Category Archives: Training

Google Hangouts Now Available with LakerApps

Google previously announced they would be replacing Google Talk, Google+ Hangouts and Google+ Messenger (formerly Huddle) with a new Google Hangouts.

We are happy to announce the new Google Hangouts is available for our LakerApps Google domain effective March 4.

What is Google Hangouts?
Google Hangouts is a new way to communicate and collaborate.  Hangouts helps you stay connected no matter where you are or what device you’re using. You can send and receive messages, make video calls, and share your screen from the Hangouts app on your computer, mobile phone, or tablet.

In addition, your Hangouts are synced automatically, so you can start a Hangout on one device and continue it on another.

How can I access Hangouts?
You can use Hangouts from any of the following:

Opting-in from Google Talk
Hangouts may not automatically show for you in Gmail/Calendar in which case you will need to manually opt-in:

  1. Login to LakerApps mail: oswego.edu/mail
  2. Identify the chat area of Gmail.  In most cases this will be on the left side of the screen. If you DO NOT see the Hangouts symbol, , at the bottom of the chat area, you will need to continue with steps 3-5.  If you DO see the Hangouts symbol, you can skip steps 3-5.  
  3. Click your profile photo at the top of your Chat list.

  4. Click “Try the new Hangouts.”
  5. You should now see the Hangouts icon at the bottom of your chat area.  If not, try reloading the page or logging out of LakerApps and back in again.


How do I use Hangouts chat and video?

  1. Open your LakerApps mail at www.oswego.edu/mail.
  2. Identify the chat area in Gmail (in most cases this will be on the left side of the window) and click on the  Hangouts icon.
  3. Select a person from the Hangouts list. Or click the search button and type a name or email address. When you find the person you want, click their name.
  4. A new window will open similar to the following:
  5. To use Hangouts chat, just start typing in the white space at the bottom of the window.
  6. To use Hangouts video, click the  icon.
  7. To start a Group Hangout, click the  icon and type the names of people with whom you’d like to have a group video call.  You may include up to 15 people in a group hangout.
  8. [Optional] Download the Chrome extension to chat on your desktop.
  9. [Optional] Download the app for Android or iOS if you’d like to access Hangouts on your mobile device or tablet.

Visit Start a video call for more information.

Where can I get more information?
The Center for Excellence in Learning and Technology (CELT) and CTS will be holding a workshop on how to use Hangouts and cover use cases for it.  That will be available on Wednesday, March 11 from 12:40pm – 1:45pm in 123 Penfield Library.  No registration required.  More info…

For more Google documentation on Hangouts, visit the Google Apps Learning Center.

For any questions or help using Google Hangouts, please contact the Help Desk, 315.312.3456, help@oswego.edu, 26 Lanigan Hall.

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, lynda.com 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 bbhelp-list@ls.oswego.edu.

Final Lynda.com Winner is Announced

lynda_logo1k-d_72x72Congratulations to the winner of our latest Lynda.com contest, David Owens! The August contest guidelines were to submit a creative work to show off how you use Lynda, or what you use Lynda for. He stated that he is an illustration major but hasn’t taken any illustration classes yet, and has taken some Lynda tutorials on the subject and they “give me a great foundation for when I do”.  Make sure you check out www.oswego.edu/lynda to see all the great professional quality tutorials at your fingertips for free, just login using your Laker NetID.

This is the piece he submitted and was judged best among all the submissions we received. Thank you to everyone that submitted an entry.

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Registration for Fall Workshops is Now Open

Campus Technology Services has come out with the fall lineup of workshops for campus faculty and staff. Topics include:

  • LakerApps
  • Lecture Capture
  • Microsoft Office
  • Apple Mavericks
  • Mailing Lists
  • Personal Computer Maintenance
  • Web Conferencing

Go to our workshop registration page to read the session descriptions and times offered.

June Lynda.com Contest Winner Announced, July Contest Underway

lynda_logo1k-d_72x72We are pleased to announce the first winner of our summer Lynda.com contest is Jorge Obregon. He accumulated the most certificates of completion for the month of June and won a $50 Amazon gift card. Congratulations Jorge!

Just a reminder that we still have two contests left for the summer. The student with the most viewing hours in July will win a $50 Amazon gift card. So be sure to check out the full set of amazing online video in the Lynda.com library at http://www.oswego.edu/lynda.

Check out Lynda.com this summer and win prizes!

lynda_logo1k-d_72x72Your subscription to Lynda.com at SUNY Oswego is available to you over the summer at www.oswego.edu/lynda. 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 daniel.laird@oswego.edu.

Have you used lynda.com yet?

Did you know that almost 1,000 people at SUNY Oswego have checked out lynda.com?

With more than 2,100 courses taught by industry experts – and more added every week – lynda.com is designed for all levels of learners and is available whenever you’re ready to learn. You can even view it on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, or other mobile device. Be sure to check it out today at www.oswego.edu/lynda, and login using your Laker NetID – no account setup required!