Reminder: Changes to BIONIC 6/25/22

On Saturday, June 25th, BIONIC/PeopleSoft will be updated with a new user interface. The new interface features college-specific branding for Bryn Mawr and Haverford and a new navigation bar at the top of the screen. This post highlights these major changes.

User Interface Guide

New Interface Highlights

  • Mobile-Friendly: many of the resources that community members typically access will be much more functional and easier to use on phones and tablets.
  • Homepage navigator: allows users to toggle between multiple role views.
  • Enhanced navigation: provides easier access to additional functions available to administrative users.

Questions?

Contact the Help Desk at help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

Reminder: Changes to BIONIC 6/25/22

On Saturday, June 25th, BIONIC/PeopleSoft will be updated with a new user interface. The new interface features college-specific branding for Bryn Mawr and Haverford and a new navigation bar at the top of the screen. This post highlights these major changes.

User Interface Guide

New Interface Highlights

  • Mobile-Friendly: many of the resources that community members typically access will be much more functional and easier to use on phones and tablets.
  • Homepage navigator: allows users to toggle between multiple role views.
  • Enhanced navigation: provides easier access to additional functions available to administrative users.

Questions?

Contact the Help Desk at help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

POSTPONED: Phone and Voicemail Outage

Updated 5/19/22 at 9:15am:
This upgrade has been postponed. There will be no phone and voicemail outage on June 4. We will provide an updated schedule as soon as it’s available.
The Bryn Mawr College telephone system will be unavailable on Saturday, June 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
During this time, community members and offices will not be able to make or receive phone calls on campus phones. Voicemail will be unavailable during this time as well.
LITS will be working with our phone system vendor to perform a major upgrade during this time.
Contact the Help Desk with questions: help@brynmawr.edu or 610-526-7440.

Warning: New Phishing Scheme

Please be aware of recent attempts to gather login, password, and other secure personal or College data from Bryn Mawr College community members.

Be on the lookout for messages that appear to be from professors offering “remote work” for money. This is a scam. For details, see this blog post from the University of Michigan.

Do not click links or respond in any way. Delete the message or report it as Phishing in Outlook. If you believe you’ve given your information to a phisher, immediately change your password and contact the Help Desk.

Email scams come in many forms. While we work to keep you informed, attacks are increasingly diverse and sophisticated. It’s not possible for us to warn you of every message before you see it. Be cautious and suspicious. If you ever have a question or suspicion, don’t hesitate to contact the Help Desk.

Contact the Help Desk with questions: help@brynmawr.edu, 610-526-7440, or lits.brynmawr.edu.

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 10: PDF Accessibility Step 2, Reading Order

Last week you learned how to run the Make Accessible wizard in Adobe to remediate an inaccessible PDF. This week we will be discussing the final part of the process in creating an accessible PDF: checking the Reading Order.

PDFs rely on tags to be accessible to screen readers. Tags indicate how a certain element of the PDF is programmed. For example, you must tag a header in a PDF as a header in order for screen readers to recognize it. Secondly, you must make sure that all the tags are in the proper order so that a screen reader or text to speech program can read out the elements in the right sequence.

To make sure the tags are correct and in the right order, follow the steps listed in this tech doc under the heading Manually Check for Logical Reading Order.

Next, head to the Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Moodle page and complete the Week 10 challenge in order to get the final clue.

If you have completed all of the activities this semester, you will have the full riddle once you finish the Week 10 challenge. The treasure is hidden on campus and ready for you to come and find! There is one prize for everyone who has registered, and each is prize is labeled by name. The treasure will be available until May 16th.  Please contact Grace Cipressi, if you are unable to find the treasure by that date.

Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Week 9: PDF Accessibility Step 1, Make Accessible

PDFs by their nature are not accessible. Whenever you can, it is best to use a Microsoft Word document instead of a PDF. However, in the case where a PDF is your only option, there are steps you can do to make it as accessible as possible.

Create an Accessible PDF from Scratch

The best way to create an accessible PDF is to create a Word document and then convert it to a PDF using the appropriate steps. If you realize there is an error in the PDF once you make it, it is best to then delete that PDF, go back to the original Word document, correct the error in Word, and then make a new PDF.

Make an Existing PDF Accessible

To make an existing PDF accessible you need to follow a two-part process.

  1. Run a PDF through the Make Accessible wizard.
  2. Check reading order.

For this week, read the Make PDFs Accessible with Adobe Acrobat tech doc and just focus on the first step of running the Make Accessible wizard. Next week we will practice reading order.

Once you are done reading the tech doc, head over to the Keep Calm and Check Accessibility Moodle page and complete the Week 9 activity to get this week’s clue.

PS: This is the last week to register to participate in this challenge! Register by April 15th in order to have treasure with your name on it hidden on campus for you to find!