Welcome to the April edition of Tech Update. With Earth Day coming up later this week, this update offers tips for spring cleaning your digital life and an invitation to join a 10-day digital sustainability challenge, among other helpful items.  

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

Spring-clean Your Course to Save Time 

Now that summer course shells are available to instructors on Canvas, it’s time to think about spring-cleaning your courses before copying them over in May. Consider organizing courses using the Standard Template and deleting unwanted assignments, pages, and other content. Use Leganto and LinkedIn Learning to help further engage students with the content.  

For more assistance with developing and reorganizing your courses for a fresh, updated look, book a consultation with one of the Academic Technologies team members. 

Take the 10-day Digital Sustainability Challenge 

The challenge launched on April 18, but you can join anytime! By participating in a 10-day digital sustainability challenge, you’ll take steps towards reducing your carbon footprint and promoting a more sustainable future. Daily challenges can be completed at your own pace and will help optimize digital devices, reduce paper waste, and protect personal information, all while promoting sustainable practices. Join this journey towards a more sustainable future. Look for challenge posts on Tech Talk and LinkedIn

Join the challenge

Customize the Employee Hub 

With the recent launch of the Employee Hub—a new, dynamic, and personalized digital homebase for all Northeastern employees across the global university system—comes new ways to find and access university services. One of the Hubs’ most useful features is the My Applications section of the landing pages, which provides quick and easy access to commonly used web applications. 

Learn about customizing My Applications on the Hub

Microsoft Teams Tip: Schedule Recurring Meetings 

If you need to meet with the same person or group on a regular basis, why not try setting up a recurring Microsoft Teams meeting with them? When you create a new meeting, you can make it repeat every day or week, or set your own custom recurrence. 

One useful thing to know about recurring meetings is that no matter how many times it takes place, it always uses the same meeting chat. That means you may always refer to previous notes and chat messages from previous occurrences of the meeting. 

New Panopto Retention Policy 

In June 2023, a new retention policy that affects stored course content is coming to Panopto. The new policy is a result of a change in the university’s license agreement and allows faculty to continue accessing older content that may be stored on the service. 

Prepare for upcoming changes with Panopto

Recognizing National Student Employment Week 

Within ITS, student employees perform invaluable services with great enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative throughout the community. As a part of National Student Employment Week celebrations that occurred last week from April 9-15, take a moment to learn more about student employees and their roles within the IT department.

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