By the Numbers: Spam!

Contributed by Dan Pfeifer, Chief Technology Officer
and Courtney Hime, ITAP Communications Consultant

Often on days when faculty, staff, and students feel e-mail is running behind, it is forgotten how much spam the University sifts through. Here are some monthly, daily, and hourly statistics about the amount of spam received by the Network Services Group.

Spam Statistics for a 30-day period Fall 2007

Total

Day

Hour

Blocked

92,903,372

99,730

9,144

Blocked due to a virus

862,237

7

1

Quarantined

1,363,749

257

32

Allowed but tagged

73,699

6

2

Allowed

14,739,451

5,190

848

Total Received

109,942,508

105,190

10,027

What’s new at the libraries?

Contributed by Courtney Hime

Check out the exciting new things happening throughout DePauw’s libraries!

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Students nearing the end of their time at college and interested in Higher Education can now access The Chronicle. The Chronicle is an effective tool for placing and searching job ads within the realm of Higher Education. We now offer online access to The Chronicle for the entire campus back to January 6 of 1995. You can reach it directly by following this link:

http://ezproxy.depauw.edu:2048/login?url=http://metalib.palni.edu:8331/

V/?func=native-link&resource=PAL02868

Newspaper Direct Press Display
This database provides online access to today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. The ever-expanding collection currently includes over 400 U.S. and international titles. Just like reading the familiar print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. The service also provides a 60-day back file and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and entire back file. Some newspapers even offer an audio option that allows the paper to be read to you.

You can visit the Press Display via the following link…

http://ezproxy.depauw.edu:2048/login?url=http://metalib.palni.edu:8331/

V/?func=native-link&resource=PAL02870

The Elsevier Journal Pilot
The Elsevier journal pilot program is now underway. In this pilot the library pays-per-use for electronic access to journal articles published by Elsevier. You can access these articles via Science Direct or through library databases via SFX.

Here are some tips for making efficient use of the pay-per-use model:

Viewing the abstract is free, so always read the abstract before viewing an article to make sure it is germane to your needs.

Download every article you view. Once an article has been viewed it can be downloaded at no extra cost. Therefore, always download and SAVE a viewed article in order to avoid having the library pay for it again.

Articles needed by a class during the course of a semester can be placed on reserve. Students should access the article via reserves instead of directly from Elsevier.

Once an article is viewed, it is freely available to anyone at DePauw for viewing and downloading for 24 hours. If an article is introduced for use in a class, ask everyone to view/download/save the article immediately.

If you discover an article you need via SFX (or another way) and you have more than one choice for accessing the article, try accessing the article via a subscription product first rather than selecting an Elsevier product.

New Music Library
The library is now open in the Green Center for the Performing Arts. This is a brand new facility that is roughly six times the size of the old music library. Stop in for a visit and say hello to our new music librarian, Misti Shaw mistishaw@depauw.edu

Update on Roy O. West Renovation
The renovation of Roy O. West will not take place until next summer. More information will be available during the school year as we prepare.

Library Liaisons
Academic departments will be hearing from their Library Liaison soon (if they haven’t already). Liaisons can help faculty connect with any library collections and services they might need. Find out more at

http://www.depauw.edu/library/aboutus/directories.asp.

Here’s “What’s New” in Information Technology this fall!

Contributed by David Diedriech

1) Simpler logins: When accessing your network drives through your browser, you now simply enter your username in the username box at http://NetStorage.depauw.edu. No more student.depauw or faculty.depauw!

2) University Calendar to GroupWise Integration using iCal: Click the Add Calendar Event Icon next to an item on the University Calendar, enter your e-mail address, and click the Send button. The Event is automatically sent to your GroupWise calendar.

3) Moodle: Moodle is DePauw’s new learning management system. Moodle is like BlackBoard but is developed from a more learning-centric perspective than Blackboard. It enables faculty members to easily set up interactive, online course communities and materials for classes. During the 2007-2008 academic year, both Moodle and Blackboard will be available for faculty members to use for their courses. Beginning Fall 2008, Moodle will be the sole CMS (course management system) for campus. FITS will offer training and support throughout the year to help you learn how to use Moodle and migrate old courses to it.

4) Expanded wireless coverage: We now have wireless coverage in the West Neighborhood Duplexes as well as expanded coverage in North Quad, specifically Mason Hall. And expanded coverage is coming soon to South Quad!

5) Microsoft Office 2007: Microsoft Office 2007 is installed on first-year students’ Dell program laptops and will be available to others on campus later this semester – watch for details.

6) whitelist@depauw.edu: In the continuing fight against Internet e-mail spam, we have begun a new strategy to facilitate electronic communication. Register legitimate e-mail addresses by sending them to the newly created e-mail account, whitelist@depauw.edu.

7) Consolidation of email usernames/passwords: We are moving toward using e-mail usernames and passwords for more services. To date, we have added ILLiad, the Interlibrary Loan request software, to the list.

8 ) Data Center Web Page: You may have seen news about companies like Google, and the rising cost of heat and air bills in their data centers. We are happy to report that the University has reduced the size of its data center over the past year. In case you want to know more, the DePauw Data Center has a Web Site at

<http://www.depauw.edu/IT/network/data_center/>

9) I-Light update: DePauw has been on I-Light, the Indiana Fiber Network, for six months. I-Light provides increased bandwidth to Higher Education institutions in Indiana, as well as institutions connected to Internet2.

What you should know about passwords…

Contributed by Courtney Hime

At DePauw, your username is the same across systems, but there are multiple passwords for the various systems:

1. eServices (www.depauw.edu/e)
2. Blackboard (blackboard.depauw.edu)
3. Groupwise & Tigermail (email and calendaring), Novell (network folders P, I, etc.), and Moodle (an alternative Course Management System to Blackboard)
. Each of the three systems (or groups of systems) has a password
unique to that system. For example, if you change the password in either eServices or Blackboard, your password will not change in any of the other systems. However, the systems in #3 share a synchronized password (e.g., if you change your Groupwise/Tigermail password, it automatically changes for Novell and Moodle; or, when you change your Moodle password, it will automatically changes the password for TigerMail and Novell. It will not change your password in Blackboard or eServices).

Maintaining Passwords at DePauw
It is critical to protect your personal information. To ensure the security of your information, regular maintenance is necessary on your password-protected accounts. Reset each of the passwords mentioned above at least once each semester and maintain separate passwords for each type of account.

Tips for creating more secure passwords:

1. Make sure your password is at least six characters long.

2. Use a combination of special characters, letters and numbers.

3. Be original; don’t use real words that can be found in the dictionary.

4. Avoid using public information, such as your birth date, address or phone number.

5. Don’t relate the password to your interests in a way that makes it easily guessed.

6. Once you’ve changed your password, keep it to yourself! Don’t write it down and never share it with your friends.

Tech Tip: Microsoft Office 2007

Contributed by David Dieriech
Making Office 2007 Documents Compatible with Older Versions of Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 2007 is installed on all First-Year students’ Dell program laptops, and will be available to the rest of campus later this semester. Until MS Office 2007 is installed on all campus computers, users with the older versions (2003 and 2004) will not be able to read Office 2007 documents unless they are “back-saved,” which means saved in the older format. If you use MS Office 2007 you can utilize the “Save As” option to back-save, for example, a Word 2007 or Excel 2007 file in the older format (e.g., “Word 97-2003 Document”). This will enable users who have not yet been upgraded to Office 2007 to open and read your documents.

For how-to information or other questions:
visit www.depauw.edu/it/helpdesk/office2007
or contact David Diedriech, ddieriech@depauw.edu, x6442

Moodle at DePauw – September 2007

Contributed by David Diedriech

Moodle is DePauw’s new learning management system. It provides all the features we are already using in Blackboard, while also offering additional features and flexibility to enable faculty members to ultimately do new and creative things online.

Timeline:

During the 2007-2008 academic year, both Moodle and Blackboard will be available for faculty members to use for their courses.

Beginning fall 2008, Moodle will be the sole system for campus.

FITS is offering training and support throughout the year to help you learn how to use Moodle and transition your courses to it. We are also training a team of students who can help faculty members with very large Blackboard courses move content to Moodle.

Moodle in Use:

  • Moodle usage this fall:

156 Active courses in Moodle (including those using Library eReserves)

36 Moodle courses with Library eReserves

750 Total fall courses created on Moodle

  • About the system:
    • Everyone’s Moodle account is the same as (and synchronized with) their email/Novell account/password.
    • All courses in the fall Schedule of Classes are already created in Moodle. To make a course visible to your students, you need to change the course availability setting to ‘available.’
    • During the drop/add period, student enrollments (including drops) were updated every 24 hours.
  • The most common questions/problems that we’ve heard from people using Moodle so far:
    • Faculty members sometimes forget to make their course ‘available’ to students after they set it up for their class
    • Students don’t all realize that their Moodle username/password is the same as their email account
    • The Moodle gradebook is different from the one in Blackboard, so several instructors have sought help from FITS about learning to use it.

Where to get help with using Moodle:

Moodle 101: http://moodle.depauw.edu/course/view.php?id=48 (Log in as a guest)

Contact moodle@depauw.edu or any FITS instructional technologist:

Michael Gough, michaelgough@depauw.edu
Roni Pejril, veronicapejril@depauw.edu
Dave Diedriech, ddiedriech@depauw.edu

FITS Moodle Events: Fall 2007 and Winter Term 2008

Moodle Users Group (MUG) Meetings

Oriented toward faculty members who are already using Moodle, bi-weekly meetings for everyone to share ideas, ask questions, and discuss ways that Moodle can be used in teaching and learning

Moodle Showcases

Presentations by faculty members demonstrating how they are using Moodle in their classes to help others make the transition themselves

FITS Fall Workshop

A half-day Saturday workshop focused on (1) Moodle – Hands-on workshop and (2) Tablet PC’s, DyKnow and other Pen-based activities in teaching and learning

FITS Winter Term Workshop

A 3-week workshop focusing on individualized faculty projects involving technology and teaching – A good time to prepare Moodle courses for the Spring

Outline of Fall 2007 and Winter Term 2008 Schedule

(Visit the FITS newsletter for times and locations)

September 24 MUG Meeting
October 3 Moodle Showcase – Doing Blackboard-like activities in Moodle
October 8 MUG Meeting
October 24 Moodle Showcase – Doing “New” with Moodle
November 2 MUG Meeting
November 7 Moodle Showcase – What I’ve learned about Moodle
November 16 MUG Meeting
November 17 (Saturday) FITS Fall Workshop
November 30 MUG Meeting
January 2008 FITS Winter Term Workshop

Using RSS Feeds

Contributed by Veronica Pejril

Web-based content is becoming a mainstream fixture in many curricula’s arsenals of learning resources that faculty members provide their students. Because that content can include articles from scholarly journals, emerging stories in the news/blogosphere, or multimedia content such as audio/video podcasts or presentations, navigating through these data can easily overwhelm even a seasoned instructor or researcher. Controlling the flow and delivery of this information with an “RSS reader” can make this daunting task simple and manageable.

RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, is a protocol that drives the delivery of subscribed content to you, or your students’, desktops. Instead of taking the time to fetch new journal articles, blog entries, news stories or podcasts from the websites they reside on, you can use RSS to subscribe to content streams you’d like fed to you or your students automatically.

Google Reader, Netvibes and Firefox’s own “Live Bookmarks” are but a few of the hundreds of free tools available for subscribing to RSS-delivered content. Some sophisticated RSS readers allow you to rank or filter subscribed content (e.g., subscribing to articles from a music-history journal, but only displaying content that features Mozart). Web-based RSS readers such as Google Reader are portable. Your personalized content is available to you by logging into an account, from any web browser on any computer, anywhere.

Faculty members can share RSS-based content such as journal articles, breaking news and audio podcasts via their course management system. Moodle offers an “RSS Feed” block, so a professor can provide automatically-updated topical content to her students.

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Google offers an easy to use web-based RSS reader

If you are interested in using RSS for your research or instructional goals, I invite you to contact any of our DePauw FITS staff. Listed below are some online resources to help you get started.

RSS in Plain English:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU

Tour of Google Reader

http://www.google.com/help/reader/help.html

Finding and Subscribing to RSS feeds

http://www.google.com/help/reader/feeds.html