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DMC Offers Personalized WebCT Tools Instruction
by Linda Mcconnell

TALENT (Teaching And Learning with Electronic Networked Technologies), created by ITS, Distributed Learning and Users Services, is a systemwide faculty/staff support and development program originally developed in 1997. This innovative training program provides a variety of instructional sessions focusing on Distance Learning issues, concerns, applications and tools to interested UH faculty and staff.

TALENT not only provides hands-on training sessions on the UH Manoa campus by skilled technical support personnel but also Interactive Televised broadcasts to neighbor islands and community campuses throughout the academic school year.

Fall and spring semester based activities include workshops delivered via Interactive Television, One-on-One sessions, Teleconferences and Guest Presentations. The televised workshops currently focus on our online course management system (WebCT) as well as instructional strategies for faculty interested in teaching using our interactive televised system.

TALENT, One-on-One sessions provide a hands-on, personal touch to learning many of the applications supported by the University of Hawaii. iMovie, iDVD, Microsoft Office and Macromedia DreamWeaver are just a few software applications available for use and personalized instruction in the Digital Media Center (Kuykendal 105).

Over the past few years TALENT has had a variety of guest speakers visit the campus. These speakers often provide presentations covering topics dealing with not only Distance Learning, but also teaching and learning in general. TALENT firmly supports these events and helps to provide information about these activities via the ITS training site.

In addition, each semester TALENT hosts live satellite teleconferences for UH professional development. These telecasts, provided by PBS Adult Learning Service (ALS) and other higher education institutions, offer teleconferences focusing on distributed learning topics such as faculty issues, copyright, student support and technology.

An updated schedule and an RSVP form for all fall and spring activities are posted on the TALENT Web site. Fall topics are posted in September, while those for spring are up by early February.

During the summer months (June and July) TALENT offers the Summer TALENT Institute, another system wide training program for UH faculty and staff. These sessions are based on issues and pedagogical strategies surrounding the design, creation and delivery of Internet-supported course materials. The institute provides an opportunity for not only the technical support staff to visit neighbor island campuses but also to have faculty gather and interact with their peers to share learning activities that can last a lifetime.

The Summer TALENT Institute is comprised of three courses. TALENT101, an online course, introduces faculty/staff to distributed learning issues and experience using WebCT. TALENT102, a hands-on portion of the Institute, provides the mechanics of the "how to's" of using various tools in WebCT. TALENT 201, the more advanced session currently focuses on content development & media delivery tools (Pachyderm, Impatica), delivery & web conferencing tools (Breeze, Blogs, Portfolios) and assessment (Respondus, StudyMate).

An updated schedule of events as well as an RSVP form for the Summer TALENT Institute is currently available on the TALENT Web site (select the buttons for either "TALENT 101", "TALENT 102", "TALENT 201").

by Kenwrick Chan

For some time, the buzzword "ePortfolio" has been floating around as the newest trend in learning and assessment. So what really is an "ePortfolio"? Here's a snippet from the Wikipedia entry: "In the context of education and learning, an Electronic portfolio, normally known as an ePortfolio or a digital portfolio, is a portfolio based on electronic media and services. It consists of a personal digital record containing information such as a collection of artifacts or evidence demonstrating what one knows and can do."

Does that make the picture clearer? Think of those large black art folders that art students use to haul around their work and visualize that on the Web. Add the ability to present a different set of stuff in that folder based on the user who is viewing it. The set of "stuff" may be an assignment, course, or sequence of learning. On top of that add a way for viewers to rate and comment on its' content. Now imagine instead of just students, this functionality extending out to faculty and staff?

Now you don't have to imagine. Kapiolani Community College was recently awarded a grant to pilot ePortfolios. Kelli Goya, Lisa Kanae, Judith Kirkpatrick, Tanya Renner are the project leads. If you want to take a look at how ePortfolios are used at the University of Hawaii, point your web browser to

Phishing Proliferates
by Larry Wiss

There has been a recent spate of new Phishing attacks spread through email messages, many appearing to come from legitimate banking institutions. So much so that an unprecedented email warning was issued by UH Chief Information Officer David Lassner to the UH community on March 15 to address the issue.

So what is Phishing? Basically, it's the act of sending an email to someone while falsely claiming to be a legitimate business in an attempt to scam the user into divulging personal information that will be used for identity theft. Several Hawaii banking institutions and merchants have had their Web sites reproduced, including logos, by scammers who request that email recipients click on a link in a message to confirm information. When in fact the link leads to a site where the recipients personal information, credit card numbers, account information and/or passwords are captured by the scammers.

Rodney Shinkawa, executive director of the Hawaii Bankers Association reminded consumers that: "Banks would never call or email customers to ask for personal, confidential account information."

ITS filters are catching many of these bogus messages. But as fast as the filters adapt to block them, criminals change their attack to make it through. Here are some reminders of step to take to protect you from being Phished:

  • If you receive an unsolicited email message from any bank or merchant, including your own, no matter how legitimate it appears, delete it and do not click on the web links it contains.
  • When you want to transact business with a bank or merchant online you should always go directly to their URL from within your Web browser.
  • Don't email personal or financial information.
  • Use anti-virus software and a firewall, and keep them up-to-date.
  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails.
  • Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them.

For more information on protecting yourself from Phishing scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission Web site or the National Cyber Security Alliance Web site.

Kuali Test Drive Released
by David Lassner

The Kuali Project (, has released the Kuali Test Drive, which enables institutions to explore the emerging Kuali Financial Systems (KFS) software with live transactions and data. The University of Hawaii is one of the founding partners in the Kuali Project.

The Kuali Financial System is based on the proven financial system design used for over ten years at Indiana University. The Kuali Test Drive contains only the base modules, such as Chart of Accounts, General Ledger, Transactions, Reporting, and Workflow, and is intended to provide an introduction to how KFS will work when completed. Additional KFS modules, to be released in two subsequent phases, will include: Accounts Receivable, Budgeting, Capital Assets Management, Endowment, Enhanced Decision Support/Reporting, Labor Distribution, Purchasing/Accounts Payable, and Pre- and Post-Award Research Administration.

Kuali is a community source project, which operates using open source software licenses but with committed institutional resources working together under a unified project plan. All Kuali software and materials will be freely available under the Educational Community License and can be adopted by colleges and universities without licensing fees. The "open-open" licensing approach of the Educational Community License provides opportunities for support and implementation assistance from commercial providers. The Kuali Test Drive was announced at the April Kuali Days Workshop in Indianapolis, Indiana, where over 125 fiscal and IT officers, managers, senior staff and corporate representatives from around the country were in attendance to learn more about Kuali.

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