Answer: The Albert S. Cook Library, located near the center of campus, serves as the hub of print, media and electronic information resources for the university. To use the facility, bring your OneCard (faculty identification card) to the library and register with the circulation desk on the third floor. They will provide you with a number, which will allow you to check out books and access the online catalog and other databases. The number can also be obtained online. Copies can be made in the library by using a copy card. Albert S. Cook Library also offers specific services for faculty teaching in online programs.
Answer: The Office of Technology Services (OTS), located on the first floor of Cook Library, provides computer lab services to faculty as well as software, virus support, and various training opportunities. The OTS also provides faculty with an e-mail account at the time of hiring. This account includes Internet resources, storage space on the server and Web page space. For more information, contact the OTS Help Center at 410-704-5151, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the OTS Web site at http://www.towson.edu/ots.
Answer: All class related information including class rosters, grades etc. are available in TU Online Services (PeopleSoft). You will need your TowsonU username and password to access your PeopleSoft account. You can go to http://inside.towson.edu/intranet/main.cfm. On the right hand side of this page you will see a login for "TU Online Services". You can either click on that link or go directly to TU PeopleSoft through this link. Once you are logged in, class rosters are available through the following sequence of menus:
Answer: Go to TU PeopleSoft. On the left hand side you will see a variety of links including those for activating your TowsonU account. You will need information such as your TU ID, your SS#, and your birthdate to activate your account. Once your TowsonU account is activated you should be able to log into PeopleSoft as well as Blackboard. You can also reset an expired password or a forgotten password. You can also forward email sent to your Towson email account to your other primary email address.
Answer: Grades are due within 48 hours of the last day of exams. Grades can be turned in online through your PeopleSoft account. Go to TU PeopleSoft. Once you are logged in, grade sheets are available through the following sequence of menus:
Answer: Towson University provides a variety of tutorials to help you get started in Blackboard. More online learning resources are available at http://www.towson.edu/facultyonline/tutorials.asp.
Answer: Towson University's Center for Instructional Advancement and Technology (CIAT) handles all aspects related to Blackboard. All faculty aspects related to Blackboard are available at Faculty Online. Once there you can request a course site, archive an existing course for future use, change the section number or course description etc. etc.
Answer: All IHSM courses are required to be evaluated by students. Close to end of the semester, the Office of Assessment at Towson University will send an email to all students registered in your course informing them that they need to evaluate the course. You will also receive an email informing you that the Office of Assessment is conducting Student Course Evaluations (SCE) for your course. Students normally have a window of ten days within which to complete their evaluations. You are also encouraged to remind students to complete their evaluations. The Office of Assessment uses the "StudentVoice" software to collect the assessments. Students are allowed to complete only one evaluation for each course that they are enrolled in.
All student responses will be summarized by the Office of Assessment and reported to you and to the Program Director after the semester is over, and the grades are posted.
More information about assessment at Towson University can be found at http://pages.towson.edu/assessment/.
Answer: Most of what faculty need is provided in the faculty intranet available at http://inside.towson.edu/intranet/main.cfm. There are myriad links there to accomplish most anything that you would need to do in your job.
If you have additional questions, e-mail the Program Director, or call him at 410-704-3968.