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Upcoming Apple Tree Events - November 2019

Microsoft and Apple Tree Presents: Microsoft Educator Professional Development
All sessions will be held on Friday, November 15

Problem-based learning with Microsoft Office
Education Center/Library Room 405
Available via WebEx: Session link 

Problem-based learning (PBL) has become an integral part of 21st century learning. When learners are faced with solving ill-structured, open-ended, messy problems, they are pushed to think more critically and work collaboratively. This session will cover the man Microsoft tools that can help support problem-based learning.


Microsoft Accessibility tools: Meeting the needs of diverse learners
Education Center/Library Room 405
Available via WebEx: Session link 

It is important to build and provide accessible content, to empower learners to access the content in the way that best meets their needs and to provide personalized learning experiences. Come learn about the importance of providing alternative ways of learning using Microsoft's accessibility features.


Empower learners to do more with Microsoft Office
Education Center/Library Room 405
Available via WebEx: Session link 

Imagine working together how you want, when you want; creating and collaborating on documents with others and with shared notebooks to keep everyone organized and up-to-date. This session will cover how to teach with the tools that businesses expect of a modern workforce.

November Lightning Webinars: 15-Minute Super Charged Sessions About Teaching

Lightning webinars are 15-minute sessions with quick, practical tips you can easily implement into your teaching. Explore emerging technologies, timely topics, and best practices through demonstrations and discussions.  

The Hitchhikers’ Guide to Instructional Design

Wednesday, November 13
Presenter: Daniel Berg, Curriculum Coordinator, James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
Join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/2kqZkbo 

Instructional design is the creation of learning experiences for effective and efficient acquisition and application of knowledge and skills. There are four fundamental components: learners, objectives, methods, and evaluation. As an instructor, you can follow a few simple tricks to apply some instructional design principles to your course today.


Writing Effective Alternative Text in PowerPoint
Thursday, November 21st
2:00-2:15 PM
Presenter: Alex Walters, Senior Instructional Designer and Digital Accessibility Specialist, Instructional Technology and Faculty Resources
Join the webinar here: https://bit.ly/2kqZkbo 

This session will focus on writing effective alternative text when creating PowerPoint presentations. The importance of including alternative text for images will be discussed along with examples of adding descriptions to a variety of images! 

Ensure a good webinar experience

The webinars will take place in a Blackboard Collaborate™ virtual conference room. You will need to make sure you have a good internet connection and your computer speakers are turned on as audio will be via VOIP. We recommend using Chrome for the best experience. If you haven't done so already, download the Getting Connected to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra document to verify your system is setup correctly.

New Ally Alternative Format - BeeLine Reader!

BeeLine Reader

We are excited to introduce a new alternative format for Blackboard Ally, BeeLine Reader! Study while commuting? Get motion sickness while reading? BeeLine Reader helps with visual tracking. Download your course files in the BeeLine Reader format. 

This new feature is already available to you, so you can use it with your course materials. To see how to use the feature,  follow these easy steps:

  1. When downloading a course file, select Alternative Formats.
  2. Choose the BeeLine Reader format to download an enhanced HTML file that can be opened in any web browser, on any device.
  3. Open the file and choose your desired color scheme.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The MUSC Information Security Office wants to raise awareness around campus of good cyber habits. Strong passwords, detecting phishing emails, and not oversharing sensitive information are critical to protecting MUSC data. Higher Education is targeted by malicious actors for many reasons including theft of research, destruction of research, and access to University compute resources.

Here are 5 habits you can start using IMMEDIATELY to reduce your cyber risk:

  1. Enable Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your cloud-based services. If you have ever checked your email from off-campus, you have used MUSC’s MFA. Many online services like online banking, personal email, social media are setup to allow you to take advantage of MFA.  Take a minute to check out the settings on your accounts and see if you can use MFA. If a cyber-criminal gets your password (which can easily happen through phishing or a data breach), MFA will stop access to your account until you can change your password.
  2. Make sure your technology is patched. This includes your phone, your computers, you home media devices like Apple TV, your IOT devices (like your smart toaster, yeah that’s a real thing), etc. Patches are released by vendors to close security holes that are found. If you are not patching, you are leaving your devices (and the network they are on) exposed to risk.
  3. Uninstall unused or unneeded software. The more software you have installed on your phone, tablet, or computer the larger the attack surface. If you don’t need them, get rid of them. Plus you free up system resources for the new Candy Crush that’s about to drop.
  4. Verify the security and privacy settings on your social media accounts. You may be sharing information with your ‘community’ beyond what you actually think you are sharing
  5. Check out the information security office’s weekly Podcast #InfosecICU

Be Well with Imagine U

Imagine U for Employees

You asked, We Listened!

We have heard your feedback and are excited to announce that Imagine U has transitioned to a new mobile-optimized platform that is easily accessible on your mobile device, tablet and desktop, and is designed to enhance the user experience for all employees at MUSC. We are also excited to announce the addition of brand-new Build-Your-Own Challenges, designed to be flexible and able to accommodate the wide range of well-being activities you may already be doing.

Getting Started Anywhere, Anytime!

Visit www.musc.edu/iu to view the Imagine U program. The program is organized under 4 main categories: 

  1. Physical Activity
  2. Nutrition & Weight Management 
  3. Preventative Care
  4. Psychosocial Health
There are also categories for 'Featured Challenges' and a new category where you can 'Build Your Own Challenges'. These categories represent the overarching structure of total wellness for this program, designed with the unique needs and goals of every MUSC employee.

Find more information on the Imagine U Program here