Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Student Tech Buzz 3/31-4/4

Student Tech Buzz 3/31-4/4

Changes Coming to SU's Bb 4/14

Institutional Computing and the Center for Teaching & Learning are changing the site layout of Blackboard Learn to better serve the Shenandoah community. The change will take place on Monday, April 14.

The number of tabs will be reduced and the remaining tabs renamed to better identify what information they contain. The items being removed from within Blackboard will be available on the new drop down “SU Online Portal” located on the Blackboard login page. With this drop down list, users may visit frequently used pages without logging into Blackboard.

If you would like to see what the new layout looks like before the April 14launch, visit Techwinkle during Blackboard Traveling Support. The current traveling support schedule can be found at the Blackboard Support Site and is included in the SUN-e events listing. A detailed list of the items that are changing call also be found on the Blackboard Support site under the “System News” area.

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Authored by Emily Burner
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As the above article stated, there are going to be some major changes that appear in a little under two weeks, and that means that the "System News" area of will be more important than ever for staying informed!

Additionally, go to for information about where and when you can find Techwinkle at Traveling Bb Support, and detailed instructions on how to get the most out of your SU Bb experience (just click the "Student" link).
A Reminder About Online Test Taking
Everybody knows that taking tests can be stressful.  When you add technology into the mix, the stress levels can compound; however, I am going to give you a few simple tips that can help you mitigate undesirable online test taking stress.
  • Like all tests, study in a healthy and effective way for your learning style (spare yourself from slamming cans of Monster Energy drinks and staying up for 48 hours cramming), so that you can go into your test with as much information as possible.
  • Be familiar with the format and deployment options of the test.  Ask your professor questions about the test so that you know exactly what to expect.  For example: Will you be able to view all questions at once, or will you be forced to go one question at a time?
  • Once you arrive at your testing location, either turn your wireless card off/on, or restart your computer to ensure that you are connected to the closest wireless access point for an uninterrupted test taking experience. 


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