Getting Started with BCshare
logging in and creating your user profile
To get started, go to https://share.bc.edu.
The login page describes BCshare and includes administrative announcements as well as easily accessible information about how to use BCshare.
To log in, mouse over the the "Log in" text in the upper right-hand corner of the page, and the login fields will slide down. Enter your BC username and password in the appropriate text boxes and press the "Log in" button.
PLEASE NOTE: In the March 2009 beta release of BCshare, the navigation menus have been redesigned for ease of use.
After logging in, you'll notice two additional sets of menus have loaded — one on the upper left, and another in the upper right. These menus give you control over creating and managing content for your albums, blogs, resumes/CVs, and web pages, as well as any information about the wikis, blogs, or forums in your BCshare Groups. Your Display Name has also been added in both places, drawn from your BC user account.
Left side menu:
Upper right side menu:
Your "Dashboard" has also loaded. This is the screen that gives you an overview and access to all your information on BCshare. It is empty when you first log in, except for any Announcements.
You can also get to your Dashboard from the upper-right menu. To access it, move your mouse over your name and scroll down to "Dashboard." You can also access it by clicking on your Display Name in the left-hand menu.
Your Display Name is part of your user identification information, or Profile. To access your Profile in order to add information or make changes, move your mouse to the Settings selection in the upper-right menu and scroll down to chose "Edit Profile."
PLEASE NOTE: Your Profile is shown when a BCshare user clicks on your name as it appears throughout BCshare. For example, if you have made a Comment on someone's Blog, your name is visible at the bottom of the Comment. If a user then clicks on your name, your Profile will be shown.
This opens a page with 4 main information entry sections:
- General Information
- Personal Information
- Student or Faculty Information
- Inserting Photos/Images
Much of the information fields are optional. If you chose to fill out a section, the information you enter will display on your Profile page.
Let's start with "General Information." This is the information you would like visitors to see when they access your Profile. The boxes with asterisks are required; the rest of the information is optional. Any of this information here can be changed at any time; the changes will take effect when you save them by pressing the Save button.
The next section deals with your personal information. All the text boxes are optional, and, if filled, will display at the top of your Profile page.
Next are sections for students and faculty/staff. First, an example of "Student information" — these fields, which are optional, describe your academic interests. This field is minimized by default; click on the arrow to maximize the field.
Next is the "Faculty/Staff Information" section. Again, these fields are optional and will display in your Profile only if filled.
This field is also minimized by default; click on the arrow to maximize the field.
Next is the Title field, which is required information. Information entered in this field will replace the default "My Profile" title in your Profile at the top of the page. You can also upload a photo to be part of your Profile.
At the bottom is the "Sharing Status" section, where you control access of your Profile. By default, your Profile is shared by all BCshare registered users, but you can make it accessible to anyone on the Internet by checking the "Public" checkbox.
The "Save as Draft" checkbox allows you save your work as a draft without publishing it. This checkbox is off by default. Use the bottom buttons to preview or save your Profile.
Here's an example of a completed User Profile.
To make any further changes to your Profile, simply click on the "Edit Profile" tab.
For more information and help tips, please go to the BCshare "FAQ and Getting Help" page.