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Information Technology Systems and Services

Essential Technology Tools for New Faculty

Many educational technology tools are available for you to use, but as a new faculty member or graduate assistant you may not have the time to explore technologies that may help you. Our goal is to help guide you through some of the standard technologies used by many faculty members on campus. When you are ready to explore other technology options, please be sure to visit Technology Resources for Faculty and Staff.

To schedule a consultation, please email for an appointment. For educational technology assistance, please email

Internet ID

Your Internet ID (e.g., amevans) is your main University identification, and is essential for much of the work you will do here. You may hear your Internet ID referred to as any of the following:

but they all mean the same thing (i.e., amevans).

A personal Internet ID is assigned automatically to faculty and staff when they are on the University payroll. At that time, you may call the ITSS TechCenter HelpDesk at 726-8847 for your temporary password.

We are committed to getting new faculty and staff their Internet IDs and access to email as quickly as possible. If you do not have your Internet ID, please contact your hiring unit and ask them to use the following process.


Google mail (Gmail) is the email program for employees at the University.

Class Roster and Google Course Group

Your class roster is the official roster of students enrolled in a class. The Google Course Group allows you to easily email all of your students using one email address.

Electronic grade book

Keep an electronic grade book online that your students may access to check their own grades. Learn more about Moodle Gradebook:


facultEtools ( is a collection and overview of all the educational technology tools offered by the University.

UMN private data page

The University explains what is and is not private data (, and how private data should be properly handled.