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Today, we were delighted to have two of our partners from ACU’s IT Department lead our session. Hab Adkins (Director Computing Services at ACU) and Alan Hilligoss (Computing Analyst at ACU) talked to us about two very useful Knowledge Management software systems available at ACU. We have provided their Google Slides presentation below.   Knowledge Management Google Slides...

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Something we should all be aware of and need to be very proactive about it making sure our data is safe. With a very connected world, the ability to access information from a connected device is a modern wonder. However, when you do not provide adequate settings and security, you have just left yourself open to a connected world. How many “robo-calls” have you received this year? The ability to connect with your number,...

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The Innovation Foundry has begun a three-part series on data visualization for the Fall semester as a part of our Foundry Chats. I began the series looking at the importance of data that conveys its meaning. We began by looking at the fundamentals as presented in a Venn Diagram by David McCandless. His ample supply of great imagery in his books Knowledge Is Beautiful and The Visual Miscellaneum as well as his website...

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Abilene Christian University has been on the forefront of innovation for many years. One of those innovations was the adoption of Google Drive as an online storage solution since the very beginning. Even with this longstanding relationship, new changes will often be missed without revelation of those new tools. During this training some of the “Aha! moments in the audience were some newer features of Google Drive including their...

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Student response systems have been shown repeatedly to increase student engagement. Research shows that students have a higher retention, are more engaged, and have a better attitude regarding courses where questions are being asked via response systems versus classes that use straight lecture. There are many different ways to use response systems but why not use devices students already have. Today our Foundry Chat discussed four...

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A picture is often worth a thousand words. When trying to communicate any type of information using the various channels here at ACU, your message can often times get lost in the overwhelming sea of text (emails, PDFs, posters, mail, blogs, etc.). How might a small graphic change all of that? Today, Donald Simpson showed us how to use Adobe Capture, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Spark – Post to create some simple Graphics to help...

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Cybersecurity, Spam and Phishing emails, Password Strength…all of these things can be a little overwhelming to think about, especially if I have to think about doing it on my own, as well as when we have personally or when we know someone who has been “hacked.” It is a little daunting. However, as a part of the ACU community, we have some great teams and tools in place to help us navigate and protect us from the...

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Today, John Kaczmarek provided us with some very helpful information about presentation tools that allow the life of your information to exist beyond the initial group of people you are presenting to. All to often, we end up preparing a visual presentation and it never sees life beyond a meeting or conference. Below, you will find John’s presentation, as well as other information that will be helpful in thinking about the...

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Data Never Sleeps… Here is how much data is created every minute, of ever day (Information updated: 9/8/2016) Click here to see the chart in your browser   Chances are, you are creating a lot of data on your own. Whether it is for work, family, or personally it can be overwhelming to try and manage and remember where things go, but also “How do I go about getting or providing access to my data, even when technology...

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