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The UWindsor.ca website has more than 40,000 pages with as many 2,500,000 unique visitors who access it yearly. Keeping the content relevant, accessible, and up to date is important. The Web Services team within the Information Technology Services department offers training options and valuable resources to help campus content editors effectively display their online information.

Content editors can sign up for live online Drupal 7 Web Accessibility Basic Training to brush up on their skills or get the fundamental instructions needed for beginner site editors, on Wednesday, Feb 2. The remote basic training offerings occur on the first Wednesday of every month and can be done from the convenience of the attendees’ desktop or laptop.

Other forms of training are the on-demand videos and lessons. These types of training are intended to provide experienced content editors with more independence in selecting the training topic at a convenient time.

“Our website offers multiple resources and we added weekly drop-in sessions to help staff with their web content,” says Mike Fisher, manager of web services and systems support in IT Services. “With the proper training, we encourage people to take control of their content.”

The half-hour online meeting with web development team leader, Rob Aitkens, is intended to resolve a specific issue or guide on the best web practices. An appointment can be booked online.

As always, the web services group is available to help by creating a ticket.

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Recipients of the Employee Recognition Awards demonstrate how leadership, collaboration, creativity, and perseverance can result in new and innovative solutions to address unprecedented challenges and build a strong community, Human Resources said in announcing the honourees.

The awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of individuals and teams to advancing the University’s mission.

Excellence in Leadership Award

  • Daniel Heath, faculty, Department of Integrative Biology and Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
  • Dave Johnston, head, Leddy Library Access Services Department
  • Fall Return Leads: Jennie Atkins, executive director of Continuing Education; Jess Dixon, head of the Department of Kinesiology; Chris Houser, dean of the Faculty of Science

Excellence in Health and Safety Award

  • Shaun Dunford, third class maintenance engineer in the Energy Conversion Centre
  • COVID-19 Screening Platform Team, view the list of team members

Impact Award

  • Sherri Lynn Menard, manager of environmental health and safety, Human Resources
  • Trevor Pittman, concert producer/operations manager, School of Creative Arts

Service Excellence Award (Individual)

  • Christopher Ribble, application developer, Information Technology Services
  • Graham Fawcett, application developer and consultant, Information Technology Services

Service Excellence Award (the First Five Years of Employment)

  • Rachelle Prince, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Law

Service Excellence Award (Team)

UWindsor Proud Award

  • Sheri Lowrie, student recruitment officer, Office of Enrolment Management - Recruitment

The campus community is invited to a live virtual celebration March 3 at 11 a.m. to honour the award recipients and show appreciation to colleagues for their positive impact during these challenging times and throughout the year.

Go to the Employee Recognition website for more information and to register for the virtual event. Registrants will receive the link to join the celebration via e-mail the week prior.

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The University of Windsor’s internet will be inaccessible Sunday, Dec. 19, from 1 to 3 a.m. due to scheduled maintenance and hardware replacement by its service provider, Connecting Windsor-Essex.

In addition to the internet access on campus being disrupted, all UWindsor systems will be off-line during the same period, including:

  • UWinsite Student
  • Blackboard
  • MyUWinfo

Users may have to restart or log in again on various platforms when internet service resumes.

If you have difficulties accessing the internet on campus after the intermittent outage, contact the IT Service Desk which opens virtually at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Use the live chat feature found in the bottom right corner of www.uwindsor.ca/its, or www.uwindsor.ca/itshelp, or call 519-253-3000, ext. 4440.

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Information Technology Services recently reached a milestone with the release of its 50th Tech Talk video. The byte-sized bursts of information are delivered in 60 to 180 seconds, offering tips and tutorials on new systems and software or product feature highlights.

The department’s members contribute their expert knowledge to help the campus community use supported software and services more effectively, says executive director Ryan Kenney.

“Since the launch in May 2020, our team has collaborated on a wide-range of topics from enhancing website accessibility, to improving departmental efficiencies using Microsoft Lists, to how to make the most out of using myUWinfo,” he says.

The most-watched video is “Installing the GlobalProtect VPN on Windows 10.” Other popular titles include:

The growing collection of Tech Talks is available on the IT Services website at uwindsor.ca/its/tech-talk. Suggestions for Tech Talk topics are welcomed and can be shared here.

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Information Technology Services has extended the Cybersecurity Learning Modules and Self-Assessment period for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 tablet computer.

To be eligible for the prize draw, faculty, staff, and students can complete the self-assessment by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 6. One winner selected in a random draw will be contacted by email in the days following.