As a Temple University student, 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.
You can access technology resources at Temple with an AccessNet account username and password. An AccessNet account enables you to log in to the university's online resources and services. For more information, see Obtain an AccessNet Account.
News for Fall 2013
Residence Hall students: Learn how to set up your Internet connection and use your phone service by clicking one of the following links:
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.
Download a free copy of Microsoft Office
Matriculated students can now download one copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2013 for the PC and Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac free from TUportal. Log in to TUportal and look for Microsoft Download on the left under TUapplications for details on obtaining the software. Also, see the Knowledge Base for FAQs on this resource.
Store/Share Files & Collaborate in OWLbox
You can access OWLbox through TUportal or at owlbox.temple.edu. 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.
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.
Download a free copy of Microsoft Office
Starting in August, students taking credited courses will be able to download one copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2013 for the PC and Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac free from TUportal. Log in to TUportal and look for Microsoft Download on the left under TUapplications for details on obtaining the software. Also, see the Knowledge Base for FAQs on this resource.
Pay less for software
Don't pay full price for software! Take advantage of substantial discounts on software purchases and get free software as well. These deals are possible through a partnership that Temple has with a number of vendors. To qualify, you may need to confirm your university status by faxing a copy of your Temple ID to the company.
Current Temple students are eligible to:
For residence hall students: Temple's required version of Symantec antivirus software is installed on your computer when you first connect to Temple's network. Please note that there is no charge for this software.
View your roster and find your classroom building
Reduce start of semester stress by turning to TUportal to view your roster and locate classroom buildings. After you log in TUportal with your AccessNet username and password:
Technology training available 24/7
Learn new technology skills by taking advantage of free and unlimited access to "lynda.com" through a subscription service at lynda.temple.edu. This resource is an online library 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.
In addition to learning numerous technology skills, this resource can also help you improve the quality of your projects, complete your coursework more efficiently, and enhance your resume.
To access this resource:
TUportal: Your link to online resources
TUportal continues to serve as the hub for students to access Temple’s popular online resources such as Blackboard, TUmail, Lynda.com, and Diamond Dollars. In addition, the Student Tools tab provides access to registration information, your weekly class schedule, final grades, and much more. Finally, with Self-Service Banner, you can manage personal information, view your academic records, and financial aid information.
And that's not all! You can also take advantage of a variety of options to personalize TUportal to make it your source for campus updates, global news, and entertainment. For instructions on customizing TUportal, click MYTAB, go to TUPORTAL HELP VIDEO, and then click Bookmark Channel and Content Layout for details and instructions.
Create your own Temple e-mail address
Make it easy for your classmates, instructors, and friends to remember your Temple e-mail address by creating custom addresses. When you received your AccessNet account, you were given an account name that is displayed as your e-mail address. You have the option to create an alternative e-mail name known as an "alias." An alias appears to be a separate e-mail address but messages are sent to the name of your AccessNet account.
To create a maximum of five aliases, go to TUportal and click Cherry & White Update. You can also go to directory.temple.edu and click Update Your Entry. For more details, see Customize Your E-Mail Address.
Blackboard help for new and returning students
Many of your instructors will probably be using Blackboard for your courses. If you are a new student and using this system for the first time, you can easily get a jump start with the Blackboard 9 Quick Reference Guide for Students. This guide provides instructions for using the most popular features of Blackboard, such as using the Bb drive, posting to a blog, and submitting assignments.
If, however, you are a returning student and want to clean up your Blackboard account by displaying your current courses only, you can easily hide previous courses by doing the following:
When you are on the move attending classes, going to meetings, and getting together with friends, stay connected through Temple's network. To find out how to set up for wireless, see Connecting to Temple’s wireless networks.
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Printing on campus
All currently enrolled students paying the University Services Fee receive a free printing quota for standard (8.5” x 11” black and white) and color laser printing. If you exhaust your quota, you can pay for additional printing through Diamond Dollars.
Save paper. As part of Temple's commitment to sustainability, duplex (double-sided) printing is the default option in the TECH Center as well as in many computer labs on campus. Duplex printing saves paper and maximizes the quota of free laser printing.
Save time. You can use a Windows or Mac laptop to print from a wireless network location to any "Print on the Go" station located in the TECH Center and other large labs. To use this service, you must first set up your laptop. Your document will be available to print for up to four hours at any "Print on the Go" station.