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First, for the length in the time between posting articles.

And second, because this is only piece of literary art that you get to read from me today.

IT department switches campus to canvas

By Sydney Sheltz

The Information Technology department at Bethel College will be switching learning management systems from Jenzabar to Canvas.  It is important to note that the MyBethel site will not be going away.

This change mostly affects staff members.  The only change that students will see is in the My Courses tab on the MyBethel site. 

There are two ways for students to access their grades electronically.  One way is via the My Courses tab on the MyBethel website.  Another way is to go to the Student tab on the MyBethel site and clicking on the Student Information tab on the left menu.  From there, a student can access their academic record. 

According to Director of Administrative Computing Harold Rodgers, “Students will still be able to access their grades the way they do now but it will look a little different.”

The IT department is also considering other changes to the layout for the MyBethel site without replacing the site itself. 

In addition to the changes in the learning management system, students will no long be able to access the H-drive. 

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, the campus email was changed to the Microsoft Office365.  Although there were other factors that influenced this decision, the Microsoft Office365 service also includes a file hosting service called OneDrive that allows students to upload and sync files to cloud storage.  In this way, students can access files from any computer or personal device. 

According to Information Systems Manager Todd Lemons, “One of the reasons we switched to Microsoft Office365 so we could have access to OneDrive.  The advantage is that you can upload files to OneDrive and access them on any computer and even personal devices like I-pads or phones.  With the H-drive, you have to be on a campus computer.”

In order to save any documents saved on the student H drive, documents can be uploaded to One Drive or saved externally.  More information will be released closer to the date when the changes will be implemented. 

At that later date, the IT department hopes to have the H drive removed from student access and the learning management system will be switched to Campus. 

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