Adobe Licensing Agreement

In a partnership with SJSU IT, Academic Affairs, and eCampus, San Jose State University significantly expanded the number of user licenses for Adobe’s Creative Cloud to include all actively enrolled SJSU students along with our faculty and staff. Creative Cloud has become a core component to many disciplines, making it an industry standard. San Jose State’s Creative Cloud membership provides access to all of Adobe’s enterprise-level tools, used in a variety of disciplines—from Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and more.

With this license, all actively enrolled students can download any or all of the applications to their desktop or laptop computer or use Adobe’s mobile apps to create and inspire when on the go. Plus, files saved to a secure Creative Cloud account are accessible from any device with internet access, so your work goes with you.

Visit the eCampus Adobe Student Webpage and access the self-service application to request an Adobe enterprise account. Shortly after completing the request form, you will receive an email invitation with access instructions. Once you’ve registered, you’ll have access to Creative Cloud until you’re no longer registered for classes at SJSU in the current Fall or Spring semester. After you’re no longer an active student or university employee, you’ll be notified in the change in status and encouraged to save all your work locally. Any files remaining in Adobe’s Cloud are permanently deleted once your access is removed.

We’re excited about this partnership and look forward to seeing the amazing things Spartans can do with the unlimited creative possibilities in Adobe Creative Cloud Applications.

LinkedIn Learning

We’re excited to announce our partnership with LinkedIn to bring LinkedIn Learning to SJSU free of charge. An on-demand eLearning portal with over 12,000 available courses, LinkedIn Learning provides learning and development content for students, faculty, and staff. These courses range from just-in-time subject refreshers to entire sessions designed to help you gain or grow skills. San Jose State is one of the first institutions of higher education in the nation to work with LinkedIn to bring this enterprise-level development tool to a university campus.

Getting started is easy:

  • Go to one.SJSU.edu and log in
  • Type “LinkedIn Learning” in the search bar
  • Click on the LinkedIn Learning tile (and click on the heart icon to favorite it for later!)
  • Your LinkedIn Learning account will be created automatically. To personalize your course recommendations, you can either connect your LinkedIn profile or complete the brief set of questions that appear.

The IT Division sees LinkedIn Learning as a valuable tool for every member of the campus community. Students can access just-in-time courses that will refresh their academic knowledge or help them expand their skillsets in the job market. Staff now have on-demand professional development options, available when and where they need it. Faculty can integrate relevant LinkedIn Learning content into their instruction to supplement the classroom experience.

LinkedIn Learning develops personalized course recommendations for you based on insights from LinkedIn’s network and your desired job role, skill set, and experience level. These courses can supplement your academic knowledge with information from industry professionals, complementing a student’s journey from enrollment, through graduation, and into the workforce. The many Spartans already familiar with Lynda.com will be happy to know that they can find the Lynda library available at LinkedIn Learning.

Click here for additional help, or contact the IT Service Desk with your questions.

Phishing

We would like to remind you of a security threat that is never far away: Phishing. During a phishing attack, a scammer disguises their email to look like a legitimate message from a colleague or company in an attempt to trick you. The goal of the phishing email is to have you click on a link or open an attachment that will ask you for sensitive or confidential information. Find information on how to spot phishing emails on our safe computing pages.

Signing up to use two-factor authentication with Duo helps keep your account safe. With Duo, you’ll be protected when somebody attempts to use your account through Okta single sign-on or other Duo-integrated apps (such as a VPN client). You can learn more about Duo and sign up for it early here.

Impersonation alerts are another useful feature, available on the Gmail website and in the Gmail apps for iOS and Android. These alerts will help remind you to be vigilant about suspicious emails, but they work best when you’re using your SJSU email account for university-related communication. If you see this alert, take a moment to review the details of the message, referencing our safe computing tips.

The single best way to protect yourself is to stay vigilant and use common sense. Oftentimes, phishers will impersonate figures of higher authority. But if you ask yourself, “When’s the last time the President emailed me directly?” and the answer is “Never,” that should raise a red flag. If you ask yourself, “I thought the President had better grammar/punctuation/spelling?,” that should raise a red flag. If you see these kinds of suspicious emails, use the Report Phishing feature in Gmail.


 

Google Cloud Platform Workshop

In a first among the CSU system, Google partnered with the SJSU IT Division to host a workshop on some cutting-edge cloud technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Decision Learning, and Data Engineering. Close to 500 Spartans (including students, faculty, researchers, and staff) signed up to attend the January 8-11 event in Clark Hall, though we could only fit 50 into a packed room. The workshop brought one of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech giants to campus and augmented academic knowledge with hands-on opportunities from a field expert, delivering on IT’s promise to bring enterprise-grade academic technology advancement to SJSU.

In a follow-up survey, 100% of respondents rated the workshop as Very Good or Excellent and 100% said they would attend a future workshop hosted by IT.  “The content of the workshop is very informational and advanced in the cloud platform field. The hands-on labs are interactive exercises those make me understand the concepts well and be involved in the learning process,” said one.

When asked valuable the session was in supplementing academic knowledge, 90% of the responders rated the workshop Very Good or Excellent. SJSU IT looks to roll this success forward into future events. Participants in the workshop expressed interest in a number of other topics for possible future workshops, with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain leading the way followed by Cybersecurity and Virtual Machines.

Google’s instructor remarked that the attendees at SJSU were some of the quickest, most engaged he’s worked with. The feeling was mutual, with one attendee stating, “The instructor was very knowledgeable with what he teaches and gives very good presentations. He was very helpful with the labs.”

While many of participants were SJSU students, there were plenty of researchers, faculty, and staff, all gaining practice and experience with enterprise-level tools to carry into the classroom or implement within the university’s IT and research infrastructures. “Overall the topics covered on GCP was exceptional. SJSU is currently exploring the implementation of cloud-based BI and Predictive analytics strategy. The timing of these workshops is just perfect and they allow the technical team to perform comparisons and benchmark for the ideal solution that is beneficial to SJSU,” said Ravi Pisupati, a Senior Analyst & Project Manager with SJSU.

Thank you to everybody involved in making this event a success. It certainly didn’t go unnoticed, as one attendee commented, “The room had a speedy WIFI connection and wonderful setup screens. Thanks for organizing everything so well for us. Their effort and hard work made the intensive experience much easier.” I could agree more and want to specifically thank Joseph Chou and Willie Simon for their work on this event.