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: https://aggieaccess.cameron.edu
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 julied@cameron.edu. 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. http://gmail.cameron.edu or http://docs.cameron.edu)

2. You can get to Google Reader by entering the url directly: http://reader.google.com 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:

http://doyouknow.cameron.edu (that's what you're reading!)
http://aggiecentral.cameron.edu (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!