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[ITWEEKLY] IT Weekly, November 26, 2018


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

November 26, 2018


Instructors: Build Your Canvas Skills Nov 30 to Dec 6

Whether you're just getting started in Canvas, or ready to expand into more advanced features, you'll find what you need at our upcoming workshops. Jump in now, before winter break, to build your skills and get ready for the new semester!


  • Canvas Analytics for Student Success: Fri, 11/30, 9-11 am
  • Canvas Foundations: Mon, 12/3, 8:30-10 am
  • Canvas Assignments/Assessments/Grades: Tues, 12/4, 1-2 pm
  • Canvas Tips & Tricks: Wed, 12/5, 9-10 am
  • Canvas New Gradebook: Thur, 12/6, 11:15 am-12:15 pm


All workshops take place Communications Building, Classroom C. Register at

Safety First: Getting Online during the Holidays

With the upcoming holidays, we thought it would be a good time to remind you about some best practices regarding your online access over the holidays.  While we may be taking a break from school (and work), the bad guys are hard at work. We’ve posted a few tips help you stay safe online.

OIT Faculty First Grant 2019

Proposals are due Monday, January 7, 2019, at 5 pm.


Do you have a vision for your course on how to improve student learning and need assistance with the development of course materials? Through the Faculty First Grant, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will build a long-term partnership with you to redesign your course and develop instructional materials.  To apply, download the Call for Proposals instructions.

As a Faculty First grant recipient, you serve as a subject matter expert, and OIT provides its professional expertise, including instructional designers, graphic and web designers, multimedia developers, Universal Design for Learning specialist, and instructional technology specialists.

Learn more about the Faculty First Program.

Remember, if you have a small project, you do not need to apply for this grant. We are here to help you anytime. 
Contact the OIT HelpDesk online or at 865-974-9900 and request faculty assistance with one of our instructional designers.

Reminder: Faculty Untethered Teaching Reward (FUTR) due 11/30/18

Eligible faculty may apply for the Faculty Untethered Teaching Reward (FUTR) which will supply a Microsoft Surface to select applicants. 


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

Amos for Windows by SPSS, an IBM company

Amos (Analysis of Moment Structures) analyzes Structural Equation Models (SEM) by either drawing a path diagram or via a command language. These models are also known as LISREL models, confirmatory factor analysis, analysis of covariance structures, path analysis, or causal modeling.


Learn more about Amos 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:


·         Canvas Analytics for Student Success

·         Google Forms

·         Google Sites

·         Microsoft Excel: Advanced Features


View our calendar for upcoming workshops and register to attend.


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

Staying Secure While Shopping Online

It is that time of year where so many people prepare to purchase gifts for friends, family, and loved ones. Though it can be convenient to avoid the lines and rush for that latest Black Friday deal by shopping online, this also carries some risk. Cybercriminals are always working to steal your personal and payment information. The holiday shopping season is the perfect opportunity for this to happen. By following a few key practices, you can greatly lower your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud.


Choose Trusted Online Retailers and Apps

Always shop only with trusted online retailers. That means using a retailer you already know or one that is verified through another trusted entity. If you find a new possible shop to do business with, but are unsure about its reputation, try to find reviews from trusted sources such as the Better Business Bureau. It is important to stick to trusted review sources because there are several ways to fake online reviews, and there are places where cybercriminals can pay other criminals to post positive reviews. Even though an untrusted site might have the best prices, it is worth it to use a trusted online shop that is known to safeguard your information and purchases.


Secure your Device, Connectivity, and Accounts

Keep your devices up-to-date, especially those you shop and bank with Simply updating the device that you use for conducting your online shopping is a key cybersecurity practice

Never use a public computer when shopping or banking Using a public computer, like those found at libraries, can expose you to greater risk. It is best to use a trusted home device and network for anything involving financial transactions.

Look for the lock icon on your browser - When a site has a lock icon on the browser window, or in the URL bar, it indicates that your communications with the site are encrypted. If you do not see a lock, look for “https” at the beginning of the URL, as this is the same thing as the lock.

Check out as a guest – By checking out as a guest, you prevent the online retailer from storing your personal account and financial information. This minimizes the amount of information that could be lost if the retailer is compromised. If you have or need an account with a retail website:

  • Use a strong password – Be sure to use a strong, unique password. Always use more than ten characters, with numbers, special characters, and upper and lower case letters.
  • Don’t save your payment information with retailers – If you have an established account with a retailer, do not store your payment information with them. In the case of an account compromise, stored payment information may allow a criminal to make purchases using your financial information.


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