Providence College provides a range of resources to support instruction. Here is a summary of some of the most used resources by our faculty:
Academic Media Services: unit responsible for the purchase, installation and maintenance of all classroom media equipment. In addition, Academic Media Services hosts the Interactive Media Learning Center, and provides media presentation and creative imaging and graphics services. The College's cable television network is also run by Media Services.
Academic Records: maintains all official student academic records, processes grades and grade changes. Also processes all major and minor program changes and academic advising assignments. Academic Records is also responsible for ensuring that all faculty and staff adhere to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.
Academic Scheduling and Registration: coordinates the scheduling of all classes in the College's classroom and laboratory facilities, including the assignment of rooms with appropriate technological equipment based on both need and availability. This office also authorizes ad hoc reservations of classroom facilities for both academic and non-academic needs. Also oversees the College's online and in-person course registration process.
Academic Services (OAS): provides academic support services to PC's undergraduate population. Services include a tutorial center that offers free content tutoring in nearly all subject areas, including Development of Western Civilization; a writing center that offers appointment-based and drop-in writing assistance; group and individual academic skills training and a menu of workshop offerings (e.g., time management, test taking skills, learning strategies, etc.); a computer and assistive technology lab; academic support services for students with documented disabilities; and academic and life skills support services for intercollegiate student-athletes. Faculty are encouraged to refer students to the OAS for assistance. Faculty may also schedule an OAS staff member to present an academic skills topic in one of their classes.
Bookstore: link to the PC Bookstore's Faculty Services site. Includes online textbook ordering information and other resources for faculty.
Center for Teaching Excellence: located in the Feinstein Academic Center, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) hosts a variety of programs for faculty during the academic year. In addition, the CTE maintains a library of pedagogical and other resources of interest to faculty.
Copyright Policy/Guidelines: link to the College’s official Copyright policy, as well as guidelines for instructional and other use. Includes links to a variety of additional copyright resources and information.
CyberFriar: instructors have 24/7 access to information about their courses and students through this online resource. CyberFriar provides access to course rosters and faculty teaching schedules, and permits faculty to submit their mid-term and final grades online during designated grading periods. Faculty advisors may also view information about their advisees, including transcripts and degree audits, course schedules, and other personal information.
Instructional Technology Development Program (ITDP): provides support and training to faculty in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. The ITDP sponsors a variety of workshops on such applications as PowerPoint, audio and video editing software, and other technology tools. In addition, the ITDP site includes a variety of online resources, including tutorials on specific software applications.
Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies: has the overall responsibility for the academic monitoring of undergraduate students and provides general academic advisement to students in all majors. The Dean's Office also provides valuable input to the Committee on Studies, which concerns itself with the introduction of new courses and programs, as well as new or revised academic policies. In addition, the Dean's Office office assists the Committee on Academic Status with its review of student appeals for readmission following academic dismissal and student requests for changes to their current graduation class status.
Phillips Memorial Library: houses a collection of over 300,000 books and bound periodicals, over 1,600 journal subscriptions and more than 12,000 electronic indexes and full-text journals. The Library has an 18-seat electronic classroom which can be used to teach students about information resources. Library liaisons are available to work with faculty. The Library is a member of the HELIN consortium, sharing resources with eight other institutions that collectively house more than 4,000,000 items. Currently, the Library is undergoing a multi-year renovation project, with phase one updating the main floor. The Library catalog and other resources are available at: http://www.providence.edu/library.
Sakai: is the College's increasingly popular learning management tool. Sakai is used by faculty and students in nearly every discipline. Among its features, Sakai permits students to access course syllabi and other instructional materials online, as well as link to course-related web sites. Sakai allows instructors to conduct online discussions, quizzes and message boards, and to utilize the software's online grade book. For more information about Sakai, visit http://www.providence.edu/ihelp/sakai/Pages/default.aspx or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.