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Office of Academic Innovation

Technology Starter Kit

Most of the following resources are available directly from the Office of Technology Services (OTS).

Below is a condensed, focused list of resources for the new faculty member.  Be sure to scroll down past the critical technologies to find out how to use automated class email distribution lists, set-up your mobile devices, and connect to Towson resources off-campus.

Account Activation

Once your department processes your paperwork and officially designates you as the instructor in a course, you should be able to activate your account. When you activate your account you will receive your official NetID (username) and can then set your password.

Once activated, you should soon have access to all of the Towson technology systems you will need.

Techology Overview


Quick Reference & Technology Support Essentials


Four Critical Technologies

There are four systems with which you can access almost all critical faculty resources. Each one can be accessed online using your Towson NetID through the Towson portal:



Email and calendar

PeopleSoft Rosters, student information and grades
Blackboard Online course website for your class documents and other tools
Virtual Workspace Virtual desktop with access to Microsoft products and campus resources


Login information and help resources for each system are provided below.


Outlook Web App (OWA)

The Outlook Web App is an online method to access your Towson email and calendar.

PeopleSoft (Towson Online Services)

PeopleSoft (also called Towson Online Services) is a central database containing class rosters, student information, and course information.


Blackboard is an online course website for your class documents and other tools.  Blackboard courses are created and populated with students automatically for each class every semester.


Virtual Workspace

The Virtual Workspace is a computer desktop containing full versions of Outlook, Microsoft Office programs, and some specialized software; works as a computer on campus, providing easier access to campus resources.  You can access your campus computer on- or off-campus using the Remote Desktop tool in the Virtual Workspace..


Mobile and Mac


How can I set up my mobile device?



Mac Users - Special Start-Up Instructions for On-Campus Computing



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Phone: 410-704-2005



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