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 Classroooms 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 my.fairfield.edu.
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 email@example.com to set up an appointment with one of our staff. Or log in to fairfield.quip.com with your Fairfield NetID and password to explore it on your own.
Online Audio & Video
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org | x3190).
Kanopy Streaming Video
Kanopy is a streaming video platform, provided by the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, which offeres 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Academic Computing Staff
Manager, Academic Computing Support
email@example.com / ext. 2442
Instructional Support Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org / ext. 3190
Instructional Support Manager
email@example.com / ext. 3207
Academic Support Coordinator, School of Engineering
firstname.lastname@example.org / ext. 2562