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Information for New Instructors

In addition to reviewing the resources here, new instructors should always read the Faculty Handbook and contact their department chair or program director for information that is specific to their department.   

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Top Teaching Commons Resources for New Faculty

Don’t have a lot of time to spend combing through this site? Check out some of the pages below for information you’ll want to know prior to teaching at DePaul for the first time.

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Technology Support   

There are three primary resources at DePaul for faculty technology support and training:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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   

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:

  1. Log on to Campus Connection.
  2. Under "Main Menu," select "Self Service" > "Faculty Center" > "Faculty Center."
  3. Click on the Class Roster icon  for your course under "My Teaching Schedule."

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Desire2Learn (D2L)   

Desire2Learn (D2L) is DePaul's Learning Management System (LMS). 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:

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Digication is DePaul's ePortfolio platform. DePaul advocates the use of ePortfolios to promote and represent reflective practices across learning in multiple professional, curricular, and co-curricular experiences. Such reflective practices encourage learners to identify, articulate, and synthesize the strengths, values, beliefs, and skills that they bring into multiple contexts.

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BlueStar in Campus Connect is intended to improve the way we work across colleges and allow us to help many more students be successful at DePaul:

  • Allows instructors to respond to progress surveys twice per quarter. Email reminders will be sent to faculty 1) in the beginning of the quarter so they can verify attendance and 2) during mid-terms so they can raise any concerns or convey praise to students who might need extra attention.
  • Enables instructors and advisors to send alerts if there are concerns about academic performance, “kudos” to acknowledge good performance, and referrals to additional support services.
  • Enables online appointment scheduling with instructors, advisors and support service offices who opt to schedule through BlueStar.

You can access BlueStar through Campus Connect: Go to Main Menu > Self Service > BlueStar.

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Outlook Email   

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 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 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.

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DePaul ID Cards   

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.

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Library Services   

The University Libraries provide a number of important services for instructors, which are outlined on their Information for Faculty webpage. Services include:

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Student Services   

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.
  • Center for Students with Disabilities: Provides accommodations and other services to students with documented disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • 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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Campus Maps   

Detailed maps are available for the Lincoln Park and Loops campuses.

Information is also available for the suburban campuses in:

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Emergency Plan   

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.

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