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Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled for May »

The Blackboard System system will be upgraded in May.  Visit our askIT page for more details.

Google Team Drive Available for Faculty/Staff »

Google Team Drives are available for users in the VCU Faculty/Staff domain beginning today. Team Drives can be used for projects, committees, departments, or other team-related purposes, and will be available by request only. Collaboration Services recommends reviewing the information on the appsforVCU website's Apps page under Team Drive. This will . . .

Google Directory Update – Friday, Jan 12, 2018 »

On Friday, Jan 12, 2018, Collaboration Services will update the Google Directory to remove the middle initial in the VCU Google domain for faculty/staff. Google does not have a middle initial field, so we have been combining the first name and middle initial in the first name field. You may have noticed that a typeahead in Gmail requires knowing the mid . . .

New Student Response System (SRS, aka “clickers”) »

Top Hat is a cloud-based solution which offers many new features for classroom engagement, is more compatible and functional than our current SRS (Turning Technologies). Students can use their own mobile device, purchase a Top Hat account, and receive credit for existing Turning Technology devices. Top Hat is available for use now, and the vendor has de . . .

Available November 13 – A new look and new features to Google Calendar on the web »

Google has redesigned the web calendar similar to the mobile application with a responsive layout that auto-adjusts to your screen size, including a redesign of conference room (resource) scheduling. For complete details go to https://goo.gl/VGHFLe To seek end-user assistance, and to report your Google Apps and other email related issues, please c . . .

“Ask Doctor Gee” Brown Bag Workshop (Nov. 10th) »

Application Services and Collaboration Services present an "Ask Doctor Gee" brown bag lunch workshop in Sanger Hall, Room B1-020. Audience participation is strongly encouraged, so attendees should bring lunch and questions. Dessert will be provided. All sessions are led by a certified Google Educator. To register, visit the website below. For more infor . . .

October 4, 2017 – Google Drive Gets Easier with Drive File Stream »

Google’s Drive File Stream is a new desktop application coming to VCU on October 4th that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync. It will look and function similar to a mapped network drive on . . .

Turning Technologies Classroom Clicker Changes »

Our Academic Technologies team posted a new announcement concerning important changes to Turning Technologies Classroom Clickers. VCU Academic Technologies has upgraded the Turning Technologies integration with Blackboard to the latest version, which works with version 8 receivers. Although the user interface has some minor differences from past vers . . .

VCU 2Factor Migrates To Email, myVCU Portal, & Blackboard In August »

VCU is continuing its effort to protect our community from cyber threats that may jeopardize the safety and security of our information. VCU 2Factor authentication will be extended to major services such as email and VCU Portal starting August 1, 2017 and Blackboard on August 15th, 2017. This upcoming change will provide faculty and staff members with a . . .

New Google Backup & Sync – NOT Recommended for VCU Users »

A new version of Google Drive called “Backup and Sync” will be released in mid-July. Although we have never recommended the use of the Google Drive sync client, we are aware that users may have this configured.  Collaboration Services wants to make you aware of this new version, even though we recommend that you not plan to upgrade to Backup and Sy . . .

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