Thursday, October 1, 2015

Respondus LockDown Browser Instructor Training

In October, Respondus is offering training sessions for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor. Each 45-minute webinar provides a live demo, plus tips to get started using these applications to deter cheating during online exams.

We encourage you to sign up to these training webinars at

LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Instructor Training
Wednesday, October 7th at 3 pm ET
Thursday, October 15th at 8 pm ET
Tuesday, October 20th at 2 pm ET

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall 2015 Ember Training

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is introducing a new Learning Management System, Ember. Ember will replace Blackboard Learn in the summer of 2016, and in preparation, we will be hosting a training session from October 5th to November 6th. It is our goal to familiarize instructors with the Ember interface, features, and effective course building techniques. The entire training program is composed of two workshops, Workshop I and Workshop II, which can be completed in either one or two days. 

Monday: Workshop I
2 PM - 3:30 PM
Online (WebEx)
Wednesday: Workshop II
2 PM - 3:30 PM
Online (WebEx)
Friday: Workshops I & II
10 AM - 1:30 PM

Space is limited so please contact us as soon as possible at to reserve your seat.

For detailed information on this project and our complete training schedule, please click here.

Note: No workshops will be held on Friday, October 23rd.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser is now available to use in both the C and D-Labs in the University Library. Respondus is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Blackboard Learn. When students use it, they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.

Follow the directions below to use:

1. Instructors must first ensure that the Respondus tool is available within their Blackboard class. Go to the Control Panel, then Customization. Select Tool Availability, then scroll through the list for “Respondus Lockdown Browser.” Check the box next to it, under Available, then click on Submit.

2. Ensure your test is already created and deployed to a content area. If not, go to the content area where you want students to find the test, hover over Assessments, then click on “Test” to create/deploy.

3. In the Control Panel, open Course Tools and select Respondus Lockdown Browser to open the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard.

4. Choose the test/s you want to use with Respondus and click the icon to the left of it.

5. Select Modify Settings then choose the “Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam”
option. Finally, click on Save and Close. Your test is now ready to be delivered using Respondus.

Respondus LockDown Browser can also be installed on students' computers enabling them to take tests off campus. The installation instructions can be found here:

This free trial lasts through November.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New MyBobcat Login Page and Directory Location

In the next few days, you may notice a new login page for MyBobcat. The new page was designed from the ground up to be fully responsive and facilitate mobile device usability. All the links under the old page’s Guests section can be found under the Guests link on the new page.

Also, in our continuing efforts to service our community, we have added a new employee directory link to the webpages. This directory can be used to search by first name, last name, or department. To access the directory, scroll to the footer section at the bottom of a webpage and click on the Directory link on the right hand side. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Network Upgrades and Maintenance

During the last few months St. Thomas University has embarked on a campus-wide network upgrade focused on delivering improvements to speed, reliability, security and ease of use. Our Internet access has been greatly augmented through new hardware purchases and a partnership with Florida LambdaRail (FLR) and Internet2. These new partnerships will provide enhanced services to popular websites like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and many other popular destinations. 

Every building has also received new network switches and there are new wireless Access Points (WiFi) in every classroom and dorm room on campus.  Network security was also greatly improved by the upgrade of our Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and the deployment of a Network Access Control system which will protect and help safeguard computer usage while on our network. 

We plan on completing all of these upgrades by the second week of August, and we will continue to fine-tune the new network environment throughout the Fall Semester. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Microsoft Cloud Based Email Filtering

Beginning June 20th, you will no longer receive an email from the STU Postmaster alerting you to blocked/Junk emails. This system is being retired in favor of a more robust cloud based system from Microsoft.

The new cloud based spam email filter is deeply integrated with Microsoft Office 365which means that suspect emails will now be isolated and found in your Inbox’s “Junk Email” folder. (See below for Junk Email folders on A. Outlook Desktop Application and B. Office 365 Online.)

Outlook Desktop Application

Office 365 Online
This change will allow you to instantly access quarantined emails and you will no longer be required to release the email via the current Personal Email Manager interface. You will also be able to immediately block or unblock senders right from your Inbox.

For further instructions for personalizing and managing your Junk E-Mail settings, please see below:

If you are using the Outlook Desktop Application: 

To manage or change your Junk E-Mail preferences right click on an email message in one of your mailboxes (E.g., Inbox, Junk E-Mail, etc…). Hover over the Junk option until the additional items are visible.

From here, you can choose to block a sender, never block a sender, etc…

You can also select “Junk E-mail Options” to make further changes to your settings.

The Junk E-mail Options pop-up allows you to manually add email addresses to your safe senders list, your blocked senders list, among other options. 

You can find additional resources for Outlook Junk E-Mail features here

If you are using Microsoft 365 Outlook Online: 

To manage or change your Junk E-Mail preferences select an email in one of your mailboxes (E.g., Inbox, Junk E-Mail, etc…). In the message preview pane, click on the [] symbol in the top right of the preview pane.  

From here, you can choose to mark the sender as “junk,” or if you are in the Junk E-Mail box, you can mark the message as “not junk.”

To make further changes to your Junk E-mail settings, you can go to the settings drop-down on the top right corner (below) and select Options.

Click “block or allow” under the Options menu.  Under “block or allow,” you can manually add email addresses to your safe senders list, your blocked senders list or make changes to the way your Junk E-Mail is filtered. 

You can find additional resources for Office 365 Junk E-Mail features here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Introduction to Canvas

We would like to announce the addition of Canvas training to our list of instructional technology resources available to our faculty on the following Canvas topics/components:

  • Login
  • Canvas Requirements and Recommendations
  • Contacting Technical or Student Services Support 
  • Dashboard
  • Course Navigation
  • Profile & User Settings
  • Communication
  • Course Announcements
  • Discussions
  • Files
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Grading
  • Course Statistics
  • People (roster)
  • Collaboration

Canvas LMS is now supported by OIT as part of our STU-HotChalk online learning project.  For additional information on Canvas LMS, please visit the Instructor Guide.

To schedule a training or learn more about our services, please send an email to the OIT Training Center at