Laptop Requirements and Setup
Before coming to campus for orientation, review minimum computer requirements at it.wvu.edu/services/students/computer-buying-guide. You can also download free antivirus protection and Microsoft Office for students.
Note: Internet Explorer 9, Chrome, and the most recent version of Mozilla Firefox will fail the eCampus browser check. Most of the functionality should work within the new browser but these browsers have not been certified as compatible.
Information Technology Assistance
B&E IT HelpB&E Room 368
Standard Hours: M-F: 8:15am - 4:45pm
- First-level wireless configuration assistance Symantec Anti-virus and Adware/Spyware software installation/questions
- General questions about laptop hardware and software
WVU IT Services it.wvu.edu
1 Waterfront Place
304-293-4444 x 2
Standard Hours: M-Th: 7:30am – midnight; F: 7:30am – 8pm; Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 10am – midnight
- WVUID, MIX, and eCampus issues
If you are not a proficient Excel user, you may want to consider some self-study prior to the start of classes. We find that some of our students struggle in the initial classes if they lack sufficient Excel skills. Some of the ways you can accomplish this are:
- WVU OIT workshops and/or handouts: it.wvu.edu/services/training
- Online Training through lynda.com: it.wvu.edu/services/training/lynda
Both of the above options are available to you at no charge as a WVU student.
Collaborative Work Space Recommendations
Sharing Documents: Google Docs and Google Drive
If you are looking for an easy way to share and collaborate on documents with other people in your team, Google Docs is a web-based alternative to the Microsoft Office suite. It allows all parties involved to collaborate and edit a document at the same time. You can see team members updating the document while you’re working. This means no more saving and sending one word document back and forth while trying to complete a group project. Google Docs and Google Drive are available for free through your MIX Gmail account.
Virtual Meeting: Google+ Hangouts
Google+ Hangouts is a free video chat service from Google that enables both one-on-one chats and group chats with up to 10 people at a time. It can be accessed via laptop and desktop computers as well as some mobile devices. In addition to video chatting, Google Hangouts users can share documents, scratchpads, images and YouTube videos with other users.
The only thing you need is a Google account, a webcam, and a microphone. You’ll need to install the Google voice and video plugins to get started. Once you do, you can also use video in Gmail, iGoogle, and Orkut. It’s now one of the easiest ways to see a group of friends at one time. To get started, visit: plus.google.com/about
Virtual Meeting: Skype
Skype is a platform for doing things together, whenever you’re apart. Skype’s text, voice and video chat make it simple to share experiences with teammates no matter where they are.
The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer and videoconferencing. To get started, visit: www.skype.com/en/
WVU eCampus is the web-based course management system used at WVU. WVU eCampus provides instructors and students with access to online course materials from anywhere at any time. eCampus uses intuitive web-based tools that allow students to access course-related materials, turn in assignments, upload projects, take assessments, and facilitate learning all from outside of the classroom environment. Students and teachers can interact with discussion postings, internal email, and even live chat sessions. Courses are released to students in WVU eCampus on the first day of class at 8 a.m. EST. Generally, students will have access to a course in eCampus for only a couple weeks after course completion.
eCampus will be covered as a topic during orientation. For more information and training: it.wvu.edu/services/training/ecampus
eCampus Mobile App
West Virginia University eCampus is now accessible via mobile app. eCampus can be accessed on iOS and Android mobile devices. Blackboard Mobile Learn is a simple, intuitive mobile application. The app gives students access to check grades and assignments, view documents, create discussion and blog posts and complete a variety of other tasks for each course. Instructors are also able to post announcements, view class rosters and more.