Last week, Apple release a new operating system for your computers called macOS Sierra. There are some really helpful new features that you should be aware of as you update your hardware, and here are the basics.
Here's a list of the features on FSCJ's new easy-to-use safety app that everyone should have loaded on their mobile device.
1. FSCJ Twitter feed
An easy way to get to the FSCJ Official Twitter feed, which offers up-to-date information such as closures, emergencies, and event information.
2. Emergency Contacts
Instantly call security, 911, or JSO for off campus emergencies while on any campus.
3. Mobile Bluelight
This feature calls campus security for you as well as sends them your location through the GPS on your phone.
4. Friend Walk
This feature allows you to connect with one of your contacts and to them your location in real time. They can watch as you travel to your destination and call for help if needed. There is an emergency button that allows you to notify your friend if you are in danger and connects you with the emergency number.
5. Virtual Walkhome
This is similar to friend walk however, instead of one of your contacts being notified, you can be monitored directly by security while you are on campus. To use, simply select your location and wait for confirmation that you are being monitored. This option also includes an easily accessible emergency button.
6. Report a Tip
If you encounter a situation that you think should be brought to the attention of campus security this feature provides several ways to do that. You can email a report, email a photo or video, or phone in a tip.
7. Personal Safety Toolbox
This feature provides useful tools when in an emergency situation. They include a flashlight, a loud alarm, and another way to send your location to security to indicate you need help. This is also where you can find the emergency hotline for college employees.
8. Campus Maps
This is a useful feature even when you aren’t in an emergency situation. The detailed maps are available for each campus and are interactive.
9. Emergency Plans
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these plans before an emergency situation happens. It contains detailed instructions on the correct procedure and safest behavior in several different situations, including evacuations and severe weather conditions. It also connects you with the College emergency hotline.
10. Helpful Resources
This feature provides basic College information such as academic schedules and catalog in an easy to navigate format.
Our Digital Media Productions team is a busy place these days, creating educational content for faculty and staff. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at just one very busy day in the studio! Projects included a video shoot about the new FSCJ Safe app with Security Director Gordon Bass, the first of ten social media interviews with TEDxFSCJ speakers, a LIVE In Focus conversation with Provost Dr. John Wall, and hand-drawing animation for a series of videos we're creating for Diversity and Inclusion Month. Phew!
To start the Fall semester off, we invited a very special guest to the show to share the top academic updates with you. Provost Dr. John Wall joined us live to share plans and answer viewer questions.
View the Recorded Broadcast:
Did you know that all students, faculty and staff have the option to download Microsoft Office for free on up to 5 computers? Here's a quick tutorial that shows you exactly how! If you have any issues, please contact our Service Desk at help.fscj.edu.
Here's a link to the written tutorial as well.
FSCJ's Convocation Ceremony gathers faculty and staff together to kick off the new academic year.
The theme of Convocation 2016 was Creative Collaboration.
Have you searched for an answer in the Knowledge Base?
One of the missions of Academic Technology is to ensure everyone at the College has access to assistance when they have a question related to technology. We've developed the Service Desk, which is the go to place for assistance. Visit help.fscj.edu to submit a ticket for help, call or chat with a service desk representative, or search a topic within the Knowledge Base.
The Knowledge Base is always evolving and new articles are constantly being added. We've attached links to video tutorials, created written step-by-step instructions, and everything is searchable by topic or category. If you don't see an answer to a question you have, simply email us at email@example.com, and we'll be happy to create a solution that can be added for others who may have the same concern.
On this episode we will be talking about Smarter Proctoring, a new proctoring process management system that helps facilitate and streamline exam instructions and materials from beginning to end. Andrew Pierce from the Deerwood Campus Assessment Center will share the features and processes of this new software, which works from within Blackboard. Please tune in to see how you can access and use the software, plus what students need to know to take a proctored exam.
If you have questions about the broadcast, please fill out the form below or submit a ticket at help.fscj.edu.
The first episode of our newest production will air early this Fall semester. The mission of the is to share information about innovative technology being used by our amazing faculty at each of our campuses. Stay tuned for more updates and to see who will be featured!
Tuesday, July 5th is the go-live date for the newest pillar of PeopleSoft. The Human Capital Management (HCM) area will be where employees and managers will access any HR related functions like leave balances, work schedule, and time sheets.
To ensure there is an abundant amount of training and information being disseminated for everyone's convenience, we're going to do a LIVE episode of our video newsletter, In Focus. You can also find training information at on the website the training team has created as well as within our Knowledge Base.
For our broadcast, we've invited two experts from the HCM team into the TV Studio to participate in answering as many questions as possible and explain what employees and managers need to know about the three topics below.
Watch the Segments:
Electronic Time Sheets
If you have any questions about myFSCJ or the processes covered during the broadcast, please visit the site below to search the Knowledge Base for the topic. For FAQs and tutorials on each specific topic, visit the myFSCJ Training Website. If you have questions that are not already answered within the Knowledge Base, please submit a help ticket.
Questions? Visit help.fscj.edu to submit a ticket or search the Knowledge Base to see if your question has already been answered.
Here's a quick peek inside the world of Information Technology Services this week! Yesterday, we had our second Town Hall style meeting with CIO, Christy Campbell. After an overview and a few updates, each director was given the opportunity to speak to the department and nominate an employee who has been doing an outstanding job.
Today, the Client Services team is participating in Customer Service training with a very knowledgable, experienced trainer. Their role of serving the faculty, staff, and students who call or chat about any issues is extremely important and we want them to have the best tools available at their disposal.
This month's segment will allow viewers to become more familiar with the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. The app is available for FREE to FSCJ students, faculty and staff. This app allows users to view course content, participate in discussions, check grades and much more. Tune in June 23rd at 2pm to have your questions answered and see how faculty and students are already using this tool.
Here is the recorded segment for viewers who were unable to watch live. If you have any questions about the apps or would like to share how you are using it in your class, we would love to hear about it. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSCJ's Educational Technology team's Idea Lab Poster presentation won the People's Choice award at the 2016 New Media Consortium summer conference in Rochester NY. The presentation highlighted the process for bridging the technology gap for lower socio-economic community college students at FSCJ.
The Educational Technology team just spent time at the New Media Consortium presenting an Idea Lab Poster session. Here are some shots of the process of building the Rube-Goldberg inspired poster.
There's a lot more that goes into a live show than you'd probably expect. That includes a whole team that works hard to make Marc and Brandi look so good! In addition to a lot of pre-planning, the "day of" studio crew includes camera and teleprompter operators, a producer, engineer and the show's technical director who calls the shots. Once the show's done, an editor cleans up the recorded copy and adds captions to make sure the information is accessible to all of our faculty and staff. We're planning more LIVE In Focus shows this summer, so if you've got suggestions or ideas for topics you'd like us to cover, please let us know at email@example.com.
This episode of In Focus was a special edition, which aired May 25th at noon. The LIVE event covered the details of the newly available Blackboard Collaborate tool. Brandi Bleak and Marc Boese hosted the episode from Deerwood's TV Studio, but online streaming means viewers were able to participate from any campus - or really, anywhere in the world!
Here is the recorded segment for viewers who were unable to watch live. If you have any questions about the tool or would like to share how you are using it in your class, we would love to hear about it. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today on The Chat, I discussed a few features of the popular search engine many people aren't aware of. Did you know that you could build with Legos right from your Chrome or Firefox browser?
Here's a list of the other tips I suggest:
SET A TIMER
Type in "set a timer for [x] minutes" and then get to work. I use this often to limit my social media time or to really focus on a task without interruptions. There's something about a countdown that makes you want to work faster! I actually set a 15 minute timer to finish this blog post - so, let's see how it works. You can also make this full screen, which could be useful for timing a speech, for example. It works in reverse if you prefer the stopwatch option.
SEARCH FOR FLIGHTS
What I like about the ability to search right from Google is that it uses your location for quicker search and suggests dates; for example, an upcoming Thursday to Sunday trip. Now, just select where you would like to travel and you're all set. The calendar shows price differences on varying days if your plans are flexible, or you can view a map of your route which shows prices for flying into alternative cities for comparison. I didn't feel like there were as many options available as some other search sites, but they did offer the same low prices I was able to find on my usual sites.
GOOGLE DOES MATH
From equations to conversions, it's there when you simply don't want to use your seventh grade math skills. When cooking, try using Google to help by typing "convert ten ounces to cups." When shopping for the best deal try, "What is 15% of $67?" It works at a restaurant too, when you may not know the perfect amount to tip. "What's 20% of $83?"
GOOGLE LIKE A BOSS
- Be specific. Use keywords strategically and on purpose. You can leave out extra words to complete the sentence.
- Google can answer many questions. Try searching nutrition facts like, "How many calories are in a Jimmy Johns turkey sub?" or "How long does it take to get to Dayton, Ohio?" The answers are 514 calories and 13 hours and 31 minutes, respectively.
- Use quotation marks to search exact phrases. Otherwise, it will search those keywords, in any order with an article. Sometimes that matters!
- If you keep getting searches that include a word you do not want to be a part of the search, use the minus symbol. Add it before any words you don't want to appear in your search.
- Use .. to search a date range. Add two periods between a date range to only search within those dates.
BUILD WITH LEGOS!
You can do practically anything on your computer, so why not build something with virtual Legos? This works with Chrome & Firefox browsers and is actually pretty fun! You can change the colors of the Lego bricks or choose from extras like doors or windows to add to your creation. Visit the site here to build!
Associate and baccalaureate graduates and candidates for graduation were honored by Florida State College at Jacksonville on May 5, 2016 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
Information Technology Services (ITS) is happy to announce the FSCJ arrival of the newly redesigned Blackboard Collaborate, a Blackboard-integrated web conferencing tool. All FSCJ faculty, staff, and students have access to Collaborate through the Blackboard learning management system.
Additional resources are available within the Blackboard Help articles, here. Stay tuned for upcoming webinars, additional features, and more in-depth training opportunities.
If you have additional questions, please open a service desk ticket or contact LMS Support Specialist, Cody Coughlin.