Getting Started Guide

For Students

Being successful means having the right tools. Follow these tips to get started with tech at IU.

Tips for online learning

Keep learning during prolonged campus or building closures. Here are key tips and resources to help you make the shift to learning online.

Parking lot hot spots. Access free eduroam secure WiFi from your car via IU’s 24-hour parking lot hot spots that allow for social distancing while keeping faculty, staff, students—and the public—connected. Learn more about eduroam—the secure wireless network for all of IU.

Stay current on how IU is actively responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in support of the well-being of students, faculty, and staff.

Tips for anytime, anywhere


Get IT support when you need it. The UITS Support Center (phone, email, and ITHelpLive chat) and the IU Knowledge Base—are available 24/7. Campuses also offer in-person support. Check the link for current locations and hours:

Email on the go. Synchronize your phone and other devices to stay in touch wherever you are.

Options for storing files at IU.  At IU, you have options to store all your important stuff. Then, with IU Cloud Storage, connect your files to computers in the STCs, and IUanyWare for your personal computer or mobile device.

Get tech savvy. Online courses, webinars, special events, and discounted training from leading vendors are available to learn the latest tech tools.

AskIU (almost anything). Contact AskIU whenever you need directions to campus locations, information about a sporting or artistic event, or an answer to a general question about any IU campus.

Print from anywhere, to anywhere. Send your project to print from your computer, cell phone, or tablet, then pick it up from any printer on campus with a swipe of your CrimsonCard.

Get your game on. We've even got a network for your gaming console and media devices.

BONUS: Save money on hardware and software. As an IU student, you get perks like exclusive deals on computers and accessories. Need software? Find great titles for no cost like Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office. Use IUanyWare to stream or IUware to download.

BONUS: Learn about AT&T's IU


Never share your passphrase. Set up third-party access to allow someone else to see your personal IU info or pay your bursar bill.

Use the Duo Mobile app. The easiest, most secure way to complete a Two-Step Login. When you enroll your iOS or Android device for Two-Step Login, set up the Duo Mobile app. It works even when you don’t have a network connection. Once your device is enrolled, choose “Send Me a Push” when logging in. Check “Remember me for 7 days” and add a backup device just in case.

Keep it secret. Keep it safe. Use a passcode on your cell phone. Set your phone to auto lock after inactivity, or after 10 incorrect attempts. Watch for phishing and report any suspicious email. The IU Security Center has tools to keep your accounts safe.

Emergency alerts, your way. IU Notify will alert you in the event of a campus emergency. Set up how you receive notifications via call, text, or email, or in any combination.

Student life

Zoom through group projects. Zoom lets you create a personalized online meeting room to share presentations, images, video chat, and screen share with up to 100 people at a time. Most online classes are conducted via Zoom.

Everything you need for class, in one spot. Never lose your class syllabus, miss an announcement, or forget a due date with Canvas, IU’s learning management software.

Get push notifications about upcoming assignments. Boost is an Android and iOS app that works with Canvas to send you personalized information about your schoolwork so you never miss a deadline.

Say my name, say my name. The NameCoach tool in Canvas helps instructors and students learn how to pronounce others' names. Record your own name and listen to others'.

Your key to campus. CrimsonCard provides access to essential university services, like printing, meal plans, libraries, and secure entry to campus buildings. You can also deposit funds on your CrimsonCard and use it as payment on campus and at participating local retailers.

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