The mission of IRT is to provide leadership in technology and excellence in production, design, instructional technology, and support to faculty, students, and the William Paterson University community. We are committed to offering outstanding  support in instructional design for online, hybrid and face to face teaching, the Blackboard Learning Management System, Classroom Technology, Broadcast, and Production. 

Fall 2021

Welcome Back!

Instruction & Research Technology would like to welcome everyone back to campus for the fall semester, and extend a welcome to our new colleagues! We'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of a few things as the semester gets started and to introduce these things to our new colleagues. 

Getting Help

Helpdesk Ticket System - For any and all technology issues and questions, creating a ticket here is the fastest way to get expert support. You can also call the IT Helpdesk at 973-720-4357.

WPconnect - - WPU's Portal - The Faculty & Advisors tab is the place to find your schedule, class lists, Starfish (WPU's early alert system), Degree Works (for degree evaluations), and attendance tracking, among other tools. 

Resources for you and your students -
WP uses Qualtrics for Surveys, available to everyone on campus -
All members of the William Paterson Community also have access to LinkedIn Learning (go through WPUNJ Apps menu) -
WP has a subscription to tutoring on a wide variety of topics -
Zoom at William Paterson -
YuJa, William Paterson’s Video Repository -

Center for Teaching with Technology -

The CTT team focuses on strategic course design and pragmatic teaching solutions designed to bolster student
engagement and retention. The CTT is located in the Library, inside the IRT Suite (Room 120). Three highly skilled Instructional Designers are available to help you design your courses, use Blackboard effectively, and assist with other instructional technologies to make your courses more engaging for your students.

Make appointments and ask questions by creating a Helpdesk ticket at - You can also call the IT Helpdesk -973-720-4357. Use ticket types Blackboard or Teaching with Technology Consultations on the Helpdesk Request Type menu.

Do it Yourself Training: Documentation for Faculty


For an overview of teaching with technology resources for faculty, visit the Support for Online, Hybrid and HyFlex Teaching page on the ITwiki. 

Bb 101

If you need to brush up on your Blackboard skills, then Bb 101 is for you. This documentation covers everything you'll need to teach using Blackboard. 

Online Teaching Toolkit

The Online Teaching Toolkit, which is available to every faculty member from their Blackboard Home Page (look under "My Organizations" for Online Teaching Toolkit), covers the following: teachingtoolkit

  • Quality Assurance/Quality Matters
  • Understanding Online Teaching & Learning
  • Blackboard Basics
  • Video Conferencing & Video Content
  • Online Classroom Management (Zoom)

Faculty can go through the modules in order, or focus on the areas they are most interested in incorporating into their teaching. 

HyFlex Teaching with the HoverCam Solo 8Plus Please see the ITwiki HoverCam page for information on using the HoverCam (installed in each classroom on campus and in Valley Road 1600) as a Document Viewer and a Webcam/microphone. This piece of equipment is available for all faculty who choose the HyFlex teaching option. Also, watch the HyFlex Teaching Workshop video for more information. 

Zoom Workshop Videos
In addition to the Zoom Workshop Recording, these three short videos make up the content for the Zoom workshop being taught on demand . 

Quality Assurance for Hybrid and Online Teaching Video

This workshop video is now available: Quality Assurance for Hybrid and Online Teaching. This video is password-protected, and the password is: +GM+!3P@

YuJa: WPU's New Streaming Video Platform

This workshop video is available at: YuJa: WPU's New Streaming Video Platform. The password is: Ed9XP6c!

One-on-One Consultations for Faculty

As always, CTT staff is also available for one-on-one consultations about remote instruction. To make an appointment, please make a Help Desk ticket at Choose the Blackboard ticket type and then CTT Faculty ConsultationThis is the best way to set up a time to work with one of the CTT instructional designers. 

For more information on what the CTT can do for you, please choose "Center for Teaching with Technology" on the IRT menu, or go to

IRT's Center for Teaching with Technology is in your corner. Should you have questions, please contact me via email ( or by calling me at 973-720-2530.

Gamin Bartle, PhD
Director, Instruction & Research Technology
William Paterson University