Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Instructional Technology

ITAC: Instructional Technology Academic Computing

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Faculty Technology Centers

Rose Hill, Keating B27, X2289
Lincoln Center, Room 416, X7788
Westchester, Room 219, X 3349

Getting Help:
Help is always available at the Faculty Technology Centers in person, or via phone or email.

The FTCs offer both Windows XP and Macintosh OS X workstations equipped with scanners suitable for working with either documents or images. In addition, we have a range of A/V digital production equipment for producing A/V presentations and podcasts, and converting older A/V materials to digital formats. In addition, all FTC machines are equipped with webcams for video chat and teleconferencing.

Faculty Forum on Teaching & Technology
The Faculty Senate Technology Committee and Instructional Technology Academic Computing (ITAC) sponsor the Faculty Forum on Teaching and Technology. It is an informal, bi-monthly gathering for members of the Fordham Faculty to share insights and ideas for: enhancing courses with online resources, teaching online at Fordham, using instructional technologies in the classrooms, online pedagogy and practice.

Faculty Forum Fall 2011 Newsletter

Faculty Forum Spring 2012 Newsletter

One-on-One Trainings
The various trainings we offer to faculty are:

Blackboard Fordham’s online Course Management System
Lotus Notes Fordham’s Faculty and Staff e-mail system
WAVES Fordham’s Web Content Management System for building and maintaining your department webpage within the Fordham Website.
On-line Plagiarism Detection Tools Turnitin and SafeAssign
Microsoft Windows Working with Windows, File Management, Customizing Taskbar and Desktop; Adding Shortcuts to the Desktop; Maintenance and Troubleshooting; Getting Helpby Content
Mac OS X Basic features for MacOS X including the Desktop, the Dock, Organizing Files and Folders; Working with Macintosh windows; Applications; Connecting to Printers and Other Computers.
Smartboard Smart Board Basics; Creating and Editing Documents with Notebook. Tutorial on Smart Podiums: Personalized Instructions on how to use the podiums in our Smart Classrooms.
Podcasting Delivering audio and visual content to iPod and other portable media players.

Content Creation
Converting non-digital course material into digital or electronic form can be a great asset to instructional technology, as well has having portability and easier reusable material for classes. The FTC has the equipment necessary to convert almost any sort of content into a digital format. If you have a particular need for a specific learning object that you cannot find in a pre-made form we may be able to help you create what you need.

Faculty Websites
Fordham now provides all tenure tracked faculty with space for personal web sites on Although we recommend that your main page include professional information including your contact information, a brief bibliography of your published works, and perhaps a statement of your current professional interests, it is your space to use and explore.If you are a full-time tenure-tracked faculty member, you should have received your password in an email. If you did not, please contact the Faculty Technology Center on your campus for information on obtaining it.

Smart Classrooms
These classrooms are technology-enhanced with multimedia presentation capabilities. There is a ceiling-mounted LCD projector for widescreen presentation of all video/computer sources. The instructor podium contains a computer, DVD player, and VCR. There is also an interface for laptop/UBS connections. All classrooms have program speakers for sound reinforcement. Some rooms have advanced features, including tiered seating, touch screens, A/V and environmental controls, and SmartBoard interactive white boards. Media Services maintains more than 200 technology-enabled classroom throughout the university to enhance Fordham's teaching and learning environment. Available facilities range from traditional classrooms with basic A/V support to fully wired lecture rooms with digital presentation devices and ethernet access at every seat, to "smart" classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards.

Blackboard Course Management System
Within this web site, you can:

Post text items and files, such as course syllabi, instructor information, articles, assignments and slide shows / presentations
Conduct online discussions using the built-in discussion boards tool

Create and deliver online tests, quizzes and surveys
Manage a course gradebook, including display of individual grades (available only to the appropriate student)

With Bb, you do not need to know any HTML or other technical languages - the course or organizational web site is developed entirely through a point, click and type, on-screen web page.

Turnitin Plagiarism Detection Service
The University licenses plagiarism detection services from This on-line service scans student papers for content from a large and continually increasing database of on-line sources including websites and search results, reference materials, student papers and homework assignments available on-line, Cliff/Spark Notes, and essays available for purchase. Fordham currently licenses only the plagiarism detection tool. For online collaboration, discussion boards, and peer review tools, please continue to use Blackboard. Obtaining a faculty account on To receive a account, please visit the Faculty Technology Center on your campus to create your login and get a quick walk through of the service.

About using Most commonly, instructors will submit papers for review that they suspect of plagiarism. It is possible, though, to have students submit papers directly to the Turnitin service themselves. To get started with Turnitin, including setting up student submissions, there are Quick Start Guides available on Turnitin's website. For in-depth help, there are also more detailed User Manuals and Training Videos. If you intend to have your students submit papers themselves, they can download Student QuickStarts and detailed Student Manuals, specifically designed for student use.

Things to keep in mind: You know your students best. Turnitin reports are based solely on similarities to on-line sources. The service cannotcompare writing styles, detect variations in performance across assignments, notice suspicious transitions, or otherwise analyze student writing for tell-tale signs of plagiarism.

Turnitin Originality Reports are just that. They show parts of assignments that are not a student's original writing. The service has no awareness of different documentation styles and does not make any attempt to distinguish quotes, notes, and references. The simple appearance of unoriginal passages in student work is not itself cause for concern. It is up to the instructor to decide if unoriginal work has been properly quoted and cited or otherwise well used, or if a particular inclusion is a case of plagiarism.

Turnitin checks student work almost exclusively against on-line sources. A clean report from Turnitin is not proof that plagiarism has not occurred. Again, you know your students best, and is not a substitute for experience and common sense.



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