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Website Builder Tool for Faculty, Updates for Apple Devices

August 12, 2013

Website Builder Tool Available to Faculty

UC Merced faculty members looking to create websites that highlight their research, academics and scholarly writings now have a resource to help them do so.

OpenScholar, a website building system, is an application that provides a quick and easy way for faculty members to build personal academic websites. OpenScholar uses a visual 'WYSIWYG' approach to website design and provides tools for managing publications, class lists and materials, social media connections and much more.

Faculty members interested in creating or switching to an OpenScholar-based website can visit faculty.ucmerced.edu and click on the ”OpenScholar Quickstart” link to watch a short video on how to get started.  

UC Merced joins other academic institutions including UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, Princeton and Virginia Tech in using OpenScholar to build faculty members’ personal academic and academic project sites. OpenScholar is also available to UC Merced graduate students so they, too, can create their own personal websites. Find more detailed information about the system and its available features at the OpenScholar site.

Reminder to MacOS and iOS Users: Update to Help with Mac Mail Issues

In case you missed it, Information Technology distributed a reminder over the summer regarding Apple’s release of operating system updates for MacOS 10.8 and iOS 6.1.

The updates improve how those systems interact with Microsoft Exchange servers. There had been reports to IT of issues with Office365 email system on iOS devisces and systems that use Apple’s Mac Mail. Both Apple and Microsoft strongly recommend that devices be updated with the newest operating system. Users who feel comfortable performing this update on their own can review the respective Apple Knowledge Base articles at:

If you are not familiar with how to update your Apple device, contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@ucmerced.edu, call extension 4357 (HELP) or stop by the walk-in office at COB 132A for assistance.