Category Archives: Software

lynda.com E-learning Software Now Available

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we introduce LyndaCampus to the SUNY Oswego community. The Lynda.com learning library is now available for faculty, staff, students and administration to use. With LyndaCampus, you have full access to thousands of videos and tutorial files anywhere, anytime 24/7, on a computer or via mobile device/tablets.

Access to Lynda.com was provided by a Technology Initiative Project (TIP) grant supported by the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, School of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Penfield Library (Kelly Roe, Tom Ingram, Jacob Dodd, Mark Springston and Emily Thompson). It is the first ever joint request from all four primary academic schools and the library.

lynda’s vast online library has thousands of video-based courses taught by industry professionals ranging from business skills and Adobe products to developer languages and tools, 3D animation, office productivity software and more.

Using your LakerNet ID, you can start using Lynda by logging in here:
www.oswego.edu/lynda

Please note that lynda.com replaces the previously contracted SKillport e-learning software. Skillport will be decommissioned on January 21st. Please plan accordingly.

Some members on campus have already been using lynda.com during a pilot project conducted on campus this past spring. On Tuesday, January 21, from 3-3:50 pm, a panel of faculty, staff and students will be discussing how they have been using lynda for their professional development, flipping the classroom and support of student projects.  For more information and registration, please see the CELT Winter BreakOut schedule.

You may also take a quick look at what lynda.com is from the lynda.com website.

If you have further questions, please contact the Help Desk at 315.312.3456 or
help@oswego.edu. You can also interact with us and view updates posted to
our Facebook and Twitter pages at http://facebook.com/sunyoswegocts and
http://twitter.com/sunyoswegocts.

Get Started with Lecture Capture at SUNY Oswego

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Over the past 3 semesters, CTS has supported a software application across campus called Panopto. With Panopto, not only can you create recordings in the classroom, but you can also do it from home, your office, or even the airport with the mobile application (currently Apple iOS only).

Not only does Panopto make it easy to create recordings, it also makes it incredibly easy to share them on blogs, through email, websites, and in ANGEL. Even on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site of your choice.

If you would like to hear how to get started, come to one of our Panopto workshops:

Thursday, January 9th, 2pm at Campus Center 202

Tuesday, January 21st, 2pm at Campus Center 210

Wednesday, February 12, 3pm at Mahar 210

For more information, please visit www.oswego.edu/cts/capture or email lecturecapture-list@ls.oswego.edu. The website shows you how to use the system, faculty testimonials, and actual classroom recordings made public by people using the system, so be sure to check it out.

FireFox Upgrade Scheduled for Winter Break

Recently, CTS finished preparing a new version of Firefox for campus use. We will be upgrading Firefox to version 26.  This upgrade will be pushed out remotely to all campus PC machines starting at 8:30AM on January 2nd, 2014. Note that when upgrading, all of your bookmarks (favorites) will be saved.

When you open your newly upgraded browser for the first time, you will see three prompts regarding Java. Below is an image of each prompt, and what you should do when you see it.

The First Prompt

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When you see this prompt, click where it says Tap here….

The Second Prompt

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You should now be given two options. Choose the 2nd: Allow and Remember.

 

The Final Prompt

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If you’re reading this, it means you’re at the last step before the Internet. Hooray! Make sure the box is checked next to Always trust, then press Run.

If you experience any issues with this upgrade, please call the Help Desk at 315.312.3456.

 

lyndaCampus Replacing Skillport Online Training

Effective January 2014 lyndaCampus will replace the existing Skillport online training system.

lyndaCampus is a product that will give all SUNY Oswego faculty, staff and students unlimited access to the lynda.com on-demand audio and video tutorials and exercise material for learning subjects including communication skills, multimedia production, business content, software essential training, programming, data analysis, marketing and additional topics. New courses are also added weekly.  It will be of value to all of our employees looking to further their professional development, to our faculty looking to provide supplemental or pre-requisite training material for their classes and to our students who might use it in class, their research or their own academic growth.

lyndaCampus has already been piloted on campus with some faculty and staff, who prefer lynda’s content and video formats over that of Skillport’s. Kelly Roe, Professor in the Art Department and Mark Springston, Associate Professor in the Department of Technology were leaders of the pilot project using it to help their students learn prerequisite information for their courses as well as using it to “flip the classroom” where students listen to content prior to class.

Roe remarked about the availability of learning “anywhere, anytime — 24/7, on a computer or mobile device/tablet.”  She is also impressed with the quantity and quality of the videos saying, ‘lynda’s vast online library has thousands of video-based courses taught by industry professionals ranging from business skills and Adobe products to developer languages and tools, 3D animation, office productivity software and more.”

Springston remarked on lynda’s impact on flipping the classroom: “In the last decade, there has been a movement towards greater access to online, self-paced learning systems, as well as requiring students to receive their first exposure to a topic prior to classroom introduction, which allows educators to utilize instructional time for concept formation, misconception identification, collaborative work, and skill development in the target discipline.”

On Tuesday, January 21, from 3-3:50pm, Springston and a panel of additional faculty, staff and students will be discussing how they have been using lynda for their professional development, flipping the classroom and support of student projects.  For more information and registration, please see the CELT Winter BreakOut schedule.  In the meantime, you can hear local reactions on the use of lynda so far from some student feedback videos and faculty feedback videos.

CTS is working with lynda.com to provision our site.  When we have information on its availability to the campus, we will post an announcement here as well as through OswegoDaily.

The Skillport contract will end on January 21st.  If you have any questions about finding Skillport-related courses in lyndaCampus, please contact the Help Desk.

For reference, here are some links to lyndaCampus and our existing Skillport site:

lyndaCampus: http://lynda.com

Skillport: http://www.oswego.edu/cts/training/skillport.html

Residential Network Affected By New Mac Operating System Release

Yesterday afternoon, Apple released Mac OS X Mavericks, a free upgrade available via the Apple Store.

Often, it takes some time for 3rd party developers to make their products fully compatible with new OS releases. Early Mavericks adopters at numerous universities have discovered the Cisco NAC Agent is not yet compatible.

If you have not yet upgraded to Mavericks, please refrain from doing so at this time. If you have already upgraded, you will be unable to authenticate via the Cisco NAC Agent, and should contact the Help Desk for assistance.

Our network technicians have submitted a bug report to Cisco and are awaiting a response. When we receive more information, we will post announcements to our Facebook and Twitter feeds at http://facebook.com/sunyoswegocts and http://twitter.com/sunyoswegocts.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Now Playing – iOS 7

Yesterday Apple released the new iOS7 operating system for iPhone and iPad. If you’re already upgraded, you may have noticed that you had to “Accept” a new certificate after connecting to “Oswego-Secure”. This is intended and necessary in order for your iDevice to work on the network. CTS has tested and approved iOS7 for the campus network, and it is considered supported software. Please reach out to the TSC if you have issues connecting to WiFi on the system. For full instructions, see our new documentation here.  Cheers.

Upcoming Changes to myOswego

Look for some login changes coming to myOswego and its associated applications in the next few weeks.

CTS has been working on streamlining authentication into multiple systems that use the same username and password, primarily your Laker NetID.  Two of those systems are myOswego and DegreeWorks.  In the next few weeks, a new technology called Single Sign-On will be implemented to accomplish this.  The myOswego webpage will be changed to something similar to the following.

 

Existing students, faculty and staff will use the “Single Sign On” button to login.

What is Single Sign-on (SSO)?  It is a technology that allows services to share authentication credentials without having the user login to each service.   In the context of myOswego, once you login to myOswego, you will also be logged into Degreeworks.  You will not have to enter your Laker NetID again to access Degreeworks.  However, this also means you must be vigilant about logging out of all systems using SSO.  If you forget to log out, you leave yourself signed into both systems.

CTS will be expanding single sign-on to other services in the future.

 

Online Web Conferencing with Blackboard Collaborate

On May 17, the Elluminate Live online synchronous collaboration tool was upgraded to Blackboard Collaborate.  Blackboard purchased the company along with a competing product called Wimba in 2010.  Blackboard used the best of both products to create Collaborate and is their future direction for online conferencing.

Blackboard Collaborate has been used at SUNY Oswego for teaching classes, online office hours, workshops, demonstrations and presentations.  It allows the presenter and attendees to be located in different physical locations.  Video, audio, polling questions, chat, application sharing, and team breakout rooms allow many face-to-face classroom functions to be accomplished online.

Blackboard easily integrates with ANGEL and with the addition of the Collaborate nugget on the Communicate tab of your course, you can be on your way to creating online sessions. Once created, students merely login to ANGEL, go to the Communicate tab of your course and click on a link to join the session.  Instructors also have the option of recording sessions which can also be accessed through the nugget.

For more information on Collaborate, visit our web conferencing page.

iPhone Spring Cleaning

With the release of the new iPhone 5S just around the corner, you may be stowing away for the latest & greatest offering from Apple. However, those who are content with their current iPhone model may want to take steps to keep it fast and ready for the new iOS 7 (Apple’s latest Operating System for the phone). The folks over at LifeHacker put together a Spring cleaning list for those iPhone users dissatisfied with their sluggish system. One of the quickest ways to improve speed is often to simply reboot (“turn it off & on again”). This clears the system memory and often results in quicker speeds!

Mobile Office Apps

We’re often asked about Office apps on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. While an official Microsoft Office app does exist for most mobile systems, it requires an active Office 365 subscription. For those users who don’t have that subscription (probably you, if you’re reading this), there are several great alternatives.

I recommend the official Google Drive app, available for iOS and Android systems. It allows you to access all of your LakerApps files stored on Drive, including spreadsheets and presentations. Best of all, it’s free!

Alternative apps can be found under the “Productivity” category on the Google Play and iOS App Store. A popular iOS alternative is Pages ($9.99), an Apple made app. On the Android side of things, expert Office aficionados prefer Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) for an expensive experience.
Drop us a line in the comments and let us know what mobile Office you prefer!