LMU Life Sciences Building – A Video Sneak Peek

The new fall semester is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a brand new building on campus, the LMU Life Sciences Building. Take a sneak peek at this video about the building—the sixth LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building on campus.

ITS’ Creative Services department worked with Seaver College of Science and Engineering to create this series, so the community can watch the LMU Life Sciences Building take shape. This video talks about the importance of sustainability in the Life Sciences Building’s design and construction. Learn more about what makes this building a model of environmental stewardship. Seaver College Professor and Associate Dean Nazmul Ula also discusses the new learning opportunities the building will provide for engineers.

Life Sciences Building: Sustainability from LMU ITS on Vimeo.

Work with Creative Services

ITS’ Creative Services department is dedicated to the creation of multimedia-based resources to improve student learning and faculty outreach. We offer filming, editing, podcasting, web, and innovative pedagogical consultation services to LMU faculty and staff. If you’re interested in having Creative Services create a video for you, visit the ITS website.

5 Things to Know About Box Sync at LMU

As Box is rolled out to departments across the LMU campus, it’s time to get even more clear about Box Sync. LMU ITS recommends that users access their personal and departmental Box files via the web interface, NOT Box Sync, for the following reasons:

1. Box Sync is designed to give you offline access to the frequently accessed and critical files stored in your Box account

2. Box Sync is NOT required to access your LMU Box account or shared department folders
The web interface (http://box.lmu.edu) allows all users to access the full spectrum of features available on Box, including the collaboration and sharing tools. Box’s search function also makes it easy to locate your files. Installing Box Edit (Mac and Windows) and Box for Office (Windows only) make it easy for you to open and begin editing your files in their native application, directly from the browser.

3. Box Sync is NOT a replication of your F:\ and G:\ drive
On the surface, Box Sync may seem like a simple way to replicate your network drives, but it’s not. Unlike your network drives, files in your Box Sync folder also take up space on your hard drive. So if you have synced your large shared department folder to Box Sync, you could find yourself running out of hard drive space very quickly.

Storing a lot of files in your Box Sync folder also slows down your computer’s processing speed, because Box Sync constantly checks for changes between the local copy of your file and the cloud copy. Plus, the more data you have stored on your computer, the more likely it may be compromised by viruses or malware.

4. Box Sync is NOT the same as Dropbox
The Dropbox folder on your computer acts as a gateway to all the files in your Dropbox account. The Box Sync folder on your computer is empty when you first install Box Sync, and when you move your files into that folder, the items are mirrored in your LMU Box. When you delete files from the local folder, they are also deleted in the cloud. If you want to keep the file in your LMU Box, you have to unsync the file before deleting. If multiple people are using Box Sync for shared folders, any of them could delete the contents—causing problems for EVERYONE.

5. Box Sync should NOT be installed on classroom computers or shared workstations
You could accidentally leave yourself logged into Box Sync at the end of your class or time on the shared computer, leaving your files open for access by anyone.

If you have any questions about Box Sync, please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@lmu.edu or 310-338-7777.

Tech Training Tuesday: WordPress Training

WordPress Training Essentials
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WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites. Learn how to create your own with this powerful publishing platform. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen will help you get the most out of the self-hosted version of WordPress and create feature-rich blogs and websites. Morten explains how to create and publish posts and pages; customize your site with themes, widgets, and custom menus; and extend WordPress even further with plugins. Even more, Morten will show how to get more readers with social media sharing and comments, and adjust the settings that keep your site safe and secure.

Topics include:

  • What is WordPress?
  • Installing and running WordPress
  • Publishing posts and pages
  • Using page templates
  • Inserting images, video, and other media
  • Editing posts
  • Changing themes
  • Installing plugins
  • Adding other users
  • Securing your WordPress site

HOW TO LOGIN:

  1. Go to mylmu.edu and log in using your LMU credentials.
  2. Click on the “Systems Login” menu.
  3. Scroll down and click on “lynda.com (online training library)”
  4. Click on the “Start Now” button and you will be redirected to lynda.com.
  5. Once you are logged in to lynda.com, click the screenshot at the    top of this post and you will be redirected to the WordPress Training Essentials course!