Category Archives: Software

First Set of Classes Now Teaching with Blackboard Learn

In the fall, we announced the planning surrounding the campus migration from the ANGEL learning management system to Blackboard Learn. The campus will be completely migrated to Blackboard Learn by the Fall 2015 semester.

The first cohort of faculty participating in the migration are now teaching with Blackboard Learn this spring semester. There are approximately 50 faculty teaching 130 courses with 3400 students in a mixture of fully online, hybrid and face-to-face offerings.

While there are a few configurations that are still being worked on, we are happy to say that the semester is off to a good start. There have been no major issues that would force us to revert back to ANGEL.

In the next few weeks, we will be seeking participants for the second cohort of faculty teaching summer classes. Please look for an announcement regarding that in the future.

Initial Configuration
The migration team spent the fall semester configuring the Blackboard Learn environment working on the integration to automatically pull in courses and registration data, single sign-on authentication using your Laker NetID, the look and feel of the system and the configuration of plugins such as Panopto for class capture, Ensemble for video storage, i-clicker for student response, Pearson and McGraw Hill publisher content access, for online tutorials, and ARES for access the library e-reserves system.

Faculty and Student Preparation
To prepare the first cohort for the migration, faculty participated in a full-day training taught by Open SUNY to learn about the differences between ANGEL and Blackboard Learn. Their courses were migrated to Blackboard and additional training sessions were offered to assist faculty in preparing their content and further understanding the features available in Blackboard Learn. An additional nine sessions were offered during the CELT-sponsored Winter BreakOut. Students were also offered some online training materials and an online orientation to help them understand using Blackboard Learn.

Migration Schedule
The rest of the migration schedule is as follows:

  • Spring 2015 semester:  First cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn. Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.
  • Summer 2015: Second cohort of faculty and students will use Blackboard Learn. Refinements to the Blackboard Learn environment will be made based on feedback.
  • Fall 2015: Migration completed. All courses will be available to teach in Learn. ANGEL will be decommissioned.

The Blackboard migration team includes Extended Learning, CTS, Penfield Library, CELT and OpenSUNY.

Questions regarding the migration can be directed to

ATC Computer Maintenance During Winter Break

In order to better serve you, Campus Technology Services will be scheduling maintenance of the Advanced Technology Classrooms (ATCs) during Winter Break.  An ATC is considered to be any classroom equipped with a computer and projector.

CTS will start maintenance December 15th, 2014 through January 26th, 2015.  If you have saved data to any classroom computer, we ask that you back it up prior to this timeframe as it will be erased during the maintenance.

During the maintenance time, CTS will complete the following items:

  • Test devices such as computers, video cameras, speakers, microphones and volume, projectors, etc.
  • Update/upgrade various software.
  • Clean device hardware such as monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Again, please back up any data you might have saved to a classroom computer prior to December 15.

Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated!

If you have any questions related to this work, please contact the Help Desk by phone, 315.312.3456 or email,


Wifi Improvements to Residential Network

This fall semester introduces a few network changes for the students living in the residence halls.

New Wifi System

A new wifi system has been installed that should make connecting to the residential network easier.  Instead of having to download the previous Cisco NAC agent, users will be able to use their web browser to connect.   You’ll now see two residential wireless network connections.  The first time you use the new system, you’ll need to connect to “Oswego-Guest-RES” to register your device.  It will look like the following:

Next, you will be presented with a device registration window similar to the following:

When you have finished the registration, you’ll then be connected to the “Oswego-Secure-RES” network and you’ll have Internet access.

The above is a one-time registration for each device you’d like to connect to the network.  Complete instructions for many different operating systems is available in our “How to: Connect to the wireless network in the Residence Halls” knowledgebase article.

Connect Two Simultaneous Devices

Students will now be able to use two network devices simultaneously.  Previously, only one at a time was allowed on the network.  However, with the upgrades made in the spring to the equipment connecting the campus to the Internet, we are able to allow more devices. There are additional resources to be able to handle the extra bandwidth multiple devices need.

Third Device Registration Fee

Lastly, if you would like to connect a third device to the network, there will be a $25 connection fee.  This is down from last year, where a second device registration was a $49 fee.  You would only need to register a third device if you’d like to use three devices on the network simultaneously.


Help Desk Self Service – Submit and Check Tickets Online

CTS is happy to announce an online system that will allow you to interact with the Help Desk from your web browser.   The system is called “Self Service” and is available from a link with the same name on the website.

Log into Self Service with your Laker NetID and you’ll see a page that looks like the following:

The system is divided into three sections.

The “Get Help” section allows you to submit a new ticket if something isn’t working or if you just need to ask a technical question.  You can also check the status of your tickets from this area.

The “Service Catalog” is where you can browse the CTS catalog of requests.  It is broken into student and employee requests.  These requests range from installing a piece of software in a computer lab, requesting a technical training or registering a third device on the residential network.  The shopping cart allows you to “order” items now or at a later time.

The “Knowledge” section allows you to search for answers to your SUNY Oswego technical questions.  The articles have been written by CTS staff to assist in answering commonly asked technical questions related to the services used on campus.  Be sure to check the “Twitter Updates” for the latest news from CTS and to follow us.

We’d like to thank members of the campus, including faculty, staff and students, that volunteered their time to test out the system before releasing it to the campus.  They provided us with extremely valuable feedback to make the service even better before reaching you.

Please feel free to explore Self Service at and let us know what you think.

Updates to myOswego

myOswego has some updates happening in the near future.  They include the following:
An updated Transfer Course Guide will be available for fall 2014.  The new link will outline current course equivalencies between SUNY Oswego and selected NYS community colleges and four year colleges.
Guest accounts will be replaced with the myOswego Proxy feature later this fall.  Proxy will allow you to manage user ID’s so that parents, or anyone else that you would like to authorize can access myOswego links that you outline.  Watch for updates from the Registrar’s Office.
An alternative user interface is planned to replace the current myOswego skin sometime after spring registration is completed.  The new interface offers enhanced navigation and search options as well as a new browse feature.

Check Computer Availability from the SUNY Oswego Mobile App

In partnership with Public Affairs, CTS would like to announce the availability of the “LabStats” module in the SUNY Oswego mobile app.  You can find it in the bottom row of the app.

The LabStats module lets you see the availability of computers in select computer labs BEFORE you actually go to them.   Clicking on the module, will give you information about the current utilization of the following labs in real time:

Note that the icon to the left of the lab, lets you know if the lab is currently open for general access, closed to general access or hours are currently unknown.  Clicking the arrow to the right of the lab will provide more information including the location of the lab and its hours.

Go to our mobile site for give it a try at We hope this will be a valuable tool to the campus, especially late in the semester when all of those papers are due.  Reload the page often though to make sure you have the latest availability counts.


Google Chrome Now the Default Web Browser in Labs and Classrooms

Previously, Internet Explorer (IE) was the default browser in labs and classrooms. However, with the increasing security vulnerabilities in IE, especially the one affecting IE versions 6-11 late last spring, we decided it would be a good time to re-evaluate the default browser.

To help us decide, we took a look at what browsers are accessing the SUNY Oswego website. From the network traffic originating from both on and off campus, Google Chrome is number one.   We also took a look at just the traffic originating from on-campus and that also was Chrome. Given that, coupled with the fact that SUNY Oswego is a Google Apps campus, we decided to promote Chrome.

As you can see from the image below, Chrome, IE and Firefox are still available for use from the quick launch bar on the bottom of the screen.  However, if you click on an HTML link within an application such as PowerPoint or Word, the default browser will be launched.


Check out this summer and win prizes!

lynda_logo1k-d_72x72Your subscription to at SUNY Oswego is available to you over the summer at Just login using your Laker NetID. There are some great videos on preparing your resume, job searching, social media, software use and much, much more.

As a further incentive to check out Lynda, we are offering you three opportunities to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

June: $50. Amazon gift card to the student who receives the most certificates of completion for the month of June

July: $50. Amazon gift card to the student with the most hours watched for the month of July

August: $50. Amazon Gift card. Submit a creative work to show off how you use Lynda, or what you use Lynda for. (could include, but is not limited to: Writing, Poster design, video, etc…) Submit your work by Aug. 31st to

Tech Tip: How to Create PDF files for free

On a PC

On a Mac, press File / Print and select the PDF button near the bottom of the window.  Next, select Save As PDF.   This video from shows you how:

For assistance installing or using CutePDF, please contact the CTS Help Desk at x3456 or email

Tech Tips are a collaboration of Campus Technology Services and the Campus Technology Advisory Board.  Computer assistance is always available from the CTS Help Desk,

Tech Tip: Don’t miss the CTS Updates

CTS continually updates and upgrades the operating system and software on campus computers to ensure both security and functionality.  Much of this work is automatically delivered to college-owned faculty/staff computers each Wednesday morning – otherwise known as “Patch Wednesdays”.

If your computer is not turned on and connected to the network when the updates are delivered, don’t worry.  Your computer will be updated the next time it connects to the campus network.  Laptops will receive the updates once they are back on campus and connected to the network.

For more information, see:

Tech Tips are a collaboration of Campus Technology Services and the Campus Technology Advisory Board.  Computer assistance is always available from the CTS Help Desk,