Academic Technology

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Academic Technology, a team within Information Technology, furthers the department's mission by supporting technologies that contribute to successful teaching and learning environments, the Canvas learning management system (LMS), classrooms, and student resource spaces. Academic Technology utilizes a collaborative approach that intends to foster positive relationships with administration and faculty to best support student learning.

Below is more information regarding Academic Technology’s areas of support for faculty and staff which support teaching and learning at Columbia. The Academic Technology team can be reached at canvaslms@colum.edu with any questions.

Technology Trainings and Workshops

Academic Technology offers in person training presentations on campus. Trainings cover a variety of topics essential to learning the many features of Canvas, Office 365, and Qualtrics, among many additional applications. 

To view a full list of scheduled trainings, check out Academic Technology’s registration site. Visit the Academic Technology SharePoint site for self-guided training resources. For questions or alternate offerings, please email canvaslms@colum.edu.

Canvas Course Review and Consultations
Instructional Designers are available to consult on course review. To request a course review consultation, please email Academic Technology at canvaslms@colum.edu.

Smart Classroom Support
IT Media Services provides support to 130+ smart classrooms on campus. Smart classrooms and lecture halls are spaces that can be booked through the Event Management System (EMS) that host classes, lectures, and special events.  

Our smart classrooms come standard with: 

Visit the Academic Technology SharePoint page for Smart Classroom training materials.

To receive support for smart classrooms, please call Media Services at 312-369-7550.

Media Services is open during the semester Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., as well as Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

During the summer, Media Services is open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.  

Canvas

Canvas is the LMS used by Columbia faculty to manage their courses and it allows students to access course materials, such as course syllabi, assignments, resources, grades, and other materials. The college’s Canvas website is located at canvas.colum.edu.

For more information on all of the components in the Canvas instructor interface, check out this Canvas Overview video and Canvas Instructor Guide.

Access Canvas
Instructors must use their network ID and password to sign-in to Canvas at canvas.colum.edu, which is the same username and password that is used to access campus email, commonly the first letter of one’s first name and full last name (for example, Joi Columbia may have a username of jcolumbia@colum.edu and the corresponding network password).

For login assistance, please contact Client Services by phone at 312-369-7001 or by email at clientservices@colum.edu Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cross-listing a Course
To request for a course in Canvas to be cross-listed (formerly known as META Course in Moodle), please email Academic Technology with the following information: 1) course instructor(s), 2) course name, 3) course sections, and 4) course semester. The Academic Technology team will contact you with assistance after the request is received.

Learnings Tools Interoperability (LTI)
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is the practice of linking external content, resources, and applications to learning platforms. One of the benefits of using Canvas is the variety of LTI tools that can be incorporated into courses.

LTIs currently available in Canvas include Canvas Studio (Formerly Known as Arc), Auralia & Musition, Big Blue Button, Cengage Learning MindLinks, GoReact, Khan Academy, LibGuides, McGraw Hill Connect, Microsoft Office 365, NoteFlight, Pearson MyLab & Mastering, Pearson Revel, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, and Zoom. For assistance and support with using LTIs, please contact Academic Technology at canvaslms@colum.edu.

Contact Us

The Academic Technology team is available to help faculty and staff in the use of technology applications.

Dolores Marek
Director of Academic Technology
Email: dmarek@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-6965

Jamie Ackley
Manager of Instructional Design
Email: jackley@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-6628

David Morton
Senior Instructional Designer
Email: dmorton@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-7183

Katie Kosinksi
Senior Instructional Designer
Email: kkosinski@colum.edu

Evan West
Technology Integration Specialist
Email: ewest@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-7078

Tim Bodzioney
Media Services Coordinator
Email: tbodzioney@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-7127

Craig Sorensen
Media Services Technician
Email: csorensen@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-7046

Mansfield Martinez
Classroom Support Specialist
Email: mmartinez@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-7642

Dok Ki Kang
Academic Technology Architect
Email: dkang@colum.edu
Phone: 312-369-8179