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Information Technology

Classroom software

Classroom of studentsEvery year, the Department of Information Technology collects information from all faculty members who intend to use technology-enhanced classrooms concerning the software they intend to use for instructional purposes.

Blacklisting email

Are you blacklisted?When someone follows the instructions of a phishing email (clicking on a button without knowing the consequences, opening an unexpected attachment or sending someone your username and password), the problems begin.

Emailing students from Blackboard

Email students with BlackboardOne method of guaranteeing that email messages sent in bulk from faculty members to students is through the email functionality within Blackboard.  Today all course sections listed in the catalog are enabled in Blackboard.  Faculty members who do not wish to use Blackboard but instead want to communicate with their students through Blackboard can.

New instructional design specialists

Two new instructional design specialists have recently been hired in the Instructional Technology/Media Services Division of the Information Technology Department.

Yan Huang works primarily at the Knight Campus and can be available to meet with faculty from the Liston Campus upon request. Yan is responsible for providing instructional services that facilitate the integration of technology within the teaching and learning environment. He also oversees the Blackboard Support Center located in Room 2118, across from the Help Desk in Warwick. Faculty and students are welcome to stop by the center for assistance or contact him at 825-1113.

Benjamin Leveillee recently joined our ITMS team in May, and works at the Newport County Campus. As Dan Persaud's replacement, Ben confidently fulfills many roles in his new position. He is primarily responsible for supporting Instructional Technology and Media Services (ITMS), which includes Blackboard, classroom/event technologies, digital media, lecture capture and faculty training. Ben can be reached in the IT office located within the Computer Lab at 851-1708.

Ben and Yan complement the existing iTeam, led by MaryAdele Combe. They are both enthusiastic and eager to assist faculty with their technological and instructional needs. Please stop by to introduce yourselves and find out how they can be of assistance to you in the development and embellishment of your course content.

New features in Blackboard

BlackboardVisit the Bb New Features webpage for information about the enhancements made to Blackboard with the most recent update: Global Navigation, Calendar, Test and Survey Options, Content Editor, Discussion Board, Item Analysis and a new Retention Center.

A note from ITMS:

The Instructional Technology/Media Services staff will be providing ongoing demonstrations on some of its newest teaching and learning technologies during the fall semester at all campuses. These demos are designed to be similar to conference exhibits where interested faculty are welcome to stop by for quick observations and application tips. Technology demos will change weekly and will be offered at random times and days near common areas such as the cafeteria, faculty dining rooms, atrium, and Great Hall. If you have a few minutes, stop by to see how these academic tools may enhance instruction and student engagement, both on and off campus.

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Last Updated: 7/9/18