Information for faculty

The Office of Information Technology provides and supports many teaching and learning technologies at CMU. This page contains a selection of the technology that you'll common use as a member of CMU's faculty as well as other core technologies in use at the university.

Training materials

A great place to start getting to know about technologies in use at CMU is our Technology Awareness & Training website. There's a lot of great information on there right now, and we're actively working to add even more to it, so make sure to check back regularly.

Getting help

Of course, if you're having trouble with anything listed on this page, or if you just need some technical help in general, the OIT Help Desk has your back. You can call us, email us, chat with us online, or even drop in to see us in person. You can find out more at https://helpdesk.cmich.edu.

Or, if you're just looking for our number, give us a call at (989) 774-3662.

Your account

Your online username/account at CMU is known as your Global ID. Generally, your Global ID comprises the first five letters of your last name, a number, then your first and middle initials. For example, if your name is Frank T. Chippewa, your Global ID might be chipp1ft.

It's incredibly important that you don't share your Global ID password with anyone, since it can be used to access a lot of information about you, including the ability to change your direct deposit and HR benefits settings.

If you're new to CMU's faculty and haven't set up your Global ID yet, you can do so by visiting https://myaccount.cmich.edu/newaccount. If that doesn't work for you, or if you need any other help, please contact the OIT Help Desk.

Policies

When using technology at CMU, please be aware that there are technology-related policies in place to ensure that proper protections are in place for CMU's data as well as your own.

Remember: We're all responsible for making sure that we're appropriately using technology and safeguarding access to our accounts as well as CMU's sensitive data.

Academic technology and resources

CMU provides a variety of technologies that you will use both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Blackboard. As part of CMU's online learning environment, every course at CMU has an equivalent Bb course shell.
  • My Class List. View your class schedule for any given term.
  • Web Grades. Submit your grades for the semester here. Note: Web Grades is only available during grading periods.
  • CMU Libraries. Find the texts you're looking for.
  • Classroom Codes (faculty & staff only). View podium access codes for CMU's mediated classroom.

Collaboration

CMU supplies various collaboration technologies for a number of different use cases.

  • File storage. We have a few options available depending on your needs. Please review the comparison matrix to determine which is best for you.
  • WebEx. WebEx is used in conjunction with Blackboard to provide an online classroom experience in addition to its business uses at CMU.
  • Yammer. Check out Yammer for a simple way to have active discussions, share ideas, or set up groups for many other collaborative purposes.
  • Office 365 Groups. Create an ad hoc Group, complete with its own email inbox, file storage, calendar, and other features.
  • SharePoint Team Sites. While we don't recommend setting up a new Team Site because Office 365 now provides much better tools, your office might have an existing Team Site in use.
  • Learning more. Visit our self-paced training in our Technology Awareness & Training website to learn more about specific collaboration technologies.

Software

  • Microsoft Office. You can install the desktop version of Microsoft Office on up to five personal computers, and you can install the mobile apps on up to ten devices.
  • Software Center. Most Windows computers should automatically have Software Center installed, which is usually the best way to install software on your computer.
  • Personal Computer Downloads. Not to be confused with the Software Center, OIT maintains a collection of utilities here for both Windows and Mac.
  • Virtual Lab. Certain applications are only available on the Virtual Lab, which you can access from your own computer anywhere.

CMU's network

CMU provides Wi-Fi access for all faculty, staff, and students. We also provide the option for guests on campus to register temporarily on our network. We generally recommend the "Cmich GOLD" network, with "cmich_open" as a backup option for older devices or those which do not support modern wireless security protocols.

Other online services

  • Office 365. Through your Office 365 account at CMU, you have access to numerous online services through our partnership with Microsoft. In addition to your email, you can access these services through the "waffle" menu at the top-left of your webmail screen. Find out more on our Technology Training & Awareness site.
  • CentralLink: CMU students, faculty, and staff can visit CentralLink to quickly access all of CMU's online services by clicking My Account at the top of the page when signed in.
  • Email: CMU email uses Office 365 and can be accessed through the top bar in CentralLink or by going directly to https://office365.cmich.edu.
  • Blackboard: CMU uses Blackboard for its online learning environment, where instructors will post course materials, host discussion boards, hold tests and quizzes, and much more. 
  • Degree Progress: Check your progress toward getting your degree in your program, coordinate with advisors, and much more.
  • Online storage: Everyone at CMU gets a full terabyte of cloud-based storage through OneDrive. It's a great way to collaborate with your peers and colleagues--and it's so much space that you'll probably never fill it up.

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