ECU Faculty, Staff, and Students: We hope that your semester is off to a great start! Check out this month’s Technology Digest news to learn more about:
- Helpful Technology Resources for Students
- New Pirate Print Locations on Campus!
- Accessibility Tips: Five Ways to Get Started
- Crash Plan Backup Utility Makes Lost Data a Thing of the Past
- Check out ITCS’s 2014 Year in Review
Helpful Technology Resources for Students
Whether students need to create a Web site, store course files in a secure location, learn more about Microsoft Word or Excel to complete a project, or search for a campus computer lab in which to work – ITCS is here for you!
Please take a few moments to review these valuable Student Technology Services and Resources!
New Pirate Print Locations on Campus!
Students- did you know that you can send a
Accessibility Tips: Five Ways to Get Started
We all know it’s important to create online materials that follow ADA regulations for accessibility. But you may be asking yourself “How do I begin?” and “How do I really know my information is accessible?”
Making your online content more accessible is easier than you think. Start with a few, simple changes like these and then check your pages using the tools below.
There are lots of good tools out there to check your online content for accessibility. One of the best is the WebAIM (http://webaim.org/) Web site with the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. The Web site includes an easy-to-understand training module for those who want to know more (http://webaim.org/intro); however, the free WebAIM tool (http://webaim.org/resources) does not only check your content for accessibility, but also lets you know how to fix it. For example, type your URL into the WAVE tool and color-coded icons appear: green means accessible, red and yellow mean a second look. Click the icon for a detailed explanation.
Want to know more? Visit the ITCS accessibility tips page (www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/webpublishing/accessibility.cfm) or sign up for the accessible content training class through Cornerstone.
Crash Plan Backup Utility Makes Lost Data a Thing of the Past
Computer crashes and accidental deletions happen. But lost data is a thing of the past with CrashPlan backup utility. Easy to download and easy to configure, CrashPlan works in the background for continuous file backup on either Mac or Windows. It even offers previous versions of each file in the event a file is restored. Features include:
- Windows and Mac availability
- Unlimited online storage
- Minute-by-minute backups
- 448-bit file encryption
- Online, email and phone support
- Mobile app to view files
- File restore through Web browser
- Real-time dashboard reporting
So, how do departments request CrashPlan for users?
Licensed by ECU, this application is available to ECU departments through an annual license fee of $83 per user. Users can install CrashPlan on up to four ECU-owned computers.
After the payment process is complete, users are able to download the desktop app through the ECU Download Center. Departments are contacted annually for renewal.
Visit the CrashPlan Web site for more details on security, how-to instructions and vendor support.
When we in ITCS look back at 2014, all we can say is, “Whew!” Saying this was a busy campus is the epitome of understatement for us all. We invite you to review the many noteworthy accomplishments of last year in our Annual Report.