CIS has been notifying individuals who need to update their Brown passwords. This is to ensure all Brown accounts meet the new, stricter password requirements, and to get passwords into our new system so they can be accessed by all Brown services.
How is the Brown community doing? See our charts, updated every Tuesday and Thursday.
We realize these emails will look a lot like phishing attempts (email scams). You should always be wary of emails asking you to click a link and enter personal information or passwords. In this case, we will be asking you to visit the website myaccount.brown.edu. We'd rather not send this as a link, but most email programs and phones will automatically display it as a link. You can get to MyAccount by typing the address into your browser’s address bar, or by navigating to MyAccount from the A to Z list on the Brown homepage.
Please continue to be suspicious of emails, even if they appear to come from a Brown email address. You can view all known phishing attempts sent to Brown accounts at http://brown.edu/go/phishbowl.
More information about this change can be found in our Password Change FAQ.
- 3/2, 10am: Excel - Basics (CIS)
- 3/3, 10am: Excel - Displaying Your Data (CIS)
- 3/3, 11am: Canvas Clinic (CIS)
- 3/3, 1pm: Active Learning w/ Flipped Classroom (CIS)
- 3/3, 1pm: Word - Basics (CIS)
- 3/3, 4pm: Basic Mendeley (Library)
- 3/4, 4pm: Best Practices for Managing Your Data (Library)
- 3/5, 10am: Excel - Formulas (CIS)
- 3/5, 1pm: Intro to Canvas Grading and Assignments (CIS)
- 3/5, 1pm: Word - Formatting (CIS)
- 3/9, 10am: BrownSites - Basics and Site Startup (CIS)
- 3/10, 10am: BrownSites - Advanced (CIS)
- 3/10, 2pm: Grant Finding @ Brown and Beyond (Library)
- 3/10, 12pm: Using the BDR for Citing and Publishing Your Research Data (Library)
- 3/17, 9:30am: Introduction to Cognos Connection & Running Reports (CIS)
- 3/25, 12pm: Using the BDR for Citing and Publishing Your Research Data (Library)
- 3/31, 10am: BrownSites - Basics and Site Start-Up (CIS)
Hopefully we have the bulk of February snow behind us, and events won't be rescheduled due to weather. We recommend following the links to confirm the time and date in case anything changes. If we missed something, tweet us @ITatBrown or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2/16, 10am: BrownSites Basics and Site Startup (CIS)
- 2/16, 12pm: Electronic Lab Notebook Demo (Library)
- 2/17, 11am: Canvas Clinic (CIS)
- 2/18, 10am: BrownSites Series - Advanced (CIS)
- 2/18, 10am: Coeus: Premium Proposal Creation and Finalization (OSP)
- 2/18, 4pm: Using the BDR for Citing and Publishing Your Research Data (Library)
- 2/19, 1pm: Discussions and Group Work in Canvas (CIS)
- 2/19, 2pm Introduction to Canvas (CIS)
- 2/20, 3:30pm: Regular Expressions: Search and Replace with Advanced Pattern Matching (Library)
- 2/23, 6pm: Screening of the film Rise of the Hackers (CIS)
- 2/24, 12pm: Writing a Data Management and Sharing Plan for a Grant (Library)
- 2/24, 1pm: Digital Portfolios for Grad Students (CIS)
- 2/24, 4pm: Advanced PubMed (Library)
- 2/25, 12pm: EndNote Workshop (Library)
- 2/26, 9:30am: Cognos: Introduction to Cognos Connection & Running Reports (CIS)
- 2/26, 11am: Blogs for Teaching and Learning (CIS)
- 2/26, 2pm: Brown Bag: The Evolution of Privacy & Why It Matters to You (CIS)
- 2/27, 3:30pm Cleaning your Data with OpenRefine (Library)
- 1/21, 10am: Google Documents Demo (CIS)
- 1/21, 1pm: PowerPoint Design and Animation (CIS)
- 1/21, 10am: Google Forms (CIS)
- 1/21, 1pm: PowerPoint Slide Master (CIS)
- 1/22, 1pm: Intro to Grading and Assignments (CIS)
- 1/22, 4pm: Introduction to ARTstor and Luna Insight (Library)
- 1/23, 11am: Canvas Faculty User Group (CIS)
- 1/23, 12pm: EndNote Workshop (Library)
- 1/26, 10am: Discussions and Group Work in Canvas (CIS)
- 1/26, 10am: Excel Basics (CIS)
- 1/26, 1pm: Google Sites (CIS)
- 1/26, 12pm: Grant Finding @ Brown and Beyond (Library)
- 1/27, 10am: BrownSites Basics (CIS) Rescheduled
- 1/27, 1pm: Excel - Displaying Your Data (CIS) Rescheduled
- 1/28, 9:30am: Cognos Introduction (CIS)
- 1/28, 11am: Introduction to Canvas (CIS)
- POSTPONED: Movie Screening: The Human Face of Big Data (CIS) Rescheduled to February 4
- 1/28, 1pm: Excel Formulas (CIS)
- 1/28, 4:30pm: Basic PubMed (Library)
- 1/29, 10am: BrownSites Advanced (CIS)
- 1/29, 11am: Canvas Orientation for Academic Support Staff (CIS)
- 1/29, 12pm: Using the BDR for Citing and Publishing Your Research Data (Library)
- 1/29, 1pm: Excel Pivot Tables (CIS)
- 1/29, 4pm: Introduction to ARTstor and Luna Insight (Library)
Happy 2015! Here are some tech resolutions to give your new year a good start.
1. Change your passwords, especially your Brown password, as we are in the midst of a password change campaign! Not sure where to start? Afraid you'll forget a complex password? We have some great tips at brown.edu/go/passwords.
2. Turn off unnecessary notifications on your smartphone. Did you know that brief interruptions can cause errors? Notifications redirect your attention and can be a distraction from a productive day. Here are instructions for iPhone and Android.
3. Start with a fresh inbox by archiving last year's mail. In Gmail, you can find all mail from 2014 and earlier by searching before:2015/1/1 in:inbox. If you're not sure how to select all and archive, this article has step-by-step instructions. Archiving mail will just get it out of your inbox - it'll still show up in searches, All Mail, and labels.
4. Resolve to learn something new. Here are a few ideas:
- 12/1, 9am: Apple Discounts (Bookstore Tech Center)
- 12/1, 4pm: iPad Demo (Bookstore Tech Center)
- 12/2, 12pm: Workday Recruiting Q&A (HR)
- 12/2, 1pm: BrownSites Series - Basics and Site Start-Up (CIS)
- 12/2, 3pm: Canvas Orientation for Academic Support Staff (CIS)
- 12/3, 12pm: Robotics and Assistive Technologies: Their Emerging Role in Healthcare (CS)
- 12/3, 4pm: Mendeley - First Timers (Library)
- 12/3, 5pm: Zotero Workshop (Library)
- 12/8, 9am: Teaching and Technology Winter Institute - Day 1 (CIS)
- 12/8, 10am: Excel Series - Basics (CIS)
- 12/8, 12pm: A Surprising Application of Differential Privacy (CS)
- 12/9, 9am: Teaching and Technology Winter Institute - Day 2 (CIS)
- 12/9, 10am: Excel Series - Displaying Your Data (CIS)
- 12/10, 10am: Excel Series - Formulas (CIS)
- 12/10, 9am: Teaching and Technology Winter Institute - Day 3 (CIS)
- 12/11, 9am: Teaching and Technology Winter Institute - Day 4 (CIS)
- 12/11, 9:30am: Cognos: Introduction to Cognos Connection & Running Reports (CIS)
- 12/12, 10am: Excel Series - Pivot Tables (CIS)
- 12/12, 12pm: Interaction as Manipulation (CS)
- 12/15, 10am: BrownSites Series - Basics and Site Start-Up (CIS)
- 12/17, 10am: BrownSites Series - Advanced (CIS)
- 11/5, 10am: Google Documents (CIS)
- 11/5, 11am: Assessments and Assignments in Canvas (CIS)
- 11/5, 4pm: Mendeley - First-timers (Library)
- 11/5, 6pm: Intro to Excel (PASS Student Workshop)
- 11/6, 10am: Google Forms (CIS)
- 11/6, 4pm: Barbara Liskov, The Power of Abstraction (CS)
- 11/6, 6pm: Advanced Excel (PASS Student Workshop)
- 11/7: Deadline to apply for Winter Institute for Teaching and Technology (CIS)
- 11/7, 10am Google Sites (CIS)
- 11/9, 1pm: Interactive Fruits: coding for non-programmers with Scratch (STEAM)
- 11/10, 12pm: Zotero Workshop (Library)
- 11/10, 3pm: Lightweight and Anonymous Credentials (CS)
- 11/11, 10am: Introduction to Canvas (CIS)
- 11/10, 1pm: BrownSites Basics (CIS)
- 11/12, 12pm: Regular Expressions: Search and Replace with Advanced Pattern Matching (Library)
- 11/12, 12pm: Endnote Workshop (Library)
- 11/12, 1pm: Blogs for Teaching and Learning (CIS)
- 11/12, 6pm: Email Encryption Workshop for Beginners (CIS / CS DUG)
- 11/13, 9:30am: Introdution to Cognos (CIS)
- 11/13, 10am: BrownSites Advanced (CIS)
- 11/13, 11am: Digital Media Assignments (CIS)
- 11/13, 12pm: Google Refine (Library)
- 11/13, 4pm: Explore or Exploit? (CS)
- 11/15, 12pm: Linux Installfest (Brown Linux Users Group)
- 11/17, 10am: Photoshop: Basics (CIS)
- 11/17, 10:30am: Flipped Classrooms (CIS)
- 11/17, 12pm: Endnote Web Workshop (Library)
- 11/17, 2pm Canvas Orientation for Academic Support Staff (CIS)
- 11/18, 10am: Photoshop: Selections (CIS)
- 11/19, 12pm: Advanced Endnote Workshop (Library)
- 11/19, 10am: Photoshop: Adjustments (CIS)
- 11/20, 10am: Advanced Canvas Features (CIS)
- 11/20, 10am: Photoshop: Retouching (CIS)
- 11/20, 12pm: Exposing Yourself Online: Workshop for Public Humanists (John Nicholas Brown Center)
On September 25th at 4pm in Sayles Hall, please join us in welcoming Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EMC Corporation. He will be presenting Cloud Meets Big Data: An Insider’s Look at the Information Technology Industry, the first of the Distinguished Lecture Series: Leadership in Technology.
Hear how the technology mega trends of social media, mobile devices, big data and cloud computing are reshaping business. Tucci will provide an insider’s perspective of the disruptive technology changes occurring in the marketplace — and their implications for the rest of us and our future.
This lecture will be broadcast live at http://brown.edu/web/livestream.
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We're excited to welcome new and returning students to campus for the 2014/15 academic year!
Look for CIS staff during move-in weekend and the beginning of September. We are going to be at the resource fairs for new students, at first-year key pickup, and in high-traffic areas on campus. We'll be happy to see you and tell you what's new in technology at Brown this fall. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
We're excited to announce that Rosetta Stone is now available at Brown, with online access to 30 languages (no download necessary). To get started, visit http://rosettastone.brown.edu and log in with your Brown username and password. If you are planning to use the mobile app, you will have to log in on a computer first. For set-up instructions, support information, and known issues, visit http://brown.edu/go/rosettastonehelp. If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact our IT Service Center.
The Brown University Library is hosting an Edit-a-Thon in memory of Adrianne Wadewitz on May 22, from 1:30-6pm in the Rockefeller Library DSL. All welcome, bring your laptop and be ready to write enrich articles on women, women's issues and other topics that continue Wadewitz's work.
View details and sign up on the Wikipedia event page.
Have you downloaded the Brown mobile app yet? Brown Student Agencies worked with CIS to develop a official Brown University Mobile App for iOS and Android! The Brown mobile app allows you to track your academics, check out dining hall menus, manage Bear Bucks accounts, and more.
Brown instructors, have a project in mind to make your class more engaging involving technology? Want to spend a few days this summer learning what technology support Brown has to offer and getting hands-on help developing a project plan? Academic Technology is now accepting proposals for faculty instructional projects and our Annual Brown Summer Institute for more information contact email@example.com. The deadline for Summer Institute Applications is April 27th.
The Brown Linux User Group hosts a Linux Installfest once a semester. This Saturday, March 1st, you can join them in the CIT Motorola Room - Room 165 at 115 Waterman St - from 10AM to 3PM. They will provide install CDs, power cables, monitors, keyboards, mice, and, most importantly, pizza.
They note "If you don't have Linux installed but have always been tempted to install it, now is the time! Stop by, and we'll get you up and running. If you have Linux installed but there's some bugs or configuration errors, stop by and we'll fix your system."
For more information, see their event website at http://blug.brown.edu/installfest.
We want to make it easier for you to get technology help at the IT Service Center. We’ve extended our hours to 8pm on weekdays for phone, email, and walk-in service. Services Supported include technology troubleshooting, repair of Brown-owned equipment, password resets, and laptop and camera rentals.
Please note that the Service Center will be closed on Monday, 1/21 for the holiday.
Update: Please note that the Wednesday 2/5 clinic has been cancelled due to the weather.
Can't make it to the IT Service Center? Get tech help in the following locations. We'll be keeping this list updated as we schedule more clinics.
- Wednesday 1/22/14, 9am-5pm, atrium of the CIT Building
- Thursday 1/23/14, 9am - 5pm, atrium of the CIT Building
- Friday 1/24/2014, 11:30am - 1pm, Sharpe Refectory
- Monday 1/27/2014, 11:30am-1pm Verney-Woolley
- Tuesday 1/28/14, 3pm - 5pm, Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library
- Wednesday 1/29/14, 3:30pm - 5pm, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
- Thursday 1/30/14, 3pm - 5pm, Hecker Center, Rockefeller Library
- Friday 1/31/2014, 2pm - 4pm Arnold Lounge - Keeney Quad
- Monday 2/3/2014, 2pm - 4pm, Barbour Hall - 1st Floor Lounge
- Tuesday 2/4/2014, 11:30am - 1pm, Emery Hall - Entrance near gym
- Wednesday 2/5/2014, 2pm - 4pm, Vartan Gregorian Quand - Entry to Josiah's - Cancelled due to weather
Is your mobile phone number in MyAccount? Not only is a mobile phone number important for emergency notifications, but it can also be used to reset a forgotten password for your Brown username by following the Forgot Password link on most Brown login pages. Enter your mobile phone number at http://brown.edu/myaccount today, and don't forget to put a password lock on your phone to stay secure.
Maybe you’ve been meaning to make your password more secure but are afraid you’ll forget it. With this new feature, if you forget your strong password, you can always reset it yourself instead of having to visit the Computing Accounts and Passwords office in person. We recommend choosing a 10 character (or longer) password.
This video shows how the new self-service password reset works:
Please join us for an Academic Technology Showcase Luncheon with Michael Satlow, December 13, 2013 at 12PM in 201 CIT (ETC). Professor Michael Satlow will be sharing his class on the Talmud and his use of Concept Mapping software. Lunch will be served.
On Thursday, November 21, Brown's Shibboleth login screens are getting a new look. Though you may not know it by name, you have probably used Shibboleth to log in to many access-restricted Brown websites and services such as Canvas and Workday.
The new look brings our login screens in line with the University's web branding initiative that started with the homepage in 2010. Logging in still works the same, the only thing that changes is the visual design of the login and error screens.
The new format makes authentication (logging in) easier for Faculty, Students, and Staff. It highlights important information and helps visitors to be aware of which services have asked that they authenticate.
In addition to having a new look, the page is built with a "responsive" layout. That means it will automatically format itself to display well on your phone, tablet, or desktop browser.
A mobile-friendly login screen at Brown responds to increased demand for web content from mobile devices, and is critical to engage segments of the world's population that use only mobile devices for web access. Mobile traffic has grown ten fold from what it was three years ago, and currently accounts for nearly 25% of Brown's online visitors.
If you are having trouble connecting your device (computer, smartphone, etc.) to Brown-Secure wireless or would like to report a coverage issue, please stop by one of our upcoming clinics:
- Thursday 11/21, 2 pm - 4 pm, atrium of the CIT Building
- Thursday 12/5, 3:30 pm - 5 pm Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
- Thursday 12/12, 3:30 pm - 5 pm Sci-Li (main floor)
- Thursday 12/19, 3 pm - 5 pm in the Alpert Medical School Main Lobby
- Thursday 1/23/14, 9am - 5pm, atrium of the CIT Building
- Tuesday 1/28/14, 3pm - 5pm, Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library
- Thursday 1/30/14, 3pm - 5pm, Hecker Center, Rockefeller Library
On Thursday 10/31, the new version of Google Hangouts will be enabled for Brown accounts. If you were having issues connecting to a Google Hangout on an iPhone / iPad or initiating a Hangout from Google+, this update should resolve your issues. As previously, in order to access some features such as multi-person video chat, you must create a Google+ profile.
If you choose to create a Google+ profile, please remember to enter an accurate birth date when setting up your account - if you accidentally enter an age under 13, your account will be temporarily suspended. Google+ is not a core app and is not yet completely supported by Google, so while the CIS IT Service Center will make a best effort to resolve your issues, we will not able to receive assistance from Google.
If you are using a mid-2013 MacBook Air and have issues staying connected to Brown-Secure wireless, a software update might help. See this Apple Support article for more information and instructions. Please note that the patch cannot be installed on computers besides the MacBook Air.
On October 15th, Ada Lovelace day, Brown is hosting a wiki edit-a-thon to increase the amount of information about women in science on Wikipedia. Find out more, including how to get involved, at the links below. The event is co-sponsored by Wikimedia New England, Brown's Program in Science and Technology Studies, the Pembroke Center, and the Brown Science Center.
Please join us as Art Salomon shares his award winning Biology course in the first of the Academic Technology Showcase series luncheons. His latest string of technology usages includes: monitoring the test taking environment, Lecture Capture, a YouTube Channel, an in class discussion channel, a facebook group, and to top it off, an amazing exam turn around time.
Academic Technology is accepting applications for Winter Institute 2013, a 4-day program for faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate student instructors. Participants will explore the pedagogical underpinnings that inform the effective use of technology in teaching and learning, identify and develop technological solutions to meet their specific course goals and objectives. WI2013 will run from December 9th to 11th and 13th, 2013.
To apply, fill out the application form. The application deadline is November 3rd, 2013.
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The University Library, with support from the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce the availability of the New York Times via a site license for the Brown community. The site license enables Brown community members (current students, faculty and staff) to access the Times’ current content without an individual subscription or monthly limits.
The one-year pilot of the service is now in effect. To get started, please go to the New York Times Help Page.
Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert, Flickr
The IT Service Center, which is normally open only during Brown business hours, is extending its hours for Back to School weekend:
- Saturday 8/31 - 10am to 4pm
- Sunday 9/1 - 10am to 4pm
Need help connecting to Brown's secure wireless network? Drop in for wireless help at the CIT building (115 Waterman Street):
- Wednesday 9/4, 8:30 am - 5pm, CIT 210
- Thursday 9/5, 12 pm - 5pm, CIT 165
- Friday 9/6, 8:30 am - 5pm, CIT 210
Also note that the CIS Help Desk and Computing Accounts and Passwords office has returned to the CIT building as part of our initiative to build an IT Service Center, a single location to provide in-person IT services offered by CIS.
Whether you're a new arrival or seasoned veteran, everyone in the Brown community is affected by, and should therefore be aware of, its computing policies. Adopted to ensure an equitable, appropriate, and legal use of Brown resources, these documents spell out your rights and responsibilities when using the University's computing resources.
Key policies include Acceptable Use, Network Connection, Copyright Infringement and the Policy on the Handling of Brown Restricted Information.
According to the Acceptable Use Policy, "acceptable use means respecting the rights of other computer users, the integrity of the physical facilities and all pertinent license and contractual agreements." Respecting the computing resources at Brown University is important because they "support the educational, instructional, research, and administrative activities of the University and the use of these resources is a privilege that is extended to members of the Brown community. As a user of these services and facilities, you have access to valuable University resources, to sensitive data, and to internal and external networks. Consequently, it is important for you to behave in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner."
So as you start a new—or your first—year at Brown, you are encouraged to become acquainted with the Computing Policy site, for your benefit of yours as well as everyone else's in our community.
We are excited to announce Brown's new Information Technology website! Our vision is to provide a customer-centric source for computing information at Brown.
Some features of the new site:
- The Service Catalog is the central place to learn about IT services available at Brown, find online help, and request services. We've redesigned the catalog to make it simpler and cleaner.
- Outages and security alerts are prominently featured on the homepage. We've separated these from our regular news announcements to make them easier to find. Note that the RSS feed for alerts has changed as well.
- Search all content on the IT at Brown site by choosing "Search IT" under the search box on the top right. Results may take a while to get indexed after the site launch, so this may not work well right away.
- Quickstart Guides curate IT services by audience and function.
- The Software Catalog has also been redesigned.
- We're now using the BrownSites departmental web template like many other departments.
Like every website, this is a work in progress and will constantly evolve. We'd love your feedback - are you finding what you're looking for? Tell us what you think.