myCampus K-12 Alumni Portal Features & Functions
The myCampus Alumni Portal provides individuals who have completed their education with an interactive way to stay connected to their institution and maintain access to academic, social and Alumni Association information all in one place.
Here are some of the key features and functions of myCampus:
Identity Management Integration
myCampus K-12 includes integration to identity management systems such as:
- Microsoft Active Directory
- Oracle Internet Directory
- Oracle Sun Directory Server
- Novell eDirectory
- Central Authentication Service (CAS)
Learning Management System Single Sign-On
myCampus K-12 comes with Single Sign-On to the following LMS systems:
- Blackboard Angel
- Sakai CLE
Social media-addicted myCampus K-12 users have the option of syncing their Facebook information into their portal system. The resulting product is an application that shows account information, such as friend requests, group and event invitations, and unread messages. If users see these stats and want to login to their actual Facebook page, there is a link provided to the social network's external site.
Accompanying Wikis as myCampus K-12 provides tools for group collaboration, message boards allow for conversations within departments and teams that rely on shared ideas and real-time feedback.
Broadcast messages to individual user groups or an entire institution using the myCampus K-12 Targeted Alert system. Individual classes can be notified of an instructor’s upcoming absence, and an entire campus can be kept safe through emergency alerts during inclement weather or other hazardous conditions.
Send messages to individual users with the Targeted Announcements capabilities. This function allows institutions the ability to save thousands of dollars in the printing and shipping of information such as HR paperwork, library late fee notices, and parking ticket distribution, by sending it through the myCampus K-12 portal system. This function can also assist administrators and parents when contacting student organizations with information such as student dues and fees.
Go beyond document sharing. The myCampus K-12 portal system provides full-scale Wikis to facilitate information capture and collaboration among designated project teams, such as classmates and department administrators. Expedite the editing process, bring continuity to communication, and take some of the work out of your work.
myCampus K-12 extends the reach of education by providing direct access from any iPhone device. This power of mobility allows users such as students and faculty members to provide and receive learning and presentation content anytime and anywhere.
The myCampus K-12 web calendar allows users to view important institutional dates, entered by educational administrators, such as holidays and the first and last days of classes, as well as personal dates, bus schedules, deadlines, and celebrations which can be added manually by individual users or imported from other calendars stored on a personal computer or an online dashboard.
Among the calendar systems that myCampus K-12 integrates with are:
- Microsoft Exchange
- Google Calendar
The myCampus K-12 video news portlet suite provides users with an On Demand streaming video player for news, work, and entertainment, including access to Associated Press® (AP®) world news.
SMS Text Messenger
Of the assorted communications tools that are included in the myCampus K-12 portal, one of the most useful has to be the SMS Text Messenger. This feature allows users to send text messages of up to 500 words to the telephones of their friends and contacts – without ever picking up their own cell phone.
Let us know what you think! By providing online, interactive web forms within the myCampus K-12 portal, users can enter information about their portal usage, from satisfaction, to any bugs and problems they may be experiencing – giving you and us the feedback we need to take your myCampus K-12 portal to the next level.
Polls & Surveys
Multiple poll and survey formats can be created and managed with this helpful tool that also keeps track of votes. Many separate polls can be configured and displayed, allowing users to gain instant and consistent access to the most pertinent information and opinions for their departments, organizations, and student groups.
Voting for Student Elections
In addition to the poll and survey creation and management tools already provided in the myCampus K-12 portal, users will also have access to tools necessary for voting in student elections. Now, instead of waiting in lines to complete physical voting, or having to navigate through multiple websites to cast votes online, users can enjoy the simplicity of single sign-on access, instant and understandable voting processes, and automatic voter registration through their myCampus K-12 user accounts.
Saving, storing and viewing photos using the myCampus K-12 provided photo gallery allows students and other users the ability to upload images for private or public viewing, create slideshows, and save images through an external source in case of a computer virus or other software malfunction. This feature is especially appealing to student organizations, who can upload images of recent events for prospective members, current members, and students who may have attended the events to view.
Library Database Integration
The acquisition of knowledge should be a process that takes place with as few clicks as possible. With the myCampus K-12 Library Database Integration system, users have single sign-on access to their institution’s library information, including the ability to read abstracts and reserve books and materials for check out, as well as access to their school’s third party knowledge and content providers, such as research tools and interlibrary loaning systems.
Enterprise Resource Planning Single Sign-On
myCampus K-12 comes with Single Sign-On to the following ERP systems:
- Oracle Peoplesoft
Email & Calendaring System Single Sign-On
myCampus K-12 comes with Single Sign-On to the following e-mail & calendaring systems:
- Microsoft Exchange
- Microsoft Live@edu
- Google Apps
- Novell GroupWise
- IBM Lotus Notes
- First Class
Library Database Integration
- LexisNexis Academic
- Books in Point
- Library Catalog
- EB - Encyclopedia Britannica
- SIRS - Targeted Resources for Research and Learining
- News Bank - NewsBank InfoWeb
- Facts on Files - Online Databases
- CW - Country Watch
- EBSCO - EBSCOhost Online Research Databases
- Library Server ( SIRSI / Dynix)
Internship and Job Hunt
The myCampus K-12 portal system includes a bridge to a popular job hunt aggregate in order to provide members easy access to part-time and full-time employment options, and internships opportunities.
myCampus K-12 leverages the 175,000+ available Google Gadgets to support the imbedding of authorized Gadgets such as:
- WeatherBug Sidebar
- Wikipedia Search
- OnAir Radio Tunes
The myCampus K-12 e-mail sync function allows users to read and manage messages coming directly from their educational institution, such as course information and academic correspondence, as well as personal messages which can be imported from other e-mail servers such as:
- Microsoft Exchange
- Yahoo! Mail
Federated Instant Messenger
Social media allows people to stay connected. While social networking with classmates, faculty, and the student body of a school district are already provided within the portal, myCampus K-12 takes users’ online social lives one step further by allowing them to integrate chats and contacts from their non-school communication devices. Uploading “buddy lists” from sources like AOL Instant Messenger allow users to have one universal communication space, helmed in the portal where they spend most of their online time.
A built-in blog feature allows myCampus users to write and publish their own blogs. With options to keep entries private or send them out publicly for other users to read and subscribe to, writers can compose articles based on their own interests, needs, and preferences.Additionally, the blogging feature allows people to not only create their own posts and pages, but to subscribe to others as well. Keeping up with the shared interests of classmates, friends, and even members of the student body that users haven’t met yet, has never been easier!
Web Content Management
The myCampus K-12 portal system enables and supports authorizing, publishing, approving, and organizing content for the web. Users can utilize the portal’s powerful template system to define and present their materials, including photos, documents and blogs. Through this template system, content can be individually marked for searches, categories, tags, and filters to organize information for users, search engines and website designers.
Composing and storing documents can get confusing in today’s world of multiple word processing systems, assorted programs for saving and backing up document files, and the occasional need to specify pages for personal computer or Mac access. With the myCampus K-12 document library, users can upload and work on projects privately or post publically, eliminating the need for e-mailing and simplifying viewing, editing, and feedback processes. It also provides yet another option for safe storage and access to important paperwork, such as a graduate thesis or final essay exam.
Web 2.0 User Profiles
Profile personalization is a huge draw to sites like Facebook and MySpace. myCampus K-12 follows suit and gives the users what they want by providing options for customization of user spaces and profiles within the portal. Activation of popular features such as Google Gadgets, public blogs and RSS feeds, and a “wall” for friends and classmates to write on, allow an institutional space to also be an individual space.
Other Single Sign-On Functions
n addition to the listed functions that are easily accessible through the myCampus K-12 single sign-on feature, here are a few others that are available to users:
- Grades Portlet
- Schedule Portlet
- EZ Proxy
Communication is key within a school community, which is why there is a directory feature included on the myCampus K-12 site. Users can search within the directory for names, contact information, and instant messenger handles for classmates, faculty, administrators and others based on user groups such as shared classes or student organization affiliation.
If you are interested in learning more about how we can work with you to bring myCampus K-12 to your school, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.