The Faculty and Staff email system is being replaced by a new email system with many improvements. We have started moving people to the new email system, we will be contacting you soon to schedule your upgrade.
The new email server provides the following improvements:
- Larger email mailbox sizes
- Auto-discovery easy setup (email settings will be populated automatically to most computers and mobile devices)
- Improved client compatibility for Mac Mail, Mac Microsoft Outlook, improved Android support, improved Thunderbird support etc
- Outlook Anywhere – Full Microsoft Outlook web connectivity from off-campus without requiring a VPN connection
- A much improved Microsoft Outlook Web Application that works with all current web browsers and supports viewing shared calendars via the web
- High availability email services (built-in email server clustering and redundancy protections)
The following link will answer the frequently asked questions about the email upgrade and has the step-by-step guides for setting up Android and iPhones with the new system.
At this, the beginning of a new semester, we thought we would address two topics that garner many calls at the beginning of a new academic year – how to make your course available in Blackboard and how to provision your course for Panopto. This brief video tutorial will walk you through the steps necessary to get you started!
Google has a myriad of tools to make daily tasks simpler. Google Forms is a fantastic option for collecting and organizing data. Whether you need to create a survey, an exit ticket for a course, an equipment checkout form, document when supplies need to be restocked, or any other use you can come up with, Google Forms is a quick and easy solution. It will take all of the data from the form, input it into a spreadsheet for you, and offer additional analytics. With recent updates, you can now embed videos and pictures into the forms. Google has also allowed a number of third party add-ons that expand the uses for Forms including one, Flubaroo, that will automatically grade quizzes and assignments done through Forms.
Here is a brief introduction to this tool:
myHistro is a web-based timeline tool. It allows for not just dates and events to be entered, but to tie each of those events to a specific location using Google maps. Beyond that, you can add photos and notes to each event to create a more immersive and detailed experience. Once created, you can create quizzes from the timeline or export it as a pdf, csv, Google Earth, or other file.
Beyond implementing as a presentation tool or assignment for a course, my Histro could be used as a journaling tool for your life history, to plan your next vacation, or document the history of your department.
Check out this video for a short introduction:
When making mini-lectures, sharing interesting “found” videos with students, or when creating online training – there is always the concern that just watching a video is so passive that your target audience will not stay engaged. eduCanon is an easy-to-use cloud-based app that allows an instructor to insert reflective pauses, multiple choice questions and more, right onto a video you wish to share.
eduCanon uses videos that you have uploaded or found on YouTube. The free version has a number of different kinds of questions you can add. If you are active about posting new videos, they will add features from the paid version to your account at no cost.
Find out more about this great tool for making videos more involved by watching the following: