Purdue Today

May 7, 2008

OnePurdue: myPurdue demos and other online resources available for faculty, advisors

The myPurdue Web portal will offer many new online self-services after new student systems are released in July. To help introduce system users to myPurdue, several informational resources have been added to the OnePurdue Web site, including video demonstrations, and recordings and slides from past presentations and a town hall meeting.

 In addition, training courses -- both online and instructor-led -- are being developed and planned for this summer.


The online demonstrations now available for faculty, academic advisors and students give basic overviews of the myPurdue portal and how to access and navigate Self-Service Banner (SSB), the name of the application "under the hood" that drives myPurdue and its features. These demos show the portal in its development stage; myPurdue may look different when the final version becomes active in July.

Advisors can see common tasks they'll be doing in SSB covered in these demos:
* Preparing for Student Appointments
* Finding the Alternate PIN
* Viewing Student Schedules

Faculty members can see myPurdue functions specific to them demonstrated in these videos:
* Viewing Student Data
* Viewing Course Rosters
* Entering Final Grades

Although not mentioned in the demos, faculty members will still have the option of using Blackboard to view course rosters and enter final grades.

To view these demonstrations, visit the Banner Demos and Presentations page on the OnePurdue Web site -- www.purdue.edu/onepurdue and click on Enrollment and Student Affairs. (You will need to enter a valid Purdue Career Account username and password to access the demonstration page.) Demos are currently being made for schedule deputies and will be posted there when they are available.

Demos designed specifically for students also are available on this page.


"The demos are good resources and a nice introduction to SSB," said Connie Bilyeu, director of training for ITaP Customer Relations, "but they only offer a quick look. Those who will use the new student systems will learn how to get the most out of them during training and from more complete online documentation."

Bilyeu and her team have been busy preparing training for advisors, faculty and staff members in various departments.

"There will be two types of training for advisors corresponding to their system role assignments," she said. After reading through online SSB navigation documentation, many advisors assigned the SSB role will take a short, hands-on course to learn what they'll need to know in order to use it. These classes will offered beginning about mid-July and continue into August.

"Since advisors will not be enrolling students, and most of them will only use SSB, their training will be straightforward and concise," Bilyeu said.

A smaller number of advisors will perform more advanced administrative functions in the system through another interface called "Internet Native Banner" (INB), and they will have the opportunity to attend hands-on training in late June.

"Core staff in the Bursar's Office, Admissions, Office of the Registrar and other areas will receive their training -- and offered time to practice their new skills -- during June," Bilyeu said.

"We do not anticipate that faculty will need to attend any training classes. Our goal is to offer them short, online documentation and optional hands-on workshops timed to coincide with related semester activities."

Schedule deputies will attend their training about mid-July.

Presentations & More

There have been three events over the past few months that introduced Banner to the Purdue community:

* April 8, 2008, presentation to schedule deputies
* Feb. 5, 2008, presentation to PACADA
* Nov. 15, 2007, town hall meeting

Links to the PowerPoint slides used during each of these, in addition to Breeze recordings of two of them, also are included on the Demos and Presentations page on the OnePurdue Web site.

Other resources are still to come, said University Registrar Bob Kubat, including demos for schedule deputies, brochures, flyers and quick-reference cards.

"We think all these resources will help users not only see the new student systems and learn how to use them," he said, "but also allow them to experience their potential."