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Teaching with Technology

faculty guide to technology at boston college

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Communicate with students

Use the technology installed in the classroom

Use and develop teaching materials

Departments that assist faculty integrate technology into teaching include:

Communicate with Students

Lists of enrolled students
Lists are available within Agora Portal, the BC Intranet, (select: Course Rosters from your list of services). Photos are included.

Advisee information
Advisee information is available within Agora Portal (My Services > Campus Groups).

Email your students
You can send an email message to your entire class using a single address based on the course code number.

Discussion boards and/or chat rooms
Faculty may use Blackboard Vista course software to facilitate classroom discussion boards and chat rooms.

Use the Technology Installed in the Classroom

Classroom equipment
Many classrooms across campus have been equipped with computer and audio/visual projection systems. View profiles of classrooms. Most classrooms have projectors installed. If the classroom you use doesn't have a computer installed, you can bring a laptop and attach it to the projector. Equipment can also be borrowed from MTS (48 hour advance notice required). Borrow Additional Equipment: Equipment Reservation: 617-552-4219.

Classroom equipment training
Want to learn how to hook your laptop to the projection system or use the equipment in the media classrooms? Classroom Support Services Staff will meet with faculty or their Teaching Assistant in their classroom and provide instruction. Call 617-552-4219.

Classrooms with computers
Computer classrooms maintained by Instructional Design and eTeaching Services (IDeS) can be reserved for a class. Call to reserve a computer classroom: 617-552-4659.

Use and Develop Teaching Materials

Obtain a feature film
MTS can help you obtain copy written feature films to show in class or to have films shown on one of BC's cable TV channels. View procedures and access the Film Request Form.

Course website - Blackboard Vista 
The web-based course management system in use at BC is Blackboard Vista. Instructional Design and eTeaching Services supports the use of Blackboard to complement classroom instruction. Features include: a self-contained, secure web space, threaded discussion boards and chat rooms, assignment and grade tracking, quiz and survey tools, course calendar, class handout distribution and collection. To get started, contact: or 617-552-1998. View Model Sites

ITS Training & Communications offers PowerPoint training. The Interactive Media Lab (IML) provides project specific assistance. On-line classes can be taken using Microsoft eLearning modules (must be using a Windows computer and Internet Explorer).

Design/photographic and other media assistance
Media Technology Services will create graphic materials for faculty and the Interactive Media Lab (IML) offers assistance and instruction on specific projects.

Information about Fair Use and copyright policies
View the University Libraries Copyright Information page. Instructional Design and eTeaching Services provides consultation on Fair Use and copyright.

Course Reserves
View course reserve information and linking course reserves to Blackboard Vista.

Departments that Assist Faculty Integrate Technology into Teaching

Instructional Design and eTeaching Services (IDeS) works with faculty to effectively integrate technology into their teaching. In addition to individual consultation, IDeS conducts a number of instructional design programs and eteaching workshops on instructional design. To get started, contact:

ITS Media Technology Services (MTS)
MTS provides a full range of audiovisual support from preparation of presentation materials to training on how to use classroom media equipment. View a full list of services and specific contact information on the MTS website. MTS main number: 617-552-4500.