New Faculty

New Instructor Checklist

There is a lot of information about the Department of Information Technology (IT) and the Teaching and Learning Team (TLT),  but here is one place where you can quickly find information you need to get started.

Visit our Contact Us page to find and contact your Instructional Technologist.

And watch the video New Faculty Orientation video to learn more about resources to get your semester started and how TLT can assist and checkout the playlist of additional videos to learn more about professional development opportunities.

 ☐  Classrooms
Academic room assignments are designated by either your department or the Registrar’s office. Visit Classroom Technology page:

  • How to enter a classroom
  • Find out what technology is or is not in the room
  • How to use the technology in the classroom
 ☐ Learning Management System

OAKS is the College’s learning management system and is built on the Desire2Learn/Brightspace platform.  The online course environment provides tools that help foster collaboration and communication, and facilitate learning outside the classroom.

To access OAKS go to>log in with your CofC Email Address and your Cougars password. click on the OAKS icon in the upper right.

  1. Review the Checklist for Getting the Semester started 
  2. Review the Getting Started Quick Guide for new users
  3. Step by step video and text tutorials
  4. For questions about using OAKS contact your Instructional Technologist.
 ☐  Software
Some of CofC campuswide software licenses are:

  • Akindi – pring and scan your bubble sheets from any multifunction printer/scanner and have the scores submitted automatically to OAKS’ gradebook.
  • Google Apps for Education – full range of applications available to both students and faculty that  includes Calendar, Drive, forms for surveys, website and blog creation.
  • Kaltura -YouTube-like online media area available to both students and faculty.  Upload tutorials, online lectures, original work or create screen casts.
  • PollEverywhere – on-line based audience response system, similar to clickers.
  • Turnitin – check written assignments for plagiarism from public online sources as well as its own database of student work. It also checks for spelling and grammar mistakes.
  • Turnitin PeerMark – create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates.
  • Voicethread– online media album available to both students and faculty that allows people to comment on slides using voice, text, audio or video.
    VT Campus license / Adding VT to OAKS
View a full list of software available to faculty
 ☐ Web Services
IT offers two blogging platforms, Blogger (part of Google apps)  and WordPress.  Faculty can request a WordPress blog by contacting Helpdesk  For more information visit IT web services.
 ☐ Help?
 Be sure to also visit the IT webpage to learn about other IT departments and services including Help Desk.