August 13, 2009

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By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. — A redesigned myBucknell, a campus portal serving Bucknell students, faculty, staff, and parents, was launched today with a host of new features and functions, including one-stop access to email, personal and campus calendars, world and local news, and course schedules.

Featuring a customizable dashboard, the new myBucknell allows users to build pages with their preferred information all in one place.

"These improvements and more have been made possible by a year's worth of work with representatives across the campus community," said Param Bedi, chief information officer at Bucknell. "The staff of Library and Information Technology and the Division of Communications thanks the students, faculty and staff who have worked with us on this project. The input was crucial to the development of the new design and functionality."

One-click operation
Gadgets — which include an e-mail viewer, a campus calendar, news, weather, course schedules, Blackboard courses and announcements and many other functions — can be added or removed in a one-click operation. Repositioning the gadgets is a simple click-and-drag process. The Message Center and Announcement gadgets can be repositioned on everyone's personal myBucknell homepage, but not removed.

For many students, faculty and staff, myBucknell is the primary entry point for campus information and programs. In 2008, the myBucknell login page was accessed more than 4.6 million times.

In addition to the customizable navigation pane, a new search tool using Google technology allows users to simultaneously search the main Bucknell site, internal web pages, myBucknell and the online directory.

Events calendar
The campus events calendar has been completely replaced. In addition to allowing users to see all campus events for any day of the year with one click, users can create public and private calendars, drag public calendar information to their personal calendars, and easily create filtered views to show, for example, just Weis Center for the Performing Arts events.

The new myBucknell also is integrated with Zimbra Webmail and Blackboard, a learning management system that provides faculty and students with centralized access to online course documents, wikis, blogs, and online discussion tools. Campus, national and world news sources are bundled in a single gadget that allows readers to view a variety of news content.

"The new myBucknell enables academic and administrative offices to customize their myBucknell presences in special ways," said Bedi. "Throughout the coming year, we will work with those offices to help them capitalize upon those improvements."

Contact: Division of Communications


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