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Is this real?

June 24, 2014 by Sue Weier

No, it's not, but it's difficult to tell without a second look.  One of my colleagues forwarded me this very realistic phishing email.  Often, you can recognize a phishing email because the layout is poor, or the terminology used is unusual.  This phishing email looks authentic, and even contains accurate logos for the company that is being spoofed.  It's very believable... until you look closely.

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Watch World Cup Matches with Native Language Commentary!

June 11, 2014 by Steel Wagstaff

Tomorrow, the FIFA World Cup (the world's largest, most viewed sporting event) begins in Brazil! We're excited, and imagine that many of you are as well. Would you like to watch these matches with audio commentary in the native languages of the participants? For the first time, you can! Read more »

Beyond Office Hours: Improving student-instructor communication via digital tools

March 13, 2014 by Lane Sunwall

Earlier this month, Learning Support Services in collaboration with the College of Letters and Science hosted a workshop designed to help instructors improve communication with their students using digital tools and resources. Read more »

Q&A with David Macasaet: LSS' Resident Filmmaker

March 10, 2014 by Hayley Braun

Last month, we were thrilled to announce that David Macasaet, Senior Instructional Technology Consultant and Media Services Coordinator here at LSS, co-directed a short documentary that was selected for the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival. “The Round Barns of Vernon County” explores the fascinating history of the unusual round structures that are unique to the rural areas in Vernon County, Wisconsin. One of the round barns is just down the street from the home where Macaset grew up in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Read more »

Congratulations to our TA award recipients!

February 26, 2014 by Maddy Horan

Congratulations to the 15 excellent University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching assistants who will be honored at the 10th annual College of Letters and Science Campuswide Teaching Assistant Awards! UW-Madison employs over one thousand teaching assistants every year in a variety of departments. The awards honor teaching assistants for their outstanding work in the development of UW-Madison students. The 15 will recieve one of four awards: Capstone Ph.D. Teaching Award, Early Excellence in Teaching Award, Innovations in Teaching Award and Exceptional Service Award. Read more »

LSS filmmaker David Macasaet's film selected for 2014 WI Film Festival

February 5, 2014 by Theresa Pesavento

The 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival selections were recently announced, and amongst the chosen was "The Round Barns of Vernon County," a short documentary directed by L&S Learning Support Services' very own David Macasaet. David, LSS Media Services Coordinator and Senior Instructional Technology Consultant, co-produced the documentary with fellow UW-Madison and LSS alumnus Shahin Izadi. The documentary will be screened at this spring's festival, scheduled for April 3-10, 2014. Read more »

Van Hise Stair Mastery

January 31, 2014 by Theresa Pesavento

Love or hate the Van Hise stairs, two of our very own in Van Hise Hall have found the silver lining in the many flights stairs in the 18-story building. LSS Director and L&S CIO Bruno Browning and German Department Coordinator Joan Leffler regularly eschew elevator rides in favor of climbing the stairs. Their climbing routines offer fitness benefits, provide mini-breaks throughout their days, and even build community: Bruno and Joan sometimes pass each other and other Van Hise climbers during their daily walks. Read more »

Office 365 Phishing Emails

January 27, 2014 by Sue Weier

L&S Security

Over the holidays, my Inbox was inundated with a number of new phishing emails.  Interestingly, I noticed a trend toward phishing emails that referenced Office 365.  Most of these appeared to come from support units similar to the LSS TechZone or the DoIT Helpdesk, but on closer examination proved to be fake. Read more »

Keep calm and Stop Badware

January 3, 2014 by Sue Weier

A patron recently emailed the LSS TechZone with suspicions about an email she received.  This patron had good instincts; the email was a phishing email.  Phishing emails try to acquire personal information or passwords by tricking the recipient into thinking that he or she is at a legitimate site.  This particular email played on the common use of GoogleDocs and GoogleDrive: Read more »

Don't believe it. The Wisc! Helpdesk

December 20, 2013 by Sue Weier

Don't ruin your holiday season by falling victim to this new phishing scheme.  An email with the subject "The Wisc! Helpdesk" is making the rounds on the UW campus.  The text of the email is:

Your Incident ID is: 130329-018715

This is an automated message to notify you that we detected a login attempt
with a valid password to your Wisc! account from an unrecognized device on
Thursday, December 19th, 2013 10:20 PM BST.

Location: Czech Republic IP=89.187.142.93

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