU Integrity and Compliance Office, and various subject matter experts on a project to review, revise, and create IT policies, standards, and baselines.
The project intent has been to inform and educate the university community regarding the current local, state and federal requirements and best practices for the safe and proper use, handling, storage and transmission of data and information. The results of these efforts are now contained in the VCU Policy Library (https://policy.vcu.edu/) and in the newly created IT Policy Framework.
In addition to the IT Policy Framework, the Information Security Office has developed an interactive application (Data Management System) designed to provide information on university approved resources for the handling, storage, and transmission of university data and information. The DMS can be accessed at go.vcu.edu/dms.
Thanks to the Technology Services teams and all others involved in advancing all of these great initiatives!