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September 2022
McMaster Connectivity Newsletter

For the IT community, by the IT community.

McMaster IT News

Join us: McMaster Women in Tech featuring female McMaster IT leaders resumes this fall

The McMaster Women In Tech series is resuming this Fall with conversations featuring female IT leaders within McMaster University. Hosted by AVP and CTO Gayleen Gray, these conversations aim at discussing topics unique to women working in the IT field. This Fall’s guest speakers will share their insights, stories and experiences as female leaders in the IT sector.

The conversations kicked off on September 20, 2022 and will conclude on November 24, 2022 virtually on Zoom.
Register and learn more about McMaster Women in Tech Series here
In the same context, the McMaster Office of AVP and CTO concluded the Women in Tech Summer Series which was launched in July 2022 with the goal of further highlighting and distinguishing women in the higher education IT sector across Canada.
Recordings of all sessions are now available on the website on the link below.
Watch recordings of the Women In Tech Summer Series sessions here

McMaster's Christa Morrison among 57 global panelists for the Educause 2023 Horizon Report: Teaching & Learning edition

Christa Morrison, Business Systems Specialist with McMaster University Technology Services (UTS), has been selected as one of the 57 global panelists for EDUCAUSE 2023 Horizon Report: Teaching & Learning edition. McMaster IT would like to congratulate Christa in this amazing achievement!
We are proud of you, Christa, and look forward to the report!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is coming!

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The McMaster IT Security Services team will be rolling out an awareness campaign throughout the month to introduce the McMaster community to tips and resources for staying cyber safe. The campaign will feature McMaster cyber heroes  and perhaps a villain or two. Spread the word with your respective areas and be on the lookout for 'cyber cat.' 
Follow McMaster cyber heroes' stories on Instagram here

Do you manage a McMaster website? Make sure you are AODA compliant!

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Web Accessibility Roadmap initiative, endorsed by IT Governance 2021, is entering phase two. The initiative intends to support and encourage the wider McMaster community to work together towards achieving WCAG 2.0 AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) compliance and implementing a plan to maintain compliance by the end of 2022.

For more information join the AODA Roadmap Team Channel to receive news on upcoming webinars during the month of October as well as schedule one to one consultations with our web accessibility specialist Clark Cipryk.

NEW: ITSAC Report 2021-2022 

The Information Technology Student Advisory Committee (ITSAC) just released it's annual report outlining recommendations and feedback on the IT services at McMaster University. 
ITSAC provides a forum for undergraduate and graduate students to discuss current campus technology priorities and new IT initiatives. This committee is an essential channel for ensuring students have meaningful input and involvement in enhancing the IT experience at McMaster.
Read ITSAC 2021-2022 Report here

Digital Transformation in Higher Education session for McMaster IT

On behalf of the Technology Roundtable (TRT) group, you're invited to a conversation on “Digital Transformation in Higher Education” with Susan Grajek, EDUCAUSE Vice President for Partnerships, Communities and Research. During this session, Grajek will be addressing different topics including the challenges and opportunities of incorporating technology into the higher education experience. The conversation will be held on October 7, 2022 at 11:00 AM virtually via Zoom.

Register for the "Digital Transformation in Higher Education" session here

CFI invests $17.4 million in Canadian Research Data Centre Network

The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN), headquartered at McMaster, has received $17.4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

The CRDCN is being funded through CFI’s Major Science Initiatives Fund,  designed to keep large, complex research facilities on the cutting edge to support Canadian and global research communities.

The funding is part of a total of more than $628 million from CFI, announced August 19th, to support 19 research infrastructure projects at 14 institutions across the country.

Co-funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and in partnership with Statistics Canada and 33 universities across the country, the CRDCN provides researchers with unique access to Statistics Canada census and surveys, as well as to an increasing number of administrative data files.

Read more about the investment into CRDCN here

New McMaster Digital Spaces & Tools: McMaster Smart Campus pilot initiatives launch this fall

This fall, McMaster’s Smart Campus approach begins to roll-out with pilot projects focused on enhancing the digital experience on campus for students and instructors alike.

McMaster’s Smart Campus approach is a compelling path to a more digitized and innovative future and is focused on creating a sustainable and equitable future through digital spaces and ‘smart campus’ initiatives.

Funded in part by McMaster’s 2021 Cisco Fast Future Innovation Award from Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration program and launching this September, two proof of concept elements of the Smart Campus initiative will be available to the McMaster community. 

Read more about McMaster digital spaces & tools here

Campus Accessible Tech Space reopens, bigger and better than before

McMaster University’s assistive technology space reopened to students after a sizeable expansion.

Located on the second floor of Mills Memorial Library, the Campus Accessible Tech Space (CATS) provides equitable resources, facilities and services to foster dignity and independence for McMaster students with varied accessibility needs.

Read more about the upgraded Campus Accessible Tech Space here

Important notice regarding older method/basic authentication for accessing exchange email

Effective  October 1, 2022, Microsoft will begin disabling older method/basic authentication for accessing email.  If you use an email client with older method/basic authentication, you will no longer be able to access your email using that client.  However, you can continue to access your emails via the web client (Login on this page).  All Microsoft cloud services are modern authentication capable. 

Please refer to Microsoft full announcement for details.

View Microsoft announcement here

Start of term IT resources for students, staff and faculty, now available from UTS!

University Technology Services (UTS) has brought together tips and recommendations to help the McMaster community get tech ready for the fall semester. In this checklist you can find information on different tools and services provided by UTS as well as links to trainings and various resources to make the most of your McMaster IT experience.

Check the tech readiness checklist for McMaster staff and faculty here

Call for proposals and reviewers for MI's Innovations in Education Conference 2022

This year, the Innovations in Education Conference hosted by the MacPherson Institute will explore conversations and ideas while marking the 50th anniversary of teaching and learning at McMaster. The hybrid conference will be held on Thursday, December 8 for online sessions and Friday, December 9 for in-person sessions.  

Abstracts that highlight innovations in teaching and learning related to one or more of the conference sub-themes (see link below) are invited to be submitted by 5:00pm on Friday, October 7, 2022

Submit your proposal here

MILO's Munch and Learn and about apps and tech IP

The McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO) and partners are hosting an information session about important security, intellectual property, and commercialization considerations for any research or projects that involve technologies such as applications, algorithms, and software. The session will take place on Thursday October 20, 2022 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm at the Clinic in the Health Science Library (in the Collision room). Join for an hour or an afternoon to enjoy a pizza lunch and to learn more about any or all of the following topics:

  • Application research and commercialization at McMaster
  • Application IP protection principles
  • Application security and technical considerations
  • Applications and health regulation guidance

For more information, please see below or contact Sabrina Kirby (

Read more about the Munch and Learn event here

NEW: Explore the revamped Discover and Learn Microsoft 365 and Zoom site

The Discover & Learn Microsoft365 and Zoom site has been updated over the summer to ensure that everyone at McMaster has quick access to the most up-to-date Microsoft & Zoom information and learning and support resources. If you're new to Microsoft 365 and Zoom, this site has got you covered. Learn all about available apps and accessibility resources, get free training sessions, and book personal consultations with the team. Also, catch up on all new features and tips with our 5-min read articles!

Stop looking for the Discover Site – always access it quickly and easily!
You can now pin the Discover app on the left navigation bar in Microsoft Teams to have quick access to the site. 

Explore the updated Discover and Learn site here

SIGN UP TODAY: Training Sessions with Microsoft 365 educators 

Registration is now open for upcoming free training sessions on MS 365 with our professionals. These trainings are open to everyone at McMaster University.

Registration is easy: 
1. Visit the link below and sign in with you MacID.
2. Select your preferable date range for available trainings. 
3. Select the training you would like to register for. 
4. Click on the registration link and insert your information.
And you're in! 

P.S. If you need customized trainings for groups, we can help. Book an appointment with Christa  Morrison to plan your session. 

Looking forward to meeting you during these training sessions! 

Register for upcoming MS 365 training sessions

New Process for creating Microsoft Class Teams for Fall 2022

Educators can now only create their courses’ Class Teams in Avenue To Learn (A2L). Student enrollments syncs every 24 hours. One Team gets created for every course in A2L. Join the Class Teams Community of Practice to stay up to date with Announcements and Ask Anything. 
Instructions on how to create your Class Teams, and how to add TA's as an Owner for the Class Team has been shared by the Avenue To Learn Support team. Assign students the TA1 role to have them automatically added as owner of the Class Team. This will change their role in Teams at the next sync.

Learn how to create your Class Teams here
Join Class Teams Community of Practice here

Do you see recommended content in Here's what you should know

When you sign in at, or use the web version of Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, or use the desktop Windows apps, you'll see Recommended Files on your Home Page.

These recommendations allow you to keep track of work around you and quickly access files with activities you value most such as edits, mentions, meetings, and comments by people you interact with.

Learn more about recommended feed in here

McMaster IT Governance cycle resumes for Fall 2022

Following a brief summer hiatus, McMaster’s IT Governance Committee meetings have resumed. All related information and materials are available through the IT Governance MS Teams channel.
Learn more about IT Governance at McMaster

Items of interest

CYBER ALERT: A new, streamlined approach for McMaster cyber alerts and awareness

The McMaster Information Security Services team has introduced new methods for sharing critical information and updates from the cyber security landscape (e.g. CanSSOC) with the McMaster IT community. Keep an eye on your inbox and check out the Cyber Alerts Teams channel to view past alerts. 

Have you subscribed to the UTS Service Dashboard?

The new UTS Service Dashboard allows you to customize your preferences for alerts on upcoming planned maintenance and unplanned major service interruptions. The dashboard is built on Atlassian. You can set your preferences to receive your alerts via email and/or text for the services most relevant to your work. Subscribe today!

Subscribe to UTS service dashboard here

McMaster Byte Size: Your monthly tech newsletter

Have you subscribed to the monthly tech newsletter for McMaster students, staff and faculty? McMaster Byte Size includes tech news, reminders, training and more for the McMaster community to learn more about IT security, Microsoft 365 and Zoom offerings, new services and more! Have a news item to submit for an upcoming issue? Get in touch!

Subscribe to McMaster Byte Size Newsletter here

Canada Alliance 2022 Conference 

The Canadian Higher Education Users Group (HEUG) is holding the Canada Alliance 2022 conference in person to Rediscover, Reconnect and Rejuvenate on November 7-8 2022, at University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.

CHEUG Alliance is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues from other institutions from around Canada. Early bird registration has been extended till October7. McMaster IT personnel interested in attending and benefitting from the group rate can get in touch with Tanya Reid ( McMaster IT presenters include:

  • Billing Request Form/Billing Upload Form: Si Tan
  • Finance Birds of a Feather: Stacey Farkas
  • Procurement Card Blues? Travel And Expense Can Help: Derek Konieczny
  • Out of Province Tuition Fee Increase: Aba Wadden
  • Higher Ed information eco-systems in 5 years - opportunities and challenges: Dennis Tian
  • Student Email Refunds: Carly Silenzi.

Register, explore the agenda and learn more about the conference on the link below. 

Register and learn more about Canada Alliance 2022 confeence here

EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 

Mark your calendar for EDUCAUSE Annual Conference which will be held in-person in Denver, CO with an online event the following week. With the best presenters, the best content, and the best networking, the premier higher ed IT event brings together professionals and technology providers from around the world to discuss their discoveries, grow professionally, and explore solutions to continuing challenges.

Register, explore the agenda and learn more about the conference on the link below. 

Read more about EDUCAUSE Annual Conference here

Thanks for a great summer McMaster IT!

Here's a thank you note to everyone who joined us for the events this summer. It was great meeting and connecting with you all again in-person! Here are some pictures from McMaster IT summer social and AVP and CTO Gayleen Gray's fifth anniversary at McMaster celebration.

Have a story you want to share with the IT Community? Email Tanya Reid at to feature an article!

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