To help you navigate the first weeks of the spring term and beyond, this edition of Tech Update features information about exploring essential technology at Northeastern, enhancing your Canvas experience, keeping your data private, and more. 

IT support is available around the clock, every day, everywhere you are. Reach out to or visit ITS for all your technology questions and issues.  

– M  

Marcus P. Robinson 
Deputy CIO and Associate Vice President, Engagement and Experience

Connect to Tech Has the Tech Resources You Need

The start of a new term is an ideal time to explore essential technology available at Northeastern. Connect to Tech is the go-to destination for tech information and resources that support collaboration and innovative work across the university. 

Visit Connect to Tech

Canvas Resources for the New Term

Now that the spring term is underway, take a minute to enhance your Canvas experience: download the mobile app, customize your course, and set your time zone, for starters. 

There’s no need to wait to set up your gradebook! Review What are good practices for grading in Canvas? for steps to set up your Canvas Grades early (you’ll thank yourself when exam week arrives). If you get stuck, don’t forget that Canvas offers 24/7 phone and chat support.

Bringing Interactive and Creative Experiences into the Classroom

Seeking new opportunities to infuse more engagement and technical clarity into her engineering courses, Kris Jaeger-Helton, a teaching professor in the College of Engineering’s Industrial Engineering program, joined the Transforming Teaching with Tablets (TTT) program and discovered new methods for teaching. 

Learn how Jaeger-Helton enhanced both her teaching and student learning

Data Privacy Week: Protect Your Personal Information

Data Privacy Week is coming! From Jan. 22-28, participate by taking some time to think about how your information is protected online. Consider what you provide during online transactions and the settings on the apps and devices you use every day. There are endless ways to take control of your data and keep yourself and the Northeastern community safe. 

Read the blog post to learn more

Teams Tip: Scheduling Chat Messages

Want to compose a chat message now, but send it later? Microsoft Teams has introduced a new functionality on its desktop client to do just that. When you’re ready to send your message, simply right click the send button and input the desired date-time for distribution. 

Learn more in this knowledge base article or view an instructional video.

Top 5 Knowledge Base Articles for 2022

The tech knowledge base helps faculty, staff, and students across Northeastern find answers to their university technology questions. The five most-visited knowledge base articles in 2022 reveal a bit about the university community’s ongoing tech needs—and may be useful to you, too. 

Discover the most-visited KB articles in 2022

Transforming Teaching with Tablets

Looking for new ways to create interactive student experiences? Using a tablet in the classroom can help you transform your teaching by developing innovative methodologies and instructional pedagogy. 

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