Zoombombing in the Classroom? Not On Our Watch

Zoom Update: In response to the issues concerning privacy and security, Zoom has automatically defaulted the as screen sharing settings for Education customers to “Only Host” as of March 26, 2020. To enable participant sharing, please visit the following link: support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360041591671

Yesterday, we discussed the trend of bad actors taking advantage of publicly shared Zoom meetings to take over with unwanted and disruptive screen-shares, called Zoombombing. While it is a trend in with publicly open Zoom meetings, we are in a new age of online learning and students are also testing the waters of these new platforms. Things like limiting your Zoom meeting video to Host Only will not work in an educational setting as we want to encourage student engagement and sharing. Let us look at some ways to limit the disruption of students in our live online learning environments. Continue reading Zoombombing in the Classroom? Not On Our Watch

Adobe Grants Temporary Access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps

Adobe Creative Cloud folderAs a result of the campus closure, student access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is not available. Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students and faculty so that they can continue their work remotely. Continue reading Adobe Grants Temporary Access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps

OIT Completes Three Days of Faculty & Staff Training

We’ve just wrapped up three days of one of the most intense pieces of training in University history. In an unprecedented event, over a half dozen ATSDs, instructional designers, and specialists from around the University provided over 50 hours of live training covering general Canvas LMS usage, how to communicate with students using various online tools, tips and strategies of asynchronous and synchronous online teaching, and, of course, the essential features of Zoom. In addition, several hours of more training were provided to staff to make the transition to working remotely a successful one. Continue reading OIT Completes Three Days of Faculty & Staff Training

Duo Adding Second Device: Critical Action Needed!

DuoIf you are one of the few University employees only using your SMU landline as a registered Duo authentication device, now is the time to add a second device. We are highly encouraging all users to set up a second device for use with Duo Multi-Factor Authentication to gain access to University services if working from off-campus. We highly recommend using the Duo Mobile app for your smartphone and/or setting up your home phone as a new device. Continue reading Duo Adding Second Device: Critical Action Needed!

Winter 2020 Security Report Now Available

Winter 2020 Security Report Cover
Our Winter 2020 edition of the OIT Security Report is now available to the SMU community.  In this edition, we discuss how to protect your children when they have their own mobile phone, how to secure your kids online including instructions for adjusting privacy settings, a little online etiquette, and Ms. Security returns to answer questions COPPA and TikTok.

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