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March 14
Insert Poll Everywhere Polls to PowerPoint (PC)
Engage your audience by including live polls in your PowerPoint presentations. With live polling via text message or the web, you can ask the audience anything, they can ask you anything, or you can all interact together. Responses will update instantly on the slide within your presentation.

Before we begin, make sure that you have gone to my.highpoint.edu and logged in using your HPU username & password. Click on your HPU role (faculty/staff/student) in the top right hand corner and select Poll Everywhere from the My Applications menu.

To insert your polls in PowerPoint you need access to the Poll Everywhere PowerPoint App on the computer that you will be using to present your presentation. By default, the add-in has been installed on all HPU computers (faculty, staff, instructor stations, and virtual machines).

TIP: If you do not see the add-in on your HPU computer you may need to log off and then log back into your computer. If you still experience an issue, please submit a Helpdesk ticket through the ticketing system, helpdesk.highpoint.edu.

Poll Everywhere in PowerPoint

From PowerPoint you can create new polls and insert polls, surveys, and screenshots directly into your presentations.

1.       Locate and open Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer.

2.       Click on the Poll Everywhere tab in the ribbon and select Log in.

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3.       Enter your HPU email address, you will be prompted to click on the HPU single sign-on, and enter you HPU username and password.


4.       Once logged in to Poll Everywhere, you can use the Poll Everywhere ribbon to create a new poll or insert an existing poll into your presentation.

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The poll(s) will appear in your PowerPoint. However, depending upon the design of your presentation, the formatting of the slides may be altered. You can alter the poll as you would any content within your PowerPoint presentation, including resizing it and customizing the slide background.

Insert Poll Everywhere Polls to PowerPoint  4.pngTIP: In order for the poll to be active, you must be in slideshow mode and the computer displaying the presentation must be connected to the internet.

If you would like to use the add-in to present a poll in PowerPoint from a personal computer, you will need to manually download the add-in from Poll Everywhere polleverywhere.highpoint.edu.

Download the App

The Poll Everywhere app can be accessed from within Poll Everywhere and should be manually installed on any non-HPU computer that you will be using to present a Poll Everywhere poll in your PowerPoint presentations.

1.       From the My Polls page, click PowerPoint from the left hand menu, under the Download the app section.

2.       Once installation has begun, you may have to open your downloads folder and start the installation, depending on your browser.

Once complete, you will be able to create new polls or insert polls, surveys, and screenshots from Poll Everywhere within your PowerPoint presentation.

Use the Poll Everywhere Add-in to insert polls into your PowerPoint presentation and create an engaging opportunity for you to gather information in real-time. Poll Everywhere is fast and easy to use, and can be accessed through your phone, the web, and twitter. Through HPU you have access to a paid version of Poll Everywhere that allows up to 4,500 responses for a single poll question.

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance from the Computing Training Services (CTS) team about using Poll Everywhere, please submit a Helpdesk ticket through the ticketing system, helpdesk.highpoint.edu.​

Insert Poll in PPT- PC.pdf

March 14
Insert Poll Everywhere Polls to PowerPoint (Mac)

Engage your audience by including live polls in your PowerPoint presentations. With live polling via text message or the web, you can ask the audience anything, they can ask you anything, or you can all interact together. Responses will update instantly on the slide within your presentation.

Before we begin, make sure that you have gone to my.highpoint.edu and logged in using your HPU username & password. Click on your HPU role (faculty/staff/student) in the top right hand corner and select Poll Everywhere from the My Applications menu.

To insert your polls in PowerPoint you need access to the Poll Everywhere PowerPoint App on the computer that you will be using to present your presentation. By default, the add-in has been installed on all HPU computers (faculty, staff, instructor stations, and virtual machines).

TIP: If you do not see the add-in on your HPU computer please submit a Helpdesk ticket through the ticketing system, helpdesk.highpoint.edu.

Poll Everywhere in PowerPoint

From PowerPoint you can create new polls and insert polls, surveys, and screenshots directly into your presentations.

1.       Locate and open Microsoft PowerPoint on your computer.

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2.       Open the Launchpad and click on the Poll Everywhere app.

3.       Enter your HPU email address, click on the HPU single sign-on, and enter you HPU username and password.

4.       Once logged in to Poll Everywhere, you can use the Poll Everywhere app to create a new poll or insert an existing poll into your presentation.

The poll(s) will appear in your PowerPoint. However, depending upon the design of your presentation, the formatting of the slides may be altered. You can alter the poll as you would any content within your PowerPoint presentation, including resizing it and customizing the slide background.

TIP: In order for the poll to be active, you must be in slideshow mode, you must have the Poll Everywhere app open, and the computer displaying the presentation must be connected to the internet.

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If you would like to use the add-in to present a poll in PowerPoint from a personal computer, you will need to manually download the add-in from Poll Everywhere polleverywhere.highpoint.edu.

Insert Poll Everywhere Polls to PowerPoint (Mac) 3.pngDownload the App

The Poll Everywhere app can be accessed from within Poll Everywhere and should be manually installed on any non-HPU computer that you will be using to present a Poll Everywhere poll in your PowerPoint presentations.

1.       From the My Polls page, click PowerPoint from the left hand menu, under the Download the app section.

2.       Once installation has begun, you may have to open your downloads folder and start the installation, depending on your browser.

3.       When prompted, install the Poll Everywhere Presenter app in your applications folder.

Once complete, you will be able to create new polls or insert polls, surveys, and screenshots from Poll Everywhere within your PowerPoint presentation.

Use the Poll Everywhere Add-in to insert polls into your PowerPoint presentation and create an engaging opportunity for you to gather information in real-time. Poll Everywhere is fast and easy to use, and can be accessed through your phone, the web, and twitter. Through HPU you have access to a paid version of Poll Everywhere that allows up to 4,500 responses for a single poll question.

If you have any questions or are in need of assistance from the Computing Training Services (CTS) team about using Poll Everywhere, please submit a Helpdesk ticket through the ticketing system, helpdesk.highpoint.edu.

Insert Poll in PPT - Mac.pdf

March 14
Create and Share Poll Everywhere Polls

Poll Everywhere allows you to create web-based question polls that can be answered online, by text message, or through Twitter. Poll Everywhere questions allow you to create a single poll that prompts your participants to interact. There is also a survey option which allows you to create a group of polls to be used for self-paced questionnaires, pre or post assessment, and quizzes.

Before we begin, make sure that you have gone to my.highpoint.edu and logged in using your HPU username & password. Click your HPU role (faculty/staff/student) in the top right hand corner, and select Poll Everywhere from the My Applications menu.

If this is your first time logging in to Poll Everywhere you may have to click the red button, labeled Create your first poll in order to see the Create a Poll pop-up wizard. Every sequential time you will automatically be taken to the Create a Poll pop-up wizard. 

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Below is an example of how the Create a Poll pop-up wizard should look. ​

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Create a Poll

Using the Create a Poll pop-up wizard we will now walk through the step-by-step directions to create a poll.

1. There are six different types of polls that you can create, and each allows you to edit the way your polls can be viewed and how participants will interact and respond to it. ​

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See a description of the different types of polls below and select the one you would like to create.

  • ​Multiple Choice - participants choose from the response options.
  • Word Cloud - participants respond freely, responses display larger or smaller indicating the frequency of a response.
  • Q&A - participants respond and can agree or disagree with other responses.
  • Rank Order - participants rank the response options you provide.
  • Clickable Image - participants click on an image to cast their vote(s).
  • Open-Ended - participants respond freely with any response they desire.​
​​2. Enter your Question & Answer Choices depending on the question type you have chosen.
​There is the option to add another activity, or question.

3. When you are done adding questions, click Create at the bottom of the pop-up window.  

TIP: Keep in mind that at any time, within Poll Everywhere, you can quickly get back to this Create a Poll pop-up wizard by clicking the plus sign (+) in the top right hand corner. 

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Quick Edits

After your poll has been created there are some options to make quick edits to the look and feel of your poll, as well as how the results will display. These options will depend greatly on what type of poll you decide to create and whether or not you already have responses to your poll. Below are some of the most common options you will see.

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TIP: To present/share your poll you will have to Activate it or display it in Full Screen mode in order for users to respond. 

Configure, Test, and Present

When creating a poll there are three tabs in the top right hand corner of the screen. Using the menu on the right, you can configure response settings for the survey as a whole, or for individual poll questions. 

  • Configure - identify how people can respond (website, text, and twitter), the response settings (how many times they can respond, anonymity, who can respond, if they change their answer, and create a custom reply message), and lock/unlock the time when the poll will be available for responses. ​
  • Test - try out the web and text message options for responding to the poll you have created. 
  • Present - choose how you will present the poll; also gives you access to the share options.

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​​Create and Share Poll Everywhere Polls 7.pngMake sure to click the red Save button when you're done editing your options

Share Polls

After you have created a poll and chosen the configure and present settings it is now time to start thinking about how you would like to share your poll with participants to begin gathering responses. There are a few different ways to share your poll and below we will look at these.

  • Sharable Response link – a link that allows participants to respond to a poll without seeing the results.

  • Direct link to your page – a link that will take participants to the presenters Poll Everywhere webpage to respond to any active polls.

  • Live Results link – a link that allows participants to respond to a poll while seeing the results live.

  • Embed Poll – display your poll directly in a presentation, within your Blackboard course, or anywhere embed codes can be used. A poll that is embedded within a presentation or web page will update in real time.
My Polls Page

Clicking Polls in the top left hand corner of the page will take you to your My Polls Page. From this page you are able to see all of the polls that you have created, make edits to your polls, activate a poll, and group/ungroup questions together. At any time while you are in Poll Everywhere if you want to create a poll, there are two options of how you can do this.

1.       Click the plus sign.

2.       From the My Polls page, click the create button.

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Poll Everywhere is fast and easy to use, and can be accessed through your phone, the web, and twitter. It is free for anyone to use, but the free version has limitations. Through HPU you have access to a paid version that will allow you to obtain up to 4,500 responses for a single poll question. Consider some of the many ideas of how you could use Poll Everywhere when you begin creating your polls, such as for taking attendance, gathering feedback and evaluations, and starting discussions. 

Create and Share Polls.pdf
December 02
Attend Lync/Skype for Business Meeting as a Guest

In order to participate in a Lync/Skype for Business meeting you will need to have Lync/Skype for Business installed on your computer. If it is not installed on your computer, you can choose to install the Web App plug-in, which will allow you to participate in scheduled Lync/Skype for Business meetings.

Once the Web App is installed on your computer you will not have to install it again. The biggest difference you will encounter when taking part in a Lync/Skype for Business meeting through the Web App is the sign on aspect. Instead of using High Point University credentials you will attend the meeting as a guest. 

Join the Meeting

In order to join a Lync/Skype for Business meeting, a link to join the meeting will need to have been shared with you. You will use this link to begin the process of installing the Web App plug-in.

From the meeting request, email, or however the link was shared with you, click the Join Lync Meeting link.

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If you do not have Lync/Skype for Business installed on your computer, you will be taken to a website where you can begin the installation process. 

 1. Your default web browser will launch allowing you to install the Web App plug-in. This plug-in is required for audio, video, and screen sharing.

  • Follow your computer's instructions for downloading and installing the plug in. 
  • When prompted, select to Trust and Allow and/or Allow and Remember the website and plug-in file.

 2. ​​​Join the meeting as a guest by typing your name in the guest box or sign-in using your HPU credentials (HPU email address and password).

3. Click Join the meeting

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Once you have joined the meeting you will be able to interact and participate in the Lync/Skype for Business meeting.

Web App Interface

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​​​​A. Participant List -- View participants in the meeting by clicking on the participant icon to show the participant list.

B. Exit Meeting – Click on the Exit Meeting icon to leave the meeting. You can also exit the meeting from the additional options area (E).

C. Instant Messages – Click on the IM icon to show the chat area to the left. Type your message, and press the Enter/Return key on your keyboard to send a message to all participants. There options to customize your text style and color and also to add emoticons.

D. Options:

  • Add your own video using your webcam, by clicking on the camera icon to see a preview of your own video. Then, click start video. 
  • You can mute your audio by clicking on the phone handset icon. When muted, the icon will appear with a red slash through it.
  • To share your screen, click on the screen icon. Pick between the options of sharing your entire screen, a certain monitor, an individual program, or creating and sharing polls and surveys.

E. Additional Options 

  • The phone icon allows you to change the volume of an audio call.
  • The ellipses icon (3 dots) presents you with options to view meeting entry information, choose meeting options, exit the meeting, and get help from Microsoft about Lync/Skype for Business.

Consider these helpful tips:

Is a web camera needed to attend? You do not need a web camera to attend an online meeting. If you have a webcam, it will allow you to add video but is not a requirement.

Do I need a headset? All you need to use the Lync Web App is a speaker and microphone. Using a laptop, you can use your computer's built-in audio or call into the meeting, joining the audio by phone.

Can I record the meeting? PC users of Lync/Skype for Business can record meetings. This is currently not an available Mac feature.

 Attend Lync/Skype for Business Meeting as a Guest.pdf

August 19
Bb: Course Availability & Start Date

Courses marked unavailable in Blackboard are not visible or accessible to students. Unavailable courses can be accessed by instructors, TAs, or anyone who has an administrative-access role, which allows instructors to build the course site before making it available to students. Even if a course is marked as available, students may not have access to the course until the course's start date. Course start dates in Blackboard are defaulted to the first official day of the given semester. However, in Blackboard this start date can be changed by the instructor so that students can access a course before the default start date.

Before we begin make sure that you have gone to my.highpoint.edu and logged in using your HPU username and password. Click Blackboard Learn from the Quick Links menu.

TIP: Many features in Blackboard require that Edit Mode is ON in order for instructors to make changes to course structure and content. You will not be permitted to edit the course menu if Edit Mode is set to OFF. 

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Make a Course Available

By viewing your course list in Blackboard you will be able to quickly see if any of your courses are set to available or unavailable. If courses are available, they will not have anything but the course name in the list. Unavailable courses will be marked with the word "unavailable" beside the course name in your course list.

If you would like to make your Blackboard course available to students, follow the directions below.

1. From the Course Management Control Panel menu, click on Customization and select Properties. ​
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2. In the Set Availability section click Yes to make the course available to students.
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3. Click Submit.

A course must be available in order for enrolled students to view or access the course and its content.

Change Course Start Date

Students enrolled in a course will not be able to see or access a course until the start date. The default start date coincides with the first official day of the given semester.

Students are enrolled into courses 15 days before the first day of class. If you would like to open up your course early to students, you have the option to make your course available before the default start date. However, make sure that your students are enrolled in the course before changing the course state date to ensure your students will have access.

1. From the Course Management Control Panel, click on Customization and select Properties

2. Scroll down to the Set Course Duration section, where you will see the default start date. Change the start date to reflect the date of your choosing. 

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3. Click Submit to save your change.

Make a Course Unavailable

By viewing your Course List in Blackboard you will be able to quickly see if any of your courses are set to available or unavailable. If courses are unavailable, they will be clearly marked with "unavailable" beside the course name in your course list. Unavailable courses are not available (viewable) by students.

1. From the Course Management Control Panel, click on Customization and select Properties.

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2. In the Set Availability section click No to make the course unavailable to students.

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3. Click Submit.

When a course is set to unavailable, the course will no longer be viewable within the students' course list. However, as the instructor of the course you will still see the course in your course list despite it being set to unavailable.

By default, instructors gain access to Blackboard courses 90 days before the start of the term, while students gain access 15 days before the start of the term. Students enrolled in a course will not be able to see or access a course until the start date, which can be changed. By default, the start date coincides with the first official day of the given semester. They can be accessed by instructors, TAs, or anyone who has an administrative access role, which allows course content to be built before students enter the Blackboard course. 

Course Availability and Start Date.pdf

August 18
Bb: Blackboard Grade Center Overview

The Blackboard Grade Center offers more than just a way to record students' grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing faculty to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress. In the Grade Center, faculty can provide and manage students' grades for a variety of assessments, including assignments, tests, discussion board posts, journals, blogs, and wikis. Faculty can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements that require grading but do not require submission through Blackboard, such as special projects, oral presentations, and attendance at events outside of class.

Before we begin make sure you have gone to my.highpoint.edu and logged in using your HPU username and password. Click Blackboard Learn from the Quick Links menu and choose the course from your Course List that you will be working in.

Access the Grade Center

From the Course Management Control Panel, click to expand the Grade Center section and display links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, and Smart Views. grade center 1.png
  • The Needs Grading link displays a page listing all test and assignment attempts ready for grading or review. You can begin grading and reviewing from this page or items can be sorted and filtered to narrow the list. Attempts are placed in a queue for easy navigation among items during grading.

  • The Full Grade Center link displays all columns and rows in the Grade Center and is the default view of the Grade Center.

  • Smart View links, like Assignments and Tests in the image above, appear as an indented list under Full Grade Center. When there are many students in your course or a large number of grade columns, you can use smart views to quickly find data for a focused look at the Grade Center.

Full Grade Center

The Full Grade Center is made up of:
  1. Rows of student information

  2. Columns of gradable items

  3. Cells in the grid contain data specific to corresponding students.

Use Grade Center-specific scroll bars to see additional rows and columns.

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​Grade Center Action Bar

You can perform many actions in the Grade Center using the functions that appear on the Grade Center action bar.

There are two rows of functions from the Grade Center action bar.

  1. The first row contains functions such as Create Column, Manage, Reports, and more.

  2. The second row contains functions such as Email, Sort Columns, and more.


grade center 3.pngThere are many options and functions within the Grade Center to customize both your and your students' experience.

Grade Center Icons

grade center 4.pngSome cells within the grid may contain a Grade Center icon that can assist you in quickly and visually identifying usually what is going on.

Once your students start submitting assignments you will get accustomed to seeing some of the same icons across the grid. Some of the icons you might see a lot of are:

  • Needs Grading a yellow circle with the white exclamation point.

  • Attempt in Progress is a blue circle/pie chart image.

  • Grade Exempted for this User is a grey hash mark icon.

  • Override – this icon indicates that the score has been manually overridden by the instructor.

In Grade Center you will see other icons being used, so any time you see one that you don't remember what it means, you can always click the Icon Legend button in the lower right hand corner of the Grade Center to see the list.

TIP: There are many icons that can appear within the Grade Center grid. Use the Icon Legend button to find an explanation of these symbols.

Create a Column

Creating a column creates a new column in the Grade Center where you can type in the grades for a particular course activity. You only need to crate columns for course activities outside of the course that do not have an assessment association. This can be columns like: giving points to someone for attending an event outside of class.

  1. From the Course Management Control Panel menu, click on Grade Center and select Full Grade Center.
  2. Click Create Column on the Action Bar. 
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  3. On the Create Grade Column page, enter the Column Name and optional Description.
  4. Select the Primary Display from the drop-down list.
  5. Optionally, select a Category in which to include the column.
  6. Enter the total points.
  7. Select the desired Options.
  8. Click Submit.

The new column will appear as the last column in the Grade Center.

Edit a Weighted Column

Weighted columns are calculated columns that generate a grade based on the result of selected columns and categories, and their assigned percentages. Weighted Total columns are based on percentages, points, or points possible.

The default Blackboard Grade Center in every course contains a Weighted Total column. Next we will customize this default column.

  1. From the Course Management Control Panel menu, click on Grade Center and select Full Grade Center.
  2. Locate the Weighted Total column and click on the column's Contextual Menu (downward facing arrow) next to the column name.
  3. Select Edit Column Information

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After you have opened up the Edit Column options you will be able to include columns and/or categories.

Include Columns and/or Categories

From the Select Columns section, choose which columns and categories to include in the Weighted Total column and set the weighted percentages.

1. From the Include in Weighted Grade section, click the columns and/or categories to be included in the Weighted Total

2. Using the arrows move columns and/or categories to the "Selected Columns" section

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3. Set the weights for all columns and categories

With a weighted total column, Blackboard assumes equal points per assignment unless you specify otherwise. You have to select proportionally if the total available points are different for each assignment.

TIP: The total must add up to 100% in order for your Grade Center to work properly.

4. Click Submit

Blackboard will calculate the weighted total by dividing the total points available and assuming that each course activity within a category is worth the same amount of points.

If course activities within the same category have different total possible points you should choose to weigh the column proportionally in order for the weighted total to calculate appropriately.

Columns with text as the primary display cannot be included in a weighted grade. Grading Schemas do not have an impact on the Weighted Total's calculations.

Remember that at any time, if you need assistance with Blackboard or would like further training you can contact the CTS team through the Helpdesk, either by placing a ticket through the HPU Portal (my.highpoint.edu), by sending an email to helpdesk@highpoint.edu, or by calling the Helpdesk at 336-841-4357.

 Blackboard Grade Center.pdf

August 18
Bb: Submit Grades in MyStuff

The Blackboard Grade Center can be used to maintain and calculate course grades, but midterm and final grades must be submitted using MyStuff.


Before we begin make sure that you have gone to mystuff.highpoint.edu and logged in using your HPU username and password.                                                                                                                                      

1.      From the Main Menu options, click on Faculty
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2.     Select Grading from the Faculty Information section
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3.      Select the Term from the dropdown list and click Submit
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4.      Choose Final from the Final or Midterm/Intermediate Grading dropdown list

5.     Use the radio buttons to select a course from the listed course options
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6.     Click Submit

The Final Grading screen will appear where you will manually record letter grades into the Grade cells. 
7.      Once the final grades have been entered into the Grade Column, click Submit

5.pngFinal grades submitted will be recorded in the student's records as their grade for the course. Grades can be edited in MyStuff until the grading period is closed. After the grading period has closed, if an instructor needs to edit grades, they will need to contact the University Registrar's Office. For questions regarding grading in MyStuff please contact Crystal Cruthis Robbins ccruthis@highpoint.edu

How to Submit Final Grades in MyStuff.pdf

August 17
Follow-Me Printing

OIT is excited to introduce a campus-wide all-in-one follow-me (swipe-to-release) printing system that allows HPU faculty, staff, and students to print anytime from anywhere. This ensures printing is confidential to the user and reduces printed waste from documents left uncollected at the printer. ​Please use the following steps to install the Follow-Me Print driver. 

Each multifunction printer is linked to a network print server, enabling users to print, copy, or scan from a multitude of locations across campus.

For Windows:

Please use the following directions to install the HPU Follow-Me Print system on a Windows Computer.

  1. Click the following link: Download Print Drivers​
    Note: You will need to unzip this file and choose Windows Drive and choose "FollowMePrint.exe" in order for the driver to install on a PC.
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  2. Locate the download from your computer (typically your downloads folder), double click to open. ​When the Compressed zipped folder comes up select Run. 
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  3. A command box will appear and the file will install.
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  4. Upon completion, a pop-up box will appear asking for your HPU credentials (academe\username and password) not the usename and password to the computer
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  5. Click OK to complete. ​
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To verify you are connected, from the Start Menu select Devices and Printer to see the "FollowMePrinting" on HPU-Print printer.

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As a Windows user, every time you change your password or receive a new passport, you will need to go through these steps again.

For Mac:

Please use the following directions to install the HPU Follow-Me Print system on a Mac Computer.

  1. Click the following link: Download Print Drivers​​​​
    Note: You will need to unzip this file and choose "Follow-Me Print Default.Command" in order for the driver to install on a Mac. 
  2. Locate the download from your computer (typically your downloads folder), double click to open. 
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  3. A pop-up window will open asking if you are sure you want to open the file. Click Open
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    If you receive a pop-up stating the file can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, please click “Ok” and take the following steps.

    a. Click the Apple logo in the top left of your screen.
    b. Choose “System Preferences.”
    c. Navigate to “Security & Privacy”.
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    d. On the “General” tab, click the lock at the bottom to make changes.
    e. Enter your administrator username and password.
    f. Under “Allow apps downloaded from:” select the bubble next to “Anywhere”.
    g. Click “Allow apps downloaded from anywhere.
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    h. Then, relaunch the “FollowMePrint” file.

  4. Another pop-up box will open asking how you want to open the file. Click Save File and then click OK. 
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  5. ​A terminal window will open, and the file will install.
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  6. To verify you are connected, click on System Preferences and select Printers and Scanners to see the "FollowMePrinting" printer.

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Every time you print you will be asked to input your HPU credentials (username and password) not the usename and password to the computer.

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If you choose to remember your HPU credentials in your keychain, it will not ask you every time for these; however, when you change your password, you will need to remove your HPU print keychain entry and input your new credentials when prompted.​

August 17
Bb: Understanding Blackboard Online Attendance

Blackboard's Online Attendance feature allows you to set up class attendance by both dates for the term and days of the week the class meets. Attendance can be marked by date or by seating chart, and you may choose from the options of Present, Absent, Late, Excused, or Unexcused. This tool also allows students to keep track of their attendance. Your students will see their attendance in your course by clicking on the Attendance tool in their Blackboard course.


Before we begin, make sure that you have gone to my.highpoint.edu and logged in using your HPU username and password. Click Blackboard Learn from the Quick Links menu and choose the course from your Course List that you will be working in.


TIP: There is currently no integration between attendance taken in Blackboard and attendance in Starfish.


Online Attendance:

1.       From the Course Management Control Panel menu select Course Tools and click on Online Attendance.

2.       All of the users in your course will appear in a list.

From here you get a message saying that you have not yet configured your class dates.   

TIP: Before you can take attendance online, you will need to configure the days your class meets. 

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3.       Click Dates Setup in the left-hand corner.  

4.       Enter Begin on and End on dates for the class, as well as the days of the week the class meets.

5.       Select the Hide Non-Students option to hide observers, other instructors, and anyone that is listed as something other than a student in the course.

6.       When finished, click Save Settings.


TIP: Use the Remove Individual Days option to remove days that you do not have class (eg. Spring break).


​Taking Online Attendance:

After you have configured the Date Setup you will be ready to start taking attendance.

1.       From the Course Management Control Panel menu select Course Tools and click on Online Attendance.

Course dates now appear in a drop down list.

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2.       Select the attendance status for each student. There are radio buttons allow you to choose:

    • P (Present)
    • A (Absent)
    • L (Late)
    • E (Excused)
    • U (Unexcused)

3.       When you have finished select Save Attendance.


Online Attendance Report

The Report option allows you to quickly see the total days each student has been present, absent, etc. By clicking on the name of a student the attendance values for each day will be listed for them.

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You can click on the student's name to see attendance details. Selecting the export option will allow you to save the attendance records of your students as an Excel spreadsheet to your computer.

When done looking at this report click the Return to Menu button to go back to the main attendance page.


Online Attendance provides instructors a way to record students' attendance records so that students will be able to view their attendance records through Blackboard. This attendance feature is just for the instructor and student use within Blackboard. The attendance logs can be downloaded for the instructor's records. If you ever get stuck while working with this feature, you can reference the instructions that are available by clicking the Instruction button. 

Understanding Online Attendance.pdf

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Sharing Files with Office 365

​You can easily share files with your fellow classmates, colleagues and others using your HPU Office365 account by following these steps: 

  1. Open your HPU OneDrive in Office 365.
  2. From OneDrive, click the "New" icon and select "New folder".
  3. Enter a "Name" for the folder and click the "Invite people" link.
  4. Enter email addresses for the individuals you wish to share with. 
  5. Set the access dropdown to either "Can edit" or "Can view".
  6. Enter a personal message for the email invitation if you would like and click the "Create" button.
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