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:
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.
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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.