In the fall of 2015, Microsoft added a new feature to Office 365 email called “Clutter.” According to the Microsoft blogs that announced this feature, “Clutter is a feature in Office 365 designed to help you focus on the most important messages in your inbox by moving lower priority messages out of your way and into a new Clutter folder.”
How the Clutter folder works is dependent upon how the user manages their email once it is received. Several students and departments have alerted us that the new feature has caused emails from the University to be moved into the new “Clutter” folder and students are sometimes not aware they have email from the University.
Here’s what we’re doing about this:
We have identified and will apply to our office 365 environment a configuration setting that will require all emails sent to a student account on Office 365 to stay in the Inbox if sent from a University account. After we implement these settings on 1/17/2016, all Clutter folder processing will only apply to emails originating external to the University.
Please contact the UMKC IS Help Desk at 816-235-2000 if you have questions or need to report an issue.
After a review of lecture capture options, UMKC has decided to replace the Tegrity lecture capture system with Panopto. Tegrity will be phased out during spring 2016, and existing Tegrity recordings made up until June 1, 2016 will be converted to the Panopto environment.
Panopto and Tegrity are very similar to use, with Panopto offering better support, fewer major software updates, and the ability to edit content after recording.
To ease the transition, instructors are encouraged to use Panopto beginning in the Spring 2016 semester. Panopto will be installed on all ILE classroom computers, and will be available for all Spring 2016 Blackboard and Moodle courses soon.
More information about Panopto to come. In the meantime, if you have questions about Panopto, that aren’t answered by the website, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, new this Fall is a much-requested change to the student print quota available in the IS-supported computer labs around campus: students will receive their entire print quota at the start of each semester rather than having it divided out each week. This change is being made at the request of the UMKC Student Government and will provide students with additional flexibility with their printing needs. Quotas will be refreshed at the beginning of each fall, spring, and summer semesters.
The amount of the student print quota will remain the same — 850 black and white sheets or $42.50 per semester. Students can check their print quota usage in any of the IS student computer labs by using the link in PaperCut. Students will continue to have the option to print additional pages beyond their print quotas by simply adding funds to their RooBucks account. More detailed information is available on the IS lab website: www.umkc.edu/is/labs/.
Beginning in August 2015, students will receive their entire student print quota at the start of each semester rather than having it refreshed each week. This change is being made at the request of the UMKC Student Government and will provide students with additional flexibility with their printing needs. Quotas will be refreshed each spring, summer and fall.
The amount of the student print quota will remain the same — 850 black and white pages. Students can check their print quota usage in any of the IS student computer labs by using the link in PaperCut. Students will continue to have the option to print additional pages beyond their print quotas by simply adding funds to their RooBucks account. More detailed information will be available on the IS lab website this summer.
Currently enrolled UMKC students can download, install, and use Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus applications on desktop and laptop computers, free of charge, as part of the Microsoft Student Advantage program. These applications are the same versions as boxed software available for purchase in stores and include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and Outlook (Macintosh users can download Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook). The software is available for download within your UMKC O365 student email account and can be installed on up to five devices. More information on this benefit, including instructions and FAQs, can be found on the UMKC Information Services website.
BlackBoard recently made a change that allows students, faculty, and staff to utilize the BlackBoard Mobile Learn app for free. This app allows students to see a phone optimized view of the material in Blackboard for each class. More information can be found in the iTunes store.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities are warning universities of computer-based scams that target students, faculty and staff.
While cybercrime has long been a problem and many users take reasonable precautions, some of the latest scams are highly deceptive and sophisticated, and all campus users are urged to make themselves familiar with these techniques.
If you believe your financial accounts have been compromised, contact your financial institution and close your accounts. Change passwords, and don’t use similar passwords. Report the attack to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov.
For years, universities have been targeted by phishing campaigns designed to steal credentials. These have often included sending spam from compromised email accounts and sending emails that mimic official correspondence but ask the recipient to verify their account information.
College students across the U.S. have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams. Students have been receiving emails to their school accounts recruiting them for positions with fictitious companies or persons.
How the scam works: The student is asked to provide his/her bank account credentials under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay. The student will be directed to withdraw funds from the account and send a portion of the deposit, via wire transfer, to other individuals involved in the scam. In some cases, the scammers will add the student’s bank account to a victim employee’s direct deposit information to redirect the victim’s payroll deposit to the student’s account. In other cases, the student will be asked to deposit a check in advance.
- The student’s bank account will be identified by law enforcement as being involved in the fraud.
- Without the student’s participation, the scam could not be perpetrated so he/she facilitated the theft.
- The student could be arrested and prosecuted in federal court. A criminal record will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life and will have to be divulged on future job applications, which could prevent the student from being hired.
- The student’s bank account might be closed due to fraudulent activity and a report could be filed by the bank.
- This could adversely affect the student’s credit record.
How to protect yourself and others:
- If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never accept a job that requires the depositing of funds into your account and wiring them to different accounts.
- Look for poor use of the English language in emails such as incorrect grammar, capitalization and tenses. Many of the scammers who send these messages are not native English speakers.
- Never provide credentials of any kind such as bank account information, login names, passwords or any other identifying information in response to a recruitment email.
- Forward any suspicious emails to the university’s IT personnel by going to: Outlook, click on the three dots at the bottom left and select folders. On the left side click on Public Folders. Click on All Public Folders. Click on Kansas City. Move e-mail to Spam Reports folder.
- Tell your friends to be on the lookout for the scam.