Continuity and Community is a biweekly digest that includes timely information about new and changing UC Merced services, tips for how to use existing services more effectively, and resources that may be of value to staff and faculty alike.

Be sure to visit the OIT pages dedicated to Educational Continuity For Instruction , Continuity For Learning , and Continuity for Remote Work . These pages, along with a broader set of crowd-sourced, curated resources for faculty , students , and staff are being updated frequently with new information to aid your transition.
ISSUE 11: July 22, 2020
IN THIS ISSUE
  • UCPath Alert for Google Chrome
  • Managing Email Distribution Groups
  • Visibility for Protection Against Ransomware
  • Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: Virtual Drop-In Hours
  • Curated Resources for Faculty
  • Curated Resources for Staff
  • Remote Assessment for Fall instruction
  • CETL: Instructional Resources for Fall 2020
  • New Faculty Institute Dates Added
  • Library Updates: Primary Database Additions, Curbside Pick-Up of Library Materials, and IBISWorld Database & Workshop
FOR ALL
UCPATH ALERT: GOOGLE CHROME UPDATES MAY CAUSE POTENTIAL ERROR
Google will begin releasing updates to the Google Chrome browser on July 14, 2020 through September 1, 2020 .

  • The updates will affect Google Chrome across all major platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS).
  • If you use Google Chrome, you may encounter the error message pictured above after you sign on to access UCPath applications (including UCPath online, Salesforce, ServiceNow, TnT Jira).

Should you encounter this error message, take the following action:

  1. Manually enter the URL (https://ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu) into your web browser to navigate to the URL for a second time.
  2. You should then be able access to the application successfully.

If the error persists, contact UCPath by visiting https://ucpath.universityofcalifornia.edu and click on "Ask UCPath Center" to submit an inquiry.

For IT related questions, contact the Enterprise Operations Center (EOC) at eoc2@ucop.edu or (510) 987-0373.
MANAGE YOUR DISTRIBUTION GROUP
Email distribution groups (also known as 'distrib ution lists') allow you to quickly communicate with other campus groups and colleagues.

If you are the owner of a campus mass email distribution group, you can quickly and easily manage the distribution list members yourself!
VISIBILITY ALLOWS FOR GREATER PROTECTION AGAINST RANSOMWARE
Information security in higher education faces increasing challenges, accelerated by the pandemic-driven need and expectation to access data and resources “anywhere, from any device, anytime.” Attackers are increasingly taking advantage of vulnerabilities on “endpoint” devices—desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones—to access institutional data for financial gain or sabotage. In environments where we bring our own devices and work from anywhere, information security teams often lack the visibility and monitoring capabilities necessary to ensure that endpoints (and therefore our institutional data) are properly protected.
 
You may have heard about a recent information security incident at UCSF. To avoid similar situations and to address the issue of endpoint security at UC Merced, the Information Security team has developed and implemented the  Bobcat Desktop Endpoint Management  environment. Bobcat Desktop allows OIT to deploy, update, and troubleshoot connected systems on an opt-in basis - ensuring they are configured correctly, updated automatically, and secured against attacks.
DROP-INS WITH THE CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER
Associate Chancellor Dania Matos hosts drop in hours to meet you where you are and listen to you. This is an opportunity to be heard on what matters to you!

Join Associate Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Dania Matos for (Em)Power hours.
10 - 11 a.m. | Wednesday, July 29 | Zoom
3 - 4 p.m. | Thursday, July 30 | Zoom
UPDATES FOR FACULTY
INSTRUCTIONAL PLANNING & RESOURCES FOR FALL
James Zimmerman, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers some thoughts on how to re-imagine remote assessment for your fall courses.
The Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning and OIT's Academic and Emerging Technologies have been working hard to develop a number of resources to assist you in developing or
re-designing courses for fall instruction.

Many of their efforts are detailed in the section below. You can also go to the CETL Instructional Resources for Fall 2020 page to watch for updates and new offerings as they add them!
New Faculty Institute CatCourses Site

  • Look for the Faculty Institute CatCourses site when you log in to CatCourses. The site offers significant resources for course design and teaching in a remote environment.

If you don't see the site when you log in to CatCourses, request access on the Instructional Resources page.
New Dates Added for the Synchronous 3-Day Faculty Institute

  • If you missed the first Faculty Institute, there are new dates added! The Faculty Institute is a 3-day synchronous workshop to help you get started in revising your courses for Fall 2020.
Synchronous Seminars for Specific Topics

CETL and AET have also put together a series of seminars to help instructors prepare courses for remote instruction. The workshops will be offered on a weekly basis starting July 27.

Seminar titles include:

  • Introduction to CatCourses 
  • Zoom for Synchronous Instruction
  • Creating Instructional Videos
  • Using Microsoft TEAMS for Instruction
  • Using CatCourses to Organize Course Content for Asynchronous instruction
  • Zoom Security Workshop
  • Using CatCourses Gradebook and Analytics to Keep Students on Track
UC MERCED LIBRARY UPDATES
CURBSIDE PICK-UP
Request to pick-up local items,  not  available through the  HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service , and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items that were delivered to the UC Merced Library prior to COVID-19 closures.
UPCOMING INDUSTRY RESEARCH WORKSHOP
Finding and Using Industry Research for Fun & Profit  is offered Monday, July 27 th  at 11am.   Visit  workshop details . RSVPs are appreciated.
IBISWORLD DATABASE
IBISWorld Industry Research  offers industry reports, analysis, and other business intelligence.  Overviews for over 700 industries are available. 
REMINDER: PRIMARY DATABASE ADDITIONS
The UC Merced Library offers expanded primary sources. Previously available databases – Making of the Modern World and Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) – now include new content modules. In addition, the library has acquired rich primary source collections in the areas of American Indian studies and Holocaust studies.  
CURATED RESOURCES FOR FACULTY
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CURATED RESOURCES FOR STAFF
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