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CourseWeb Extended Maintenance Scheduled for Dec. 26-27

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 15:11

 

CourseWeb, the University of Pittsburgh's implementation of Blackboard Learn, will be unavailable during an extended maintenance period from 10:00 p.m. on Monday, December 26 through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27. Access to My Pitt Video will also be unavailable during this time.

Although a maintenance period has been scheduled during these times, the systems will be returned to service earlier if work is completed ahead of schedule. This maintenance is necessary to maintain the stability and reliability of the CourseWeb system.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge is Back and Better than Ever

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:20

 

The Pitt Mobile App Challenge gives Pitt undergraduate students at all campuses the chance to share their mobile app ideas with the Pitt community and the opportunity to win some terrific prizes, including $4,000, $2,000, $1,000, or $500 worth of Amazon gift cards! 

This year's App Challenge asks students to tackle one of five specific challenges. Once you choose your challenge, you can participate in one of two categories:

  • Show It: Create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards.  
  • Code It: Build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards.  

You can work alone or as part of a team. All winners will be determined by a combination of student voting and scores awarded by a panel of judges.

Get started today! Visit the Pitt Mobile App Challenge Web page to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app. Submissions open February 1. Good luck!

App Challenge

Easier Gaming Console Connections in the Residence Halls

Monday, December 26, 2016 - 13:30

 

The new Pitt Gaming network provides a simpler way to connect gaming consoles and Smart TVs to the University’s network from Pittsburgh campus residence halls.

You can take advantage of the Pitt Gaming network by connecting your device to your room's network port with an Ethernet cable or by connecting to the PITT-GAMING wireless network. For optimal performance, we recommend that you connect to the wired network port in your room.

For details, please visit http://pi.tt/gaming.

Pitt Gaming Network

Pitt Passport: Using Pitt Passport for Your Departmental Service or Application

Pitt Passport is the trusted, single sign-on service that presents a uniform login experience for all University Web-based services. With Pitt Passport, Pitt users see the same, familiar login screen and Web address when they connect to Web services provided by the University. This service can also be used to provide secure logins for department services including hosted (on-premises) and cloud-based.

Sponsored Account Pulse Client Installers

Clicking on these links will require authentication with valid sponsored account credentials via Pitt Passport. The download will initiate immediately after successful login. There will be no authentication request if your browser is already logged into the University's Office 365 environment.

Skype for Business Presence Change Takes Effect January 28

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 11:19

Beginning January 28, it will be easier to use Skype for Business to see real-time presence information for your coworkers, colleagues, and friends.

The Skype for Business presence indicator is a color-coded circle that enables you to see whether someone is available, busy, away, or out of the office. Today, you need to add someone to your Skype for Business Contacts list before you can see their presence. On January 28, if you are using the Skype for Business client, your presence will become visible by default.

The ability to view someone’s presence is an important benefit of the unified communications capabilities provided through Skype for Business. Presence allows you to instantly gauge the most efficient method to use to contact someone. For example, if the person you want to contact is available, then you can start an IM conversation or a Skype call immediately instead of sending an email and waiting for a response. If they are busy or away, then you can send an email that they can respond to when they return. You can also tag someone to receive a notification when their status changes, which can be useful if you need to contact someone as soon as they are available. You can still change your own Skype for Business presence at any time (for example, by setting it to “Do Not Disturb” or “Away” if you do not want to be contacted).

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions about this announcement.

You could win up to $4,000 in the Pitt Mobile App Challenge.

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 15:14

 

Shil Patel and Asim Viqar were runners-up in last year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge for their Swipes app. Here they describe their experience in last year's App Challenge and what they learned from participating.

Submissions to this year's Pitt Mobile App Challenge open February 1. You can participate even if you don't know how to code!

The Show It category asks you to create a visual mockup of your app that shows what it would look like and how it would work. The winning entry receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards. Second place receives $1,000 in Amazon gift cards, and third place receives $500 in Amazon gift cards. 

The Code It category challenges you to build a working prototype of your app that functions on a mobile device. The winning entry receives $4,000 in Amazon gift cards. Second place receives $2,000 in Amazon gift cards, and third place receives $1,000 in Amazon gift cards. 

Put on your thinking caps and get started today! Visit http://pi.tt/appchallenge to choose your challenge, download the submission template, and review the rules. You’ll also find resources to help you get started building your app.

Good luck!

Explore and Visualize University Data with Tableau

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 15:49

 

The University of Pittsburgh has large quantities of operational data. The challenge is to find ways to make use of that data to support decision making, find insight, and measure key indicators.

To support these efforts, Computing Services and Systems Development now provides Tableau software to University of Pittsburgh staff. Tableau places an emphasis on visual analytics, allowing you to move quickly from question to insight.   

Data analysts who use the University Data Warehouse can request a license for Tableau Desktop via the Technology Help Desk.

You can use Tableau Desktop authoring software to create dashboards, workbooks, and analyses using data from the University Data Warehouse, local databases, spreadsheets, text files, and more. An easy-to-use interface enables you to quickly understand a dataset using filters, calculations, sets, and a range of data visualizations to discover insights.

This work can then be shared with University faculty and staff via the Tableau server available at https://analytics.pitt.edu. All Pitt faculty and staff members have access to the Tableau Server, though they will only be able to see dashboards and data for which they have permission.\

Learn more

Multifactor Authentication to be Required Beginning March 5

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:46

 

The University began offering multifactor authentication to combat the increasing threats from phishing scams, malicious software, and compromised passwords several months ago. Since that time, phishing scams and other threats have continued to escalate in frequency and severity. These threats pose an immediate risk to your privacy and the security of University data.  

In response, on March 5 the University will require faculty and staff to use multifactor authentication for all services that leverage the University’s single sign-on service, Pitt Passport. Multifactor authentication will also be required for those using the Secure Remote Access service to connect to University resources.

Multifactor authentication is an additional layer of security designed to prevent unauthorized access to your information and University data, including confidential retirement account details, pay statements, or direct deposit information.  

You can begin using multifactor authentication today by completing the steps at http://technology.pitt.edu/multifactor Please note:  If you do not register a device for multifactor authentication in advance, you will be required to complete the registration process in order to access any service through Pitt Passport beginning March 5.

To learn more, visit our Multifactor Authentication Web page.

MFA overview

Box FTP Connections to Require Port 990 Beginning Mar. 8

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 16:44

 

If you use a File Transport Protocol (FTP) client to send files securely to Box, please be aware that beginning March 8 all Box FTP connections will require the use of port 990. If your FTP client connection currently uses port 21, please change your setting to port 990 before March 8.

Using an FTP client with Box can be useful when you need to transfer large amounts of files, such as during server migrations. For details about using an FTP client with Box, please visit http://technology.pitt.edu/boxftp.