Online information renovations take-off

By Jen Maldonado

Changes to the way students access their online information are being put into action with the next phase of the Banner project and launch of myRider, according to staff members at Rider’s Office of Information Technology (OIT).
Beginning today, students will be able to use the myRider web portal to easily access student, course and financial information, keep updated on campus events and news and use services such as Blackboard and Webmail, all in one place. Once students log in to myRider with their Easypass account, they won’t have to type their username and password again to get to Blackboard and Webmail.

This is due to myRider’s “single sign-on,” according to Jan Friedman-Krupnick, assistant vice president of Student Affairs. MyRider has many direct links to important information, including the open course list for the Fall 2012 semester, grades and campus contacts.
“Everything a student needs is now all in one place,” Friedman-Krupnick said. “Students won’t have to search all around the web anymore since there will be links to everything from their myRider page.”
MyRider is part of the Banner system, the “enterprise system that handles university administrative business processes,” including financial processes, human resources, payroll, admissions and academic information, according to Carol Kondrach, associate vice president of Information Technology. She said Rider’s previous two systems were nearly obsolete, so for the past three years, the Banner replacement has been underway and is scheduled to be completed in December of this year.
Along with Banner, myRider has been in the works for some time, during which “many people have worked countless hours to develop [the website],” Kondrach said. MyRider has been shown to members of the Student Government to get their feedback on what students would want out of this new webpage.
“We plan to have focus groups after myRider goes live to allow for further revisions,” Friedman-Krupnick said.
MyRider will be used instead of MyInfo for students’ course selection for the Fall 2012 term, which begins on March 5. Students will be able to see whether or not they have been greenlighted by their advisers and if there are any holds preventing them from course selection. If there are holds, there will be links to tell students exactly where they need to go. Students also will be able to see if they have a balance due, a circumstance that can prevent them from scheduling their classes, and they will have the information they need to go to pay the balance and get the registration hold fixed.
“I think the holds and greenlighting information is the best thing to help students with course selection,” Friedman-Krupnick said.
Sophomore Lindsay O’Mara said she is open to the new online changes.
“I’ve heard that there was a new website coming and from what I’ve read about it, it seems like everything will be easier, especially when it comes to checking my email and Blackboard,” she said. “It might take some getting used to, but change is never a bad thing.”
Friedman-Krupnick will be holding demonstrations on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, March 1 in the Mercer Room to show students how to use the system and help ease their way into using it.
Students will be able to personalize some aspects of their myRider page but it will already have custom features for each individual, including the information pertaining to a student’s major and adviser.
“We’re all very excited about this significant enhancement and we hope students will be too,” Friedman-Krupnick said.

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