Six Ways Video and Audio Can Improve Learning--ATI Media Studio Resources Can Help

Published On: 
Monday, 25 February 2019

Are you seeking new ways to engage your students? Adding audio and video elements to the traditional classroom (and to the online one) can improve learning and make things more interesting. The Academic Technology and Innovation (ATI) Media Studio, housed in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center, contains high-tech resources that you can use to create a multimedia experience for your students.

UMD Google Accounts and Personal Data

Published On: 
Friday, 20 July 2018

Over a billion people rely on Google to complete an array of tasks. From crafting a complex spreadsheet to turning off a light, Google is deeply integrated in our personal and professional lives. This union isn’t always a transparent one.

The University of Maryland relies on Google to provide email to staff, faculty, and students. Spotlight investigated what Google may know about you and how you can act to control your privacy while using a UMD email account.

Preview New Gmail Features Coming to All UMD Google and TERPmail Accounts

Published On: 
Monday, 16 July 2018

Some new Gmail features will be coming to all UMD Google and TERPmail accounts in August 2018! You can preview the new features in this overview video and by reading on!

New Gmail Features Available

The 2018 Gmail update includes more security features and integrates your Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Tasks with your Gmail to help you manage and navigate your busy inbox.

UMD IT Resources and Access After Graduation

Published On: 
Thursday, 17 May 2018

Soon-to-be-graduates! Congratulations from the Division of IT, and we wish you the best of luck in your endeavors after college. Whatever those may be, we hope you remember fondly your time at Maryland.

While at Maryland, you may have used TERPmail, downloaded software from TERPware, and visited Terrapin Tech. Whether you’ve done all of these or none of these, we’re here to tell you what happens after you graduate. What software and services do you get to keep? What benefits expire, and when do they expire? We have the answers to all your questions–just keep reading!

Facebook Privacy Updates

Published On: 
Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in March, Facebook has seen a backlash of alarm and concern over the way it handles user privacy and data. Facebook has scrambled to address these issues via TV appearances from chief executives, a Senate hearing, and policy changes, but are these changes for the better? 

VPN and Anti-virus Software -- A Combo to Increase Privacy and Security

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

So you use a virtual private network. That’s great! VPN is an important aspect of staying safe and private online. (If you want to learn the basics of VPNs, check out our What is VPN spotlight article.) 

However, VPN is not all you need to ensure a safe browsing experience. VPN is an excellent tool for maintaining your privacy online, but it doesn’t protect your computer from malware and viruses.

What is VPN?

Published On: 
Friday, 6 April 2018

You may have heard the words “virtual private network” or its acronym VPN mentioned by the computer savvy. But what does it mean? And how does VPN work? And also, why should you care?

The truth is, VPN is a critical part of staying safe online, which is why it’s important for all of us to understand how it works and when to use it.

What is VPN and how does it work?

First, let’s break it down:

Virtual: VPN does not require extra cables or physical infrastructure. The connection is entirely virtual.

New UMD Adobe Creative Cloud Process Streamlines Access

Published On: 
Friday, 23 March 2018

As of March 2018, UMD and Adobe are making it easier for students, staff, and faculty to get the most from Adobe’s Creative Cloud software with two big changes to the way you log in and renew/install products.

First, we’ve implemented a sign on process that’s integrated with our Central Authentication System (CAS). When signing into Adobe Creative Cloud, you should now choose the “Enterprise ID login.” You will then be directed to log in with your UMD Directory ID and password. 

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Multi-factor authentication, or MFA for short, is a security measure that adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. MFA requires that you access an additional device or code, along with your usual login information, in order to log in to your account. Essentially, the first layer of security uses something you know (login information), while the second layer uses something you have (a device or a one-time use code).

G Suite--Tools that Can Help You Get Things Done

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

What’s the most important software for success in school and work? You might think of the Office software suite or Adobe Creative Cloud. But G Suite for Education could be a contender for first place.