Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blackboard Inc. To visit HPB and Main Campus 4/21

Blackboard Inc will be bringing representatives, and the cousin of Techwinkle, the UX Moose, to HPB and Main campus Monday 4/21. The schedule is as follows:

HPB
Room 280
8:30-11:00a

Main Campus
Brandt Student Center
1:45-4:00p

As you know, if you are a SU Bb user, you are a valuable member of the Blackboard community. Our users participate and engage in some of the most advanced Blackboard usages that are currently implemented in higher education. That being said, Blackboard Inc. likes to send representatives to our campuses on occasion to help with student engagement and usability as well as conduct research that is taken back to Bb headquarters to develop and modify exiting and upcoming products to better suite the community's needs.

Have You Made the Switch to 1SU


What is 1SU?

1SU is the new wireless network that will replace 3SU as our campus-wide network. 1SU features even better security and is compatible with OS X Mavericks. Everyone will need to switch from 3SU to 1SU by TOMORROW, FRIDAY APRIL 18, 2014.

You will need to switch from 3SU to 1SU on any device that utilizes the wireless network (laptops, tablets, smart phones).  For detailed instructions on how to switch from 3SU to 1SU visit the Help Desk 1SU Site

If you have any questions regarding the new 1SU Wireless Network, please contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@su.edu or 540-665-5555.

Thank you,
Institutional Computing

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Student Tech Buzz 4/14-4/18

Student Tech Buzz 4/14-4/18

A hole in Open SSL was discovered last week that allows a hacker to steal information from sites that were presumed safe.  What does this mean for you? Some of your passwords need to be changed! Check out the link for a facts relating to the SU community.
 
Authored by Devon Taylor
Collapse Lesser Used Modules to Save Space!

SU's Bb just went through a bit of spring cleaning, but there is still a lot of information right when you land on the "Courses" page. That's because that information is important! However, not all of the information is going to be necessary for you to read every time you want to check out your courses.
 
The easiest way for you to further declutter your "Courses" tab is simply to collapse the modules that you do not currently need. By collapsing modules, you will save a ton of space on your screen!

To collapse modules on the "Courses" page, just click the arrow to the left of the module name.
Organize your "Course List" by Semester!

Where the above article offered a great pro-tip for saving space on the "Courses" tab, this article will be about keeping your "Course List" module organized.

Now you can click on the settings of the "Course List" (The module that you use to access your courses) and organize your courses by term, which can reduce visual cluttering if you have a large course list.

You can accomplish this by taking the following steps:
  • Hover your mouse over the "Course List" module name.
  • When the settings icon appears, click on it.
  • Click "Group by Term" and then click submit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Clean your Bb "Courses" Page!


SU's Bb just experienced a little bit of spring cleaning, but there is still a lot of information right when you land on the "Courses" page. That's because that information is important! However, not all of the information is going to be necessary for you to read every time you want to check out your courses.  I mean, do you need to see the Financial Aid module all the time?  Probably not.

The easiest way for you to further declutter your "Courses" page is simply to collapse the modules that you do not currently need. By collapsing your page you will notice that there is a soothing minimalist vibe to your courses page (the vibe will be akin to drinking a nice cup of tea outside on a brisk morning). 

Check out the screenshots posted below to see what I'm talking about:



Collapsed
Uncollapsed 

To collapse the modules that are present on the page, click on the arrow right before the module's title!

Monday, April 14, 2014

SU Technology Tip & Tricks By Devon

Where I'll Be This Week

Monday -
Bowman Building

2:00- 4:00 Room 212

Tuesday -
Feltner Building

11:00 - 1:00 Third Floor

Wednesday -
Cork Street 

10:30 - 12:00 - Room 142
Henkel Hall
1:00 - 3:00 - Faculty Lounge

Thursday -
Wilkins Building 

11:00 - 1:00 - Conference Room
Halpin-Harrison Hall
2:30 - 4:30 - Room 140

 
Facebook
Twitter
Training Website
Google Plus
YouTube
24/7 Support
BB Info

Good Morning Everyone,


Lot's of information to cover this week!  Here's the TL;DR if you want to get straight to the info...
  1. HeartBleed Faq for SU
  2. Canva - Create Infographics and Web Media
  3. Switch to 1SU deadline this week
  4. BlackBoard changes coming today
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

SU Tips and Tricks

HeartBleed 101 - What you Need to Know!
A hole in Open SSL was discovered last week that allows a hacker to steal information from sites that were presumed safe.  What does this mean for you? Some of your passwords need to be changed! Check out the link for a facts relating to the SU community.

 
Canva - Info-graphics and Web Media Creation!
Canva is a dirt simple way to create infographics, posters, facebook covers, website photos, etc... the list could go on and on.  This service helps anyone create great looking images and print media in record time! Great for your class website, SU Facebook page and more! Check out the link for more information.
 
Switch to 1SU Deadline this Week
If you haven't made the switch to 1SU on all your wireless devices, now is the time. The deadline to make the switch is this Friday!  Need a refresher on how to make the change.  Head over to the Help Desk 1SU page for more info.
 
BlackBoard Changes Take Effect Today!
If you haven't logged into BlackBoard yet today, you may want to go and take a look. Links to services have moved around a bit to make navigation easier.  For the most part, most SU services can be found by clicking on the drop down menu prior to logging into Bb.  Check out the links above to head to Bb Learn or click below to see a spreadsheet of the changes!
Bb Changes Spreadsheet

Friday, April 11, 2014

REMINDER: LAYOUT OF BLACKBOARD SITE TO CHANGE ON MONDAY

Don’t forget: Institutional Computing and the Center for Teaching & Learning have changed the site layout of Blackboard Learn to better serve the Shenandoah community. The new layout debuts on Monday, April 14.

The number of tabs will be reduced and the remaining tabs renamed to better identify what information they contain. However, the items being removed from within Blackboard will be available on the drop down “SU Online Portal” located on the Blackboard login page. A detailed list of the items that are changing can be found on the Blackboard Support site under the “System News” area.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Windows Updates on SU Servers

Friday night at 9pm-12pm, SU's IC department will be installing windows updates on many SU servers including the Blackboard server!

That means that Blackboard will be inaccessible during this time.  

It should be noted that during this time, you should save your work periodically as to prevent any undesirable loss of information.