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Communication and Collaboration

faculty guide to technology at boston college

Many tools for communication and working collaboratively are available to Boston College faculty:

EMAIL AND CALENDARING SERVICES

Each faculty member is provided an Exchange account for integrated email and calendaring. Faculty may choose from a variety of applications to access their account. Exchange accounts can also be accessed from any web browser in any location using Outlook Web Access (OWA).

Group email accounts such as its-training@bc.edu can be requested as forwarding or separate (stand alone) accounts. Faculty/Staff Group Email Account Request form.

Email and Voicemail distribution lists

If you repeatedly send messages to the same group of people, distribution lists are useful. Once created, a single email address can be used to reach every member of the group/list. Learn about the distribution list options available at BC including how to email student in your courses with a single address.

BCshare (wikis, blogs, discussion groups)

BCshare is web-based collaboration and publishing tool designed to help members of the Boston College community share content and collaborate with others online. The suite of collaborative tools include a wiki, a group blog, a discussion forum, and photo albums. BCshare content can be public or restricted to BCshare users and/or specific groups. Learn more about BCshare.

MYFILES@bc File Sharing and Storage

MyFiles@bc allows faculty to access their personal documents through a web browser. It is a convenient way to “transport” documents between office and home or share documents with others. Log in to MyFiles@bc.

  • Faculty are given 1 gigabyte of disk space and may request additional space as necessary.
  • Transfer of documents is secure.
  • The MyFiles@bc server is backed up nightly.
  • MyFiles@bc can be used to backup critical documents.
  • Shortcuts can be created on your computer to the MyFiles@bc server for easy transfer of documents.
  • MyFiles@bc can be used to share documents with students, colleagues at BC, or elsewhere.

Learn how to use MyFiles@bc.

Training

ITS Training and Communications provides training to faculty and staff on using MyFiles@bc. You may also arrange for someone to visit your class to provide an overview to your students.

MYFILES@bc WEBSITES

Learn about building a website with password protection within MyFiles@bc.