The Office of the Dean of the College works in partnership with the McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning and the Office of Information Technology to identify opportunities for enhancing teaching and learning through the use of technology, both in the classroom and beyond. In addition, the McGraw Center offers a range of services to support the Faculty's use of information technology in teaching, scholarship and research.
Online Course Platforms
Princeton’s initiative in online education offers faculty members the opportunity to enhance the quality of education on campus while sharing free course content with students around the world. This includes the development and delivery of free, non-credit course materials that are available to hundreds of thousands of students via the Coursera, NovoEd, Kadenze and edX platforms. As this initiative has evolved, the emphasis of this work has moved from the production of new online courses to creating environments that connect with on-campus classes. Faculty members interested in experimenting with these innovative teaching environments should begin the process by contacting Mona Fixdal.
Classroom, Lab, and Media Support
Princeton's Broadcast Center, housed in the Lewis Library, is a professional, high-definition video and audio studio that can assist faculty and staff in building high-quality presentations, including recorded lectures. The studio provides a direct link to all the major television and radio networks, allowing faculty and staff to broadcast across the country and around the world. Recordings made for use outside of the University must be approved by the Office of the Dean of the College; please email requests to Stephanie Brown.
The Educational and Classroom Technology group in the McGraw Center offers services and equipment to assist in classroom teaching, lecture capture, and the use of other tools to enhance teaching. They provide consulting, design and training for specialized educational technologies, including personal response units (clickers), course blogs, class projects using technology, use of cloud services and learning objects. The group also offers advice on active learning and how to plan to teach in this way. This group includes the New Media Center, a fully staffed multimedia lab that offers walk-in help, and can also be scheduled for teaching technology skills needed for course assignments, plus an innovative teaching lab for experimenting with new technologies. ECT offers consultations on the best use of technology in teaching. Contact the ECT to arrange for a technology consultation.
For A/V equipment and support in the classroom, including projection, sound, recording and video conferencing, contact Media Services.
Learning Management System
Princeton uses the Blackboard learning management system to provide course sites that allow consolidation of course materials and facilitate assignments and grading. The course sites also provide collaboration tools for interaction between faculty and students. The Blackboard team can send trained support staff to assist with Blackboard and other academic IT needs.
Faculty members looking for an easy-to-use templated system for building personal web sites should visit Open Scholar.
Web Development Services assists departments and programs in building effective and attractive web sites.
Digital Course Reserves and Services
The Library can help faculty members incorporate digitized film service and other information technology into their courses and research. The Library also manages the University's collection of DVDs and specialized language software.
Center for Digital Humanities
The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is an interdisciplinary research center and academic unit within the Princeton University Library. The CDH research team serves as a hub for expertise in digital methods, tools, and best practices that allow scholars to analyze traditional and unconventional source bases to discover and share new insights.
Princeton has a number of resources to assist faculty members with their research computing needs, including the High-Performance Computing Research Center, through a collaboration between the Office of Information Technology and the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE).