Where can I use TEC?
TEC, Towson's eLearning Center, courses can be taken via the Internet from any computer, from any location with Internet access, at any time of the day or night. Computers are available for TEC users in the Cook Library in the third floor Information Commons, as well as on the second and fourth floors, and in the Cook 35 lab. Library computers are available first-come first-served Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - midnight, Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and on weekends. Additionally, Training & Development offers two computers available for employee use in the Administration Building.
For additional information or to reserve your space, contact Mike Noll, Training and Development Manager, on extension 4-6015. Drop-ins are not permitted so please call ahead to reserve space.
How do I use TEC?
Logging into TEC: Access the TEC web site by clicking on the link "Log into TEC" on the left side of this page.
Enter your user ID (your 7 digit Towson employee ID number) and the password towson (all lowercase).
If you need additional assistance to login in, contact Mike Noll, Training and Development Manager, on extension 4-6015 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courses Available:The TEC library is vast and provides
- Six major business-focused solution areas that include: Business Strategy and Operations; Finance, Human Resources, and Administration; Management and Leadership; Professional Effectiveness; Project Effectiveness; and Sales and Customer Service Skills.
- Five desktop-content focuses that include: E-mail and Groupware; Internet Skills; Computing Fundamentals; Business and Reporting Tools; Microsoft Office
- Five IT-focused solution areas that include: Software Development; Internet and Network Technologies; Operating Systems and Server Technologies; Enterprise Database Systems; Web Design
Login to TEC and click on the "Catalog" link at the top of the page for additional information.
Finding Courses in TEC: You first need to login and enter your user information and password. Once the TEC site opens, enter key words, course title, or the course number in the "Search for" field at the top of the screen. You can further limit or expand your search by changing the "Category" field also located at the top of the screen. Once you submit the search, the matching selections will appear below. Click on any link to view more detail for your selection.
My Plan: Once you've identified a course that you are interested in taking, you can choose to "Play this Course" or "Add this Course to My Plan." Choosing the second option will create a shortcut to this program by saving the course in "My Plan" found on the homepage. This allows you to customize your specific professional development plan and will also make it easier to find the course at a later date. You also have the option to "Modify My Plan" which allows you to enter and/or change personal goals and deadlines. Within this option, you can also choose to remove courses by clicking on "Remove from My Plan."
Taking a TEC Course: Once you've identified and selected the course that you are interested in taking, either choose "Add this Course to My Plan" or choose to "Play this Course." If you add the course to your plan, you can choose to play the course after that process is complete. After choosing to play the course, you have a few options. Option One: Click on "Begin Course" (located on the lower right hand side of the screen) and work your way through the course. Option Two: Review just the topics you need by clicking on the specific topic links. Option Three: Take the "Course Pre-test" (located on the upper right hand side of the screen) to see how much of the topic you already know and then proceed to review the topics individually. When you take the pre-test you will see the test topics listed. To start the test, click the "Begin Test" button (located on the lower right hand side of the screen). Within the test, clicking the "Evaluate" button will let you know if your answer was correct or not. Click the "Next" button (located on the lower right hand side of the screen) to proceed to the next question. After taking the pre-test, you will be taken to a screen that summarizes your scores. To continue with specific topics in the course or to take a test for a specific topic, click on "Course Menu" (located on the lower right hand side of the screen).
To End a TEC Course: To exit a TEC course, click on the "Exit" button (located on the upper right hand side of the screen). TEC tracks your progress and will remember where you were when you return to the course.
To Access a TEC Course Previously Started: TEC tracks your progress and will remember where you were when you return to the course. When you return to the course, the course menu will appear. An arrow will appear to the left of the topic you were last working on. Also, the circles to the right of the topic will fill in with green as you progress through and/or complete a topic. You can also use these to track your progress.
My Report: "My Report" can be accessed from the homepage within TEC or by clicking on the "My Report" link on the shortcut menu on the left. This feature tracks the courses that you've accessed, how far you've progressed through a course, and also any test results. You can print this out if you need documentation of your training. Certificates of completion will also be sent to you for each course you successfully complete.
Logging Out of TEC: When you have finished using TEC, remember to log out. To do this, click on the "Logout" button (located on the upper right hand side of the screen). After successfully logging out, a screen will appear that says, "Session Ended."