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Faculty Resource Guide: Technology

Guide for full and part time faculty

Technology

 

Chesapeake College prides itself on providing access to the state-of-the-art technology that can bring innovation to teaching and enhance the learning process for students.  The majority of campus classrooms include audio/video capabilities, document cameras, and internet access.  The IT Support staff, can assist with ensuring that faculty members have access to the hardware and software needed to make each course successful. 

Technology Requirements

Chesapeake College has adopted the following minimum technology requirements for all full- and part-time faculty:

 

Computer Skills

 Course Management: Canvas

Basic Word Processing   Posting your Syllabus
Sending/Receiving Skipjack Mail   Navigating a Course
Internet Access and Searching   Making Announcements
File Management  Sending/Receiving Course Mail
  Using the Grade Book

MyCampus Portal 

MyCampus is the college’s secure online portal that connects to courses on Canvas, CRAB/Web Advisor, and more by simply logging on once.  The myCampus portal is accessible from the Chesapeake College website or at https://mycampus.chesapeake.edu.

Your login name is your first name and last name, all lower case with no spaces.  Your initial password for myCampus is your first initial (capitalized), your last initial (capitalized), the last four digits of your social security number, and the letters cc.  For example, if your name is John Smith and the last four digits of your SSN are 3456, your myCampus password would be JS3456cc. 

Once you sign in to the portal the first time, you will be prompted to answer three security questions that will be used when you reset your password.  Your password must be at least 8 characters in length, contain an uppercase character (A-Z), a lowercase character (a-z), and at least one number (0-9) or a special character (! $ # or %).

Once you are logged in, you can access Canvas, your faculty web page, Skipjack mail, or WebAdvisor/CRAB to check your class rosters, enter grades, etc. by clicking on the link in the “Quick Launch Navigation.”  If you have problems logging in, please contact the helpdesk at 410-822-5400 ext. 2224, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or email ITSupport@chesapeake.edu

cChest

cChest is a college-wide network drive mapped to your computer automatically for easy access.  The folders located on cChest contain information from a variety of areas on campus.  The drive houses official documents and publications such as the Faculty/Staff Manual and the most recent data reports from Institutional Research, as well as general information such as the Faculty/Staff Directory, general college forms, etc.  All employees have read access to these files from on campus only.

NextCloud

NextCloud is a network drive mapped to your computer with the files stored in the cloud.  Files stored in NextCloud are available from off-campus.  Please note that personally identifiable information (PII) should not be stored in NextCloud. 

Campus E-mail 

Chesapeake employees have available two full-featured email systems and one messaging system within Canvas. Each of these serves a different purpose.

  • Outlook 

    • All college employees have a campus email address through Outlook which integrates with your Outlook calendar and Microsoft Office applications.  [Employees are asked to not use the main campus email (ALL) for non-college-related business.] 
  • Skipjack Mail

    • The college’s official means for communication with students and adjunct faculty is Skipjack mail, a campus-specific form of Google mail which is accessible through the myCampus portal from your computer.  It is a true mail system that sends and receives messages from other systems. All employees have a Skipjack account. 
    • You access Skipjack mail through the “Launch Pad” on the portal. You can access your Skipjack mail from your mobile device (without going through the portal) by adding a gmail account to your device, using your full Skipjack email address and the same password you use for the portal. 
    • If you have difficulty logging on to Skipjack mail, contact  IT Help Desk: ITSupport@chesapeake.edu or IT Phone Support: 410-304-2224 
  • Canvas “Course” Mail

    • You can also use the messaging system in Canvas to communicate with students who are using Canvas in your classes.  However, Canvas does not accept messages from outside the Canvas system. The Canvas inbox is located on the left side of the screen.  
    • As a convenience, you can set notifications within your Canvas profile to forward any messages or announcements to an outside email account, such as your Outlook mail.  You can also set up notifications to forward Canvas messages to you via texting.  However, you cannot respond to forwarded messages by hitting “reply.”  You must log in to Canvas through the portal, find the message, and answer it there.  For more information on communication within the Canvas learning management system, watch the video overview at https://community.canvaslms.com/videos/1100.

CRAB – Chesapeake Registration and Beyond 

CRAB links with the student data maintained in Colleague and can be used to check course offerings and enrollments, access course rosters, and to post mid-term and final grades.   You can access CRAB through the college’s myCampus portal.

Help Desk

The college also provides a well-trained support staff to assist with the day-to-day hardware and software glitches that occur with office computers.  Problems can be reported directly using the Help icon located on your desktop, or by calling extension 2345 or email ITSupport@chesapeake.edu

Please be as specific as possible with the information submitted.  Once a request for service has been submitted, an issue number will be assigned so that the status of the request can be tracked.  IT Help Desk: ITSupport@chesapeake.edu IT Phone Support: 410-304-2224

Hours

 Please check the  college website for the most up to date information.  

Faculty Staff Manual

Faculty Staff Manual

The Faculty Staff Manual is the source for all College policies.  Consult it for the most current and up to date policy statements.