Category Archives: Eye on LoudCloud

Save all LoudCloud files by July 23!

In order to improve the LoudCloud experience and capacity of our servers, we will be archiving lc.gcu.edu. This site will no longer be available to students to access after July 24, 2014. We encourage you to visit your previous courses on lc.gcu.edu no later than Wednesday, July 23 to access and save any course materials and assignments you may wish to keep on file. You may also download and save your eBook to your personal computer for future access if you wish to do so.

Please be aware that in compliance with GCU’s Learning Management System Availability policy that students are not guaranteed access to courses for more than five (5) weeks following the course end date. We encourage you to keep copies of all files uploaded to your online classrooms and save any course materials and eBooks to a personal computer prior to the end of each course.

Thank you for your understanding.

GCU Bookstore Maintenance Notice

Attention Student and Faculty,

Please be aware that GCU’s online bookstore, eFollett.com, will be unavailable from 7:00 p.m. (CST) Friday, June 13, to 10:00 p.m. (CST) Sunday, June 15 while important upgrades are made to the systems. The Campus Bookstore will still be available and in-stock textbooks can be purchased there. This maintenance only affects students needing to order or rent textbooks from eFollett.com that are not available in an eBook format in your classroom and faculty utilizing the Faculty Online Adoption tool.

We appreciate your patience while eFollett makes these important updates to their system.

Maintenance Scheduled for GCU Student Sites

Attention students!

Several of our student websites and applications will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Saturday, May 24th from 12am – 2am MST. We understand that this is inconvenient for some of you, and we do apologize. Every website needs a little fine tuning from time to time and we scheduled it to occur when the least amount of you are online slaving over your schoolwork.

The following website will be unavailable during the scheduled maintenance:

  • LoudCloud Campus Edition (Ground)
  • Student Portal
  • Graduation Application
  • Student Teaching Application
  • eBooks
  • GCU Media
  • Life Long Learning Application

Be sure to download and save your eBook to your computer and watch any classroom videos or media you might need to complete assignments before the maintenance begins.

During the maintenance, online and graduate students can access your LoudCloud classes directly:

  • If you started a LoudCloud Graduate class after April 10th, 2014. Click Here
  • For all other LoudCloud Graduate classes, Click Here
  • For LoudCloud Undergraduate classes, Click Here

Thanks for your patience while we make these important updates to our GCU systems!

 

Maintenance Scheduled for LoudCloud Undergraduate Site

Attention undergraduate students!

The LoudCloud Undergraduate website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance on Wednesday, April 16th from 1am – 4am MST and Thursday, April 17th from 1am – 4am. Please note that this maintenance does not affect Graduate or Ground students. We understand that this is inconvenient for some of you, and we do apologize. Every website needs a little fine tuning from time to time and we scheduled it to occur when the least amount of you are online slaving over your schoolwork.

Be sure to download and save your eBook to your computer and copy any details you might need from your syllabus or readings before the maintenance begins. If you did plan to do schoolwork during this maintenance window, you can work on your discussion questions by typing them up in Word to copy into your classroom later or complete your reading or assignment for the week.

Thanks for your patience while we make these important updates to LoudCloud!

Graduate Courses Begin Migration to LoudCloud Grad2 Environment

Please be aware that beginning March 20, 2014 we will begin migrating Graduate classes to their own LoudCloud environment. This change will not affect the look of your LoudCloud classroom; the new environment improves the balancing of the load across our servers.

As we migrate courses over to the new Grad2 environment, check back here for a complete list of courses which will be located on Grad2.

*Please note that as of April 17th, all Graduate level courses beginning on or after April 17th, 2014 will now be on LoudCloud Grad2. Students should utilize the Student Portal single sign-on in order to access courses and receive access to their courses 3 days before the start date.

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Should you have any questions about this change, please don’t hesitate to contact Tech Support via phone,  live chat, or on Facebook and Twitter.

We Need Your LoudCloud Feedback!

Grand Canyon University would like to invite you to our gorgeous campus for a feedback session about the LoudCloud platform. We want to know if you enjoy using LoudCloud, if you find it easy to use and if there is any way we can improve the platform. You don’t need to bring anything with you – just your ideas!

LoudCloud Feedback Session
Monday, March 24
6 – 7 p.m.
Roadrunner Conference Room in the Student Union

Win a Starbucks Gift Card!
We’ll have a drawing for those in attendance,
and five winners will receive a Starbucks gift card.

If you have questions or would like to register for this feedback session, please email DL-LMS-Operations@gcu.edu

Join the LoudCloud Focus Group!

Hey students! We value your opinion and your input into your education at Grand Canyon University. We’d like to invite you to take part in a focus group to evaluate LoudCloud, our learning management system.

This focus group will be held for one hour once per month on Monday evening from 6 – 7pm  and continuing through May 2014 on the GCU campus. Participation will be limited to 5 students from each college. If you would like to participate in the focus group, please email DL-LMS-Operations@gcu.edu, stating your college of study. The deadline for responses is Monday, March 10.

We hope you will be able to take part and look forward to hearing from you!

1 Month Update: LoudCloud New Year Resolutions

This year is just flying by already! How are you doing with the New Year Resolutions that you made? Still sticking with them?

Though it seems like a really long time ago already, just last month we posted four New Year Resolutions of our own to improve your LoudCloud experience. You can take a look at what all those resolutions are here.  So how are we doing? I’m happy to report we’ve already made some big strides forward. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

1. Improved performance and reliability

Our IT teams added several additional servers to help balance the load and keep LoudCloud chugging along when everyone is accessing it to turn in assignments or post discussion questions. Though we had some students with connectivity issues in January, we’re happy to report that those issues were a result of various internet service providers having some trouble because of the winter storms battering areas of the US.

2. Improving the Turnitin process.

We’re still working on improving the Turnitin process. Our LoudCloud Focus Group participants provided us some valuable feedback in the January group meeting. While Turnitin is a third-party that provides a service to us and we can’t control processes like the turn-around time you receive your reports, we can help make things better by clarifying assignment details to include when an assignment is required to be submitted to Turnitin and when an assignment isn’t required to be. We’ll be looking for your feedback on that topic from the LoudCloud Feedback Survey you received in your student email earlier this week. Be sure to submit those by February 15th and stay tuned for more on this soon!

3. LoudCloud coming to a tablet near you.

You will probably be most excited to hear that we launched a pilot program for our GCU LoudCloud Bolt app this week. Students selected to participate in the pilot are downloading their LoudCloud app to their iPads and are excited to complete a series of tasks they would normally do on their desktop or laptop computers. They’ll be providing us a lot of feedback about their experiences using the app, so we’ll have more updates on how this is progressing in the near future. So be sure to check back on the blog frequently!

That’s what we’ve got for now and we’re pretty darn proud of the small steps forward we were able to make in just a month! Leave us a comment to let us know what you think or tell us how you’re doing with your own New Year Resolutions. And don’t forget, if you’re a ground student you can get involved by joining our LoudCloud Focus Group!

How To: Add a Picture to Your LoudCloud Profile

Did you know that you can set-up your profile in LoudCloud with a short bio and even a picture? And the great news is that you only have to do it once and your profile will be visible in all of your classes. For the most part, filling in your LoudCloud profile is just like filling in the information on your Facebook profile. There is a size limit for the picture, so let’s take a look at the steps for uploading your photo.

Before we even head into LoudCloud, let’s start by finding the picture you want to upload. Remember, everyone in LoudCloud can see your profile so you’ll want to choose a photo that is appropriate. Head shots that you would feel comfortable adding to your LinkedIn profile or sending to an employer are best. Find the photo on your computer and let’s resize it for LoudCloud.

If you open up your photo files, you can hover your mouse over the picture you’d like to upload and see both the dimensions and file size. LoudCloud has a limit of 10kb for the file size, so you’ll want to make sure your photo’s file size is smaller than that. As with the example above, my file size is 73.2kb, so we’ll need to resize the photo.

Right-click on your photo or select File and then select Open With… from your toolbar. Most likely you’ll at least have the Paint program on your computer. You can quickly and easily resize your photo in Paint.

Resizing in Paint is really easy. Your photo will open and it’s as simple as clicking the Resize button from the toolbar. Click Pixels and I recommend that you resize your image down to 50 x 50. Just enter 50 into either the horizontal or vertical boxes. The dimensions will adjust to kept your photo from stretching. Click OK and save your picture with a new name so that you don’t save over your original. My resized picture is now just 3kb and meets the requirements for uploading to LoudCloud.

Start by clicking on your name on your LoudCloud homepage or class homepage. Your profile will pop open. Click on Change Picture. Browse your computer for your new re-sized picture file. You’ll see your new profile picture added to your profile.

Thanks to the participants of our LoudCloud Focus Group who suggested I blog this tutorial! If you’d like to join our focus group and contribute your feedback about LoudCloud and our LoudCloud resources, take a look here and send an email to us at DL-LMS-Operations@gcu.edu.