Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Google+ Emails

As members of Macalester begin to use Google+, they will create their own Circles. Consequently, you may get emails saying: Someone has added you to his or her circles and invited you to join Google+. If you receive emails like this, you have two options: Act or Ignore

Act: If you want to act, you can Sign Up or you can also add someone to Circles. Follow the links to complete either process.

Ignore: You are welcome to ignore these emails by deleting them or archiving them for a future time.

Throughout spring semester, keep and eye out for workshops and blog posts with more information about Google+ and how to use it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Google+ Comes to Macalester

We're pleased to inform you that we've brought Google+ to your Macalester account! Google+ is a social media tool that introduces new ways for our community to connect and communicate with each other. For an overview of Google+ features, check out the Google+ Overview. For details on using Google+, see the Google+ Help.

Joining Google+
The first step to joining Google+ is to create your Google+ Profile. Make sure to join using the same name you use for your Macalester email. Learn more

Join now at!

Feature highlights

  • Google+ Profiles: Create a profile with information about yourself. For example, you can add information about your classes, campus activities or groups, projects, and expertise. You can choose which information is visible to others inside or outside Macalester. The only exception is your name, which is always publicly visible. Learn more about Google+ Profiles
    • Birth Date: When asked to enter your birth date, enter your actual birth date. If you enter an incorrect birth date, you risk locking yourself out of your account. Learn more about Google+ age requirements
  • Circles: Share information with specific people by organizing your contacts into circles. For example, create circles for friends, classmates, co-workers, courses, projects, or special-interest groups on campus. Learn more about circles
    • Also, when posting content, you can quickly share it with everyone at our institution, even if you haven't added all of them to a circle, by choosing Macalester College from the list of sharing options.
  • Streams: You receive posts from others in your stream. This is where you can find and engage with content that's shared with you. Learn more about streams
  • Hangouts: Connect and communicate with others in multi-way video rooms called hangouts. You can also preview “hangouts with extras,” which provides screen sharing and integrates with Google Docs for collaborative editing. When you start or join your first hangout, you’ll be prompted to install the Google Voice and Video Chat plug-in for your Web browser. Learn more about hangouts
  • Picasa Web Albums: Because Google+ uses Picasa Web Albums for photo sharing, we've also turned on this service for your Google Apps account. When you share photos, they're stored in Picasa Web Albums, which you can access at
  • Mobile access: You can use Google+ on mobile devices, using either a native app or a mobile Web browser. Learn more
Some important reminders
Learn more about using Google+ on campus
Over the course of spring semester, ITS will provide workshops, information sessions, Daily Piper notifications, and online resources for our community to learn more about Google+. Check out the ITS training webpage for more information.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Google Apps: Comfortable, Cozy, Compact

In the New Look, Google introduced more white space and added settings that let you adjust exactly how much white space you see. Gmail automatically adjusts the amount or “density” of information on a page by choosing Comfortable, Cozy, Compact. 

The “Display Density” setting affects how much space you see between labels, around inbox sections, and between individual messages in your inbox. In Gmail, Calendar or Docs, open the large gear menu and choose a different Display Density setting. 

  1. Click the gear icon at the top corner of your inbox.
  2. Choose from Comfortable (least dense), Cozy, and Compact (densest)
If you don’t see an immediate change, it’s because your browser is currently smaller than permissible with the selected density. For additional assistance with this feature, contact the ITS Help Desk.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Reminder: Maintenance Day Saturday January 7

This is a reminder that ITS has scheduled a regular system maintenance period for Saturday, January 7 2012, beginning at 6:00 AM and ending by 12:00 noon.  We will be performing upgrades, testing connections, patching, rebooting and doing other tasks to keep our critical campus information systems running efficiently.

Please expect that all networked services will be unavailable, either completely or intermittently, during the maintenance period.  That said, this will be a rolling, staged maintenance.  Many affected services will be down for only short periods sometime during the morning, rather than the entire six hours.  Internet access and email will NOT be affected. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ramón Rentas via email ( or at 651-696-6633.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Spring 2012 Moodle Course Sites Available January 3

To prepare for our upcoming semester, Spring 2012 class sites in Moodle will be activated today, Tuesday January 3, 2012. Fall 2011 course sites will be moved to the MoodleArchive and will be available there to help you build your new course sites. Moodle will be unavailable from approximately 10:15 to 11:15 AM today to facilitate this work. If you have any questions, or would like help with Moodle, please contact your Academic Information Associate or the ITS Help Desk at 651-696-6525 or