Academic Computing

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 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

Blackboard

Academic Computing manages and supports the Blackboard Learn course management system, which offers a wide range of teaching tools.


my.Fairfield

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.


Quip

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 academiccomputing@fairfield.edu 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.

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 (hflinn@fairfield.edu | 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

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)


Academic Computing Staff

Jay Rozgonyi
Director of Academic Computing
jrozgonyi@fairfield.edu / ext. 2416

Heather Flinn
Instructional Support Specialist
hflinn@fairfield.edu / ext. 3190

Mary Kleps
Instructional Support Manager
mkleps@fairfield.edu / ext. 3207

Lee Mason
Academic Support Coordinator, School of Engineering
lmason@fairfield.edu / ext. 2562

Debbie Whalley
Manager, Academic Computing Support
dwhalley@fairfield.edu / ext. 2442

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