Welcome to the latest edition of Tech Update. Northeastern participates in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month each October. In recognition of that, find more resources and information for staying safe online, cleaning up old data and devices securely, and more in this month’s Update.    

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Save the date: Data Destruction Day is coming to Boston and Oakland on Oct. 23

Have an old laptop, smartphone, tablet, or even an Xbox that you’re done with? Don’t throw it out; even purged or reset devices may often still retain personal data. Instead, dispose of it safely, securely, and sustainably on Data Destruction Day! Data storage experts in Boston and Oakland will help you destroy old devices, electronics, paper files, and more at no cost. 

Learn more

Keep an eye out for Security Awareness Training  

Security Awareness Training is an important part of Northeastern’s program to enhance its cybersecurity, protect institutional data, and safeguard personal data. As a member of Northeastern’s highly mobile global community, you’re required to participate so that you’re more prepared for common security situations and can prevent and mitigate risks within your control. This training has been redesigned to be shorter, yet just as informative, so you can get on with your day quicker. 

View all Cybersecurity Awareness Month activities

Reduce pesky access requests with the right Panopto tools and process 

Panopto’s deep integration with Canvas makes it easy for instructors to seamlessly share videos for an enriched learning experience. If you receive an access request email from Panopto, it’s likely because a student is attempting to gain access to a video that has been embedded in Canvas without the necessary permission settings. To ensure a smooth experience, leverage the Panopto Learning Tool Integration when embedding videos and follow the standard Canvas course import process. 

Read How do I resolve Panopto access request issues?

A technical toolkit for teaching large classes 

Course design and instructional effectiveness can be more challenging in large-enrollment courses. Learn how one professor developed an inclusive, three-tiered approach to teaching that effectively shrinks the class size while promoting metacognition and active learning. By leveraging Canvas and integrated tools, the large class is now able to develop deeper levels of critical thinking, learning, creativity, and collaborative problem-solving. 

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Connecting your device in a Global Learning Space classroom 

As an instructor, there are many benefits to connecting your device and sharing content in the classroom. Whether it’s through PowerPoint presentations or interactive activities, providing visuals in the classroom makes the content more engaging. Global Learning Spaces makes connecting to the audio-visual equipment an easy process.  

Watch the video to learn how to connect your device

Concur Travel has launched 

Traveling for university business? Now book your travel with the same tool you use to submit expenses, Concur. All travel should be booked with Christopherson Business Travel, Northeastern’s new preferred Travel Management Company, using the travel module in Concur. Northeastern-specific rates are preloaded and all trips are automatically pushed into Northeastern’s duty of care tool. For even more convenient access, add Concur to your My Applications section in the Employee Hub.  

Visit the Finance website to learn how to use Concur Travel

Visit the Tech Service Portal to learn how to customize My Applications

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