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New and Improved Connections Portal Coming Soon!

What’s happening? 

Beginning June 28th the Connections portal will have a new look! 

The software that runs the portal has been replaced with a more up to date application which offers more features and a cleaner interface. The website to access Connections stays the same, http://connections.webster.edu . 

Logging In

Additionally, we have integrated the Connections login to sync with Office 365. Faculty and Staff should already be registered for Office 365 and will use that password to login to Connection. Students who have not yet registered their Office 365 account will need to do so prior to logging in to the new Connections portal. Instructions for registering for Office 365 can be found here http://www.webster.edu/technology/o365/account-setup.html.

What’s changing?

  • Email - While we are in the process of converting the University email over to Office 365 email access via Connections will through the Webmail application. Instructions on use of webmail can be found on the IT website. 
  • Calendars - Calendars will no longer be a part of Connections. Individual and shared calendars will be rolled out as a part of the Office 365 email/calendar initiative beginning in July. 
  • Groups - Groups are now known as communities within the new Connections portal. Anyone who requested their group be recreated will be able to access that content from the Communities section of the portal. Group content in the current version of Connections will be available for anyone wishing to save it until June 26, 2017.

 

What’s New?

  • WorldClassRoom - We’ve made accessing WorldClassRoom (Canvas) from within Connections much easier, clicking on the channel will take you directly to your Canvas landing page. 
  • Easier Navigation - Frequently accessed services are now in an easy to access sidebar.

 

Sneak Peek

Want to take a look at the new Connections before we make the move? Head over to myportal.webster.edu 

If you have any feedback or questions about the new Connections portal please email connectionsportal@webster.edu

 


 

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