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In Focus Student Edition: Collaborating on the Go

In Focus, Student ContentElizabeth Rodrigue

A big part of success for college students is keeping up with the work of communicating with professors and fellow learners. This is even MORE important if you are enrolled in online or hybrid courses, since group projects, content questions, and grade inquiries are more challenging when your audience is not right in front of you! Sometimes managing your schedule and workload can feel stressful.

Worry no longer...Educational Technology has your back! Join us for In Focus: Student Edition, where we discuss adding your FSCJ email and calendar to your mobile device and show you some tools for collaborating with classmates efficiently and effectively. 

Technologies covered in this video:

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that is used by professors to connect with students. As a student, you can use Blackboard Collaborate to meet with your peers for a group project, attend a webinar, or share and work on documents. There are also tools to share your screen, review a PowerPoint presentation, and write on a digital whiteboard. Blackboard Collaborate can be accessed in courses, if your professor has enabled the Tool. Please ask your professor if it is not visible within the course’s menu on the lefthand side of the course shell.

For more assistance with Blackboard Collaborate, submit a ticket at help.fscj.edu or visit the Blackboard Help site.

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is a virtual notebook tool that can be used to store photos, documents, links, and audio memos. Notebooks are stored in the cloud, update automatically, and can be shared. There is also a mobile app for OneNote that allows you to take photos, videos, and record audio files. OneNote is Included in Office 365 Suite and is FREE for all FSCJ faculty, staff and students.

For instructions on how to download Office 365: https://fscj.service-now.com/esp?id=kb_article&sys_id=049dc4794f108200e67c76601310c722

For more information on OneNote from Microsoft: https://support.office.com/en-us/onenote

Dropbox (and Paper)

Dropbox is a tool that allows you to store and share digital files with others. The basic version of Dropbox is free and gives you 2GB of space to use. You can write, comment, and embed media in Dropbox and access those Documents from anywhere, even a smart phone!

Click the link below to sign up for the FREE version of Dropbox.

https://www.dropbox.com/register

Google Drive / Docs / Hangouts

Google Drive is a FREE cloud storage service that provides 15GB of space for its users. It accepts all file types and allows for collaboration and sharing with others. Google Drive integrates with the Google Productivity Suite, which includes these free, cloud-based apps: Google Docs, a word processor, Google Sheets, a spreadsheet program, and Google Slides, a presentation program. These are very similar to the Office365 Tool Suite. 

Google also provides a great communication and conferencing tool, Hangouts. It  allows users to text, make FREE calls, or video chat. The video function uses your computer's webcam, but also has screen sharing capabilities, so that you can show someone else what you are working on. You can use it to communicate one-on-one or in a group. It can also be used anywhere, via the Mobile Hangouts app, which is available for iPhones, IOS, and android devices.

For more about the features offered in Google Drive:
https://www.google.com/drive/using-drive/#start

Find out how to get started with Google Docs: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2424384?hl=en

Find out how to get started with Google Hangouts: https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/2944865?hl=en

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions or would like to suggest topics for future episodes of In Focus, please email us at et@fscj.edu.

Join Us for January's In Focus LIVE!

DMP, In FocusRobyn Reese
 

Not sure where to turn or who to call when you're looking around for technology assistance?  What's the best way to find out the answers for yourself? What enterprise resources are available here at the College? We answered these questions (and more) in January's broadcast.

 

On Friday, January 27th at 10:00 AM, the Academic Technology Team live streamed the latest episode of our In Focus series, which took a deeper look at Information Technology Services' new website, help.fscj.edu

Our broadcast started with a general overview of how to use the site and provided a closer look at some of its improved features. The Educational Technology team explained how to fill out a help ticket, how to request new technology, and how to easily reset your password without having to contact the help desk. WE clarified when to use the "Request a Service" feature and when to use "Get Help", and shared some available resources for new faculty and staff. 

You can view a recording of January's In Focus below. Please feel free to send any questions that you may have after viewing it to et@fscj.edu, and stay tuned to this blog, the FSCJIT Twitter, and help.fscj.edu for information about future In Focus LIVE broadcasts!

In Focus LIVE: Open Educational Resources

In Focus, VideosRobyn Reese

Watch the latest episode of In Focus Live, shot on Wednesday, November 9 at 1 PM. It spotlights the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) at FSCJ.

Open Educational Resources are free materials (books, media, and lessons) that can be used for teaching and research. During the live show, guests Shannon Dew, Director of Online Library Services, and Dr. Peter Shapiro, Director of Creative Learning Services, explained how to access OERs for a variety of purposes and provided an overview of an new degree pathway that relies exclusively on OERs as course material.

 

In Focus LIVE: SharePoint Training

In Focus, DMPRobyn Reese

Did you miss our In Focus LIVE segment on Friday, October 21, at 10:00 AM?  It provided an in-depth look at SharePoint, Microsoft's file sharing app that can be accessed through Office365. Carey Robinson, SharePoint Administrator, and Samantha Beilhart, SharePoint Power User, shared tips and tricks that can help you maximize your work efficiency and improve your collaborative ability.

If so, don't worry! We have uploaded the broadcast below, for first-time or repeat viewing! Thanks for watching and stay tuned for next month's edition of In Focus.

View the Recorded Broadcast:

In Focus LIVE - Smarter Proctoring

In Focus, DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

 

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. 

Recorded Broadcast:

 If you have questions about the broadcast, please fill out the form below or submit a ticket at help.fscj.edu

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In Focus LIVE - HCM

In FocusBrandi Bleak
In Focus LIVE

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

Absence Management

Work Schedule


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.

In Focus LIVE - The Blackboard App Edition

In FocusBrandi Bleak
In Focus - LIVE

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.

Download the app:
iOS Version
Android Version


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 et@fscj.edu. 

In Focus LIVE - Behind the Scenes...

In Focus, PhotosRobin Herriff

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 at@fscj.edu.

In Focus LIVE - Blackboard Collaborate Edition

In Focus, DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

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 et@fscj.edu.