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    DECEMBER 1, 2005
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Instructional technology featured in ‘Faculty Herald’

An article on instructional technology at Temple by Timothy O’Rourke, vice president of computer and information services, appears in the latest edition of the Temple University Faculty Herald. In the article, O’Rourke details the various technology resources currently available to the faculty, as well as projects in development.

The article covers resources such as Temple’s high-speed data network, smart classrooms, Blackboard, Turnitin, Apreso and Gallery. O’Rourke also addresses the support services available to help faculty take advantage of Temple’s resources, expand their existing technology skills and share their technology experience. These services include the Instructional Support Center, Instructional Technologies Users Group, classroom technology training, technology support and the help desk. Finally, the article spotlights the numerous projects in development such as Merlot, Wimba and Backpack.

To read the entire article, go to www.temple.edu/cs/about/herald.htm.

Fake e-mail from CIA or FBI spreads W32.Sober virus

Ken Ihrer, chief information security and privacy officer, notified the Temple community last week to be on the lookout for a fake e-mail message that appears to come from the FBI or CIA.

The e-mail warns that you are being investigated for visiting illegal Web sites and prompts you to you open an attachment. Ihrer warns not to open the attachment because it contains a variant of the W32.Sober virus. Once the scam was discovered, Computer Services blocked these e-mail messages from getting to the TUmail system.

If you received the message, forward it to abuse@temple.edu and then delete it from your computer. If you have clicked on the attachment, send a message to abuse@temple.edu
or call the Help Desk at 215-204-8000.

Macromedia features Temple’s Web Complex

A case study on Temple’s successful implementation of the Web Complex is currently featured on the Macromedia Web site. Launched in January, the Web Complex allows for even the most novice user to build and maintain a Web site. With an easy signup system, the complex has seen a 75 percent growth in site requests since the launch. The case study documents the project’s challenges, solutions and benefits.

For a look at the Temple case study, go to www.macromedia.com/cfusion/showcase/index.cfm, click on “Higher Education” in the “Choose an Industry” drop-down box, and then select Temple University.

For more information on the Web Complex, visit www.temple.edu/webhelp.