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Welcome to our second edition of Tech Talk — a collection of tech news, resources and best practices for students. 

With summer classes being held online, we understand the challenges are many, and we are here to help. We're happy to share with you the insight, tools, and support you need to make your online learing experience a success. 


New Online Learning Page
With summer courses being exclusively online, we are happy to announce the launch of our
Online Learning page. This is a student resource page that includes information on basic requirements for online learning, getting started with Blackboard Learn, collaboration tools available to you, software resources, where to get help and more! Visit go.uic.edu/learning-online

 Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft Office 365 for UIC Students
Did you know? 
Office 365 is available for FREE to UIC students with a valid UIC NetID and password. Through Office 365, you can access Microsoft Office tools including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Teams
  • And so much more!

Install Office 365 software from the UIC Webstore and you will be able to work with the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and much more. You can install your Office 365 software on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad), as well as 5 phones. All work can be saved online in OneDrive so it can be accessed no matter which device is being used. Office 365 makes working, learning, and collaborating easier! Learn more here: go.uic.edu/Office365forUIC

Zoom for UIC 

Zoom for UIC
With courses moving online, UIC aquired Zoom to give instructors an additional web-conferencing tool to teach and communicate with students. If your instructor used Zoom, you may have heard, or even experienced “Zoom-bombing” - when uninvited attendees break into a session and cause disruptions. We understand this can be very annoying and even scary.

Keeping online classrooms safe and secure is a top priority at UIC, and as soon as the issue was discovered, University administrators changed UIC Zoom settings so any sessions created would require a password. Instructors can enable additional security options to further protect Zoom sessions.

Additionally, Zoom has just released Zoom 5.0 with new encryption and security features that provides added protection for meeting data and greater resistance to tampering. After May 30, all Zoom users operating on older versions will be required to update before joining meetings. Zoom users should update their Zoom account to the latest version, or allow Zoom to update, when prompted. Learn how to check and update your Zoom account here: https://answers.uillinois.edu/uic/102529.

As a best practice, Zoom links should never be shared with uninvited or unauthorized guests, nor posted online on Facebook or public forums, for example. UIC and your instructors value your safety and are dedicated to providing a safe and pleasant learning environment for all students. 


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Getting Things Done
Join world-renowned productivity and time management expert David Allen in this 30-mintune course as he walks you through his five-step process for Getting Things Done®. Learn how to capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage with tasks that are demanding your attention, and come away with a clear head and a clear focus.

Word 2019 Essential Training
This 2.5-hour course covers the essential features of this powerful tool. This course covers a variety of topics, including leveraging templates and building blocks to create a stylish document with instant purpose; creating numbered and bulleted lists; working with columns and tables; adding images and shapes to your documents; collaborating on documents with your team; and sharing documents via OneDrive, email, and through other means.

Improving Your Thinking
Our minds default to a certain style of thinking - one that may actually inhibit us from making the right decisions. In this course, renowned scientist and best-selling author Dr. Michael Shermer shares how to improve the way we think by following a scientific set of steps. Dr. Shermer explains common fallacies, techniques for approaching decisions with a skeptical mind, and why the unexplained is not inexplicable. Follow along and learn to unlock a new way of thinking for success.

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 Phishing Scams
 Phishing Scams

Experts warn that cybercriminal activity (including online and phone scams) can be expected during times of crisis and uncertainty. Protect yourself from common scams including:

  • Phishing Scams: Emails impersonating the World Health Organization, the CDC, and other reputable sources
  • Job Scams: Fake job posts that ask you to fill out an application for non-existent positions, with the goal of collecting your personal information like name, birthday and social security information
  • Charity Scams: Fradulent charities asking for donations
  • False Information/Fake News: Websites and social media pages cybercriminals use to distribute false information and capitalize on panic
  • Robocalls: Calls from cybercriminals pretending to be government organizations, family members in distress, banks/credit card companies
  • Text Messages: Fake text messages claiming you have come in contact with someone who had COVID and directing you to fradulent links
  • Malware: Fraudulent links can install malware on your device. If you accidentally clicked on a link or and believe your computer has been infected by malware from a malicious link, contact us at security@uic.edu
  • LEARN MORE: go.uic.edu/covidscams
 UIC Mobile App

UIC Moble App Decommission
Effective July 15, 2020, the UIC Mobile App and Mobile web resource (m.uic.edu) will be retired and unavailable for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. After July 15th, if you have the UIC Mobile App installed on your device, it will continue to function but will not be updated. 

ACCC will be working on a mobile strategy over the next year. We encourage feedback and functionality suggestions for a new UIC Mobile App (or apps). Please submit any ideas through the mobile app features enhancement form: go.uic.edu/app-feature-request