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Wireless users will not need to accept new security certificates after May 24 maintenance

Planned maintenance to the WVU wireless services will continue as previously announced from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, but users will no longer need to accept a new security certificate when the work is complete. Information Technology Services has decided not to change the certificates after evaluating possible impacts on users.

Anyone who is currently able to connect to WVU.Encrypted, WVU.Guest and eduroam will continue to be connected without taking any additional action. The current certificates will still ensure that users are safely connecting to the networks. ITS appreciates your patience with this maintenance period.

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New look and feel coming to MyID this summer with security upgrades

WVU students and employees will notice some differences in the look and feel of the MyID service sometime this summer as Information Technology Services changes the underlying software to improve security.

Users will NOT have to claim new accounts or reset passwords until they receive their typical expiration notices. When it is time to choose a new password, users will no longer have to answer a series of questions aimed at determining whether they are human or machine. Instead, users will simply check the box confirming “I’m not a robot.”

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MATLAB software will be free for all students for Fall 2015 semester

Students will be able to use MATLAB and Simulink software free of charge starting in the fall 2015 semester.

MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide. It lets students explore and visualize ideas and collaborate across disciplines including signal and image processing, communications, control systems, and computational finance. This software is required for a number of courses and costs students $99 per license.

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WVU wireless networks unavailable 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 24

WVU wireless services, including WVU.Encrypted, WVU.Guest and eduroam, will be unavailable from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24 for important maintenance.

Information Technology Services is upgrading the authentication system that controls the University’s wireless networks. ITS also will be installing a new security certificate on the servers during this period. Wireless users who try to connect after this work is complete will be required to accept the new certificate.

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Faculty Senate Committee, ITS evaluating replacement tool for SEI and eSEI

The Teaching and Assessment Committee (TAC) and ITS recently invited faculty to observe demonstrations and ask questions about two products that are being considered as replacement for WVU’s student evaluation of instruction (SEI) tool. EvaluationKIT and Blue highlighted their intuitive structures and ability to customize surveys and generate a wide array of reports. That includes the ability to produce reports comparing specific student populations, such as seniors versus underclassmen, without identifying the respondents.

SEI was developed in-house at a time when few commercial packages were available. The lead developers who knew the system design and provided technical support no longer work at WVU, and a number of commercial products now offer more functionality and user-friendly interfaces.

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