Friday, December 9, 2011

Finals and Grades

Can you believe the end of Fall 2011 is already here? It's time for finals and checking grades. (It's also time for the Finals Breakfast when you can take a time out from studying and head over to the Shepler Cafeteria from 10-11pm on Tuesday, December 13, for some tasty treats!)

Where can I find the Finals Schedule?

On your Google Calendar if you've added the CU Academic Calendar

  • AggieAccess: Links to both the Academic Calendar and the Finals Schedule are in the My Info Quick Links on AggieAccess.
AggieAccess My Info Quick Links

  • Cameron Webpages: Click on Academics on the brown dropdown menu from any of the CU webpages and select the Academic Calendar to get to the finals schedule.

The Finals Schedule is part of the Academic Calendar linked from any CU webpage.

Where do I see my grades?
When finals are finally over, you can go back to the Academic Calendar (either from your own calendar, AggieAccess, or the webpages -  your choice) to see when the faculty have to have grades in. For example, this semester's grades are due by 4:00 pm on December 20. All of the grade processes are run that evening and your grades will be available for you to see the next morning.

To see your grades online, login to AggieAccess after December 20, click on the My Info tab and your grades will appear under the Student Grades channel. Please note that even if your instructor has turned in the grades several days ago, you will not be able to see them until the grade processor has been run. You can also see semesters since Fall 2010 in this channel. To see your grades from earlier semesters, click on the transcript link in the Academic Profile channel.

Grades will show in the Student Grades channel after the grade processor is run the evening of December 20.

Spring classes start back up January 6. See the full academic calendar. Be sure to print out your schedule and get your books soon. Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the break!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Contacts in Google

Google has updated their Contacts API library to allow us to show contact information for Cameron employees now. Anywhere that you are filling out a "To" field, you will see employee emails popup as options now. This should make it easier for those of you who need to email your professor. Just start typing the first or last name of your professor and names will appear from which to choose.

Typing a name in the gmail composer brings up a list of Cameron employee emails.

This also works in other Google apps such as when adding guests to an event on the calendar, sharing documents, or giving permissions to other people to edit pages in Google sites.

When you send email to other people in a Google app, they are automatically added to your contacts and appear on this list too.

Friday, November 18, 2011

What is Blackboard IM and why should I use it?

Blackboard IM is an instant messaging tool specifically designed to advance and promote learning. It enables you to instantly connect with classmates and instructors in all your Online, ITV, and any Face to Face courses that are enhance through Blackboard.
What are the benefits of using it?

  • Quickly connect with classmates and instructors.
  • Desktop video conferencing and audio. (Participate in a study group from the comfort of your room.)
  • An integrated whiteboard can be used for real-time collaboration.
  • Application sharing provides unique abilities to work with peers. (Great tool for group projects.)
Getting Started

Blackboard IM is software that must be downloaded before it can be used.

  • Go to Blackboard

  • Enter your login information. Click here for Username Construction.
  • Select your course. Your course will most likely open to the Course Announcement page or Home Page.
  • Click on Tools, found on your left hand side in the menu.
  • Click on Blackboard IM.
  • Click Blackboard IM (Create your account and download Blackboard IM)
  • Create your Blackboard IM account. (Please remember to be professional inappropriate account names will be removed.)

  • After you create your Blackboard IM ID, you can download and install the Blackboard IM client. You may perform this step either immediately after creating your account, or at a later time.
  • Once you have downloaded and installed Backboard IM use the Blackboard IM ID and password that you chose when you created your account.

  • Whenever you launch Blackboard IM, the login window appears.
  • You can set Blackboard IM to remember your Blackboard IM ID and password by checking the remember me box. If you do this, anyone with access to your computer can access your Blackboard IM account.
  • You can also set Blackboard IM to automatically sign you in when you launch the program by checking the sign in automatically box. This setting can be changed in the Preferences window.
For more information see BbIM_GettingStarted

Friday, November 11, 2011

What is SafeAssign? Where do I find it? How do I use it?

SafeAssign is plagiarism prevention software integrated into Blackboard. It checks all submitted papers against various databases to detect unoriginal text.

To submit your assignment you must first login to your Blackboard account and access your course. You can find the login page by clicking on the blackboard link from the CU home page or at
Your username and password is the same as for your email and AggieAccess.

Once you have logged into Blackboard and accessed your course, you will click Assignments on the left side of the screen.

Once in the Assignment screen you will see your Safe Assignment.
It will have this icon next to the assignment .

Now click on the link
You are now in the Upload SafeAssignment screen. Here is where you will upload your paper. To upload the file, click on the browse button. You will now need to search for the paper you created and saved on your computer. Once you locate the file you will need to attach it. This is similar to attaching a file in email. Once you locate the file, highlight it and click open or double click on the file.

Your file is now attached. You can also write any comments to your instructor within the comment text box. You will also need to click the box next to I agree to submit my paper to the Global Reference Database. Once you have done all of these steps you can click the submit button.

Friday, November 4, 2011

CU Calendars

Adding Cameron's Event Calendars and Academic Calendar to your own calendar just became easier. Our university web calendar has been changed to use a Google calendar. For you as students, this means that you can add a Cameron event - or the entire calendar - to your own Google calendar with a few quick clicks. Here's how:

Login to Google
Login to your personal calendar by either starting at or clicking on "Calendar" at the top left of any of the Google apps such as gmail or docs that you're already logged into. You can also skip this step and wait to be prompted to login to your calendar when you try to add the events.

Add a single Event

  • Go to CU's event calendar at or scroll through the events in AggieAccess on the Home tab. 
  • Click on event titles to bring up more information on it. 
  • When you see one that you're interested in attending, click on "copy to my calendar." 
  • (Login to Google if you're prompted at this point.)
  • You'll be presented a screen with all of the information from the original. Since you're copying this event to your calendar you have the option to modify the title, choose which calendar you want to add the event to, and set up notification reminders. Make any changes and then click on Save.

Selecting "copy to my calendar" from AggieAccess
Selecting "copy to my calendar" from the CU Web

Add the Entire Calendar
The event calendar includes information from the main campus calendar as well as the academic calendar and specific liberal arts events. With copy event, you're only getting a copy of the event that is no longer tied to the original. If the original event is updated, you will not see the updates. However, you can add the entire CU event calendar alongside your calendar and you will see all updates. Unfortunately, you won't be able to modify events or set up reminders as you can when you copy a single event. To add the entire calendar, click on the Google Calendar icon at the bottom of the calendar on the webpage or in AggieAccess.
Click Google Calendar to add the entire calendar

(If you haven't already logged into Google, you will be prompted to do so at this point.)
Depending on your browser, you may be prompted to choose which of the calendars you want to add or it may automatically add all of them.

Once added, the calendars appear under "Other calendars." You may need to click on the arrow next to "Other Calendars" so that it is pointing down and shows all of the calendars. Turn the calendars on and off by clicking on their names. You can even change the color by hovering over the calendar name and clicking on the down arrow that appears to the right of the calendar.
CU's calendars now show up on your personal Google calendar

Friday, October 28, 2011

Schedule Info All Together

Hopefully you have already enrolled or at least made an appointment with your advisor. Next on the to-do list is to check your schedule on AggieAccess where you can find information about what books are needed for your class as well as instructor contact information.

Login to AggieAccess:
Click on the My Info tab.
Click on View My Schedule in the Class Information channel.
Class Information Channel in AggieAccess

If you're looking for spring information, you may need to change the term and click Go.
Select the term and click Go

Take just a minute and verify that your address, phone, and major information displayed is correct. If it's not, you'll want to drop by the Registrar's Office in North Shepler room 205 and get that information updated or go back to the My Info tab and change your address and phone in the My Personal Info channel.

Besides the regular schedule information such as time, dates, and location, you can also find out information about your instructor and books from this one screen. Clicking on your instructor's name will bring up his or her contact information and current semester's courses to give you an idea of what his or her office hours might be.
Popup information for Instructor found in Student Schedule on AggieAccess

There is also a little book icon at the end of each line on your schedule. Clicking on that icon brings up the information the Bookstore has for this class regarding what books are required as well as the price they charge. If you want to order the book from Fowlett, you can click on Check Availability and order it from their web pages. The ISBN for the book is also displayed giving you the option to shop around at other sites as well.
Resulting Popup after clicking on the Books Icon 

If you haven't enrolled in classes yet but are wondering about what books might be required for the classes you may enroll in, the books icon is also located on the university course schedule listing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spring 2012 Enrollment Information

As you get ready to head out the door for an enjoyable Fall Break, take a few minutes to prepare for next week. Spring 2012 enrollment starts October 25. Contact your advisor and make an appointment to get enrolled next week. Here's the schedule:

Graduate Students and Seniors: October 25
Juniors: October 26
Sophomores: October 27
Freshmen: October 28
Open Enrollment continues through the beginning of classes which start January 6, 2012.

Full Academic Calendar
Enrollment Schedule Information

In our web survey, many of you expressed frustration over finding information about the enrollment schedules. You can find the list of classes with a link from any of our web pages under the Academic drop down or the Quick Links.
Link from Academic dropdown

Link from Quick Links

Apparently these links are not where or what you are looking for. Would you take a minute to help us out and let us know where you would expect to find these links from the homepage and also how it should be labeled? You'll notice we have one as Enrollment Schedule and the other as Courses Offered, but I noticed some people said they were looking for class schedule or various other terms. Let us know what you call it. Post a comment below to leave your answers by clicking on the comments link or email me at We would really appreciate your feedback.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Google Reader for Research

I am a long time fan of Evernote for organizing information from my class notes, surfing, or thoughts. However, I recently discovered that some of the same functionality exists with Google Reader. You can select information on a webpage, tag it, add your own comments and then access all of your notes on Google Reader. Imagine if you are working on a research paper. Every time you find something during your surfing, you just click a button, add your notes and tags and keep on surfing. When you're ready to start your paper, you bring up Google Reader, click on your notes and all of the information from your surfing is at your fingertips. It also includes the link to the site from which the note was taken so that you'll be able to compile all of your information for your APA reference list.

Here's how it works.

Preliminary step of getting the "Note in Reader" link added to your browser. 
1. From within Google Reader, click on "Notes" under "Your stuff."

2. For Chrome and Firefox, you can click on the "Note in Reader" button near the top right and drag it to your bookmark toolbar in the browser. If you don't display the bookmark toolbar in Firefox or you use Internet Explorer, then right click on the box and choose "Add to favorites" for IE or "Bookmark this link" for Firefox.
Add caption

Using the "Note in Reader" Capability from the Browser
Now that you have the favorite marked, all you have to do is go to a webpage, highlight some information, and click on "Note in Reader" either from your favorites list or from the toolbar.

This brings up a popup where you can add a short note to yourself about the information, uncheck share the information since this is a note just for you, and optionally add tags to the note. When you start typing in the notes, if you've used a tag that starts with the same letters before it will make suggestions for you so that your tags stay organized. Click on Post item to save it to Google Reader.
Previously used tags will pop up for selection while typing.

Using the Notes in Google Reader
When you're ready to start writing your paper, pull up Google Reader and click on "Notes" under "Your stuff." There you will find all of your clippings.

Click on the title of the note to go back to the original webpage from which you snagged the entry.

tags listed under subscriptions
You can click on the tags at the bottom of one of the posts to list only entries with the tag. Alternatively, your tags are also added to the bottom of your subscription list menu and you can click on them there as well.

So, stop procrastinating and start to work on your paper. The semester is already half over!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Google Reader

With your Google account, you now have access to many different applications. One of my favorite Google apps is called Google Reader. Google Reader allows you to subscribe to all of the blogs and feeds that you enjoy following. You can login from anywhere to Google, access Reader and there is your information. You don't have to bookmark pages or have your favorite ones automatically load as tabs when you open your browser or anything like that. When I learned about Google Reader, my "home" tabs for my browser went from about 10 to 4.

So, here's how it works.

1. Login to your google account from wherever. (e.g. or

2. You can get to Google Reader by entering the url directly: or by clicking on "More" at the top left of the screen, and selecting "Even more."

These are a list of all the applications to which you can connect with your Google account. Scroll down to the Social category and click on "Reader."

3. If you're accessing Reader for the first time, you may want to glance through the default items that help you get started with Reader.

4. To get your own subscriptions started, it's easy. Just click on the "Add a subscription" button, put in the url of the blog you want to follow and click the "Add" button. Here are two I'm sure you want to add first: (that's what you're reading!) (Cameron news and tv)

5. As you scroll through the entries, Google Reader automatically marks them as read. The next time you bring up Reader, it will mark in bold the sites that have unread entries. Click on the blog you want to read and start reading.

Next time, I'll share how this application can also help you do research papers using its notes feature!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Moving On to a Different Place

Some of you are elated about the move to Google and all of the advantages it offers - like mobile access. However, some of you aren't happy about having a separate Cameron email to check. You don't want to learn a new interface or maybe you just don't have the time to learn it right now. Maybe you already have a personal email and you check that all the time. Perhaps you don't really want another email. All of these thoughts are perfectly understandable.

The good news is that you don't have to feel forced into this decision. You have a choice. You can continue to take advantage of all of the other great Google apps like calendar, docs, reader, blogger, picasa, sites, etc. that your Cameron Google account offers and yet use a different email. If you have a different email address that you regularly check and prefer that interface, then just forward your Cameron email to that account (even if it's a personal Google account - although scroll down for even more options if you have an additional Google account). It's quite simple. Here are the steps to do it.

Step 1: Login to your Cameron account
Login to using the login and password that you also use to login to the computers on campus and AggieAccess.  (Note: these are the same password. If you're using a different password for AggieAccess, you're probably getting permission denied errors when trying to access different things in AggieAccess. Always use your most current password with AggieAccess too.)

Your login should be your first initial, last initial, last six digits of your Cameron ID.
Default password: first initial, last initial, last five digits of your SSN.

Step 2: Access your email settings
options gear icon
At the top right of the the email screen, click on the options gear icon and choose "Mail settings" as seen in the figure to the right.

Step 3: Access the Forwarding and POP/IMAP settings
Click on "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" in the settings menu at the top. Then click on the "Add a forwarding address" button.

Step 4: Enter the email address
A popup will prompt you to add your forwarding address. Enter your preferred email address and click on Next.

Another popup will indicate that an email containing a confirmation code has been sent to your other email. This verifies that the email actually works and that it is an email to which you have access. Click OK to continue.

Step 5: Confirm the Forwarding Request
Login to your other email account and look for an email from "Cameron University Team" with a subject similar to "Cameron University Forwarding Confirmation (#123456678) - Receive Mail from"

Open the email and click on the link within the email to complete the confirmation request.

Step 6: Modify Forwarding Settings (optional)
After the forwarding email has been confirmed, you can change the options for what Google does with the email. Complete Steps 1 to 3 above to get to the forwarding settings part of your gmail account. The screen will now indicate that you are forwarding incoming mail to another account. Below that you can choose to
  • keep Cameron University Mail's copy in the inbox (default)
  • mark Cameron University Mail's copy as read
  • archive Cameron University Mail's copy
  • delete Cameron University Mail's copy
Make your decision and click Save at the bottom of the settings screen. I personally like the default since that still allows me to login to my Cameron account at any time to quickly see just the emails that have been sent to my Cameron account.

You've now made your life simpler. You can check one email address and still never miss an email from your instructor! Just think, that additional time frees you up to spend more time with your friends, attend a Cameron event, or maybe even study more!

Other options to manage with a personal Google account:

Receive and Send from both accounts using just your primary account
People with two google accounts can join the two and even send email from one account with the from address being the other account. So you can login to your personal gmail account, get all of your email from both accounts in the same place, and when you send email to your professor just click on a dropdown in the from box to change it to your Cameron account. Here's step-by-step at this tutorial:

Multiple Accounts Sign In: 
You can login with both accounts but switch back and forth within the same browser without logging in again. Which account you're connected to displays at the top right. Not all of the products allow multiple access (e.g. Google+ which is not available to education accounts yet). If you select one that doesn't allow it, it will default to the account for which you logged in first.

Click on your name at the top right and then choose Account Settings to turn on Multiple Sign-In which is "off" by default. Then you'll be able to click on your name and choose "switch account" to select and login to another account, which my experience was that I also had to set up to allow multiple sign-in. Once you're logged in to both accounts, you can switch back and forth as much as you want.

Note that when you switch to your Cameron account using this feature, Google is going to show the Google login screen first. Just type in your email address and don't bother putting in your password. It's going to look at your address when you click submit and then switch you over to login to the Cameron login screen so that you can login using your current Cameron login and password.

Google also just released this feature for mobile access. Check out their blog for more information:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Out with the Old and In with the New

Get your New Email Wherever You are
With the switch to Google email for Cameron students, comes the long awaited ability for you to access your Cameron email using your mobile phone. We've set up a few tutorials using the most common phones. If you have steps for setting up email access from a different phone, please let us know by emailing
Note: Be sure to use the IMAP password outlined in the instructions. It is not the same as your normal CU password.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Contact your Instructor

Do you know there are now multiple places you can find information about how to contact your instructor? During the web survey, many of you said you couldn't find a place to get your instructor's email address or phone number. We're listening! That will definitely be something placed more prominently in the redesign and we're trying to find a way to populate Google contacts with this information. In the meantime, we added an additional link in AggieAccess and several additional links on the webpages to help you find it easier.

The first method in AggieAccess was added a few months ago and is my favorite way to locate information on my instructors.


Method 1:

  • From the My Info tab, click on "View My Schedule."
  • (Note: If you get a permission denied error at this point, you're logging into AggieAccess with a different password than you use to login to your google account or computers on campus. Use the same password for everything.)
  • Click on your instructor's name. A popup window will give you your instructor's name, title, office location, phone number, email, and also the courses and times he or she is teaching which will give you an idea of office hours.
Pull up your instructor's information by clicking on his or her name in your class schedule.

Method 2 (NEW!!):

From the Home tab, click on Faculty/Staff Directory from the Quick Links channel. Here you can search by name or department.
search on name or department from the Home Tab Quick Links

Cameron Webpages

From the main website:, you can pull up the faculty/staff directory in four places now.
Flyout Menus: Clicking on Faculty & Staff, choose Directory
Website Flyout Menus

NEW!! Brown Navigation Menu: Click on About Cameron University and choose Campus Directory
Website Navigation Bar

NEW!! Quick Links: Choose Directory.
Website Quick Links

Bottom of Any Page: Click on Contact Us to bring up main department emails and phone numbers in addition to a new link to the full campus directory.