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[ITWEEKLY] IT Weekly, October 29, 2018


Title: OIT Weekly at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Description: Office of Information Technology's weekly newsletter 

October 29, 2018


Great News for Faculty Using Tablets in the Classroom

OIT is happy to announce a new reward program for full-time UTK faculty who prefer to be “untethered” from laptops and are already using tablets in their classroom.  Eligible faculty may apply for the Faculty Untethered Teaching Reward (FUTR) which will supply a Microsoft Surface to select applicants*.  To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:


  • Full-time faculty who use a tablet as their primary machine.
  • Faculty must be teaching during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Have not received a computer through the Computer Upgrade Program (CUP) since November 30, 2015.
  • Your current tablet must be three years old or older (purchased on or before 11/30/2015)


Learn more about the program and apply online today. Deadline for application is November 30, 2018.

*There is a limited amount of funding for this initiative.  Should demand exceed funding, requests will be honored on a first-come, first serve basis.


Upcoming Training Deadlines

The university has moved several mandatory online training to K@TE this year.  One of the benefits of using K@TE is our ability to track the assignment and completion of mandatory training in IRIS.  Below is a list of training assigned during 2018.  Please ensure that your department is both aware of the training and completes the training by the deadlines listed below. 


If you are not sure if your staff has completed their training, please have someone in your office with access to IRIS execute report ZHR_QUALCOMP_REP, using your organization unit, qualification, and completion date to get a clear picture of your unit’s status.


Security Awareness Training: due by 11/30/2018

  • Qualification: 50273441
  • Completion Date: 12/31/2018


Title IX Training: due by 12/3/2018

  • Qualification: 50275035
  • Completion Date: 12/3/2018


The FERPA Training completions in K@TE can be found in IRIS using the ‘Attendee List’ via PSV1.


FERPA Training: due by 11/30/2018

  • Qualification: 50336687
  • Completion Date: 11/30/2018


If you need assistance with K@TE, contact Human Resources at 6-8847.


Learn more about Cloud Storage

Are you looking for a place to save your files, documents, and school work that is accessible from anywhere?  Do you need to share and collaborate with your classmates and coworkers? OIT has contracts in place with Microsoft and Google to provide safe and reliable storage options for university faculty, staff, and students.  Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive not only provide an incredible amount of file storage but also options for collaborative activities with collogues around the world.


Sign up online to learn about the different cloud storage options here at UT and the best practices for using them. The next scheduled class is on November 6 at 9:40 am in Communications, Room 43, Classroom C.


If you are unable to attend this class and want to learn more about Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive, check out our
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OIT Suggestion Box

Here is a round-up of the most popular and recent editions to the OIT Suggestion Box.  If you have suggestions for OIT or would like to vote on any of the current suggestions, visit the OIT Suggestion Box.


Most Popular

Gmail for faculty and staff

Multifactor security

Cloud-based project management solution


Recent Additions

Contactless student ID cards on Apple Wallet

Add Volprint printers in more locations on campus.


SPSS Statistics by SPSS, an IBM company

SPSS Statistics is the most widely used statistics package at UT. It does a broad range of statistics and graphics, and it is easy to learn and use. It is also easy to transfer data from SPSS into R or SAS to access any esoteric analyses. While most users prefer the SPSS easy-to-use GUI interface, more advanced users can take advantage of its programming language. The SPSS programming language can be used to automate repetitive tasks, to leave an audit trail of the steps you took, and to get the package to do something that it was not originally designed to do.


Learn more about SPSS Statistics on OIT’s Research Software website.  Learn when to use it, where to run it, how to learn, and where to get help.


Upcoming OIT Workshops

Here's a selection of topics that will be covered in workshops this week:


·         Conjoint Analysis in Question Pro

·         Creating Instruction with Camtasia


View our calendar of upcoming workshops at and register to attend.


Can't make it to class or want to learn about another topic? Check out our online training sessions.


Online Holiday Shopping

With the holiday’s right around the corner, many of us will begin the task of holiday shopping.  As you do so, it is important to be aware that the retail industry is an increasingly attractive target for criminals looking to steal credit card data. 


Whether shopping online or in store, it is important that you protect your personal information so that you can avoid being a victim of identity theft. But first, you might ask, “How do I know if my identity has been stolen?”  With the increase in retailer data breaches, consumers must take it upon themselves to closely monitor their account activity. The following are some examples of changes that could indicate someone has accessed your information: 


·         Unusual or unexplainable charges on your bills

·         Phone calls or bills from accounts, products, or services that you do not have

·         Failure to receive regular bills or mail 

·         New, strange accounts appearing on your credit report

·         Unexpected denial of your credit card 


Several habits can help protect you from online identity theft:  

·         Guard your information online. Never provide your personal information to unsolicited emails and advertisements. Holiday deals may be tempting, but checking the retailer’s website first can better protect your information. 

·         Clear your logins and passwords. This is especially important if you are working on a public or shared computer.

·         Pay for online purchases with your credit card, which has better guarantees under federal law then your online payment services or your debit card. 

·         Always verify that you are on a familiar website with security controls before entering personal data.


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