Category Archives: Web

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

java prompt 1

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

The Second Prompt

java prompt 2

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

 

The Final Prompt

java prompt 3

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.

 

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.

Did You Know About the SUNY Oswego Mobile App?

SUNY Oswego has an official SUNY Oswego Mobile App.  Users of iPhone and Android devices can do a search for “SUNY Oswego Mobile” to download it.  You’ll then have access to dining hall menus, the library databases and catalog, athletic game schedules and articles, campus news and events, campus maps and campus directory.

If you’d rather skip the app and just use the browser on your phone, you can do that too.  Just point the browser to http://m.oswego.edu.

Google’s New Compose and Reply Experience

If you have not already received prompts to preview the new compose and reply experiences in LakerApps Gmail, you can expect to soon.  Google is allowing users to preview the new experiences prior to rolling them out as permanent features.

In his blog post dated October 30, 2012, Product Manager Phil Sharp says “We’re always trying to make Gmail faster and easier to use, so today we’re introducing a completely redesigned compose and reply experience that does just that.”

You’ll know when you are able to preview the new compose experience the next time you compose a new message.  If the feature has been rolled out to you, a window similar to the following will display.  When you are ready to start, click the blue “Got It” button.

 

 

 

From then out, a separate “New Message” window shows up in the lower right corner of your screen, overlaying your inbox.

 

 

One of the reasons for this change is to allow you to easily refer back to email messages without leaving your new message. You can also do email searches and monitor new mail as it arrives. If the new message window is obstructing your view while referring back to messages, simply click the minimize button in the upper right to temporarily get it out of your way.

Some additional features include:

  • Automatic resizing of the compose window based on the length of your message.
  • When typing in your list of recipients, you’ll now see photos in the autocomplete feature.
  • Ability to insert images inline with your text.
  • Formatting and attachment options are now at the bottom of the compose window.
  • Minimize, pop-out the message as a separate window or save it as a draft for later ( the “x” button) using the icons in the upper right.
  • Full discard of a message using the trash can icon in the lower right.
  • Insert a calendar invitation.
  • Coming soon – inserting emoticons and read receipts.

The new reply experience also introduces some changes. In the same blog post dated October 30, 2012, Phil Sharp says the “reply experience has been designed to fit better inline as part of your conversation — replies take up much less vertical height, intelligently expand to fit your content, and always keep the recipients and other controls in view no matter how long your message gets.”

Similar to how the new compose features were introduced, you’ll be notified of using the new reply experience the next time you hit the reply button. If the feature has been rolled out to you, a window similar to the following will display. When you are ready to start using it, click the blue “Got It” button.

 

 

 

 

From then out, a separate “New Message” window shows up in the lower right corner of your screen, overlaying your inbox.

 

 

 

For additional help in using the new compose and reply experiences, please refer to “Gmail’s New compose and reply experience.