This message was originally shared with all faculty and staff via email on Feb. 7, 2024.

Store and Share With Microsoft OneDrive

Part of the Microsoft 365 suite of productivity tools, OneDrive lets you store and protect 500GB of files, share them with others and access them from anywhere on all of your devices. Options for migrating content from Google Drive to OneDrive are available on Answers.

Annual Spring Lecture to Examine the Effects of Artificial Intelligence

Data scientist and artificial intelligence (AI) expert Rumman Chowdhury will visit campus on Wed., March 6, as the featured speaker for the University’s annual Spring Lecture. Her talk, “Generative AI and the Future of Humanity,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Schine Student Center’s Goldstein Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket will be required for entry.

Securing Zoom Meetings

To help ensure the security of Zoom meetings, ITS recommends the following steps when hosting a meeting:

• Automatically generate a Meeting ID
• Require a meeting password
• Enable the waiting room feature
• Disable “Join Before Host”
• Limit screen sharing to the host
• Lock the meeting

You can learn more about these and other recommendations on Answers.

Blackboard Ultra Course View Transition

Instructors can begin preparing to use Blackboard Ultra Course view by signing up for how-to videos and a sandbox course to try it out. The ITS Online Learning Services team will announce Spring and Summer training opportunities soon. Details, including topics, dates and registration links, will be available on Answers.

System Alerts

If you have trouble connecting to a campus website or system, the System Status page on the ITS website can help you determine whether there is an issue with your computer or something else. The System Status page includes notifications for scheduled downtimes and alerts for unscheduled downtimes or outages. You also can sign up to receive notifications and alerts by email.

ITS Phish Bowl

Criminals use malicious email to try to trick you into revealing your password or other sensitive information or to infect your computer with malware. These phishers sometimes try to make their emails look real by using companies’ or institutions’ logos, fonts and colors. Urgent demands also are common (for example, “Reply with your password within 24 hours or your account will be closed!”). To help you identify phishing emails, ITS has collected recent examples at the Phish Bowl.

New eResources From Syracuse University Libraries

The Libraries collects a wide array of online resources licensed from hundreds of publishers, from books and journals to streaming media, images, indexes and databases. For this semester, the Libraries have begun the first year of Gale’s Accelerate model, which allows the Libraries to experiment more with different types of archival collections at one time to determine the ones that best meet the University’s research and teaching needs. The new collections from Gale represent a wide range of periodical, manuscript, news and other types of archives.

You Are Here: Digital Maps and Other Campus Resources

If you haven’t already done so, check out our digital maps on, where you can sort by a range of location types (buildings, computer labs, parking, dining options, etc.). You also can find wheelchair wayfinding routes by clicking on the “Wayfinding” button and selecting “Show Only Wheelchair Accessible Routes.” In addition, bus schedule information is available at

Choosing Color Combinations With Contrast

When designing your web page, electronic signage, presentations or emails, choose color combinations that ensure text and meaningful graphics are easy to see. Low contrast between the text color and the background color can be an access barrier for people with low vision. Free tools such as the TPGi Analyzer and the WAVE Evaluation Tool can test color contrast and let you know if your digital product meets accessibility standards. To learn more about use of color and color contrast, visit our Digital Accessibility Office Hours.

Helpful Resources

ITS and the campuswide information technology community are available year-round to help with your tech questions. Resources include:

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