This edition of Tech Update highlights helpful information about properly disposing of your data, accessing tech-related research and case studies via the world-class Gartner research library, using Microsoft Teams’ Speaker Coach functionality, 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.

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

Celebrating Black History: IT Services’ James O’Bryant

ITS service desk analyst and Northeastern alumnus James O’Bryant is proud to carry on the legacy of his father, Boston civil rights activist John D. O’Bryant, Northeastern’s first African American vice president, who championed education and equality on campus and beyond. 

Meet James and learn more about his father

Increase Engagement in Canvas with Groups

According to Northeastern’s Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research, assigned group activities can increase engagement and activate learning. Learn more about creating and grading group assignments, and review CATLR’s Active Learning with Student Groups for ideas on creating compelling student-group interactions. Don’t forget to point your students to this knowledge base article that explains how to view their groups in Canvas.

Proper Data Disposal

Using the proper methods to dispose of old data, whether in physical or electronic form, is an important step in maintaining your privacy and security. To promote community safety, Northeastern has information and resources to help with data disposal. 

Ways to securely dispose of data-bearing materials

Ordering Laptops and Accessories

Need a new laptop or accessory for your workstation? Northeastern’s recently updated Computer Discounts webpage has streamlined the process. Those requesting new equipment will find a separate request form for each laptop or accessory kit they wish to order. 

Visit the Computer Discounts webpage

Look to Gartner for Management and Technology Expertise

Northeastern’s subscription to the authoritative Gartner research library offers staff and faculty unlimited, 24/7 access to actionable, objective insight into business challenges; peer connections and guidance from Gartner experts; and a range of proven research on products and trends, business strategies, technology management, and more. 

Browse Gartner’s resources

MS Teams Tip: Use Speaker Coach to Enhance Your Interactions

Feeling uneasy about your speaking or presentation skills on Microsoft Teams? Speaker Coach provides live, private, personalized insight into how you’re speaking during a meeting or your presentation and, afterwards, delivers a summary designed to guide your efforts to improve. 

Learn more about using Speaker Coach

Northeastern’s Most Popular LinkedIn Learning Courses in 2022

Among the breadth of learning opportunities available to the Northeastern community, LinkedIn Learning remains a popular destination for faculty, staff, and students looking to learn a new skill or enhance existing skills—for free. The online educational platform offers more than 5,000 courses and video tutorials on topics ranging from time management and information literacy to interaction design and Office 365 for Educators, all taught by subject matter experts. 

Discover the five most popular LIL courses at Northeastern

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