Friday, January 27, 2012

iCameron - Mobile App

Cameron has launched iCameron, a free mobile application that enables you to stay connected to Cameron via Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, IPod touch and iPad. Here are some of the features.

Blackboard's Mobile Learn - login to Blackboard to access your course content on the go.

Library - mobile access to Cameron's library

Directory - Contact information for Cameron faculty and staff

News - Includes links to university media releases, Cameron Athletics, and AggieCentral for CUTV and the Collegian.

Events - Cameron events as well as the academic calendar

AggieAccess - quick link into AggieAccess webpages

Other icons include a maps icon, an image library, emergency contact information, and Aggie traditions.

To download the free application, go to the iPhone/iPad App Store, the Android Market or the BlackBerry App Store and search for "iCameron" or use the links below.

iPhone/iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/icameron/id449767538?mt=8

Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.blackboard.android.central.cameron

BlackBerry: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/61249/?lang=en


Friday, January 20, 2012

Customizing AggieAccess

AggieAccess is Cameron University's portal. In other words, it should be the door that you go through to get most or all of your Cameron related material done. You can go there for links to blackboard or email, see what events are going on, check your grades, print out your schedule, or see what money you owe or will be receiving. Having said that, AggieAccess is meant to be for you. There are many things you can do with AggieAccess to make it your own.

Delete Announcements
The announcements can become overwhelming. AggieAccess displays seven at a time, but often there are more that sometimes get buried. Did you know you can delete the announcements that don't interest you or you've already read? From the Campus Announcements channel on the Home tab, click on an announcement title to read the information about it. You can click on the other titles and read the rest of the announcements here as well. When you're finished reading, if you want to delete one or more, click in the box next to the announcement title to add a check and click delete. Click OK on the popup confirmation and you won't have to read or sort through those announcements again. Delete the ones you've read and keep the ones that have details you want to remember closer to the event.

Check the announcement, then click Delete.

Move Channels around
Click on Content Layout to get started.
While a committee decided a default layout of where everything should be in AggieAccess, that doesn't mean that it's the way you necessarily want it. You can move a lot of things around so that it fits your needs. In the upper left hand, click on Content Layout.

Things you can do:

  • Move the tabs around by clicking on the left/right arrows on the tabs. 
  • Move channels to different columns or up and down. You can also delete some channels. Note that if a channel does not have the arrows or delete button activated then that channel is set in a permanent spot on the tab or you can't delete it because it's considered information you need to know.
  • Add new channels by clicking on the New Channel button. Perhaps you want a bookmarks channel on the My Info tab, or the AggieCentral feed on your Home Tab, or you want to add the Ole Kim Tweets channel.  
Start Clicking and Get Creative
What happens if I change my mind????
Delete something you wish you had back? Don't like your configuration and just want to start over? Click on  Revert to default layout and you'll be back to the delivered design.


Change the Pandora Tab
Pandora is really just a place holder to give you an idea of what you can do. You can change it to any site you wish. Click on the Content Layout link at the top left. Then click on the Pandora Tab. You can change it by giving it a different name and clicking rename or by putting in a different URL and clicking change. Note that Pandora is just a web link. You can access it outside of AggieAccess too.

Change the Pandora Tab by giving it a new name and URL.

Try These

  • Add a new channel, select News as the category and choose My Headlines to create a channel with your own RSS feed.
  • Modify the bookmark channel by clicking on the plus and minus icons at the bottom of that channel. For more information, click on "Managing My Bookmarks" in the channel.
  • Click on "Add Tab," choose traditional as the type, give it a name and click submit. Click on your new tab and add a few columns. Click on "New Channel" links to add various channels that you look at most in AggieAccess for an even more One Stop experience.
  • Click on "Add Tab," choose Framed as the type and make a tab for Cameron University's website: http://www.cameron.edu. 


Friday, January 13, 2012

Blackboard Notifications

If you've been in a course that uses Blackboard, you are used to receiving announcements in your email from the courses. However, if you're like me, I was constantly logging in just to see if an assignment had been graded or if the instructor had added the new content he or she talked about in class. Emails of the announcements for the class are automatically turned on, but you can also have Blackboard send you email about so many more things. It takes less than two minutes and will save yourself lots of time in the future!

1. From within Blackboard, click on "My Places" at the very top of the web page:


2. Select Edit Notification Settings from the My Places menu:

3. Click on Courses I am taking from the Bulk Edit Notification Settings on the right.

4. In the email column (ignore the mobile column as that is not enabled), check the boxes for things you want to receive notifications about. You can choose everything but be realistic about your choices. Do you really want to get an email every time someone posts to the message board? I personally choose to get notifications for Assignment Available, Content Item Available, Test Available, and Item Graded. Then when my instructor grades my assignment, I get an email and can immediately login to Blackboard to see how well I did.

Be sure to take a look at the email address that notifications are being sent to. It should be going to your Cameron University email. If you're not reading that email, you might want to look into setting up your Cameron University email to forward to an email account that you are reading.

5. Click on the submit button at the top or bottom right of the page and click OK if it tells you you're overwriting all of your course notification settings.

6. You can edit individual course settings by selecting the course on the next screen if, for example, you did want to know that new message board entries had been made in one class but not the rest of your classes.