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Versatile PhD Now Available in MyNewSchool

_newsOn behalf of the NSSR Dean’s Office and the Center for Student Success – Career Services, the addition of a subscription-based resource called the Versatile PhD is now available in MyNewSchool, and you don’t have to be a PhD student to benefit!

Versatile PhD is an online resource to help humanities, social science, and STEM students in all fields identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers.

A Versatile PhD member account gives you access to community discussion forums, a member directory listing thousands of PhDs working across the United States and Canada, job listings, and information about a wide variety of possible careers.

To get started, please log into MyNewSchool. On the Services tab, click the "Versatile PhD Premium Login" link in the channel named "Versatile PhD". After successfully authenticating, you'll be taken to The Versatile PhD login page to create your VPhD member account.

Change your profile picture in MyNewSchool

From the time we launched the new MyNewSchool, we have heard feedback indicating that you would like the ability to customize the profile image. Today we are releasing a custom feature which allows you to post any image you like as your personal MyNewSchool profile picture. To change your image, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on your profile image to initiate the 'Upload Custom Image' window.
  2. Click the ‘Choose File’ button to select your image.
  3. Select a any .jpg available on your local storage (only the .jpg format is supported).
  4. Click the ‘Upload Image’ button.
  5. Look for the message indicating that you file upload was successful.
  6. You may revert back to your default profile image at any point by selecting the ‘Reset Image’ button.

Note: Any image upload will change only the photo displayed in your MyNewSchool profile. Changing your profile image in MyNerwSchool will NOT alter any image posted in the staff/faculty directory, and will NOT initiate a reprint of your newcard.

Google Calendar Mobile Tip

_calendarIf you are running late, you may not have time to get to a computer. With Google's mobile Calendar App, you can quickly send a message to another person at your meeting, or notify everyone that you are running late right from your phone.

  1. Touch the Calendar icon on the Apps screen.
  2. Tap the event for which you are running late.
  3. Tap Email guests ​and type your message.
  4. Tap the Send​ button.

Document Collaboration with Google Docs

Many of you may be very familiar using "Track Changes," with Microsoft Office. One bit of feedback we repeatedly heard about Google Docs was about its lack of a change tracker. Since Google Docs was initially deployed at The New School, Google has developed a feature called Suggested Edits, which allows comments and responses to changes. Additionally a Comments tool is available, which you can tag people in. The below video from Google provides some tutorial basics about these tools and how they work in New School Google Apps.

Best New School Google Calendar Practices

You have own preferences for managing your time, but here are a few tips to improve your productivity as you plan out your schedule:

  • _calendarYou may want to schedule time on your calendar to complete important tasks. If you get a request via email to do something by a specific date, use the Add to Calendar method to schedule time to complete the task. The email with the request will also be attached to the event when you create it this way. At The New School your calendar availability is displayed by default to all of your colleagues. By scheduling time for your tasks, others will see that you are not available for meetings while you attend to important work.
  • Add an agenda in the event description. Have you ever showed up at meeting uncertain about what to expect? When you schedule a meeting be clear with your invites by including an agenda in the event description. It will help people to come prepared, focused and to stay on topic.
  • Schedule time to read your email. Block out time to read through the email in your inbox every day. That way, while you work, you can focus your attention without being distracted by incoming messages.


Single Sign-on for The New School Housing Application

_buildingHousing-eligible students accessing The New School online housing application will now be automatically logged in when launching the application system through MyNewSchool. In the past you were prompted to re-enter your NetID and password in order to access the application. In the interest of improving your user experience, we have reconfigured the authentication method so that your credentials are automatically provided and you are no longer prompted for your username and password.

With this change the student housing application is now included with a growing list of university services which now offer streamlined authentication via single sign-on, including: MyNewSchool, Google Apps, and Canvas. As such this functionality may be familiar to you already. However, if you would like to learn more about single sign-on, have a look at this story we published back in January when we first began to roll out single sign-on.

New Google Drive app for iOS

Google has released new version of their Google Drive app for iOS. This new app is now available in the App Store and will work with your New School Google Drive. _tablet

New School Google Drive’s new features include:

  • New material design
  • Faster syncing with New School Google Drive on your web browser
  • Improved image viewing and page scrolling (you no longer need to tap “Load more”)
  • A new swipe gesture to go back to a previous view

If you are unfamiliar with this app, the Google Support Center provides lots of training materials. This new iOS version of the Google Drive is available for free download on iPhone and iPad devices.

Google Calendar in MyNewSchool

MNS google calendar filtersRecent maintenance on MyNewSchool has made possible the release of some new functionality: a Google Calendar available directly in MyNewSchool. You now have direct access to all of your calendar event information right in MyNewSchool on the Me page.

Please note that by default this calendar will load events for ALL calendars for which you hold a membership. This feature can be customized however to display only specific calendar(s) associated with your account.

To configure this setting, click the “Filter Calendars” menu in the NewSchool Calendar channel and uncheck any calendars you do not wish to display in this channel.

New School Mail Portlet Restored in MyNewSchool

MNS google mail restoreThe New School Mail portlet in MyNewSchool has been restored following a temporary disruption caused by changes made by Google which impacted the integration of this service with MyNewSchool. Recent maintenance however has resolved this issue and the New School Mail portlet is again functional.

If currently you see a Google Mail portlet indicating that the service is temporarily down, please “Reset Layout” at the top of the page (as displayed) to restore the New School Mail portlet.

Wireless Scanning at The Innovation Center

_wifiDid you know that the Innovation Center at 6 East 16th St., on the 6th floor offers wireless scanning?

This technology learning space features 3 wireless scanners which can be operated directly from your laptop (with a driver installation now available for download). Say goodbye to waiting lists and lines to access a single computer configured for lab scanners. Now any laptop can work as your own personal large format scanning station. Please see the linked instructions on our website for instructions about how to install and operate these scanners.

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