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Three new tools for instructors are coming with eCampus upgrade May 13-14

Instructors will have access to three powerful new tools—Qwickly, PeerMark and WebAssign—after the eCampus upgrade that is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. May 13 and finish by 5 p.m. May 14.

Qwickly can simplify workflow by providing easier access to frequently repeated tasks. Rather than clicking through each course, instructors can perform a task from the home screen for all selected courses simultaneously. Instructors may also: add content and email documents directly from Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and Box; add content, including documents and web links, to multiple classes; send email to only certain roles within a course or to multiple courses; and choose to post announcements in the future or send announcements to multiple courses. Learn more here.

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University police report that WVU students being targeted by new phone scam

West Virginia University students and their parents are once again being targeted in a telephone scam in that spoofs a legitimate law enforcement phone number to try to trick recipients into handing over personal information. The number may display as the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department or the Charleston Police Department on caller IDs, but it is NOT police who are calling. If you receive such a call DO NOT provide Social Security Numbers, birthdates or any other personal information, including bank or credit card information.

This scam began several weeks ago and is continuing. Sometimes the calls appear to be coming from the Internal Revenue Service, but these are also scams. The IRS does not contact people about unpaid taxes or other problems by telephone.

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REMINDER: My Courses feature in MIX to be deactivated this summer

Faculty members should not use course tools in MIX while preparing for the fall 2015 semester because the ‘My Courses’ tab and all associated features will be deactivated this summer. This change was initially announced in November 2014 to give instructors sufficient time to plan for the transition.

eCampus offers virtually every feature that MIX offers, along with some additional tools. Instructors will still be able to email students before a course begins using either eCampus or STAR.

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Microsoft will soon be replacing Lync messaging tool with Skype for Business

Microsoft is replacing the instant messaging tool that University users now know as Lync, adding new functionality and flexibility under the brand name Skype for Business 2015. This change will occur automatically during Microsoft’s next round of Office updates. Faculty, staff and students will not need to take any action.

Skype for Business will look and feel different from Lync, combining the valuable security features of Lync with the flexibility of Skype. Faculty, staff and students should benefit from the enhanced ability to share, collaborate and discuss by integrating voice, video, instant messaging and online meetings with Office 365’s existing capabilities.

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