University explains new PirateNet

Three new student PirateNet dashboard applications, Pirate Campus Card, Student Health Portal, and Pirate Alert have been released this semester as the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center (TLTC) continues to update PirateNet making information and resources easily accessible.

Paul Fisher, associate chief information officer and director of TLTC, said the University constantly adds new services for students, faculty, and employees.

“We want to make sure that we make it as easy as possible to get to (the services),” Fisher said. “By adding applications to the dashboard, we eliminate any extra clicks it might take for you to get to where you really need to be at that moment.”

When students and faculty log in to PirateNet, they are directed to the dashboard of applications they can access depending on their role at the University. All PirateNet users have access to Microsoft Office 365, SHU Portal, Blackboard, and Pirate Campus Card applications.

However, for students this semester, Fisher said, “there are other applications that can appear on the dashboard if you have special access to other applications on campus.”

Deana Kotsianas, sophomore history major, said the Pirate Campus Card application is beneficial to students. “It seems most beneficial to residents especially because they use their cards more than a commuter like I would,” Kotsianas said.

However, “I think they can improve upon it,” Kotsianas said. “For commuters who do not have access to the card if they left it at home, I think being able to include your I.D. number rather than just swiping the card would make it easier.”

Anthony DiFlorio, senior diplomacy and international relations and Italian studies major, said that he has not found a need to use the three new applications implemented on the dashboard. However, DiFlorio finds the new University portal useful.

“The new (portal) seems pretty accessible and I have not encountered any issues,” DiFlorio said.

Kotsianas said, “I think Seton Hall constantly tries to improve the standards of the University and improve the technology, (which) shows that our tuition is put to good use.”

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