QuickStart Guide for New Faculty
Welcome to Stonehill College from the Department of Information
Technology! We are the group that provides a robust technology
infrastructure, a variety of networked resources and accessible
support services to enhance your time here at Stonehill.
As an incoming faculty, this page will provide you with information
- Your Stonehill Account
- Your Stonehill email
- myHill, our online portal
- eLearn, our Learning Management System
- Teaching with Technology
- Learning Spaces
- Network Access
- The Hill Alert emergency notification service
- How to Protect Yourself Online
- Using the Central File Share
- Connecting remotely via VPN
- The Stonehill IT Help Desk
You will use your Stonehill user account to log on to your own computer as well as any classroom or lab computer on campus. In addition, your account is used to access many campus services including the campus network, wireless network, email, learning management system (eLearn) and campus portal (myHill).
Enrolling in the Password Change Service
Stonehill College requires that employees change their password every 180 days. It is extremely important that you enroll in our password change service, which will allow you to change your password, or set a new password if you've forgotten yours or it has expired. If you have not registered for the password change service, and your password expires, you must stop by the IT Help Desk with a picture ID to recover your username or password. We cannot change passwords via email, or over the phone.
Email accounts for faculty are provided on MS Exchange, an integrated email and calendaring system. Faculty use Outlook on both PCs and Macs as the supported email client. Off-campus access to email via a web browser is also available through Outlook Web Access at webmail.stonehill.edu. Students have email through Microsoft Live@edu. They are issued an email address ending in @students.stonehill.edu and are included in our Global Address List which is accessible through Outlook and Web Access.
Configuring email on mobile devices. http://www.stonehill.edu/x23542.xml
myHill is a personalized platform where you can easily view campus announcements, access quick links to information and online services. Portal content is targeted to specific user groups, enabling access to relevant information all in one location. Faculty use myHill to view courses, rosters, email their classes, run an advisee's audit, post grades and more. Browse to myhill.stonehill.edu to access the portal.
Single sign on
Once you've logged into myHill, you can access many college resources without having to log into those resources a second time. Click on the links found under the QuickLinks channel on the left side of the home tab for quick access to eLearn, your email, and many other features.
eLearn utilizes Blackboard's Angel learning platform. eLearn provides simple yet powerful tools that enable delivery of course content, management of student outcomes and enhanced collaboration. eLearn course "shells" are created for all courses each semester and populated with student rosters, including their photos. You can connect to eLearn in myHill by clicking the eLearn link under the QuickLinks channel or use the address: http://elearn.stonehill.edu/.
IT provides a wide range of instructional applications and support services for faculty to enable the integration of technology into their teaching. Workshops and showcases are held regularly throughout the year. Unique hardware and software resources are available in the Instructional Technology Center in Duffy 019 which allow experimentation and development in a supportive environment. Our Faculty Initiatives in Technology (FIT) program enables faculty to try technologies that may enhance teaching or learning. There is also a Technology Equipment Loan Program available to meet short term business or instructional needs.
All classrooms have projectors and most are also equipped with a Windows-based PC on the podium. Faculty also have the option of connecting their laptop (PC or Mac) at the podium to the projector, sound system, and network. Additionally, 10 teaching labs with Windows-based computers are available in various locations around campus. The Graphic Design Studio in Cushing-Martin Hall is equipped with 20 high-end Mac computers. Students utilize general access labs in Stanger Hall and the library as well as the teaching labs when classes are not in session. More information, including the list of installed software, can be found on the IT web page Technology in the Classroom.
Network access is available by plugging into the jack in your office or connecting your laptop to the cable on the classroom podium. Our wireless network provides complete coverage in all academic buildings and residence halls.
Our high speed fiber optic network connects each room in every building to the internet and to Internet2, the advanced research network that promotes collaboration and innovation amongst higher education institutions.
Wireless network access is available in all buildings on campus with 100% coverage in the Residence Halls, MacPhaidin Library, Roche Dining Commons and Academic buildings.
Our secure wireless is called hillspot and you must perform a onetime configuration on your laptop to begin using it.
Stonehill utilizes the Hill Alert emergency notification system to quickly and efficiently send community members a text message to their cell phone in case of an emergency on campus. Please note that to setup Hill Alerts to be sent to your cell phone, you must login to myHill and provide your cell phone number.
If your contact information changes over your time here at Stonehill, be sure to update that information for Hill Alert.
Viruses, spyware, and other malicious software are constant dangers in the online world. Educate yourself about the existing laws and policies, the dangers of phishing attempts and identity theft. To secure computer devises it is mandatory on all faculty laptops that antivirus protection, TrueCrypt and Identity Finder are installed. For details http://www.stonehill.edu/x16512.xml.
Our Central File Share (CFS) service enables secure file storage on the Stonehill network for employees, and is the most secure method to store College information. The Central File Share offers convenience, mobility and flexibility by making files centrally accessible from any computer, Mac or PC, either on campus or remotely connected to the network via VPN.
Storing data on the Central File Share ensures that it is backed up
All data on the Central File Share is automatically backed up nightly. If you accidentally delete a file or folder from a file share, the IT Department can restore that file from a previous backup.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a secure encrypted network connection. When you create a VPN connection from a remote location (you home, for instance), you are able to securely access the Stonehill network as if you are physically located on the Stonehill campus network.
What you can do with a VPN connection
Once you've created a VPN connection to the Stonehill network, you can do a variety of things such as map to a departmental file share, print to a network printer, or even take remote control of your desktop.
The Stonehill IT Help Desk is staffed by both full-time employees and student workers, and provides answers to general computing questions. Just stop by our office in the Duffy Academic building, basement floor, room 025, call (508) 565-4357 (HELP), or email us at email@example.com.
The Stonehill IT Department webpage
Make sure to check the Stonehill Information Technology web site (www.stonehill.edu/IT) throughout the year, as it contains valuable technology related information and updates. On the left-hand side you will notice a navigation menu.