When creating a test one of the settings in the Test Availability section is Force Completion with the note, “Once started, this test must be completed in one sitting.” When selected the student loses the ability to re-enter the test should something cause them to lose their internet connection (such as an empty laptop battery or dropped internet connection). This typically has a negative impact on the student’s test grade. It also means that unless the quiz is setup for multiple attempts, you will need to either clear the attempt or create an exception to allow the student to access the quiz again.
For this reason we strongly discourage using this feature and instead select Set Timer and turn Auto-Submit ON. This will allow a student to re-enter a test that is in progress as long as the time limit has not expired. Students cannot ‘game the system’ for more time by exiting their exam attempt. Once the student clicks the Begin button the test’s timer will keep ticking regardless if they are actively in the test or not.
Additionally, Bb Learn allows you to select how the test will display to your students. Currently, we are advising against selecting the option to display one question at a time. This is due to a bug within the user interface that causes the timer to dock on the bottom of the screen. When only one question is displayed at a time the timer often covers the question and/or the answer options. When all questions are displayed the student is able to use the scrollbar to clearly view each question.
In Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, use File/Save As. Click the drop-down for ‘Save as type:’ and select PDF (*.pdf).
From a browser, email or other software, use CutePDF Writer to ‘print’ the page you are viewing to a PDF file. CutePDF is on all campus computers and for non-campus computers, can be downloaded and installed from http://www.cutepdf.com/
Setting up your tablet, smart phone, or other wireless device on the campus network requires a quick, one-time configuration. You can find all the how-to details on CTS’ Wireless Network page:http://www.oswego.edu/cts/wireless.html
We’ve been seeing a few phishing scams that have made it past Gmail’s spam and phishing filters lately. Please do not reply to any email asking for your username, password, date of birth, social security number, credit card numbers or other sensitive data. More than likely it is an attempt to steal your identity, otherwise known as a phishing scam.
If a phishing scam makes it into your inbox, report it to Gmail. While looking at the message, click the down arrow button in the upper right of the message. That will review a menu of options. Click the “Report Phishing” option.
You’ll be asked if you truly want to report it. Click “Report Phishing Message.”
Google will review the message and decide whether to add it to their spam filters. If they do, you will have helped the Gmail community as the message will now go to users’ spam folders rather than their inboxes.
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!
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!
The popularity of tablets & smartphones is growing at a fast rate (while PC sales slump). However, for many users it is frustrating to choose not only “what” to purchase, but “when” to do so! Because competition is so fierce among top companies like Samsung and Apple, models seem to become obsolete literally as they touch store shelves.
While that may be a bit hyperbolic, it’s certainly a bummer when your recently purchased tablet is left in the dust by that flashy new i-Quadcore-5X…-thing. Luckily for the rest of us, the good folks at MacRumors keep an up-to-the-date Mac Buyer’s Guide to let you know when is the best time to buy.
Unfortunately for Android aficionados, there is no ultimate (up-to-date) guide, because a whole slew of companies create the slates. However, there are some sites that offer brand agnostic buyer’s guides.
Need to buy a computer and save some cash? All SUNY Oswego employees and students can receive discounts on certain Dell and Apple laptops, desktops, printers and software. Go take a look at http://www.oswego.edu/discounts for more information.
As you prepare for finals and the end of the semester, CTS would like to remind you of a few things:
If you need to use a computer lab late at night to complete final course work, there are computers available 24 hours in the Penfield Library 24 hour room. Printing is also available at this location.
Make sure you have enough pages in your print quota to finish your course work. You can check your print quota balance at the CTS Account Tools web page. Just login and click on “Check your print quota.” If you are running low or have already ran out and still need to print, more print pages can be purchased in $5.00 allotments from the Telecommunications office in 105 Culkin Hall.
If you are living in the residence halls, CTS requests that you place your ResNet hub, power supply, and network cable in a plastic bag available from the front desk of your building before moving out. Please hang the bag on a coat hook in your room near the door. If these items are not left in your room, you may be charged for them.
CTS wishes you a successful end to your semester and a safe and warm summer! For those that are graduating, we wish you well on your new journeys!