Category Archives: Software

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 Lynda.com shows you how: http://www.lynda.com/Office-Mac-tutorials/Printing-PDF/73560/75853-4.html?org=oswego.edu

For assistance installing or using CutePDF, please contact the CTS Help Desk at x3456 or email help@oswego.edu.


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,http://www.oswego.edu/cts/help.html315-312-3456help@oswego.edu.

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:  http://www.oswego.edu/cts/updates/service_updates.html


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,http://www.oswego.edu/cts/help.html315-312-3456help@oswego.edu.

TIP Grant Awards

The 2013-14 Technology Initiative Project (TIP) awards were ratified at the Friday, December 6 Campus Technology Advisory Board meeting. A total of $65,000 was available to be awarded and the selection committee received ten (10) requests totaling $155,000.

TIP grants are an annual funding provided by the Campus to fund academic initiatives that relate to instruction, student usage, improving student usage, and/or improving student learning through the use of technology. Priority is given to new and innovative or trial initiatives, which can possibly later expand on campus, although equipment replacement and expansion of existing equipment requests will also be considered.

Projects that were funded this year include:

  • 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) – In the first ever joint request from all four primary academic schools and the library, a campus-wide Lynda.com subscription will be purchased for all faculty, staff and students of the University for the next 18 months. With LyndaCampus, students, faculty and staff have full access to thousands of videos and tutorial files anywhere, anytime, both on their computer and via their mobile device. Lynda.com’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, TIP Grants Recommendationsoffice productivity software and more. The videos are broken down into short segments for easy navigation and allows the user to log in and out as necessary without losing any data. Faculty who have piloted Lynda.com say it is a great way to assist in “Flipping the classroom”. It is suggested faculty may assign tutorials from LyndaCampus for a project or course work. In completion of the course, the student will be issued a certificate as proof of completion.
  • Art & Graphic Design (Cara Thompson & Rebecca Mushtare)– this request was made to assist Graphic design keep pace in the design field and the technology within it. Department faculty are actively learning new mobile technologies (web, apps, eBooks) and integrating these new literacies into all graphic design courses. This grant provides a class set of iPad minis which allows students in the program to master the new techniques. Additionally, professional quality photography add-ons will enable the students to use iPads to take photos, record audio and video and write code, greatly increasing the types of projects students can work on. There are 240 graduate and undergraduate majors in the program and approximately 350 students take graphic design classes per semester.
  • Psychology (Matt Dykas & Chrsitina Leclerc)- Psychology requested money to begin developing a state-of-the-art research laboratory for Psychology majors. Psychology estimates 600 students will be impacted by the funding over the course of their career. In particular a Noldus Observational XT data collection system, which will allow students to record and measure discrete human behaviors as they occur in real time.
  • Health, Promotion and Wellness (Sandy Bargaineer, Amy Bidwell, Minjung Seo, Mary pagan,
    Elizabeth Benevento and Diane Oldenberg) – Fitbit © technology will be purchased to motivate,
    monitor and measure health behaviors in a variety of HFW courses that touch over 800 students annually. Additionally PC equipment will be provided to assist in data analysis.

Final Reminder: lynda.com replacing Skillport

CTS would like to give one last final reminder regarding lynda.com replacing the Skillport e-learning system.  The last day of the Skillport contract is 1/21.  CTS will be taking down the Skillport login pages, available from the CTS Training site, by 1/24.

You may access the lynda.com offerings from www.oswego.edu/lynda.

Previous articles:
lyndaCampus Replacing Skillport Online Training
lynda.com E-learning Software Now Available

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.