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The mission of Academic Computing is to plan, develop, implement, maintain, and manage in a cost-effective manner those information technologies and resources necessary to facilitate the teaching and learning process among faculty and students.

The Academic Computing department provides a broad range of software support to the faculty of Fairfield University. Assistance is available for individual instructors who wish to explore ways to incorporate technology into their classes. Software vetting, training (fundamentals and best practices), and support, application integration, course management systems and the use of iPads are just some of the services the Academic Computing staff provide.


Blackboard Ultra Course View Transition

Fairfield University is in the process of transitioning to Blackboard Ultra Course View providing our faculty, staff, and students with an accessible, modern interface to navigate their courses and and organizations.

All graduate courses and select undergraduate courses are currently now running in Blackboard Ultra Course View.

More information on the transition can be found on the following pages:

Learning Tools for Students


My courses aren't visible in Blackboard.

Courses and enrollments populate in Blackboard 2 times a day. If your registration and payments were processed today, please wait at least 12 hours for the next update to process.

I can see my course in Blackboard, but I'm unable to access it. It says it's private.

All courses are unavailable to students by default to allow faculty to upload course content before the semester starts while enrollments may still be changing. Some faculty do not use Blackboard beyond sharing the syllabus, or they may email you directly with information on accessing courses materials. If you believe you should have access to the course in Blackboard, please contact your instructor requesting that they make the course available.

I am having trouble connecting with my publisher content (Pearson, Cengage, etc.)

Academic Computing manages the connection to publisher content through Blackboard, but student accounts are generally created through the publisher directly. In most cases, you will need to purchase an access code and follow the instructions provided by your instructor. If you are still unable to gain access, we recommend you work directly with the publisher's support first. If the publisher and your instructor are unable to resolve the issue, you may email and we will do our best to assist.

Tech Tool Training Guides

Teaching Tools for Faculty


My courses aren't displaying in Blackboard.

Courses and enrollments populate in Blackboard 2 times a day. If the course is not displaying, it is most likely because you were not listed as the instructor during the last update. If you were just recently assigned the course via CourseLeaf and see it listed on your Faculty Self Service, please wait at least 12 hours for the next update to process. If you do not see the course(s) listed on your Faculty Self Service, we recommend you contact your program coordinator to ensure your courses have been properly assigned through CourseLeaf.

How do I make my course available to students?

There are a few different ways to go about making your course available to students. Each of these methods is detailed in Blackboard's Help page, Course Availability for Ultra Course View

Software Guides

iPad Lease Program

Fairfield University leases iPads for use by full-time faculty members. Academic Computing manages the leased iPads as well as several owned iPads that can be loaned out to adjunct faculty members each semester. Below are training resources to help you incorporate your iPad into your teaching.

Request an iPad.

Recommended Mobile Apps for Learning

Meet the Team

Mary Kleps 

Director, Academic Computing

Heather Ulrich 

Assistant Director, Academic Computing

David Lloyd

Senior Instructional Technology Specialist

Ellen Roy 

Academic Technology Specialist

Alana Weinberg

Academic Technology Specialist