Use Technology for Teaching and Learning

About the Education Technology Office

The Education Technology Office (ETO) provides consultation services, supports the use of Blackboard and delivers professional development workshops and training to deliver blended and online learning in our renovated teaching and learning lab. The office is located in Hemenway Hall 105, 107 and 109.


Blackboard is used by faculty and students to share information and course materials, to engage in critical thinking activities and collaborate online. Use the following link to read about recent upgrades to Blackboard

Take the Blackboard 101 Course

Blackboard 101 is a self-directed course for instructors who wish to learn the basics of building a course or refresh a specific skill. The course is organized in five modules that may be viewed sequentially or by topic. Email to be enrolled in the course.

Find Blackboard Resources

Framingham State University's eLearning platform, Blackboard, delivers online, on-campus and blended courses. Regardless of how content is delivered, support services are available to all students, faculty and staff. To view official help documents visit the Blackboard Learn Help for Instructors site. If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please email or call 508-215-5906.

Download the Blackboard Instructor App for Your Mobile Device

Blackboard Instructor for iPhone and iPad

Blackboard Instructor for Android Devices

eLearning Tools

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool created for teaching and learning that lets you add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. The updated version of this synchronous collaboration tool opens right in your browser, so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Collaborate is integrated into Blackboard, so it is available to all faculty and staff who use Blackboard. You can use it to hold virtual class meetings, virtual office hours and guest speaker engagements in real-time. For best performance, use an updated version of the Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser.


The Panopto Lecture Capture platform provides instructors with a suite of easy-to-use tools to make videos, caption them, and make them available to students right inside of the Blackboard LMS. Instructors can record lectures in real time, pre-record supplemental information in advance of a class meeting, or record guest presentations. The connection between the Panopto server and the corresponding Blackboard course is a manual process referred to as “provisioning.” All first time users are asked to request an orientation consultation with a member of the Education Technology team.


Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) on-demand video tutorials provide faculty, students, and staff with 24-7 access to video tutorials of the most common applications and technology resources including products by Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, and more. Log in to Hoonuit using your campus credentials to stay current with the latest technology applications and gain answers at your own pace to your common “how to” technology questions.


Discover new efficiencies using Qwickly's tools for communication and attendance, available to Blackboard users. With the Qwickly Module on the Bb My Home page, instructors can share communications and announcements with multiple courses from one dashboard, or make current courses available with a single click of a toggle switch, all outside of the course space. Inside the course, the Quickly Attendance tool is used to manually take attendance or create a time-limited and secure way to allow students to check in to class. No more need to pass around a sheet of paper, or call roll; you can manage attendance recording within the course reliably and automatically save the results in your Grade Center.

Respondus Lockdown

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Blackboard. When students use LockDown Browser to take a Blackboard test, they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, access other applications, or close a test until it is submitted for grading. Tests created for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with standard browsers. Students must use Framingham's Respondus LockDown Browser Download Link to download and install the tool in advance of their test date.

Respondus Monitor

Respondus Monitor is a webcam feature for LockDown Browser that records students during online, non-proctored exams. When this feature is enabled for a test, students are required to use a webcam and microphone with LockDown Browser. After the exam is complete, an instructor can review details of the assessment, and access the session recordings.


Teaching Online

This four-week online course is offered each semester for Framingham State faculty and staff. As a participant you will learn to create a clear course structure, align objectives with content, and make the online space interactive. Whether you are new or experienced with online or hybrid teaching, you are welcome to participate. You should plan to devote approximately 3-5 hours per week. The course is mainly asynchronous but we do optional Friday check-ins via Blackboard Collaborate. See the Course Map for more details. To inquire about the course, contact

Module 1: Structuring the Online Learning Environment
We describe the features of a course structure that is clear, accessible and easy to navigate.

Module 2: Building an Environment to Support Learning Outcomes
We apply the principle of course alignment to ensure that our measurable learning objectives align with the course elements.

Module 3: Managing Communication and Engaging Students
We focus on the discussion board, consider three types of interactivity, and explore rich media tools that can take your course beyond text.

Module 4: Building an Assessment Strategy
We revisit the importance of aligning assessments with objectives, look at practical ways to share feedback and make the grading process more efficient.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) at Framingham State University is an initiative, sponsored by CELTSS and the Offices of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, to provide faculty support to redesign online and blended courses according to QM national standards. These standards promote learning and engagement through a student focused, faculty managed, continuous quality improvement process. Learn more about how to get involved.

Summer Institute

The Summer Technology Institute is a day-long workshop for faculty and staff that focuses on the convergence of pedagogy and technology. In 2017, the Institute explored varied pathways to learning. You can view the multimedia recap. The 2019 Summer Institute will be held on June 3rd . Learn more and register.

Semester Workshop Schedule

Throughout the semester, faculty can participate in lunch-time technology workshops. Sessions cover the effective use of educational tools, such as for assessment, lecture capture, student engagement and more. See upcoming sessions and RSVP.


Teaching with Technology Innovation grants were first awarded in 2011 for the purpose of developing computing proficiency for use in the classroom, for designing new instructional techniques and programs, for improving teaching effectiveness, and for increasing student learning.