Blackboard 9.1 Workshops

As of June 21, 2010, all Blackboard courses  — with the exception of summer courses which are still running v. 7.3 — have been migrated to Blackboard 9.1.  A series of Blackboard 9.1 workshops have been scheduled so our faculty can familiarize themselves with the new version of Bb.

Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 – Getting Started:

Blackboard 9.1 will be available on June 22, 2010.

All of your Bb courses from previous semesters have been imported into Bb9.1.

Any faculty teaching over the summer will continue using Bb7.3

In the past, the upgrades to new versions of Blackboard have gone virtually unnoticed since the interface for the faculty has been nearly identical to pervious interfaces.

This will not be true with the move to Bb 9.1. The move from Bb 7.3 to Bb 9.1 is similar to the move from Office 2003 to Office 2007, all of the functionality is there, but access to it is different.

To begin preparing faculty members for the move to Bb 9.1, ITDL is offering workshops to introduce the new platform.

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Creating Content and Control; Panel.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform some of the basic operations in the new platform.

The Bb9 workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science 129.

June 22 9:00-10:30 3:00-4:30

June 23 3:30-5:00

June 24 9:00-10:30 3:00-4:30

June 30 10:00-11:30 2:00-3:30

July 7 10:00-11:30 2:00-3:30

July 8 9:00-10:30 3:00-4:30

July 20 10:00-11:30 2:00-3:30

July 21 9:00-10:30 3:00-4:30

July 22 10:00-11:30 2:00-3:30

Please email to register for the Bb 9.1 workshop.

Additional workshops will be scheduled.

Permission to blog received from Al Labonis on June 21, 2010.

CSA and SSP Registration Processes Made Easier with Technology

The previously tedious and painstaking processes involved in administering and registering users for events such as the Celebration of Student Achievement and programs like the Summer Scholars Program (see descriptions of CSA and SSP below) have now been made easier with the use of “machform” to collect registration data and “Marketplace” to collect payment.  If you are interested in using these technologies to streamline the administration and registration processes of your event/program, please contact Anne Szewczyk to get started.

CSA 2010
During the Spring, SJU celebrates student achievements in a variety of ways.  Each year, the CSA event continues to grow. CSA ‘Celebration of Student Achievement’ was held on 15 April 2010. The University honored 129 of its best students from both College of Arts and Sciences and Haub School of Business. The Poster Session showcased the exemplary academic work of these students in 77 projects, representing 20 departments.

Not only were the presentations available, but an  abstract of each student’s work was included in the CSA 2010 booklet, which was distributed that day.  Many of these projects began as summer research, independent study projects, honor theses, service-learning papers as well as course projects. Fr.Lannon and the University community came out and showed their support and the students were eager to converse about their projects.

SSP 2010
May 24, 2010 begins the kickoff for SJU Summer Scholars Program. This marks the sixth year in which the Summer Scholars Program has been open to students and faculty in all areas of the university, and the second year in which students from Lincoln University will also participate.  Over 100 applications were received in a process that began in late Fall 2009.  After careful review of all the proposals submitted, 92 SJU students and 3 Lincoln University students were accepted into the 10 week program, representing 25 departments, 20 CAS / 5 HSB. Students will engage in creative scholarly work and independent research projects with their faculty mentors.  This year, 62 mentors are participating in the Summer Scholars Program. Throughout the summer, activities are also planned for the students and mentors. As the program is completed in early August, each student is required to submit a one page abstract on their summer research findings.  The culmination of the Summer Scholars Program will take place in late November when the students are honored at the Summer Scholars Dinner.

Classroom Technology Instructional Videos

Are you unfamiliar with the technology in your assigned room and would like a demonstration, but simply can’t find the time to visit the classroom until your first day of class?

If you have been assigned a classroom in Post Hall, you’re in luck. As of right now, instructional videos demonstrating the technology in the Post Hall classrooms are now available online at

2010 Faculty Annual Report Now Online

Now that faculty have completed the annual report process for calendar year 2009, please know that the 2010 Faculty Annual Report is now available for you to use. We hope that you will find it convenient to be able to add data to your 2010 report as your activities–presentations, publications, etc.– are completed rather than waiting until the end of the year to provide this information.

The deadline for submission for the 2010 faculty annual report is Tuesday, February 15, 2011.
You can access the faculty annual report by:

  1. Login to MySJU.
  2. Click School Services/Faculty and Advisor.
  3. Click Faculty Annual Reports (the last item on the list).
  4. Click 2010 to start filling out the 2010 faculty annual report.

We are happy to report that 156 tenured and tenure track faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences (about 84%) successfully submitted their annual report online this year. We will use the feedback received from faculty to make version 3 even better.

Visit from Girard College Middle School World Language Department

On Monday, January 12th, three members of the Girard College Middle School World Language Department and the school’s Director of Technology visited the Foreign Languages and Literatures department on campus. Girard College is in the process of assessing their technological needs and exploring various options. They are interested in creating a Language Laboratory and implementing the SANAKO system that we currently use in our language courses. Department Chair, Dr. Robert Daniel and Language Laboratory Coordinator, Lindsay Dragon met with the visitors to provide information on using the system in the classroom and the university’s positive experience with SANAKO. In addition, Dr. Daniel and Miss Dragon showed the middle school faculty the Foreign Languages Writing Center, located in Bellarmine 329. This 25 Macintosh computer lab has Atajo 4.0, Spanish-English Dictionary software and Système-D, French-English Dictionary software installed on both its Windows and Mac OS X platforms. Although the middle school may not have the budgetary funding to procure all of the technological resources that we have on campus, the guests were pleased with their visit and found the information immensely helpful.

The Foreign Languages and Literatures Department plans to continue maintaining the relationship with the Girard College Middle School. The middle school has invited Saint Joseph’s students, majoring in French, to visit and to speak to their 8th grade students to explain why they have chosen to major in this field and the importance of learning another language in today’s global economy.

Creating Away Messages in Zimbra

This feature is also known as an out-of-office auto-reply message. You can set a vacation message that automatically replies to people who send you messages when you are out of the office for an extended period of time. That message is sent to each recipient only once, regardless of how many messages that person sends you during the designated vacation period.
To set a vacation message:

  1. Browse to and log in using your SJU Username and password.
  2. Click the Preferences tab.
  3. Click the Mail tab.
  4. In the Receiving Messages section, check “Send auto-reply message”.
  5. In the text box, enter the message to be sent, such as “I am currently out of the office and will return on January 4, 2010.”
  6. Set the start and end dates for using this message.
  7. Click Save. The away message feature is enabled immediately.
  8. Email yourself to make sure that your vacation message is working properly.

2009 Faculty Annual Report Online

The 2009 Faculty Annual Report is now available for tenured and tenure track faculty to use. The deadline for submission for the faculty annual report is Monday, February 15, 2010. You can access the faculty annual report by:

  1. Login to mysju.
  2. Click School Services/Faculty and Advisor.
  3. Click Faculty Annual Reports (the last item on the list).
  4. Click 2009 to start filling out the 2009 faculty annual report.

Last year 110 faculty members used the online faculty annual report to file their reports. Based on feedback from our faculty, IT made quite a few changes to the format and content of the Faculty Annual Report v. 1. We asked seven faculty/chairs from each division to test the revised report. The result is a new and improved Faculty Annual Report v. 2 that went online on December 1. Some of the notable changes include:

  • Added 6 Easy to navigate individual tabs.
  • “Save and Continue” and “Save and Exit” buttons are available in each tab
  • “View/Print” allows printing a paper copy and saving the report as a PDF file.
  • Fields not applicable to faculty and left blank are suppressed in “View/Print”
  • Added pop-up text to provide clarification.
  • Added an optional “upload CV” feature.

Check the following link for instructions on how to fill out the 2009 Faculty Annual Report:

Online Faculty Annual Report Version 2

Over 30% faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences submitted their Faculty Annual Report online in 2009.  We want to thank faculty who sent us their feedback on version 1 of the Online Faculty Annual Report informing us what changes they would like to see in version 2 of the Faculty Annual Report.  The Dean’s Office has collected your feedback, compiled your suggestions and asked our colleagues in Information Technology to incorporate these changes in version 2 of the Online Faculty Annual Report.  IT will start the revision work in early September.  In version 2, we will have both formatting and content changes based on suggestions from our faculty.  We hope to have version 2 ready for testing in late Fall.  Faculty will be able to use the improved Online Faculty Annual Report at the beginning of next year.

Faculty Annual Report Version 1

Technology Presentation for New Faculty

The College of Arts & Sciences welcomes  7 new tenure-track faculty and 4 new visiting faculty to campus. Information Technology and Academic Computing Services of CAS and HSB jointly made a technology presentation to our new faculty on August 18 as part of the university’s new faculty orientation. A Blackboard workshop specifically designed for our new faculty was offered to our new faculty on August 20. The Blackboard workshop was conducted by David Lees and Al Labonis of ITDL.

For more information on the Technology Orientation and Technology Classrooms and Labs, please check out the Technology Resources page on the Dean’s website.

Hosting Advanced Placement Tests for Local Area High Schools

In response to the requests from local area high schools, Saint Joseph’s University agreed to host two Advanced Placement (AP) tests using the facilities of the Language Labs housed in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. On Monday, May 4th, the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department hosted sixteen Lower Merion High School students and five Harriton High School students for the Advanced Placement French Examination. The following day, May 5th, the department welcomed eighteen Lower Merion High School students and five Harriton High School students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Examination. The Foreign Language Labs are equipped with SANAKO Lab 300 software and hardware, which allows the test proctors to administer the exams simply and efficiently. The software has built-in AP testing tools that have students listen to test questions and then record verbal responses. These digital capabilities offer more flexibility and convenience than traditional methods of recording speech.

The Foreign Languages and Literatures department has been hosting these exams for the past several years, an activity which fosters a closer relationship between the university and the local area schools. The members of the department are committed to the Ignition vision of service for  “men and women with and for each other.” The Foreign Language and Literatures department is pleased to offer this service to area high schools and is dedicated to the Jesuit tradition.