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The information on this page is neither comprehensive nor official; rather, it is an informal collection of information that is typically important for new instructors to know as they begin teaching at DePaul. New instructors should always contact their department chair or program director for information that is specific to the department in which they teach.↓ Jump down to: Technology Support
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There are three primary resources at DePaul for faculty technology support and training:
- Technology Support Center (TSC): The TSC is the main technology help desk at DePaul, and they are the go-to contact for any technology problems or questions on campus. You can reach them at 312.362.8765, and you can also open and submit a ticket online through Campus Connection (see below). If necessary, the TSC will direct you to the other technology support areas at DePaul: FITS and MPT.
- Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS): FITS supports faculty in using technology to enhance teaching and learning. FITS services fall into the following three key categories: course design and enhancement, faculty development, and instructional technology support. They are the primary support team for Desire2Learn (D2L), and they can be reached via the FITS website or via email at FITS@depaul.edu.
- Media Production & Training (MPT): MPT offers workshops that provide faculty with training and hands-on time for specific applications and learning strategies. These programs include crash courses on MS applications and graphic design and multimedia development workshops. MPT is also responsible for producing video and multimedia content for faculty. You can read more about their services on the MPT website.
This video provides helpful information on how faculty members can receive support and training for Campus Connection, classroom computers, and other important campus technologies:
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Campus Connection is an interactive website used for most of DePaul's records and registration. This is where you enter grades, access your class rosters, and so on.
If you are experiencing problems with Campus Connection, you can contact the Technology Support Center at 312-362-8765.
Instructions for Accessing Your Course Roster:
- Log on to Campus Connection.
- Select “For Instructors” from the left menu.
- Select “Faculty Center.”
- Click on the icon which will display the class roster.
For more information, visit the Campus Connection Teaching Commons page.
Desire2Learn (D2L) has replaced Blackboard as DePaul's Learning Management System. All course sections at DePaul are automatically assigned a course site in D2L, where instructors can post materials, facilitate online discussions, collect and return student work, enter and track grades, and so on. The following resources will help you set up and run your course site in D2L:
- PDF quickguides and video tutorials are available on the main Teaching Commons D2L webpage.
- Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) is the department in charge of faculty support for D2L. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org with with any technical questions or to discuss effective methods for using D2L in a course.
- Student training in D2L is provided by Media Production & Training (MPT).
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Outlook is an e-mail and calendar system used by DePaul faculty, staff, and student workers. All new employees receive an Outlook account along with a Exchange account, which enables you to connect to the university's network, including shared file folders and printers. Your e-mail address is email@example.com and can be accessed on your desktop through the Outlook program. If you use a MAC, Linux, or wish to check e-mail from home, you can view your e-mail in a web-based format at https://outlook.depaul.edu. Webmail can do many but not all of the same things as the standard Outlook program. Visit Information Services' Outlook E-mail page for more information.↑ Jump to top
All DePaul faculty, staff, and students receive a DePaul Card, which you can procure by visiting ID Services with a valid photo ID. DePaul Cards serve a number of important functions, including opening doors, using copiers, checking out library books, etc., so it is important to pick up your card as soon as possible after starting at DePaul.↑ Jump to top
The University Libraries provide a number of important services for instructors, which are outlined on their Information for Faculty webpage. Services include:
- An online Course Reserves Assistant tool for e-reserves
- Helping instructors develop course-related research assignments
- Partial digitization of CDs and DVDs for class use
- Extensive special collections and archives
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There are a number of important student support services available at DePaul, which are listed more comprehensively on the Student Services Teaching Commons page. The following partial list represents some of the services that faculty members ask about most often:
- Dean of Students Office: Helps students in navigating the university, particularly during difficult situations, as in personal and/or family crises, medical and/or personal leaves of absence and implementation of the Code of Student Responsibility.
- PLuS Program: A year-round comprehensive program designed to meet the needs of students with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders, as well as associated disorders such as Asperger's Syndrome, Bipolarism, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, etc.
- Office of Students with Disabilities: Provides accommodations and support to students with disabilities that will enable them to fully participate in programs and services that are available at DePaul University.
- University Counseling Services: Assists students in defining and accomplishing personal/academic goals, thus maximizing their potential to benefit from the academic environment and experience.
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Detailed maps are available for campuses in:
Information is also available for the suburban campuses in:
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All DePaul faculty, staff, and students should familiarize themselves with the university's Emergency Plan website. Here you will find important emergency contact numbers, as well as information about evacuation procedures, the emergency notification system, and so on.↑ Jump to top