Blackboard announced in late March that ANGEL would be extended as a product “indefinitely”. This announcement, while lacking in many details, impacts our planned migration to Blackboard originally slated to begin in 2013.
We anticipate that further details regarding ongoing ANGEL support and any potential enhancements will emerge after the Blackboard World user conference in mid-July. We also anticipate that the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) will be communicating with Blackboard regarding this announcement, and that SLN will provide further details on ongoing support at the SUNY CIT conference in early June.
Based on the initial information in hand, we will delay our migration to Blackboard until we know more details. We will continue to remain on ANGEL through the 2013-2014 academic year.
We are still on course to upgrade to ANGEL version 8 late summer (see “ANGEL Upgrading to Version 8”).
If you have any questions related to this announcement, please email email@example.com.
SLN will be upgrading SUNY Oswego’s ANGEL instance to version 8 on August 20-21st. ANGEL will not be available during this time frame. Please plan accordingly.
One of the biggest advantages for upgrading to version 8 is compatibility with Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. There are also enhancements to dropboxes, discussion forum rubrics, the gradebook and more.
For detailed information on all of the new features and enhancements, please see Blackboard’s “What’s New in ANGEL 8.0” document.
CTS and Penfield Library have teamed together to provide a Multimedia Production Room, which is located in room 210 across from the Periodicals/Media Desk in the Penfield Library. This room can be used by faculty, staff and students to create multimedia projects using audio and video. It is equipped with the following:
- A PC and Macintosh desktop computer with 24 inch monitors
- A Logitech Webcam Pro 9000 video camera for the PC and a built-in camera for the Mac.
- A Plantronics Audio DSP-400 Headsetwith noise cancelling microphone for both systems
- Your choice of the following recording software available on both systems:
- Audacity (for audio only)
- Camtasia (for audio and/or video)
Staff from Penfield and CTS are available to assist you should you need an orientation to the room or assistance using any of the hardware or software. For more information, please visit the Multimedia Site.
Did you know that SUNY Oswego has a mobile website? Just point your mobile device to http://m.oswego.edu and enjoy campus news, calendar, athletics, what’s being served at the Dining Halls and more!
CTS is working on scheduling summer workshops. We plan on offering workshops on Windows 7, Elluminate Web-Conferencing Software, LakerApps and more. Please check the workshop schedule as summer approaches for offerings.
In addition to instructor-led workshops, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunesU site. Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.
Other technical training opportunities:
- ANGEL workshops are available from the ANGEL website.
- Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
- The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff. Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications. Get started at the Skillport home page.
Have some important events on your LakerApps Calendar that you wished stood out from the rest? Give it a special color.
While viewing the details of an event, click a color in the “Event Color” section. A small palette of colors is available. Save the event. When you view your calendar, especially in “Day” or “Week” view, you’ll see your event stands out from the rest.
CTS is preparing to upgrade campus-owned PCs to the Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system over the next year and a half.
All new computers delivered to faculty and staff this spring semester will have Windows 7 pre-installed. One Advanced Technology Classroom in Lanigan 105 will have Windows 7 installed later in the semester so we can determine if there might be any issues upgrading ATCs to the latest operating system. In addition, the Penfield Computer lab (not the 24-hour lab) will be upgraded to Windows 7 sometime in the Spring 2012 semester so testing can also be done there to determine any issues.
CTS will be conducting Windows 7 workshops every two weeks this Spring semester. Please see our Workshops
page for dates/times and registration.
In addition, we are also working on a website that will have more detailed information on the upgrades with links to online training tutorials. That website is at www.oswego.edu/cts/windows7
Over the course of the Fall semester newsletters, we have been letting users know that Google has been working on changing the interfaces of their Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites apps. Google allowed users to preview the interface and then switch back to the “classic” look for a temporary time frame. Google has now made the new look permanent across all apps.
Google also announced that it would no longer be supporting older versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer (IE). If one of the apps is not working properly for you, please refer to our December Newsletter article title “Google No Longer Support Older Firefox and IE Versions” for information on how to see what version you are using and how to upgrade. Please note that CTS upgraded all older versions of Firefox to version 7 on all SUNY-Oswego owned computers in December.