Learning Innovation and Technology

The “Learning Excellence and Innovation Department” (LEID) has been rebranded as “Learning Innovation and Technology” (LIT).  The LIT department now represents the combination of Academic Learning and Teaching Services and Northern’s Information Technology department

The New LIT website will be ready Soon! 

Important information for faculty and staff

The College’s Blackboard system is moving to the Cloud and is being significantly upgraded
Download a “How to access Office 365” instruction sheet for your students
Migration to Windows 10 and Office 2016 to be completed by August 15th, 2019.
Lynda.com (Linked In Learning) access is once again available to all staff and students at Northern College!
Internet Connectivity improvements Continue
Wireless network improvements continue.
New touch screen monitors have been be installed at all instructor podiums.
Digital Competency Framework, first draft is available

Need a refresher on Faculty Connect or can’t remember how to enter your final grades? Download the Faculty Connect User Guide here

Blackboard update

Northern College has renewed our contract with Blackboard Inc. for the continued use of Blackboard Learn. While we  will retain access to our own on premise version of Blackboard (the system we have used for the last 9 years),  the intent is that all Fall 2019 courses will be migrated to a cloud based system utilizing Amazon Web Services (AWS) technology and hosting services.  In partnership with Blackboard Inc, our 2019  version of Blackboard Learn will be enhanced with the addition of Blackboard Content and Blackboard Community application systems. Through the next academic year we will bring these new applications online and commence with faculty training and PD beginning in May of 2020 for those that wish to make use of the enhanced features.   In addition, we have secured access to the new Blackboard Collaborate system which will allow easy classroom lecture recording and slide sharing.   The new cloud based version of Blackboard will be “Bb Ultra” capable, however this will not be enabled during the 2019/2020 academic year, so for all intents and purposes the system folks will see in August will look and function just like our current system, with only a few color changes.  Any work faculty have been doing to prepare their Fall 2019 courses on our current on premise Bb system will be copied directly over to the new Cloud based system sometime in  the last half of July.  In August the new url (web link) required to access the 2019 Fall semester courses will be sent directly to all faculty and staff, and updated on the College’s website.

Migration to Windows 10 and Office 2016 almost complete

Almost all classroom podium computers have been upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and from Office 2013 to Office 2016.  All new laptops and desktops purchased by the College for deployment to staff or faculty are now only configured with Windows 10 and Office 2016.

Faculty and staff currently using desktops or laptops with the older Windows 7 and Office 2013 applications may schedule an appointment with your campus based IT support to have the upgrades applied to their devices.  The targeted completion date for this project currently stands at August 15th, 2019 and from this date onwards Windows 7 and Office 2013 applications will no longer be supported by your IT department.  Requests for assistance on laptops and computers using windows 7, will result in an automatic update to the new OS and installation of Office 2016.

Want to get started learning Windows 10 and Office 2016?  Access the online Lynda.com training videos listed below.  just click on the link and log in with your Northern College access.  If you do not yet have a Lynda.com account set up, see the Lynda.com paragraph below and follow that link to set up your account

Lynda.com access is once again available to all staff and students at Northern College!   (By September the platform will be upgraded and rebranded as LinkedIn Learning)
All Northern College faculty, staff and students have free access to Lynda.com, a self-service video based training site.  Lynda.com offers an on-demand customized learning experience that features instructional content relevant to the learner’s professional interests and goals.  Faculty at Northern College may select certain courses or select video’s to augment course materials provided to students.


  • 24/7 access to thousands of up-to-date business, creative and technology skills training videos designed for desktop and mobile learning
  • Unlimited access to more 5,000 video tutorials in various topics
  • Helpful resources like quizzes, exercise files and coding practice windows to reinforce learning.
  • Resources to assist and reinforce learning
  • Receive a certificate of completion that you can share electronically or post on your LinkedIn profile.

Already have your Lynda.com account setup? Log in now at:
or, set up your account now using your Northern College email address at:

Click here for more information about Lynda.com

Our internet connectivity is set to double once again!
In April of 2018, your IT department completed a project that has resulted in Northern College’s connection to the internet increase by a factor of 10.  During the summer of 2019 we will be doubling our capacity through the addition of a second fully redundant fiber optic line coming onto our Timmins campus at our new IESC building (J block).  This second line which will travel in a loop towards both North Bay and Sudbury will greatly enhance our ability to keep the internet lights on at all times.  The recent increases will show dramatic improvement in the quality of our campus to campus video links, and in our access to the internet.

Wireless network improvements continue
The wireless infrastructure at all campuses will continue to be upgraded and improved this next academic year. (Honestly..this project to improve our wireless connectivity will never really end!)    This project in combination with the continued enhancements to the Colleges overall internet connectivity will significantly increase the ability for wireless capable laptops and mobile devices to connect to the Colleges network and the internet.

New touch screen monitors have been installed at all instructor podiums
All monitors located on instructor podiums located in classrooms throughout the campuses of Northern College have been upgraded  to new high resolution touch screen monitors. These monitors will allow faculty to use the drawing and annotation tools built into PowerPoint to draw emphasis to certain points, write out equations, or sketch drawings. In addition all podiums will now have desktop computers with Windows 10, Office 2016, and Ink2Go software installed. The Ink2Go software will allow faculty to use the touch screen monitors as if they were a whiteboard, and make direct in class recordings of material being presented.  Download a copy of the Ink2Go “how to” instructional sheet.