As a learning community, our faculty are challenged to explore, incorporate, and become proficient in innovative, technology-enriched best practices for teaching and learning. The Academic Technology team at Gwynedd Mercy University strives to build and support the community by integrating teaching and learning technologies into the classroom. Faculty members are trained in and encouraged to use a variety of tools for both online and face-to-face instruction.
GMercyU’s Learning Management System, Blackboard, is an online learning environment where students can access course materials, resources, website assignments, lesson plans and directions in a course shell arranged in such a way as to construct shared learning activities. Used for fully online learning and as a supplement to face-to-face instruction, Blackboard’s features include interactive components that are both synchronous and asynchronous. Online discussion boards promote group interactivity, connecting instructors, students and the outside world.
Faculty members receive training in the use of Blackboard as a teaching tool and as a repository of course content.
Every student enrolled into the administrative system and assigned to a course receives a Blackboard account. As long as internet access is available, users are able to participate in courses while being globally connected.
Faculty, staff and students access their Blackboard accounts via the GMercyU portal.
Consisting of a data projector, a Smart Board and a computer workstation, Smart Classrooms can display everything a computer can, but to a wider audience. Instructors or presenters may annotate directly on the Smart Board, allowing the flexibility of the whiteboard to be integrated into classroom instruction. Course materials, lesson plans, websites, e-books, images, Flash programs and shared course work can be developed in Smart Notebook, a native Smart application. Entire projects can be saved and stored as PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations or web pages and placed into Blackboard for lesson retention and lesson revision. The majority of classrooms have either Smart Boards (TM), Symposiums (TM), or other interactive projection systems.
GMercyU’s premier web-conferencing service allows users to host online conferences, meetings and classes. With an Adobe Connect account, a web camera and a computer or laptop with internet connection, faculty members can conduct classes anywhere in the world. Guest lectures, keynote speakers, distance education students and entire external classes have the ability to connect, share resources and collaborate. Class sessions or lectures may also be pre-recorded and uploaded to Blackboard for anywhere, anytime access. To obtain login credentials for Adobe Connect access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GMercyU Technology Workshops
A variety of technology training workshops are held during the fall, spring and summer semesters in both face-to-face and online formats, and are scheduled in large classroom labs. These training sessions include Blackboard, Microsoft Office, course design and a host of web-based learning technologies.
General announcements are placed on the portal with reminders about upcoming workshops. Our IT Training Calendar can be accessed here.
Training sessions are conducted by:
- Michelle Simms, Director of Instructional Technology
- Susan Darlington, Director of Online Learning
- Jamel Wellman, Instructional Technology Support Specialist
For more information about our technology workshops, please email email@example.com.
Online and Accelerated Learning Technologies
GMercyU’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) offers online and accelerated learning programs in the Schools of Business, Education, Applied Psychology, and Nursing. Online courses are taught by online certified instructors and use Blackboard as the primary delivery method. Faculty can learn how to teach online by enrolling in a four-week course. To enroll, contact Susan Darlington, Director of Online Learning. Faculty who teach at our School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), can find technology resources at:
Students who are enrolled in our School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) are encouraged to participate in a Student Online Readiness course that prepares them for the Blackboard learning environment. Technology resources for students can be accessed at:
Web Content Accessibility
Institutional Technology Services (ITS), in cooperation with the Office of Student Accessibilities Services, is helping Gwynedd Mercy University to support ADA Compliance laws, including Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and Section 508. An online, self-paced Accessibilities course has been made available to provide general information about digital compliance, and will serve as a training resource for faculty and staff as they consider designing and providing ADA-compliant course materials.
For more information about accessibililty, please contact the Office of Student Accessibilities Services.
The IT Service Desk can be reached at 215-646-7300 ext. 21444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blackboard faculty training tutorials
- Blackboard student tutorials
- Adobe Connect faculty training tutorials
- Microsoft Office 365
- Skype for Business
- Glogster, a digital poster board website
- Prezi, an animated presentation video
- PowToons, an animation website
- Read “60 ways to use Twitter in the classroom," a TeachThought.com article
Links to General Technology Resources for Faculty:
Links to Business Technology Resources for Faculty:
Links to Education Technology Resources for Faculty:
- Digital Pedagogy Lab
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Kathy Schrock's Technology Blog
Links to Health Sciences Resources for Faculty: