Saying Good-bye to MySJU – January 7th

On November 18, with the redirect of MySJU, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) began the transition towards one University portal, The Nest. We first launched The Nest on March 17 and our goal with the parallel launch was to give you a chance to become acquainted with The Nest before completely removing access to MySJU.

On January 7, 2015, OIT will make the complete switch to The Nest. This means that MySJU will no longer be accessible and The Nest will be the primary location to access all SJU services.
We wanted to take the opportunity to address some questions that we have been receiving from our Feedback form (Yes, we are reading them!).

Why are we replacing MySJU?

MySJU is running on software that is outdated and will no longer be supported by the software vendor, Ellucian. Knowing that the software would be discontinued, we began a project to address the issue. Over the course of a year and a half, we worked with students, faculty, and staff to ensure the new portal would provide personalized and convenient access to SJU services. The Nest portal is now running on new hardware and software, making it more modern and secure.
Where do I find my courses in The Nest?

In The Nest, you will no longer see a page called “My Courses”. Based on feedback we received from students, we have created a page called Classes & Registration. At the top of this page, students will find direct links to Blackboard Learn where they can access their courses. Additionally, the Classes & Registration page contains direct access to Hawk Central resources, Registration Tools, Exam Schedules, Student Grades, and graduation information.You can also access your course via the Blackboard Learn quicklink on the Home Page.

 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have specific questions about the portal or where you can find certain items, please contact the TSC, we’re happy to provide guidance. On January 7, when we remove access to MySJU, if you find that you are missing something from The Nest, it is not gone forever. We can add it, just let us know!
We have also compiled a list of definitions and FAQs about The Nest that can be accessed by clicking here.
We understand change can be scary, but this doesn’t have to be. The Technology Service Center (TSC) is always here to help in any way. Stop by SC129, call us at 610-660-2920, email us, Facebook, or Tweet. We love hearing from you!

The Nest: Definitions and FAQs – Employee Version

1.) What is a portlet?

Portlets are the small sections within pages.  A portlet usually contains several items that are fall under a particular topic. For example, Faculty Registration Tools or Employee Resources.

 

2.) What is a page?

A page in The Nest is basically the tabs you see across the top when you log in. Depending on your roles at SJU you may have more or less pages than your colleagues.  All employees and faculty will have the following pages:

Home

Employee

School Services

Campus Life

Faculty (for Faculty only)

 

3.) What is a quicklink?

Quicklinks are the tiny icons at the top of the Home page when you log into The Nest.  They are designed to represent the tools you access most frequently within The Nest. Clicking a Quicklink will take you directly to that tool or section.  Your Quicklinks may include:

Blackboard Learn

Library

DegreeWorks

My Schedule

what is a quicklink

4.) Where can go to access my Time Sheet, Pay Stub, etc.?

These tools can now be found under the Employee page in The Nest. Look for a portlet called Administrative Services and follow the same steps you are used to.

 

5.) Where are the university announcements?

University Announcements have been replaced by “Nestlist”. Nestlist serves as the new SJU classifieds. In Nestlist, you can post about campus events, items for sale, classes. and more.

In the event of a true university emergency, the notification will be displayed prominently at the top of The Nest.

nestlist

 

6.) I clicked a link and was given a “Session Expired” error. What do I do?  

session expired error

 

 

Clear cookies, cache and restart browser

If you have gotten this error at some point while working in The Nest, you simply need to clear your browser’s cache. Find your browser below with instructions on how to do so:

Internet Explorer

To check what version of Internet Explorer you are using, go to Help – About Internet Explorer.

If you are using Internet Explorer (11.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and website files and Cookies and website data. Hit Delete.

If you are using Internet Explorer (10.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and website files and Cookies and website data. Hit Delete.

If you are using Internet Explorer (9.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and Cookies. Hit Delete.


Mozilla Firefox

If you are using Firefox version (3.0) or earlier, please update your browser by going to www.mozilla.com

In Firefox 30, click on History – Clear Recent History.  Choose the time range of Everything.  Make sure at least the top 5 boxes are checked and hit Ok.

Google Chrome

Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right hand part of the browser. Click on settings. Click on “Show advanced settings…” at the bottom of the page. Under privacy click on “Clear browsing data”. Check the boxes for “Cookies” and “Cached images and files”. Finally click “Clear browsing data”.

Safari 7.0 – MAC OS

Go to Safari – Preferences.  Click Privacy then click Remove All Website Data…click Remove Now.

 

7.) Could you give me more information about The Nest project?

The new portal project was first introduced to campus in Fall 2013; campus community participated in “Name the Portal” contest In October 2013. Over 800 responses were submitted and The Nest was ultimately voted the winner.

The Office of Information Technology successfully launched the pilot of The Nest (with MySJU in parallel) on 3/17/14. The main focus of the pilot was on enhancing the student experience. Additional features and content for faculty and employees were added during Phase 2, which began in April 2014 and will finish up this month.  Phase 2 also including removing access to the old MySJU portal, which was accomplished on 1/7/15.

The project team has weekly meetings and our main focus is on creating a better user experience for all students, faculty and employees. We engage departments around campus and meet with faculty, staff and students to hear what they would like to see in a portal.  If you would like to be included in any future meetings, please email The Nest project manager, Lauren Adams (ladams@sju.edu).

 

8.) What’s next for The Nest?

While we are excited to deliver a new portal to the university, we are not done yet!  Phase 3 will start in February.  Some of our initial objectives are to better enhance the content by soliciting feedback as well as continuing to improve the user experience.

9.) Why did OIT decide to replace MySJU?

We wanted to launch a stable, content-rich portal running the latest version of the Luminis software, which is owned by Ellucian. Our current portal, MySJU, is running on legacy software, which will soon be discontinued by Ellucian support. This project was created to address that issue by upgrading old outdated hardware and software in order to implement a secure, dynamic environment that provides students, faculty and employees with a single point of access to web services customized to their university account.

We used input and feedback from many campus constituents, including many students and campus offices, to build a system that gives you quick access to the things you need most, including registration tools, class schedules, e-mail and calendar, and grade information.

 

10.) Where do I go if I need help/ cannot find something/ have additional feedback?

If you have questions, comments, concerns about The Nest – contact us! You can reach us via email at techhelp@sju.edu, by phone at 610-660-2920, or in person at the Technology Service Center in the Science Center, room 129.  We also have an active social media presence so if you would rather Facebook or Tweet us, please do so.

www.facebook.com/sjutsc or @sjuit

 

 

The Nest: Definitions and FAQs – Faculty version

1.) What is a portlet?

Portlets are the small sections within pages.  A portlet usually contains several items that are fall under a particular topic. For example, Faculty Registration Tools or Employee Resources.

2.) What is a page?

A page in The Nest is basically the tabs you see across the top when you log in. Depending on your roles at SJU you may have more or less pages than your colleagues.  All employees and Faculty will have the following pages:

  • Home
  • Employee
  • School Services
  • Campus Life
  • Faculty (for Faculty only)

3.) What is a quicklink?

Quicklinks are the tiny icons at the top of the Home page when you log into The Nest.  They are designed to represent the tools you access most frequently within The Nest. Clicking a Quicklink will take you directly to that tool or section.  Your Quicklinks may include:

  • Blackboard Learn
  • Library
  • DegreeWorks
  • My Schedule

what is a quicklink

4.) Where can I find my Class Schedule in The Nest?

Your Class Schedule can now be found in The Nest under the Faculty Page in a portlet called “Faculty Registration Tools”.

5.) Where are the university announcements?

University Announcements have been replaced by “Nestlist”. Nestlist serves as the new SJU classifieds. In Nestlist, you can post about campus events, items for sale, classes. and more.

In the event of a true university emergency, the notification will be displayed prominently at the top of The Nest.

nestlist

6.) I clicked a link and was given a “Session Expired” error. What do I do?

session expired error

Clear cookies, cache and restart browser

If you have gotten this error at some point while working in The Nest, you simply need to clear your browser’s cache. Find your browser below with instructions on how to do so:

Internet Explorer

To check what version of Internet Explorer you are using, go to Help – About Internet Explorer.

If you are using Internet Explorer (11.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and website files and Cookies and website data. Hit Delete.

If you are using Internet Explorer (10.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and website files and Cookies and website data. Hit Delete.

If you are using Internet Explorer (9.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and Cookies. Hit Delete.

Mozilla Firefox

If you are using Firefox version (3.0) or earlier, please update your browser by going to www.mozilla.com

In Firefox 30, click on History – Clear Recent History.  Choose the time range of Everything.  Make sure at least the top 5 boxes are checked and hit Ok.

Google Chrome

Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right hand part of the browser. Click on settings. Click on “Show advanced settings…” at the bottom of the page. Under privacy click on “Clear browsing data”. Check the boxes for “Cookies” and “Cached images and files”. Finally click “Clear browsing data”.

Safari 7.0 – MAC OS

Go to Safari – Preferences.  Click Privacy then click Remove All Website Data…click Remove Now.

 

7.) Could you give me more information about The Nest project?

The new portal project was first introduced to campus in Fall 2013; campus community participated in “Name the Portal” contest In October 2013. Over 800 responses were submitted and The Nest was ultimately voted the winner.

The Office of Information Technology successfully launched the pilot of The Nest (with MySJU in parallel) on 3/17/14. The main focus of the pilot was on enhancing the student experience. Additional features and content for faculty and employees were added during Phase 2, which began in April 2014 and will finish up this month.  Phase 2 also including removing access to the old MySJU portal, which was accomplished on 1/7/15.

The project team has weekly meetings and our main focus is on creating a better user experience for all students, faculty and employees. We engage departments around campus and meet with faculty, staff and students to hear what they would like to see in a portal.  If you would like to be included in any future meetings, please email The Nest project manager, Lauren Adams (ladams@sju.edu).

 

8.) What’s next for The Nest?

While we are excited to deliver a new portal to the university, we are not done yet!  Phase 3 will start in February.  Some of our initial objectives are to better enhance the content by soliciting feedback as well as continuing to improve the user experience.

 

9.) Why did OIT decide to replace MySJU?

We wanted to launch a stable, content-rich portal running the latest version of the Luminis software, which is owned by Ellucian. Our current portal, MySJU, is running on legacy software, which will soon be discontinued by Ellucian support. This project was created to address that issue by upgrading old outdated hardware and software in order to implement a secure, dynamic environment that provides students, faculty and employees with a single point of access to web services customized to their university account.

We used input and feedback from many campus constituents, including many students and campus offices, to build a system that gives you quick access to the things you need most, including registration tools, class schedules, e-mail and calendar, and grade information.

 
10.) Where do I go if I need help/ cannot find something/ have additional feedback?

If you have questions, comments, concerns about The Nest – contact us! You can reach us via email at techhelp@sju.edu, by phone at 610-660-2920, or in person at the Technology Service Center in the Science Center, room 129.  We also have an active social media presence so if you would rather Facebook or Tweet us, please do so.

www.facebook.com/sjutsc or @sjuit

 

 

The Nest: Definitions and FAQs – Student Version

1.) You keep saying portlet. What is a portlet?

Portlets are the small sections within pages.  A portlet usually contains several items that fall under a particular topic. For example, Registration Tools or Financial Literacy.

 

2.) What is a page?

Pages in The Nest are basically the tabs you see across the top when you log in. As a student you will have the following pages:

Home

Classes & Registration

Tuition & Aid

School Services

Campus Life

what is a page

 

3.) What is a quicklink?

Quicklinks are the tiny icons at the top of the Home page when you log into The Nest.  They are designed to represent the tools you access most frequently within The Nest. Clicking a Quicklink will take you directly to that tool or section.  Your Quicklinks may include:

Blackboard Learn

Library

DegreeWorks

My Schedule

what is a quicklink

 

4.) Where do I find my courses in The Nest?

In The Nest, you will no longer see a page called “My Courses”.  Based on feedback we received from SJU students, we have created a page called Classes & Registration.  At the top of this page, students will find direct links to Blackboard Learn where they can access their courses. Additionally, the Classes & Registration page contains direct access to Hawk Central resources, Registration Tools, Exam Schedules, Student Grades, and graduation information.

You can also access your course via the Blackboard Learn quicklink on the Home Page.

 

5.) How do I pay my tuition?

Similar to the Classes & Registration page, we’ve created the Tuition & Aid page based on student feedback.  The entire Tuition & Aid page is dedicated to your financial matters as a student.  Check your account balance, review your work study balance, accept financial aid, and get educated on financial literacy all in one location.  Do you still have questions after visiting the Tuition & Aid page? Contact Hawk Central directly from a portlet on the page. They are happy to assist.

 

6.) Where are the university announcements?

University Announcements have been replaced by Nestlist. Nestlist serves as the new SJU classifieds. In Nestlist, you can post about campus events, items for sale, classes, and more.

In the event of a true university emergency, the notification will be displayed prominently at the top of The Nest.

nestlist

 

7.) Now that I’m done finding my courses and paying for my tuition, where is the fun stuff?!

We have designed the Campus Life page to be the social center of The Nest. Here you will find links to sports on campus, Radio 106.1, events hosted by Student Life, NestFlix, the Chapel schedule, and of course SJU’s official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (if you don’t follow those three things, you’re missing out).

fbportlet

8.) I clicked a link and was given a “Session Expired” error. What do I do?

session expired error

 

Clear cookies, cache and restart browser

If you have gotten this error at some point while working in The Nest, you simply need to clear your browser’s cache. Find your browser below with instructions on how to do so:

Internet Explorer

To check what version of Internet Explorer you are using, go to Help – About Internet Explorer.

If you are using Internet Explorer (11.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and website files and Cookies and website data. Hit Delete.

If you are using Internet Explorer (10.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and website files and Cookies and website data. Hit Delete.

If you are using Internet Explorer (9.0), you will go to Tools – Delete Browsing History and check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and Cookies. Hit Delete.

Mozilla Firefox

If you are using Firefox version (3.0) or earlier, please update your browser by going to www.mozilla.com

In Firefox 30, click on History – Clear Recent History.  Choose the time range of Everything.  Make sure at least the top 5 boxes are checked and hit Ok.

Google Chrome

Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right hand part of the browser. Click on settings. Click on “Show advanced settings…” at the bottom of the page. Under privacy click on “Clear browsing data”. Check the boxes for “Cookies” and “Cached images and files”. Finally click “Clear browsing data”.

Safari 7.0 – MAC OS

Go to Safari – Preferences.  Click Privacy then click Remove All Website Data…click Remove Now.

 

9.) Why did we make the switch to The Nest?

We wanted to launch a stable, content-rich portal running the latest version of the Luminis software, which is owned by Ellucian. Our old portal, MySJU, was running on legacy software, which is discontinued by Ellucian support. This project was created to address that issue by upgrading old outdated hardware and software in order to implement a secure, dynamic environment that provides students, faculty and employees with a single point of access to web services customized to their university account.

10.) Could you give me more information about The Nest project?

The new portal project was first introduced to campus in Fall 2013; campus community participated in “Name the Portal” contest In October 2013. Over 800 responses were submitted and The Nest was ultimately voted the winner.

The Office of Information Technology successfully launched the pilot of The Nest (with MySJU in parallel) on 3/17/14. The main focus of the pilot was on enhancing the student experience. Additional features and content for faculty and employees were added during Phase 2, which began in April 2014 and will finish up this month.  Phase 2 also including removing access to the old MySJU portal, which was accomplished on 1/7/15.

The project team has weekly meetings and our main focus is on creating a better user experience for all students, faculty and employees. We engage departments around campus and meet with faculty, staff and students to hear what they would like to see in a portal.  If you would like to be included in any future meetings, please email The Nest project manager, Lauren Adams (ladams@sju.edu).

11.) What’s next for The Nest?

While we are excited to deliver a new portal to the university, we are not done yet!  Phase 3 will start in February.  Some of our initial objectives are to better enhance the content by soliciting feedback as well as continuing to improve the user experience.

12.) Where do I go if I need help/ cannot find something/ have additional feedback?

If you have questions, comments, concerns about The Nest – contact us! You can reach us via email at techhelp@sju.edu, by phone at 610-660-2920, or in person at the Technology Service Center in the Science Center, room 129.  We also have an active social media presence so if you would rather Facebook or Tweet us, please do so.

www.facebook.com/sjutsc or @sjuit