Below, you'll find some of ITS's most recent Tips of the Month — our ongoing series of helpful pointers geared for faculty, staff, and students.
ITS recommends you lock your workstation every time you leave your work area, even if only for a couple of minutes. Just turning off your monitor, when you leave your work area, is NOT secure. The short time it takes to lock your workstation is well worth it.
Locking your Windows workstation:
Locking your MAC workstation:
For any questions, contact the Technology Help Desk at…
Enabled earlier this year, Team Drives allow departments, rather than individuals, to collectively own content in Google Drive. This solves issues around file ownership when people join or leave a department. When someone new starts, just add them to the Team Drive. When someone leaves, remove them from the Team Drive. For more information, see the Google Team Drives webpage or contact the Technology Help Desk, <helpdesk>.
There seem to be impossible standards for good passwords:
Here's what we do instead and what's problematic about these methods:
There is a better way: Passphrases
An easy method is to free-associate around small memories. For example:
There are just a few guidelines:
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It’s true! Acrobat can make life a lot easier, especially if you have documents that are distributed outside the office. If you’d like Adobe Acrobat installed, contact the Technology Help Desk at… [email protected]
360° Classroom Tour: Using a new classroom? 360° classroom views are now available along with classroom technology cheatsheets and videos on the Technology Help Desk Website. These resources can help you get a feel for a room you’ll be using or troubleshoot any problems.
Adobe Premiere Pro: The Digital Media Center has transitioned from using Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro for all video editing usage in the lab. This was a notable upgrade for a number of different reasons. Firstly, Adobe Premiere Pro is platform independent, meaning you can work on a video project interchangeably between Windows or Mac computers. Additionally, Adobe Premiere Pro is a much more powerful program than Final Cut Pro in terms of editing capabilities, and is an industry standard in the field of video production. Finally, in addition to Premiere Pro, all of the other Adobe Creative Cloud applications such as Adobe Photoshop (for photo editing) and Adobe Audition (for audio editing) are also available to use in the Digital Media Center lab. If you are interested in learning more about using Adobe Premiere Pro, check out this introductory tutorial on using the program. Luther has a campus-wide license for Adobe Creative Cloud. If there are components of the suite you would like installed on your Luther-owned workstation, please contact the Technology Help Desk.
Video & Audio Assignments: More and more professors have begun integrating audio and video related assignments into their coursework by utilizing resources that the Digital Media Center provides to students, staff, and faculty. For example, Environmental Science courses have begun producing podcasts as a senior seminar conservation project, as well as Spanish courses using the production studio and video cameras to produce video projects. Workshops can be scheduled with the Multimedia team, where classes can come in and learn hands-on skills in creating multimedia-based projects. If you’d like to learn more about how you can utilize audio and video resources that are available at the Digital Media Center for class projects, email us at [email protected].
Every make/model of a device can be different; these are the general steps:
Visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/registration/ for more a more in depth look at the process and troubleshooting.