If you have used IGoogle or MyYahoo, or paid a bill online, you have used a portal. A portal is the gateway to many Web-based services on one Web site. Information in a portal also can be customized to the user and allows the user choice in layout and information.
We use a variety of Web-based systems including Banner Self-Service (formerly MyMCC), ANGEL, Internet Native Banner, Outlook Web Access and more, which currently require separate sign ons with user names and passwords for each. With the portal, a priority is to provide a single sign on to those systems. You will continue to login to the network and use Microsoft Office software and network files as you do now. Targeted messages based on your role at the College (i.e., student, faculty, staff) will be available through the portal to reduce the amount of e-mail and eliminate messages that may not apply to you. These are just a few of the benefits of using a portal.
The portal is called SCFconnect, replacing MyMCC and including additional web-based services all accessible from a single
Three buttons presently located in the upper right corner of the College Web site-MyMCC, Student e-mail and ANGEL- will be replaced with one SCFconnect icon to the new portal. Since all three of these systems will be available through the portal with a single sign on, these three buttons no longer will be necessary. One click to the portal and you will access all of them. You also will be able to make the portal your default Internet home page or a shortcut on your desktop. (Since the July 1 College name change you will see an animated rotation of the MyMCC and SCF connect buttons in the upper right corner which alerts you of the coming transition to accessing those services via the portal.)
The portal's Targeted Announcements feature allows direct communication based on role (student, faculty, staff, location, group). The portal delivers this information via the Personal Announcement Channel or the College Announcement Channel as appropriate, which all users will have on the Home Tab. The goal is to reduce the number of College e-mail we receive.
Depending on the subject matter, the messages will be sent to the appropriate recipient(s) based on whether you are a student, faculty, staff or group member. For example, announcements pertaining to students are received only by those in the College system with a student role. This makes it possible to get the right information to the right people at the right time.
Yes. Based on your role as student, faculty or employee you will have predetermined information provided to you right up front and easy to access. The information is organized by tabs, channels and icon links.
· Add/modify certain channels and tabs
· Subscribe to certain channels and tabs
What are channels?
Channels ("boxes of content") are the method through which you see information on your tabs. Each tab will contain channels. Some channels are fixed in place (cannot be moved or deleted) and some can be arranged according to user's preference. These include Personal Announcements and College Announcements channels, which are critical to College communication. The channels that are available to you may depend on your role as staff, faculty or student or other definitions you may have in the system such as Finance Administrator. Because of this, other users may have access to different channels than you do.
What is Group Studio?
The system provides a Groups application that allows individuals to create and join online groups, as well as manage homepages dedicated to those groups. These homepages may be members-only areas or intended for general access, depending on whether the group is public or private. Groups provide a calendar and e-mail to group members, message boards, announcements, image and document upload as well as additional features. Groups are a user friendly, online environment ideal for clubs, committees and special task forces. Students must be sponsored by a State College of Florida employee and acting group leader.