The Academic Computing department provides a full range of technology support to the faculty of Fairfield University. Assistance is available for individual instructors who wish to explore ways to incorporate technology into their classes. Software training and support, application integration, and the use of websites and course management systems are just some of the services the Academic Computing staff provide.
Academic Computing supports a variety of applications and services to assist faculty in the teaching process. The most commonly used tools, and information about them, are listed below; for more information on how to use them, or for assistance with using technology to accomplish your pedagogical goals, please contact one of our staff members set up a consultation.
The Academic Computing Support staff also designs the Technology Classroooms on campus, which are supported by the ITS/Desktop Support team. Faculty who are experiencing problems in a classroom can call x4099 at any time for immediate assistance.
Course Management System
Academic Computing manages and supports the Blackboard Learn course management system, which offers a wide range of teaching tools. In addition to traditional course management functions, our Blackboard environment includes the University's official ePortfolio system, Blackboard Portfolio; live online class sessions via Blackboard Collaborate; enhanced audio integration (audio discussion boards, narrated web tours, etc.) through Voice Authoring; and text-message alert options using Blackboard Connect. Complete details on these services can be found on our Blackboard Resource page.
- Fairfield's Blackboard Resource Page (including FAQs, resource guides, etc.)
- Blackboard Login Page
- Sending Student Email via Blackboard
my.Fairfield is the portal that is used by faculty and students to retrieve class schedules, submit and view grades, and check financial information. The system can be reached at my.fairfield.edu.
Online Audio & Video
Academic Computing is currently migrating to a new streaming video service that will be integrated into the Blackboard course management system.
The system will be ready for use sometime in early August. In the meantime, if you need access to a previously digitized video for a summer course, please send an email with the title or titles to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will gladly embed the title in your Blackboard course. Please remember to include the course number and section in your email.
Kanopy Streaming Video
Kanopy is a streaming video platform that provides access to a wide variety of films from some of the industry's leading producers and distributors, including Criterion Collection, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation (MEF), First Run Features, PBS and BBC Active. Kanopy films can be viewed by all current faculty, staff, and students at https://fairfield.kanopystreaming.com.
NBC Learn Video Archives
The NBC Learn video archive is a subscription-based website that provides faculty and students at the University with access to thousands of videos, historic newsreels, primary source documents, and photographs.
- About the NBC Learn Video Archive
- Adding NBC Learn Video Links to Blackboard Courses
- Adding NBC Learn Video Links PowerPoint, etc.
- NBC Learn Website
Films on Demand
Films on Demand is an archive of 95,000 video clips and over 8000 full-length videos that can be incorporated into teaching. Provided to faculty by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, these videos can be embedded into Blackboard courses or linked to from other websites and electronic documents.
Creating Narrated Videos from PowerPoint, Keynote, & Whiteboard Presentations
Explain Everything is a mobile app that costs $3 and is available for iPhones/iPads, Android devices, and Windows 8 tablets. It offers the simplest way for faculty to create videos of narrated slide shows or whiteboard sessions, and can save finished files directly to Xythos or Blackboard's Content Collection.
Live Online Class Meetings
Blackboard Collaborate is a state-of-the-art online web conferencing tool that provides a virtual environment for delivering interactive and engaging course content and interacting via live meetings that feature audio and video, text chat, file transfers, a virtual whiteboard, screen sharing, and the option to record the entire session. Collaborate is available from within every Blackboard course by simply choosing Collaborate from the Tools menu.
Faculty Web Pages
Many faculty members choose to use a public website to distribute course materials such as a syllabus, handouts, etc. ITS can assist faculty in setting up a website within their Xythos file storage account, and will provide one-on-one training on the process for maintaining their site. Please contact a member of the Academic Support staff for more information.
ITS maintains a small supply of iPads that can be loaned to faculty for use in classes or course preparation. Among the uses for these devices are mobile data access and collection, specialized mobile application use, and preparing digital eBook or other assignments. Please contact a member of the Academic Computing staff for more information.
Academic Computing Staff
Director of Academic Computing
email@example.com / ext. 2416
Faculty Support Coordinator for the Dolan School of Business
firstname.lastname@example.org / ext. 3308
Instructional Support Coordinator
email@example.com / ext. 3207
Classroom Support Technician
firstname.lastname@example.org / ext. 4099
Instructional Support Specialist
email@example.com / ext. 2078
Manager, Academic Computing Support
firstname.lastname@example.org / ext. 2442