Belmont’s current BIC/MyBelmont system is receiving a major overhaul, one that is expected to provide a safer, more user-friendly interface. The new system, called simply MyBelmont, is scheduled to officially launch in late December.
“Our goal for this project from the beginning was to make this a much more user-friendly, efficient and effective portal for doing the business of being a Belmont community member,” said April Hefner, assistant director of communications and chair of the MyBelmont Steering Team. “We began the process in summer 2011 interviewing students, faculty and staff as well as looking at Google analytics to make sure we were providing quick and easy access to the content our community needs and uses the most.”
For Phase 1 of the transition to the new MyBelmont, users will find all of the same applications, resources and software that currently exist on BIC, but many of those systems will now operate as part of a single sign-on, allowing individuals to have one user name and password for multiple products including Blackboard, BannerWeb and BruinLink. Future phases of the project intend to add additional apps as single sign on while also expanding content in numerous areas.
While navigating the new MyBelmont, a Launchpad area will remain in the top left-hand corner of the user’s screen. The Launchpad contains commonly-used apps and a list of popular links for more efficient access to frequently requested information. This includes a Faculty Dashboard space as well as links to registration, student convocation credits and employee vacation leave.
Another exciting aspect of the new MyBelmont is the mobile optimization of the site. Students, faculty and staff will now be able to more effectively access the site through their smartphones and tablet devices.
Currently, beta testing for the new MyBelmont is underway with approximately 100 students, faculty and staff from across campus–individuals interested in being beta testers should contact April Hefner for information on registration. The transition to the new MyBelmont is expected to be complete by Dec. 21, and after that time, all campus members will need to register for the new system before starting the spring semester.