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Academic Computing

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 to set up a consultation.

The Academic Computing staff also designs the Technology Classrooms on campus, which are supported by the ITS/User Services team. Faculty who are experiencing problems in a classroom can call x4357 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.


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


Fairfield University has entered into a unique agreement to be the first University in the country to use the innovative collaboration and communication software Quip in the classroom.  As a new kind of simple writing tool that's specifically designed to work equally easily on smartphones, tablets, and computers, Quip is being enthusiastically embraced by faculty for engaging students in a new level of online discussion, tracking group-project work, and communicating with students the way they communicate with each other: via notifications on their smartphones.  

For a brief overview of Quip, check out this short video:


For an-person tour of Quip and a consultation on how you might use it in your classes, contact to set up an appointment with one of our staff.  Or log in to with your Fairfield NetID and password to explore it on your own.

Getting Started with Quip

Online Audio & Video

Video Streaming

Academic Computing currently runs a ShareStream video service that is integrated into the Blackboard course management system. For additional information and instructions for using ShareStream, please contact Instructional Support Specialist Heather Flinn ( | x3190). 

For the most up-to-date resources for online audio and video content, please visit this guide from the Library.

Academic Web Conferencing & In-Class Screen Sharing


Zoom is a powerful web-conferencing tool available to all Fairfield
faculty and students for academic use. It’s an easy-to-use application
available on all computers and mobile devices. With Zoom, you’ll be
able to do all of the following and more:

  • Share live video and audio from your device’s camera and microphone to up to 50 students simultaneously, no matter their location.
  • Share your computer’s entire screen or a specified application. Viewers can follow your presentation and/or actions while you speak.
  • Answer students questions on-the-fly using Zoom’s text-chat feature.
  • Share an interactive whiteboard to write/annotate/demonstrate on and allow your viewers to contribute as well.
  • Host virtual breakout rooms for groups of students to work in. Then, share their work with the whole class.
  • Hold virtual office hours and one-on-one meetings, using any of the above features.
  • Record anything you do in Zoom for later viewings.

Getting Started with Zoom (Faculty)

Getting Started with Zoom (Students)

Other Recommended Tools

Adobe Spark Page and Spark Video

Adobe's free Spark Suite (Spark Page, Spark Video, and Spark Post) are a set of digital publishing and storytelling tools that are simple to use and can be viewed on all types of devices, from computers to mobile phones to tablets.  Students set up a free Adobe account and create their publications "in the cloud," and simply share a URL link to their completed production.

  • Spark Page can be used for magazine-style travel stories, photo albums, online newsletters, reports, or anything else that you want to present on the web. Its simplified web editing platform allows you to mix text and imagery in a highly visual way.
  • Spark Video enables you to combine text, images, icons, video clips and themes in a presentation, then speak your voice over the story in order to create the video.  A completed Spark Video can easily be embedded in a Spark Page.
  • Spark Post makes it easy to create professional graphics in seconds. While it leverages concepts from Adobe’s pro tools like Photoshop and InDesign, like the ability to layer images with text and filters, it makes this accessible to everyday users who can make these sorts of changes just by tapping buttons.

Getting Started with Adobe Spark Page

Getting Started with Adobe Spark Video



EDpuzzle is a free tool for inserting questions and comments into web videos. It’s useful for informal assessment on video content that students view on their own time. EDpuzzle allows you to crop, annotate, and add questions to videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Vimeo, and other popular video platforms.

Create & Deploy an EDpuzzle


Explain Everything

Explain Everything is a paid App that Fairfield University provides to faculty for free on their iPads. It's the easiest way to created narrated, annotated videos from slideshows imported from PowerPoint or Keynote.

Create a Narrated PowerPoint Video with Explain Everything



Lucidchart is a browser-based diagramming application that allows you to collaborate with others in real-time. It is helpful for creating flowcharts, mind maps, website wireframes, UML designs, software prototypes, etc.  Lucidchart licensing is included in Fairfield University's Google Apps suite for students; faculty can request a student Google Apps account in order to use this and other applications with their students by contacting the ITS4U Help Desk at 203-254-4069.  

Note: Lucidchart diagrams can now be created and edited within a Quip document.  Simply type @Lucidchart in your Quip document and activate Lucidchart by logging in with your student Google Apps account.

Getting Started with Lucidchart


Microsoft Sway

Microsoft Sway is Microsoft’s free online, collaborative counterpart to PowerPoint. It is a tool that allows you to create and share projects that combine aspects of traditional slideshow and web presentations. It is browser-based, and therefore works across all computers and devices.  An app version of Sway is also available for iPhone and iPad.

Getting Started with Microsoft Sway

Academic Computing Staff

Debbie Whalley
Manager, Academic Computing Support / ext. 2442

Heather Flinn
Instructional Support Specialist / ext. 3190

Mary Kleps
Instructional Support Manager / ext. 3207

Lee Mason
Academic Support Coordinator, School of Engineering / ext. 2562

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