Franklin & Marshall College recognizes that technology plays a critical role in teaching, learning and research. We also recognize how essential a role technology does and will play in the lives of our students both while at F&M and once they graduate. To this end, the College strives to provide the very best technology resources in support of the teaching and learning mission of the institution.
The campus is well equipped with technology. Nearly 100% of F&M’s classrooms are technology-enabled teaching spaces. The campus is 100% wireless enabled, including outdoor areas where students often gather and study. While not a requirement, nearly 90% of current students have followed the College’s recommendation to bring a personal computer to campus. As well, there are public access computing facilities on campus where all students have access to F&M provided computers, including both campus libraries and the Innovation Zone on the lower level of the Patricia E. Harris Center for Business, Government & Public Policy. These public computing spaces make available specialized software that students may not have on their personal computers such as statistical, mathematical and analytical applications. In addition to the public access computers, many of the academic departments have special-purpose computing labs. Access to printing is available to students across campus for a small fee per page.
Franklin & Marshall has adopted Canvas, a course/instructional management system. Canvas is a web-based solution for online delivery of course-based instructional materials. Many F&M faculty elect to use Canvas to provide access to course materials. The College provides a web-based campus-wide information portal called Inside F&M. Through Inside F&M, students can register for classes, examine progress toward their degree, and check their grades and other personal information. Faculty can manage their class rosters, guide advisees and submit grades. Franklin & Marshall uses Google Apps for Education for email, calendaring, file storage and other services. Google Apps is the primary tool for student collaboration, file sharing and document management.
Providing general assistance in the use of all information technology resources is the responsibility of Information Technology Services (ITS). Students are encouraged to visit ITS at our service desk located in the Innovation Zone on the lower level of the Harris Center for Business, Government and Public Policy. ITS can also be reached by phone at 717-358-6789.
The use of technology resources on campus is governed by the College’s Acceptable Use Policy. This policy defines the appropriate use of Franklin & Marshall (F&M) information assets. Those that violate this policy are subject to the full range of sanctions set forth in the Student Handbook, the Employee Policy Guide as well as local, state, and federal laws. At their discretion, the College Information Technology Committee reserves the right to modify this policy at any point in time. You can find the full policy on the College website.