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New Faculty Information: More Technology Tips

Links to information important to new faculty

Technology Basics

BrightSpace

We began using the BrightSpace Learning Management System in Fall 2018. You have been enrolled in a BrightSpace course called BrightSpace Instructor Basics that is packed with advice for getting started. The IDAT Team is also conducting workshops and individual consultations. This document summarizes some of their training resources.

MyMeredith

The College Portal, MyMeredith can be used as your homepage for all things Meredith. It includes links to BrighSpace, Self Service, and many of the information resources you will need.

Accessibility

We are committed to providing all electronic documents in an accessible format. Advice on how to create accessible documents can be found in another BrightSpace course, Universal Design and Accessibility for Digital Courses. A good first stop within the course is the NCDAE Goals Cheat Sheets for Creating Accessible Content. There is a cheat sheet for ensuring, for example, that Word documents are accessible.

Computing power

NEVER SHARE YOUR PASSWORDS.  Meredith will never ask you for your passwords via email.  Technology Services staff may need a password to service your computer, but they will only ask for that password in person.

If you bring your own computer to campus:

  • Contact the Technology Services Help Desk (919-760-2323) to get it connected to the campus network
  • To print to networked printers, go to this page (requires login) and download the appropriate printer driver.  Most photocopy machines on campus are part of this networked printing system.  There are color printers in the library, Joyner Hall, and the Cate Center

If you don't have a laptop but need one for pedagogical purposes, talk with your dean

Learn more about the software available on campus

  • Technology Services my.meredith.portal (requires login)
  • For many software products, try Hoonuit (see the MyMeredith main page).  You'll find brief, focused lessons that address very specific skills as well as broad introductions to common software packages
  • Instructional Design and Academic Technology (requires login)
  • Still have questions?  Call or email the instructional design and academic technology group 919-760-2812 or idat@meredith.edu

Audio visual equipment is supported by Media Services in the library (919-760-8444)

  • Data projectors are available on every floor of every classroom building, but not in every classroom.  If your classroom does not already have a projector and you need one, talk with your department head about access
  • Once you have access to a data projector, Media Services staff can teach you to use it
  • There are many Zoom Room devices in classrooms across campus as well
  • There are cameras, audio recorders, and other sound equipment available for loan from the Media Services office

Who to call?

Since Technology Services and Media Services both provide some technology support, it can be confusing to decide who to call.  Check out this handy guide to find the help you need.