Faculty Tech Quick Start
Review the guidance below to prepare your technology for the semester. If you have a question, let us help! We have several support resources, including the Help Center.
Before class begins, review:
The Right Computer
If you are using a personal computer to teach at CMU, we recommend the following configuration or greater to ensure your computer is powerful enough to support your teaching needs. Note that programs using specialized software may be subject to requirements for specific hardware or peripherals.
If you require a new computer or accessories, the CMU Tech Store is available to assist with your purchase for delivery or pick up.
|Processor*||Any Intel or Apple Silicon (M1, M1 Pro, etc.)|
|Hard Drive||512 GB SSD|
*Note: Mac computers with an Apple Silicon (M1) processor are unable to run Windows software through Boot Camp or VMware Fusion. If you have an M1 Mac, you can still access supported applications through Virtual Andrew.
|Processor||Core i5 2.4 GHz|
|Hard Drive||512 GB SSD|
Our campus wireless networks provide all the bandwidth you need.
- Use CMU-SECURE to connect your smartphone or laptop on campus. Be sure to verify and accept the certificate if prompted.
- Use CMU-DEVICE to connect smart devices, such as smart speakers, Alexa or Google Home and Smart TV's.
Find outdoor Wi-Fi coverage using our map. If you experience Wi-Fi issues indoors, contact our Help Center.
Wired outlets are available in Registrar classrooms as an alternative connection option. Take these steps to prepare:
- Register your computer for use on the wired network.
Get an ethernet cable and an adapter for your computer.
A Secure Device
Whether you are using a university-owned or personal computer for teaching, be sure to update your operating system, apps, and antivirus software. It's important to secure your device before connecting to shared CMU resources on campus such as the internet or Virtual Andrew.
Email and Calendar
Your email address is your Andrew userID@andrew.cmu.edu. Visit our online resources for guidance on scheduling meetings, setting up your email on your mobile device, and more.
Prepare to Teach
Our guides help you get started with classroom technology. Whether you're teaching an in-person or hybrid class, we have the tools to extend your normal classroom activities to remote students in any scheduled location.
Printers, Copiers, and Scanners
Install campus printers on your computer or mobile device to print on campus. Copiers and scanners are available at select locations. Find the one closest to you using our map.
Windows, Mac, and Linux computer labs are available across campus to support teaching and learning activities. Most labs include projection capabilities for both resident and instructor devices and some labs offer student workstations with "bring your own device" connections.
For on-the-go access to email, a printer, or a web browser, use one of the many convenient Web Stations on campus. Find the station closest to you with our map.
Use your CMU Google Drive or Box to share, store and collaborate on files.
File Storage Comparison
Chat with a Group
Want to send direct messages to a person or a small group? Try Google Chat. You can communicate with people throughout CMU using a browser or the mobile app.
Collaborate virtually using CMU Zoom or Google Meet. Visit our Web Conferencing Comparison page to determine which option is best for you.
Web Conferencing Comparison
Use your Desk Phone Remotely
Request a desk phone for remote use or use Jabber to make and receive calls from your on-campus desk phone.
You can also forward your desk phone to a cell or home phone so you don't miss an important call.
As a CMU faculty member, you have access to many programs such as Microsoft Office at no cost. Visit our Software Catalog for the full list of programs you can download.
Use Virtual Andrew for remote access to a number of software titles for your Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android devices. This is a great option when software is not available for download or cannot be run on your personal computer due to hardware limitations.
Need remote, command-line access to a Linux system? Most of the software that requires a Linux environment is available in Timeshare Linux, including MATLAB, SAS, and Minitab.
Microsoft Office and Google Workspace for Education's suite of tools can be accessed through a web browser, making them the perfect option for any device. You can also download Microsoft Office for free from the Software Catalog.
We're Here for You!
News and More
Stay up to date on tech upgrades and tips with our news or follow the hashtags #TechTuesdayCMU and #TechLifeCMU on YouTube and Instagram.
View the status of services you use daily, like wireless, email, and file storage.
Want to learn a new software program or skill? LinkedIn Learning provides thousands of training videos and tutorials on topics ranging from programming languages to strategic thinking and more.
Have a tech question? Check out the Computing Services website for detailed instructions on software applications, troubleshooting, and device configuration. If you still need help, reach out to the Help Center.
For help with an in-progress class, contact Media Tech.