D-ECU News              
News and Information for ECU Distance Education Students 
                                                                                                                                                      March 06, 2007

 In This Issue
March 2007

 1.  DE Faculty Feature

 2.  DE Student Feature
 3.  Joyner Library
 4.  Passphrase Protection
 5.  Daylight Savings Time 
 6.  DE Forum
 7.  Technology Survey

 8.  Blackboard
Banner Registration 
10. Online Training


Joyner Library
Connecting with DE Students

The Spring 07 issue of Joyner Library’s distance education newsletter, DECove, is now available online.  DE students please lookout for an important library survey called LibQual.  You will receive an email asking you to participate in the online survey.  Only students in online courses are being surveyed, so please respond and help us better serve you --ECU’s DE library patrons!  Those taking part in the LibQual survey will become part of a drawing pool from which three entries will be randomly chosen to receive 3 great prizes! 

Distance Education Forum in OneStop

Have you checked out the Distance Education forum yet?  This forum is a place for distance education students to share ideas, questions, or comments.  Feel free to post new discussion topics as you communicate throughout the Spring semester.  To access the Distance Education forum in OneStop, log in at the following  URL https://onestop.ecu.edu/onestop/  and click the Community tab.

Technology Survey

Academic Outreach conducted a student technology survey  February 7-9.   We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their participation.  We will have the outcome of the survey soon.  Those who participated in the survey and provided us with an email address have been entered in a prize drawing. The winners will be notified soon, so be on the lookout for your prize notification.

Blackboard Update 

If you have any questions about Bb after March 15th you will need to supply either your email ID or your Banner ID to identify yourself. 

To find your Banner ID login to ONESTOP   /  Click the PROFILE button / and look for your ECU ID.  Your ECU ID is the Banner ID.  If you have any questions please email longm@ecu.edu


New Horizons Online Training

ITCS offers Web-based non-curriculum training courses that are freeof charge to all ECU faculty, staff, and students.  You can choose from a comprehensive library of courses that cover: Microsoft Office software, operating systems, Web browsers, Web design/layout and programming,  Adobe software, and much more. These courses are beneficial for personal development, self-paced learning or faculty course enhancements.

Submit an online New Horizons account request  form at www.ecu.edu/itcs/webtraining.cfm to receive a userid and password within 2-3days. For more information, please go to www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/training.cfm or contact Gloria Schwartz 328-9129; schwartzg@ecu.edu or Rita Bilbro 328-9183; bilbror@ecu.edu





  East Carolina University
  Office of Academic Outreach
  301 Evans Street ~ Suite 401
  Greenville, NC 27858

Faculty Feature - Dr. Ralph Rogers
College of Technology & Computer Science

The old School of Industry and Technology which has evolved in to today’s College of Technology and Computer Science was the first unit at ECU to offer an on-line degree program.  Since this initial effort, the College has continued to expand its offerings to include graduate and undergraduate opportunities for online degrees. The College is committed to serving and celebrating our distance education students.  We are also committed to providing a full range of opportunities and services to place bound students.

Distance education is a fundamental element of strategic vision of our College for providing technology based careers for the working students of North Carolina. Our DE students represent an undeniable asset for the growth of all North Carolina.

Dr. Rogers is the Founding Dean of the College of Technology and Computer Science at
East Carolina University. Prior to joining ECU, Dr. Rogers was Chair and Professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University. AT ODU, he was the founding director of the National Center for System of Systems Engineering (NCSOSE). He graduated from Ohio University in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering. He subsequently obtained an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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DE Student Feature - Meet James Doty

College of Technology & Computer Science

When I made the decision to obtain my BSIT degree, I was a machinist working an average of sixty hours per week at a small fabrication shop in Ayden, NC. Many days I worked an excess of 16+ hours, which is not optimal for taking face-to-face classes.  Fortunately, I became aware of the BSIT 2+2 distance education programs available at ECU.  With the BSIT program, I am able to incorporate the required coursework into my busy schedule. ECU accepted the credits I earned in my AAS degree in Tool, Die, and Mold Making from Craven Community College, which allowed me to be admitted as a junior as opposed to having to start as a freshman.

Shortly after starting the BSIT Manufacturing Curriculum, I was hired by NACCO Materials Handling Group in Greenville, NC as Fabrication Machine Operator on second shift.  The transition from a first shift to a second shift position had absolutely no impact on my course schedule because all of my classes were online.  The flexibility of my academic schedule allowed me to take classes without them impacting my work performance and schedule at NACCO.  Being enrolled in the BSIT program has allowed me to excel both professionally and academically at the same time.  Now, almost three years later, I am a senior in the BSIT program and because of what I have learned from my professors at ECU and NACCO Materials Handling Group; I have been promoted to Quality Engineer for the Main Building Assembly area.  I cannot emphasize enough how valuable the insights that I have gained from my classes are in my position as Quality Engineer.

If I had been told three years ago that my life would change this drastically as a result of pursuing my BSIT degree online through the College of Technology and Computer Science, I would not have believed it.  I will admit that there have been challenges associated with working a full time job, juggling family-related obligations and course work during the last three years; however, I can tell you that the prize is more than worth the cost.  I would encourage anyone interested in pursuing a higher education, but is limited by a full time job or an off shift to strongly consider distance education.

After obtaining my BSIT degree, I plan to continue my education by completing a Masters Degree in Industrial Technology via distance education in the College of Technology and Computer Science and will strongly consider a PhD.  My classes are flexible enough that they have become part of my lifestyle and not a burden.                     

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Protect Your Passphrase: It’s a Matter of Life and Theft
           Information Technology and Computing Services

Occasionally, your passphrase might expire before you get a chance to change it, or you might get locked out of your accounts due to a technical glitch, so you need your passphrase reset. Since you use your ECU PirateID and passphrase to access accounts like e-mail and OneStop that house important and confidential information, you want to be sure that no one but YOU can request a change to your passphrase.

To better protect your identity and digital information, ITCS is offering three different options  for resetting your passphrase..... more

Daylight Saving Time Change - Impacting Windows,

Macs, Outlook and Entourage, Mobile Devices

This year, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will start on March 11, 2007, which is three weeks earlier than usual, and it will end on November 4, 2007, which is one week later than usual .
Students will need to run Windows Update so the time change will occur on their machines.

Windows Vista is already updated with the new Daylight Saving Time and no action is required. Home computer users should visit the
Microsoft Web site to determine the steps you need to take to update your clock.
For more information and links to software updates for Macs and mobile devices, please visit: http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/dst.cfm.   

*The United States Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed by Congress in July 2005, extends Daylight Savings Time approximately four weeks.

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Banner Update

Registration Information for DE Students

Summer Registration                                        

March 19-20

March 30 - May 16 Summer I
March 30 - June 22 Summer II

Take this opportunity to contact your advisor and discuss registration. Your academic advisor will assist you with clarifying your academic goals and deciding on the appropriate courses for which to register. Once you select your courses, communicate with the registration contact from your department via e-mail or phone to request to register for courses. A listing of advisors and registration contacts is available on the Options website www.options.ecu.edu . Select “Current Students” from the left hand menu, then select “Academic Advisors” under Registration. Classes fill quickly so we encourage you to request to register early. A current list of available courses is available on the Options website www.options.ecu.edu by selecting  What courses are offered”. 

Fall Registration   Beginning on March 22nd, with fall 2007 registration, ECU will be  
      implementing the new Banner registration process.

What is Banner? Banner is a higher education software system that enables students to 
      easily access educational information and register for classes in a whole 
      new way. Check the ECU Banner website at
      regularly for updates as we transition to this new and improved software system.

Information you will find on the thisisbanner.com website includes:

·          FAQ’s

·          Registration Tutorials

·          Help Desk contacts/hours

·          Student information found in Banner

Most DE students will now be able to register online via OneStop; some students will continue to be registered through their department.  Undergraduate students will be assigned a registration pin number that will allow for completion of online registration. Graduate students will not be required to have a pin number for registration.


Step 1

Login to OneStop (www.onestop.ecu.edu) with PirateID &Passphrase & select theBanner link from Tools page.

Step 2

Select the Student and Financial Aid link then Select the Registration link.

Step 3

Select the Add or Drop Classes link. Enter your Registration PIN ( Add “0” in front of your 5 digit code that you received from advisor ), select correct term, & select the Class Search link to look for courses. Graduate students will not be required to have a pin number for registration.

Step 4

Choose the subject for which you are looking. You can choose to enter a course number, choose instructional method, instructor, time and/or day.

Step 5

Once you have entered your information, select the Class Search link at the bottom. This returns a list of all courses meeting the criterion you entered. Select the section you want by checking the box next to that section.

Step 6

After checking the appropriate section, scroll to the bottom & select the Register link.

Step 7

You will be taken back to your schedule to view it with the new class added. If there were any errors (pre-requisite, co-requisite, other restrictions), the error would display with your schedule and the course will not be added.

Step 8

Repeat steps 3-7 to add additional classes.

Step 9

To Drop classes from your schedule page, pull the drop down menu beside the course you wish to drop and select **Web Dropped**

Step 10

At the bottom, select the Submit Changes link and the course will be removed from your schedule.

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