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Registration for in-person and online Brightspace workshops is now open to instructors, staff, and graduate assistants. All UWindsor courses will be in the Brightspace learning management system (LMS) in Winter 2023; the Centre for Teaching and Learning recommends instructors sign up early for training.

“The LMS implementation team has been working tirelessly to prepare the system and the supports to help instructors and students transition to Brightspace since the new LMS was announced,” says director Erika Kustra.

“With the Brightspace sandboxes opening ahead of schedule for instructors and departmental support staff, now is a great time to attend a workshop ahead of the rush. We want to help all instructors feel comfortable in the new system before the January 2023 start of classes.”

In addition to the synchronous workshop sessions, more training and support resources are available on the dedicated UWindsor Brightspace website, including FAQs, how-to documents, links to Brightspace’s self-paced guided online training and resources, and other help.

Information Technology Services will begin to migrate the last two years of courses without student data from Blackboard into the new LMS later this month.

Email questions about the implementation process and requests for departmental training to brightspace@uwindsor.ca.

cybersecurity month

In the first half of 2022, more than 6,300 phishing attempts were reported, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. The centre estimates this accounts for only five percent of actual incidents.

Phishing attempts are increasingly common and take various forms, including email, text, call, and voicemail, all trying to compromise the University’s data and individuals’ personal information. By being on the lookout for signs of phishing, the UWindsor community can protect itself from these cyber-attacks that seek to steal accounts and confidential information.

“The University’s data is threatened daily by cyber criminals trying to gain access,” says Marcin Pulcer, interim executive director of Information Technology Services.

“What may appear to be helpful or responding to an urgent email or text could pose dire consequences to the organization. We ask that our campus community think twice before supplying access to UWindsor information and sharing personal information. It requires a vigilant team effort.”

IT Services suggests five tips to avoid getting phished:

  1. Evaluate the request details.
    Is the message unusual or unexpected?
    Is there urgency?
    Does it ask you to open an attachment or link you were not expecting?
    Are you asked to log in or supply personal information on a form or website?
  2. Examine the sender’s name and email address carefully.
    Is it from a public email like “gmail.com” or another free email service instead of an organization or business?
    Is it from someone who does not usually regularly email you?
  3. Review the message.
    Are there spelling errors, bad grammar, or odd formatting?
    Does it have an ambiguous or missing signature?
    Do the graphics look off?
    Are they asking you to switch to a different communication tool?
  4. Check any links in the email.
    When you hover over the links, are the web addresses suspicious?
    Are the characters correct or are they lookalikes?
  5. For scam calls, beware of a request to access your computer.
    Do they want to connect to your computer via remote desktop?
    Do they request to share your login information to an online account?

We often trust messages coming from within our organization or from a reputable company. If you think the message may be legitimate, but you answered yes to any of the above questions, contact the sender through a different communication channel to verify it — do not respond to a potential hacker.

Otherwise, report the message to spam@uwindsor.ca or contact the IT Service Desk at 519-253-3000, ext. 4440.

Find examples of phishing messages on the Cybersecurity Awareness website.

Led by IT Services, Cybersecurity Awareness Month efforts highlight cybersecurity issues relevant to the UWindsor community. More information can be found at uwindsor.ca/cybersecurity.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness month, Information Technology Services will share best practices, tips, and information with the campus community throughout October. The campaign will serve to remind readers that cybersecurity is a team effort and shared responsibility.

“We are taking the opportunity to remind our Lancer community about best practices. It is important for faculty, staff, and students to know how to secure their devices, spot phishing attempts, and more,” says Marcin Pulcer, interim executive director of IT Services.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is an effort by governments and organizations across Canada, the U.S.A., and the world, to highlight measures that individuals and businesses can use to protect themselves against cybercrimes. IT Services will share key cybersecurity themes weekly via DailyNews and on UWindsor’s social media channels.

More information is also available anytime at uwindsor.ca/cybersecurity.

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An online class on Oct. 6 will help faculty and staff responsible for maintaining UWindsor websites learn Drupal content management system basics and understand web accessibility requirements.

The session will cover web page creation, how to upload graphics, organize menus, accessibility fundamentals and more.

“The training is designed to provide the required knowledge for new web editors and give others the opportunity to update their skills,” says web development team leader Rob Aitkens.

Sign-up is required to attend the online Drupal 7 + Web Accessibility Basic Training on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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Faculty and staff who maintain UWindsor websites are invited to next week’s content management and web accessibility basics training.

The two-hour session will cover web page creation, how to insert graphics, organize menus, add content blocks, and understand web accessibility requirements. The essential training gives new editors the knowledge and best practices required to maintain their site. It is also the chance for existing website editors to hone their skills.

“Summer is a great time to refresh your skills, update your content, and ensure the site is accessible to all our web visitors,” says instructor Rob Aitkens, web development team leader.

The online Drupal 7 + Web Accessibility Basic Training is Thursday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. Sign-up is required to attend.