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Tech Bits


As a Temple faculty member, you have the opportunity to take advantage of state-of-the-art technology resources that have earned Temple numerous awards. For example, Temple was recognized as a 2012 Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program, by Computerworld as one of the "Best 100 Places to Work in IT" for seven consecutive years, and also by The Princeton Review as one of the premier technology campuses in the country.

TUportal provides access to numerous technology resources, including TUmail, Employee Self Service, TUlibrary, as well as systems to perform administrative functions. A summary of many of these resources is included in the Technology at Temple guide. You can access these resources and services with an AccessNet account username and password. For more information, see Obtain an AccessNet Account.

In addition, Computer Services offers numerous resources and services targeted to meet the needs of faculty. Resources include over 450 smart classrooms and access to Blackboard, a web-based online course management and delivery system. If you need assistance with using technology for instruction or research, consultants in our Instructional Support Centers (ISC) are available to assist you.

For New Faculty:

News for Spring 2014

Attend a Blackboard training session

Get ready for the fall semester by taking advantage of Blackboard webinars and hands-on training opportunities. Learn how to create Blackboard Courses, enroll students, post a syllabus and announcement, create folders, and more.

For additional information and to register for training, go to Computer Services Seminars and Workshops and, in the Keyword Search box, enter Blackboard to display the topics.

Gear up your Blackboard courses

This is a good time to create or reuse courses in Blackboard. With Blackboard, you can easily store and update your syllabi, assignments, and materials. In addition, you can use the Auto-Enrollment feature to grant access only to students who are enrolled in your class.

Creating your course and enrolling students in Blackboard takes a few clicks, as explained in a short video for the PC/Mac or iPad and in step-by-step instructions. If you have an existing course and wish to recycle the materials, follow the instructions for archiving and reusing your Blackboard course.

For information about Blackboard workshops, webinars, and reference guides, visit the Instructional Support Center website.

Learn about your students with Class List

Take a short cut to memorizing the names and faces of and viewing academic information for your students by using the Class List feature in TUportal. After you log in to TUportal, you can access the Class List feature:

  • For a list of students including ID, status, and photos, go to TUAPPLICATIONS on the left, click Class Lists, and select your class.

  • For a detailed or summary view, click the Teaching Tools tab. Under SELF-SERVICE BANNER FOR FACULTY, click Detail Class List or Summary Class List, and then select the term and the class.

If you have any questions about the Class List, contact the Help Desk through TUhelp or at 215-204-8000.

Pinpoint your classroom building

Find the location of your classroom building by logging in to TUportal. At the MY PORTAL tab, go to TEMPLE BUILDINGS, click Building Codes or Building Names, and then select the building code or name to display a Google map. For additional information, directions, and pdf maps, click Directions + Maps.

Purchasing a computer

Desktop or laptop? Processor type? Hard drive size? Amount of RAM? The Computer Shopping FAQs can help you through the maze of purchasing a new computer. The site also includes a link for educational discounts.

Also, consider going green and saving green by purchasing a refurbished computer through the Computer Recycling Center (CRC). The inventory is updated on a regular basis, so check the site periodically for new items.

Microsoft-Work-at-Home Program offers free software

If you find that you are taking Temple work home, be sure to look into the Microsoft Work-at-Home Software Distribution Program. Through this program, eligible faculty and staff can obtain Microsoft software for your home computer at no cost for work-related purposes only (and not for family members).

The software programs available for eligible faculty and staff are Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, Office Professional Plus 2010 (32-bit only), Windows 7 Upgrade (32-bit), Windows 8 Upgrade (32 or 64 bit) and Office for Mac Standard 2011. To learn more, see the Microsoft Work-At-Home Software Distribution Program webpage.

Store/share files & collaborate in OWLbox
Last semester, Computer Services launched OWLbox, Temple's new resource for storing and sharing files and collaborating on projects. OWLbox offers students, faculty, and staff 50GB of free storage space, convenient access to files, and sync capability with desktop files

You can access OWLbox through TUportal or at It's best to use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers and not Internet Explorer. For information on getting started videos and FAQs, see the Computer Services OWLbox site.

Over 2,300 online tutorials available

Help enhance your skills or students' skills by taking advantage of free and unlimited access to "" through a subscription service at This resource is an online library of tutorials where industry experts teach the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos. The tutorials, available 24/7, cover a broad range of subjects such as business skills, photography, home computing, design, music and video, 3D and animation, and web design and development.

To access this resource:

  • Go to and log in with your AccessNet username and password.
  • Log in to TUportal and, under TUAPPLICATIONS, click

Additional information about is available in an introductory video and a series of videos about how to use

Go to Self-Service Banner for essential functions

Self-Service Banner is your central hub for personal and work information. To access this resource, log in to TUportal and then:

  • For personal information, such as your paycheck, personal/work/emergency contact/leave information, and more, go to TUAPPLICATIONS on the left and click Self-Service Banner.

  • For work information, such as viewing course details and entering/changing grades, click the TEACHING TOOLS tab to display SELF-SERVICE FOR FACULTY.

Check on the latest system information

Stay aware of the current state of Temple's systems, resources, and more at the System Status web page. This page includes announcements about system outages, telephone availability, computer viruses, e-mail frauds, as well as maintenance that impacts resources. You can also view System Status on the TUportal login page.

Get help with Banner at the Unified Resource Center

Review webinars and documentation on how to perform Banner tasks by clicking on the red question mark in the upper right corner of TUportal.



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