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Canvas Con is on December 4th, register today

November 10, 2014

Join us in the Boston College Yawkey Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014 for CanvasCon. This full-day event is free and open to current and prospective Canvas users. Read more about the event, including registration.

IDeS moves to the Center for Teaching Excellence

September 04, 2014

Instructional Design and eTeaching Services [IDeS] is now a part of the new Center for Teaching Excellence, located on the second floor of the O’Neill Library, room 250. Read more -->

Register for eteaching day 2014

March 28, 2014

Our most exciting time of the year, eTeaching Day, will be on May 14, 2014. This year our event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Mizuko Ito, a cultural  anthropologist focusing on new media use among young people and how to support socially connected learning experiences. Read more -->

register now for workshops

March 05, 2014

IDeS is offering a series of workshops to support instructors in using BC's new Learning Management System, Canvas. If you are teaching a summer course or would like to prepare ahead for the fall, please use the online registration link to sign up for a workshop.

canvas early adopters kick-off event

October 18, 2013

Please watch the video below of Tim Lindgren speaking about Canvas at Boston College during our first kick-off meeting with our Canvas Early Adopters.

Canvas connection

Tim Lindgren and Jamie Walker delighted us with a musical treat to reassure us as we bravely embark together on our new path into Canvas.

ides portal down for scheduled maintenance

July 26, 2013

Signup forms for all IDeS services will be unavailable from 11:59pm on Saturday, July 27 to 11:59pm on Sunday, July 28. Please contact if you have any questions or need immediate assistance.

blackboard vista will be replaced by canvas

June 05, 2013

IDeS is pleased to announce the adoption of a new Learning Management System at Boston College. Canvas, by Instructure, will be replacing Blackboard Vista.


  • Is friendly and flexible to use
  • Offers new ways to integrate content and interact with students
  • Was enthusiastically received by representatives from the faculty, students and staff who helped in the selection process!

Read more information on Canvas.


IDeS is seeking 100 early adopters to begin working with us in the Fall 2013 to prepare your Canvas sites to launch in January 2014. Click here to apply

eteaching day featured in boston college chronicle

May 09, 2013

The Boston College Chronicle discusses this year's eTeaching Day and how it highlights innovative teaching practices and the MediaKron digital instruction platform developed by IDeS.

eteaching day 2013 is coming

We are finalizing the details for our most anticipated event of the year, eTeaching Day. This year the event will take place on May 15, 2013. Watch our website for updates.

IDeS is on Facebook + Twitter

March 01, 2013

Follow us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest content and reminders.

Read a write-up about The MediaKron Project

January 2, 2013

Townsend Humanities Lab at University of California, Berkeley posted a write-up about The MediaKron Project.

Spring 2013 workshops

December 13, 2012

Registration is now open for our Spring 2013 workshops. A list of workshops can be found on our 2013 News+ Events Spring 2013 workshops page. More information, including a detailed schedule, can be found at the online registration page.

When humanists find their inner geek

December 12, 2012

These discussions are designed to encourage dialogue among BC faculty and staff about instructional technologies that have broad impact for teaching and learning, both at BC and beyond.

This session is now full. Please send us an email if you are interested in being placed on a wait list.

eTeaching Luncheon: BC GrantScape

December 6, 2012

Our December eTeaching Luncheon, BC GrantScape - A New Database to Identify Private Funding with Ginger Saariaho and Kathy Kuy will be held on Thursday, December 6th. Register online today! TMKP Fall Event at Boston College

TMKP Fall Event at Boston College

November 16, 2012

The MediaKron Project (TMKP) partners will come together for the TMKP Fall Event at Boston College on November 16th to connect, share progress on projects, and discuss pedagogical ideas around using MediaKon. More information about TMKP can be found on the TMKP website.

A Discussion of Eric Mazur's eTeaching Day Talk

October 4, 2012

You are invited to join us on Oct. 4 for the first in new event series called First Week Forums. These forums are designed to encourage discussion among BC faculty and staff about instructional technologies that have broad impact for teaching and learning, both at BC and beyond.

IDeS Featured in The Heights

August 15, 2012

Read an interview with IDeS Director, Elizabeth Clark, as she shares our focus on service and innovation at IDeS.

Boston College Faculty Presenting at NEFDC

Dr. Joseph Burdo from the Biology Department presents at the New England Faculty Development Consortium conference this June, where the theme is Making Technology Transparent - The Professor's

New website launched with Jeremy Clarke, S.J.

August 13, 2012

Jeremy Clarke, S.J., with IDeS, has launched Beyond Ricci, a searchable website that provides digital access to Boston College's Jesuitica collection. More information can be found in Boston College's news release and on our website. covers TMKP!

We're proud to share a article that talks about our work on The MediaKron Project.

Sign up for 2012 Fall workshops

Want to learn more about how to make the most of Blackboard Vista and other instructional technologies? You can sign up for our 2012 Fall workshops today.

Our Instructional Designers Published

Congratulations to Tim Lindgren and Sarah Castricum on their recent publications in Transformation in Teaching: Social Media Strategies in Higher Education.
Tim's section
Sarah's section

eTeaching Day 2012 resources

You can find videos, documents and other related media from this year's eTeaching Day here: eTeaching Day 2012 resources. Thank you for making this year's eTeaching Day a tremendous success!

Save the Date: eTeaching Day

May 16, 2012

Mark your calendar for eTeaching Day on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard and Area Dean of Applied Physics. Other features of the day will be the TWIN Awards and workshops, sign up today!

Article in The Chronicle Recognizes Walking Ulysses

A recent The Chronicle of Higher Education article discusses Joe Nugent's Walking Ulysses project that was completed in collaboration with IDeS

IDeS Leads BC to Forefront in Digital Humanities

Article in The Boston College Chronicle discusses how the MediaKron app is expanding research and scholarship possibilities for faculty and students here at BC.