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Academic Information Technology

Academic Information Technology

Academic IT serves as a liaison between the Office of Information Management and the University’s academic components.

Academic IT facilitates the use of technological applications.

Areas of emphasis are:

  • teacher-student interaction within classrooms
  • computer labs
  • local and resident resource centers
  • content preservation outside the classroom
  • assessment of effectiveness
  • record keeping

Academic IT provides support through the following units:

Open Access Computer Lab Services

  • Gregory Anderson, Coordinator
  • Rita Ignatius, College Lab Coordinator
  • Monte Collins, Instructional Technology Support Specialist

Instructional Technology Support Services

  • Emily Miller-Bishop, Academic IT Specialist/Integration Analyst
  • Kedra Taylor, Academic IT Specialist/Integration Analyst

Training Center  (Faculty and Staff Development)

  • Tiffany Hoard, Training Coordinator

Course Enhancement Services

Creating Your NetID

In order to access the University online services, faculty, staff, and students must use a valid NetID.  To create a NetID click here to access your P.A.W.S. account and follow the steps as outlined in the NetID instructions located in P.A.W.S.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Course Management System
Blackboard Learn 9.1, aCourse Management System (CMS), helps faculty manage an online teaching and learning environment.

Blackboard suite of tools can supplement traditional instruction or deliver complete online courses. All authorized faculty at JSU have access to Blackboard.

To learn more about Blackboard visit the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Resource website. To access Blackboard visit the Distance Learning website and select log into Blackboard.

Blackboard SafeAssign Plagiarism Prevention Service
Jackson State University has adopted the SafeAssign Plagiarism Prevention Service by Blackboard.  SafeAssign is included in the University's Course Management System, Blackboard Learn 9.1.  The service helps prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers.

Faculty can submit electronic papers to SafeAssign for review. SafeAssign compares the papers to multiple online resources (articles, periodicals, news papers, books, etc.) and returns an Originality Report that shows instructors what portion of a student paper matches text from other sources.  Access to SafeAssign is provided to all authorized faculty.

SafeAssign can educate students about plagiarism.  The service includes tools designed to teach students the importance of proper attribution of borrowed content.  All currently enrolled students at JSU are provided access to Safeassign.

For more information contact the Instructional Technology Helpdesk at 601.979.0245 or email


Getting Help
WebTasks is the online help request facility for information technology. To request assistance, visit the WebTasks Online Ticket Request website.  Login using your JSU ID number (J#).

The Help Desk Information Center collects, researches, tracks, solves, and reports on internal and external technology problems and requests.

For assistance contact:

Ms. Webster Bartee
Help Desk Coordinator
Voice:  601.979.2069
Fax:  601.371.9146

Consulting Services
Academic IT provides faculty and staff with department level consulting on the uses of information technology.

AIT and IT Services help faculty and staff with technology needs, development, procurement, and delivery of proposed solutions.  Faculty can contact AIT for consultation on strategies for integrating technology into their teaching. Request a consultation by contacting the Office of Academic IT at 601.979.3451.

Instructional Media Services
Media support is part of the IT services provided by AIT.  AIT provides:

  • video conferencing services
  • equipment checkout
  • media duplication
  • transfer of media content
  • digital file conversion
  • audio/visual aid
  • computers
  • course design software

Consultation services for departments designing rooms dedicated to video conferencing and distance learning are also provided.

Support for Accreditation Evaluations
AIT supports departments preparing for accreditation evaluation. AIT will meet with the department’s faculty and staff to review accrediting technology standards…Based on the review and faculty input, AIT will compile a list of technology needs and develop a plan, with an implementation timeline, to meet those needs.  To request assistance, contact the office of Academic Information Technology at 601.979.3451.

Policies and Standards
Information Technology policies, procedures, and standards noted below govern computer,  network, and information technology resources at Jackson State University.

Information Systems Policy
JSU Internet (Web) Policy
Executive Order – Network Responsibility
Wireless Services Policy (Cellular Phones)
JSU Email Policy
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policy
Open Access Computer Lab Usage Policy
JSU Digital and Electronic Copyright Infringement Policy
JSU Blackboard Learn 9.1 Usage Policy
JSU Computer Lab Printing Policy

Academic IT Listservs
AIT supports four instructional technology Listservs:  Blackboard, iTunesU, OIM-AIT-Faculty, and iPad_discussion.

The Listserv provides shared resources for teaching, technology education, technology in the classroom, and instructional technology.

JSU faculty and staff may subscribe to a Listserv by clicking on the email links below and entering the following information.

1. Subject – Type the word "Subscribe"

2. Body – Subscribe  "Name of Listserv" (Example "subscribe Blackboard), Yourfirstname Yourlastname, JSU J#.  Hit Send.
3. AIT Listserv will get the email and add you as a member.

Blackboard Listserv

OIM-AIT Faculty Listserv


iTunesU Listserv