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New SUNLearn mobile app available for download

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Information Technology has developed a new SUNLearn mobile app which is now available for download. The app can be downloaded for Android, as well as iOS devices. It can also be downloaded by scanning the QR code to the right.  

SUNLearn is Stellenbosch University’s blended-learning platform. It is an open source, powerful, flexible and mobile-ready blended learning platform for learning and teaching. The system is easy to learn and use for both staff and students and an extensive user guide is also available. 

The SUNLearn mobile app can be used to:

– browse the content of your courses, even when offline,
– receive instant notifications of messages and other events,
– quickly find and contact other people in your courses,
– upload images, audio, videos and other files from your mobile device,
– view your course grades, etc.

Full features can be seen here.

Students who are new to the system can go to the Student training link where they will find various resources, videos and self-help guides. Keep in mind that when you use the SUNLearn mobile app on campus via Maties WiFi or the network, you will not be charged for any data and you will not need Inetkey for access.

The SUNLearn support team can be reached at learn@sun.ac.za or 021-808 2222.

Archiving – not just for librarians

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Archiving – it doesn’t exactly sound like a fun weekend activity, does it?

But unfortunately our mailboxes can’t always deal with too many e-mails, especially those with large attachments, we receive regularly. Unless you clean up your mailbox and delete e-mails frequently, you’ll run out of mailbox space sooner than you think. This is where archiving comes in handy.

In this article we will show you how easy it is to create and maintain archives on your computer.

  1. HOW TO CREATE YOUR ARCHIVE FILE

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Open MS Outlook

  • Select the Home tab
  • Use the dropdown menu next to New Items
  • Click on More Items
  • Select Outlook data file

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This will create the file for your new archive.

Important:

  • Please name it properly as to prevent confusion when creating new archives later on.
  • Please do not put a password on the archive file as this causes confusion and mail loss at the end of the day when you get a new computer or if the case may be that data recovery must be done.

This also must be under “My Documents\Outlook Files”.

When clicking on OK you will return to your Outlook Home screen.

As shown below (when the mailbox is collapsed) you will be able to see your new Outlook archive.

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2. NOW FOR THE ARCHIVING

Click on File in the left top corner
Under Info you will find Cleanup Tools
When clicking on the button you will find Archive as the third option.

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The next window you will be presented with is seen below.

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The most important thing you need to do now is check that the correct archive file will be used for archiving.

To check this you need to click on the browse button and make sure it is pointing to the correct file in “My Documents\Outlook Files”.

Secondly:

  • Choose a date – all e-mails before the input date will be archived to your folder. This may take a while if you have not archived before.

Thirdly:

  • Select your mailbox (not only parts of it, but the Collapsed view as seen in the screenshot) and then click on OK.

You have now successfully started your first archive!  Feel free to archive instead of delete as keeping your records is quite important.

TIPS:

  • VERY IMPORTANT – no password on the archive file.
  • Keep archives small, for example – year by year. This is to prevent them from getting too big and slowing down your machine.
  • With this way of archiving your folder structure stays the same thus making it easier to actually go back and find the files you are looking for from previous years.

For  more information on various Outlook functions, please have a look at our self help site.

Mathematica at SU

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Modern computational tools are important in diverse disciplines, and they are clearly essential in fields requiring sophisticated mathematics, complicated numerics or the processing of large amounts of data.  Over time each field has developed an array of their own specialised solutions or packages.

However, a campus-wide license has recently been obtained for the package Mathematica developed by Wolfram Research Inc. Mathematica is one of a very small group of extremely powerful, high-level software packages specialising in advanced algebraic, numerical and image processing computation.

mathematicaAt Stellenbosch University colleagues have been using it successfully in the biological, mathematical and physical sciences, and also in economic and management sciences for both teaching and research.  It is therefore really worthwhile exploring whether it is suitable for your academic work too.

In addition to its function as a high-performance research tool it is has also developed to be an efficient, user-friendly teaching device.  It is powerful beyond any other general symbolic manipulation package, and easy to use at base level.  Mathematica places the emphasis on computation of mathematical objects and comes with its own formal language.  It also interfaces with an extensive audited database, which might be known to some readers through the Wolfram Alpha website.

For a license to use the Mathematica software, please contact narga@sun.ac.za.

[Article by Kristian Muller-Nedebock]

 

Office Mix – PowerPoint, just better

Friday, April 24th, 2015

As the need for a richer educational experience increases, so does the demand for software and apps encouraging and facilitating better and more interaction and collaboration between students and their educators.

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Of course, we wouldn’t expect any less of Microsoft, who last year, launched Office Mix. According to Microsoft Office Mix was originally created to help educators implement new teaching methods, using the simplicity of PowerPoint. It brings “the same benefits to the professional e-Learning community, with support for SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), the industry standard for packaging of digital learning content.”

With functions like voice, video and digital ink, polls and interactive apps, insights and analytics and playback on any device, the PowerPoint add on promises to make is easy to turn slides “into interactive online lessons and presentations.”

Teachers can record themselves while presenting and create a video of their presentation. They can write on slides using “digital ink” and insert quizzes, polls, videos, screen captures, screen recordings and other elements. Students can view the interactive document on the Office Mix website.

For analysis after the presentation, statistics are available as well.

To use Office Mix, you will need Office 2013 or Office 365. You can now download it locally from our IT support website.

[SOURCE: www.pcworld.com; www.microsoft.com]

MOOCs 101

Monday, April 20th, 2015

MOOCGone are the days of going to class, making notes and spending hours in a library. Today you can do almost everything online – even relive your student days. MOOCs, or “massive open online courses”, have been around for a while now, but are still extremely popular – and for a reason.

A MOOC is an online course aimed at large scale, interactive participation and open access via the internet. In addition to traditional course material such as videos, reading and problem sets, a community is created for students and academics to interact be means of user forums.

Open, online courses are a fairly recent addition to the field of long distance education and offer a free or low cost alternative to conventional tertiary education – an option previously not freely available to all. Leading universities such as Stanford, MIT, Yale and Harvard offer MOOCs as part of their curriculum and these provide anyone the opportunity to study at a prominent academic institution.

MOOCs have no formal entry requirements or limits on students and millions of eager learners make use of this open platform.  Coursera, the current forerunner of MOOCs, claims they already have more than 3 million students.

If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge – whether it’s with something as random as a course on cryptography or a more practical one such as financial planning, have a look at the available courses on the websites below. You’re sure to find something that inspires you.

Also read MOOC News and Reviews’ extensive article on MOOCs, “What is a Massive Open Online Course Anyway?” and have a look at extensive TED talks also has an extensive list of talks on MOOCS.

MOOC-COURSES

https://www.coursera.org/
http://www.saylor.org
http://www.futurelearn.com
http://www.mooc-list.com/
http://www.class-central.com/
http://www.educause.edu/library/massive-open-online-course-mooc

[SOURCE: www.wikipedia.org]

 

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