A "needs assessment survey" is open for all interested faculty, staff, students and instructional designers (i.e. "UAB Online stakeholders") to share their thoughts on features/tools that must be present in the UAB learning management system (LMS), whether the current system (Blackboard) is selected, or a new one is adopted. The survey will be open through Aug. 5 and the results will be announced in the eReporter and posted on the UAB Online website by Aug.12. All are encouraged to complete the nine-question survey and give feedback. Direct questions regarding the process to uabonline@uab.edu. The survey can also be accessed from UAB Online.

UAB's contract with Blackboard as the academic learning management system will be ending in September 2014. In order to ensure a fully informed decision is made related to this critical system, an academic-driven process is in place for LMS evaluation, decision and rollout, which will heavily involve the CTL Academic Council, the UAB Online Academic Council and the Instructional Designers Consortium. All three groups will be needed to ensure broad and deep participation throughout the UAB community in this important decision process. For details on the process see http://www.uab.edu/online/strategic-plan/lms-process.

UAB IT Announces VMWare Academic Program Access for UAB STEM Programs

The VMware Academic Program, provided as a service to the UAB STEM Community through UAB IT, accelerates instruction and research in the rapidly expanding area of virtualized infrastructure by providing faculty and students involved with science, technology, engineering, and math courses (STEM) with access to the virtualization technologies most widely used in commercial production environments. Access to the VMWare Academic Program is through an external webportal managed by UAB IT.  

For more information about the program guidelines/licensing and logon instructions click here.

UAB Information Security recently discovered a new spam campaign where users are tricked into opening an email attachment that contains a virus aimed at stealing passwords and financial information.  As with any suspicious email messages you may receive, please report them to askit@uab.edu for inspection.

The recent spam email messages are crafted to look like they came from one of several legitimate companies such as Chase Bank, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Department of Treasury, Dun & Bradstreet Financial Services or a wire transfer company. You should be aware that these emails are forged and that none of the information included in the email can be trusted including embedded links, e-mail addresses or phone numbers.

Here are some of the common email subject lines we have seen in this spam campaign:

•  FW: Company 2013 Report

•  Incoming Wire Transfer Notification

•  D&B iUpdate: Company Order Requested

•  Department of Treasury Notice of Outstanding Obligation – Case ######

•  Better Business Bureau Complaint Case #######

•  Merchant Billing Statement

•  ACTION REQUIRED: A document has arrived for your review/approval (Document Flow Manager)

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