BuzzPort Training Documentation (Created: 04.22.03, Last Modified: 04.22.03 by jw)


Navigating BuzzPort

Logging Into BuzzPort

Some basic steps for logging into BuzzPort are provided in the following pages.

To log in you must have:

To log into BuzzPort use the following procedure:

  1. Open an Internet browser. Note on supported browsers:

  1. Enter the URL (http://buzzport.gatech.edu)

You will see the BuzzPort log in page.

3.    In the Secure Access Login box, enter your User Name and Password and click OK.

Note: The first time you log in, you may see a dialog box prompting you to change your password.

When you are successfully authenticated into the system, you will see the opening tab for the user you have logged in as. It should look similar to this:


Interface and layout

The BuzzPort user interface is based on a tabs-and-columns structure. Each of the tabs on the default interface consists of 1-3 columns, each of which contains one or more channels of information. Users are allowed to add additional tabs and/or reconfigure the existing tabs and columns. Users are also allowed to add, delete, or move channels on some tabs.

Follow the steps below to familiarize yourself with the interface. 

1.

Click on each of the tabs to see what information and services appear in the channels on each tab.

In order to see the different default interfaces for users with different roles, log out of the system, then log back in as a user with a different role.

2.

When you click on the logout icon you will see a farewell message; if you wait a few seconds, the browser should refresh with the login page so you can log in with different credentials.

Note: If the browser does not refresh automatically, click on the link in the farewell message to force the login page to reload.



Introduction to channels

BuzzPort provides content through channels. In general, channels provide at-a-glance information with click through to expanded content or Web resources. Some typical channels that you may see include information such as:

A typical channel is illustrated below:

Notice that the channels are differentiated from each other by borders, and each contains a title and a tool bar. For some tabs, this tool bar may provide options such as the ability to delete the channel during your current online session, maximize the channel, minimize the channel (thereby removing the text but preserving the title), or even get help topics about the channel. When you click on the links within the channels, full pages of information open. For example, an announcement channel may only contain the text of the last three or four announcements that you have received. Depending on the length of a given announcement, the text may only contain the first one or two sentences. However, when you click on the link contained in any of the displayed announcements, the Messages page opens displaying a list of all the announcements that you have been sent in their entirety.

If the option has been provided, you may temporarily remove a channel by clicking the X icon in the channel tool bar. This action will remove the channel from the tab, but only for the duration of your online session. If you log out of the system and then back in again, the channel will once again be available. If you want to re-access the channel while still logged in, you will have to re-add it to the tab by using the Preferences link. If you want to delete the channel permanently from your layout, you may be able to do so through the options provided through the Preferences link.

When you first log in to the system, you will see a set number of tabs with predefined channels. This layout has been created with content relevant to all system users and to your specific role (student, faculty member, employee, etc.). You can add new tabs to your personal layout and populate them with other channels to which you are able to subscribe.


Navigation bar

You will see your navigation bar consistently across the top of each page within BuzzPort. Consider this navigation bar your roadmap to accessing the various points of interest within the system.


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