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Faculty Top Hat Training Sessions »

Academic Technologies has scheduled several Top Hat training sessions for faculty throughout the summer. These sessions will be led by a representative from Top Hat.

Faculty can register for these sessions at https://training.vcu.edu/ (enter keyword: Top).  A link to join the online sessions will be emailed to the registrants approximately 1 week before the session. Face-to-face sessions will be held during New Faculty Orientation week (Aug. 20-22).

Information about the training opportunities and a “Quick View” of the schedule can be found here.

Additional information about Top Hat is located in our askIT knowledge base.

Gmail New Interface Available May 22nd »

Gmail on the web is getting a brand new user interface. VCU customers will find the option to switch to the new Gmail user interface in their settings starting May 22. Simply select Settings - Try the new Virginia Commonwealth University Mail. Customers may switch back and forth as they desire. We have no target date for when Google will enforce this ch . . .

Blackboard System Upgrade is Complete »

The Blackboard System upgrade to the Q4 2017 Release is complete. The site was brought back online at 12:30 pm, Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. Tutorials and help articles have been updated and are available in the Technology Services askIT Knowledge Base for Blackboard 9.1. If you discover any issues or have questions concerning Bb or at any time, p . . .

Additional Verification Prompt Coming May 7 to Chrome »

Since our organization uses SAML to sign users into G Suite services, starting sometime after May 7th, 2018,... Read the full story . . .

Campus Card Services Upgrade Scheduled, March 6-8, 2018 »

Campus Card Services will be performing a system upgrade to the card application and building access systems March 6-8, 2018. During this time, RamBucks, Meal Plans, Dining Dollars and Housestaff plans will not be available for payment.  Card production, CS Gold, AdminWeb, RamsLaundry, myVCUCard.com, attendance monitoring, and mobile reader services . . .

Google Calendar and Resources Have a New Look »

Google has redesigned the web calendar including a redesign of conference room (resource) scheduling. Since November, Google's new calendar has been available to all users. On February 28, all users will be moved to the new calendar when Google removes access to the old design. Calendar sharing to those outside the VCU domain will also be available. For . . .

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 . . .

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