Media Technology Services (MTS) is a department devoted to fulfilling equipment requests and the integration of technology into classes. Many classrooms are equipped with permanently installed equipment. Connection to the Internet is also available from many classrooms.
Part-time faculty may request additional equipment to be delivered to a classroom. Equipment and services range from overhead projectors, to VCRs and TVs, to laptops and computer projectors. For information on the services available, contact MTS at 768.4662 or fill out the online request form found on their website (www.hartford.edu/mts).
All classrooms at the University of Hartford provide access to the internet; many are wireless. Almost all classrooms have projectors that can be connected to a laptop computer. Many have "smart podiums," which have a computer built in. Your department chair can give you information about the specific equipment available in the classroom that you have been assigned. The Faculty Center for Learning Development website (see below) has useful information on using these smart podiums and other equipment, and MTS is available to answer questions as well (768.4662).
Blackboard is a learning management system (LMS). It provides you with a ready-made online course that can be used to supplement your face-to-face instruction or to teach online. In addition to being able to post articles, assignments and other course documents, it includes teaching tools such as discussion boards, blogs, journals, online tests and surveys. In an emergency (pandemic flu, flood), instructors should plan to use Blackboard to continue teaching.
Blackboard course sites are created automatically for all scheduled courses. You will receive instructions for logging in to Blackboard when you apply for University email. New instructors are encouraged to attend the Getting Started with Blackboard seminar offered through the Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD). For a schedule of seminars, as well as other resources on Blackboard, please visit the FCLD website.
Located in Mortensen Library, the Faculty Center for Learning Development (FCLD) provides instruction and support to faculty who are using technology in instruction, including the Blackboard Learning Management System. The FCLD website contains a schedule of seminars and resources on Blackboard and other tools for teaching and learning. The FCLD Faculty Lab in Mortensen Library, room L203A, is available for faculty use and is equipped with instructional technology-related equipment including PCs, Macs, cameras, tablets, e-readers, scanners and digital video. Support staff is available to work with instructors on these technologies. Please call (860) 768-4661 or email email@example.com to schedule appointments.
If you are new to college teaching (or even if you are not), you may be interested in sharpening your skills. There are some resources to help you understand the particular challenges and pleasures of college teaching.
The Faculty Development Website, http://www.hartford.edu/facdev, is a good resource for resources and workshops related to teaching and learning. Activities are also listed in the internal newsletter, UNotes, which you can access on line at http://www.hartford.edu/daily
Listed below are some excellent books on teaching. The ones that are asterisked are available in the library; the others should be available there during the academic year:
An interesting and free resource covering a wider range of issues is the tomorrows-professor mailing list:
Another free resource is the website called "Teach Philosophy 101" (www.teachphilosophy101.org). Don't let the title fool you - it is packed with useful resources and ideas for any field.
"The Teaching Professor," put out by Magna Publications, is another great resource, and subscriptions are not expensive. Another newsletter that tackles issues more in depth is the "National Teaching and Learning Forum." Visit them at www.ntlf.com.
The faculty members and chair of your department are valuable resources for you, and many colleges have faculty development activities of their own, some of which are available to part-time faculty members. In addition, the Assistant Provost and Dean of Faculty Development is available for consultation at any time (extension 4504, or firstname.lastname@example.org).