Single Sign On Experience Expanding

Back in July the login process for MySJSU (PeopleSoft) was upgraded. As we mentioned before, we are now integrating most of the other campus apps (Gmail, Canvas, WebEx, et al) in the same way.

This Friday, January 20, the new login screen for most apps will look like:

Screenshot of new login page

Your logged in status will last approximately four hours, after which you’ll have to put in your SJSUOne ID and password again.

New MySJSU Login Experience

Single Sign-On Experience

“Single Sign-On” means that you can log in a single time to one application and won’t have to type in your SJSUOne ID and password when switching to a new application. Your logged in status will last approximately four hours, after which you’ll have to put in your SJSUOne ID and password again.

This update starts with MySJSU, SpartaJobs, and IPSA and is just the initial step. Over time, additional applications on campus (Google Apps, Canvas, WebEx, et al) will be integrated into the system.

On July 27, the login screen for MySJSU will change to:

Screenshot of new login page

New Look For Site

More frequently used apps and links are now larger and placed higher on the page.

Screenshot of updated page

Past Student Transcripts

Past students who have attended SJSU can access unofficial transcripts using the Alumni Transcripts link. Current students can access unofficial transcripts via MySJSU.

It’s Important To Log Out

Since your logged-in status will carry across from app to app, the Apps Portal site now features a large, red logout button. At the end of the day or when you’re done using a public computer, be sure to click the logout button or close all your browser windows. This ends the Single Sign-On session and will keep other people from accessing your accounts.

Security Reminder: Lock Your Computer

If you leave your desk for any period of time during the day, please lock your workstation (on Windows it’s called “Lock this computer,” on Macs it’s called “Sleep”) so no one has access to any of your open applications.

Need Students for 20-Minute Online IT Survey

Student SurveyWhy a Survey?

IT Services invites all current SJSU undergraduate students to participate in a nationwide 2016 IT study survey called ECAR Students and IT Study.

The survey is design to gain an understanding of how our students use technology, student assessment of technical skills, the extent to which students use information technologies in their courses, and their perspectives about the impact of IT on their academic experience. The survey will also compare how our students’ needs are same or different than similar institutions nationwide.

Why Take the Survey?

Students will benefit by participating in this survey as the study will give us further insight to understand general and specific technology trends at SJSU as we move forward to continue implementing Next Gen Technology to better serve our students and campus communities.

Need More Details?

This study is conducted by EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit organization that researches institutions of higher educations information technology market. Their membership comprises of more than 2,200 colleges, universities and educational organizations. For more information, visit ECAR Study of Students and IT.

Ready to Take the Survey?

Please do not share the link with students from other institutions. SJSU is authorized to participate in the study by ECAR/EDUCAUSE. The link will be active until 2 pm on April 15:

Begin the Survey


Powering Silicon Valley Through Technology in Higher Education

by Terry Vahey, Associate Vice President for IT Services, Chief Information Officer

At San José State University, we seek to become and be known as innovation leaders in using technology to enhance teaching and learning in support of student success.  We promote “unbounded learning” through the innovative use of technology in the classroom and across campus. We do this by providing technology services to maximize user collaboration, integration, mobility, and security while protecting and securing university information resources.

Over the past three years, significant upgrades have been made to SJSU’s IT infrastructure to support new collaboration initiatives across the campus.  This has allowed our faculty to test and evaluate innovative pedagogical approaches, from virtual and flipped classrooms to distance learning, asynchronous learning, and hybrid combinations of these strategies.

As Silicon Valley’s number one source of graduates in education, engineering, computer science and business, it is essential for our students to understand how to harness the power of collaboration to be successful in today’s global environment. The earlier we can get students to understand how to work in collaborative, interdisciplinary environments, the more successful they will be when they enter the workplace.  Collaboration technologies currently in the classroom and on campus include the following technologies:

  • The TelePresence Experience allows us to expand the learning environment for everyone by conducting live, lifelike meetings beyond the confines of the classroom walls.  With TelePresence, you can provide access to content and experts anywhere, anytime; bring together multicultural students; and integrate course lectures and live content with learning management systems.
  • SJSU WebEx provides flexible instruction with extended reach online.  Interactive features include recorded class sessions, real-time testing and grading, instant feedback, assessment tracking, breakout sessions, and hands-on labs to deliver a variety of dynamic e-learning opportunities.  Students, Faculty and Staff can access WebEx from the MySJSU homepage, and use their SJSUOne ID & password to sign in.
  • Lecture Capture is a webcasting and video sharing solution that enables schools to create video libraries with simple tagging, archiving, commenting, and retrieval of stored video assets.  Faculty can make recorded class events and activities available to students for review after class. This provides a great alternative when students miss class or when they want to review materials prior to tests.
  • Google Drive is a free Web-based application where documents can be created, edited and stored online. Files can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.
  • Canvas uses Google Docs technology to allow up to 50 collaborators to work together on the same document at the same time. Documents are saved in real-time, meaning a change made by any of its users will be immediately visible to everyone.

Other software tools free to employees and students are located on the IT Services Software Website.

Effective technology integration supports the achievement of student learning outcomes.  It must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts.  Using technology in combination with novel approaches to education enables a more personalized style of learning.  A recent article in CIO Review features Julia Curry-Rodriguez, a SJSU associate professor of Mexican American Studies in the College of Social Sciences, who has discovered an innovative use of technology in the classroom.

Mobility provides the ability for SJSU campus users to access materials, resources and tools they need anytime, from any place, on any device – creating a dynamic learning environment.

Information Security
Maintaining the safety of information assets is vital to the educational, research and operational mission of SJSU.  The campus Information Security Program helps ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of SJSU’s Information through a number of programs designed to:

  1. Build a culture of Information Security.
  2. Promote quality and integrity throughout the University.
  3. Protect information assets and comply with laws, regulations and policies.

For more information visit the Information Security Website

These four foundational components provide agility through technology to improve organizational responsiveness through an advanced technology infrastructure.  We continue to provide technologies, services and resources that support an innovative, engaged learning community and enhance student success at SJSU.  We believe that technology enriches the educational process. It transcends geographical and cultural boundaries to provide greater learning and teamwork experiences.

Information Technology Services (ITS) Updates Service Catalog

After reviewing feedback from the campus community, ITS has launched an update to our service catalog to help familiarize the campus with the services provided by ITS.  The service catalog is a list of some of the most popular services offered to Students, Faculty and Staff.

The content in the service catalog has been more streamlined so Students, Faculty and Staff can find information about IT services faster and easier.  Included in these updates you will find more in-depth information about each service, who can use the service, what is included, how to get the service, how to get support and any costs associated with the service.  Our aim is to make it easier and faster for Students, Faculty and Staff to find information that is relevant to our services.

The updates to the service catalog are ongoing and we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can make the catalog better.

Please visit the Service Catalog for updates.