Computer Resources in the Graduate School of Education
This is an overview of technology resources for students, faculty, and staff in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Portland State University. Some of the sections and descriptions are intended for newcomers to PSU's computer environment. The page also attempts to provide a concise list of links to commonly-needed information from the Office of Information Technology and User Support Services.
- Getting help with computer questions
- GSE technology services
- OIT technology Services
- Your office computer
Getting Help with Computer Questions:
- For initial, on-site help, contact MISL support staff:
- Campus-wide, contact User Support Services:
PSU's Computer & Network Acceptable Use Policy governs all of your uses of campus computer or networking systems.
GSE Technology Services
MISL resources available:
- To-go kits
- Mac/Windows labs
- Classroom/presentation tools
- A/V equipment
Office of Information Technology (OIT) Services:
OIT offers various technology training courses.
PSU computer accounts (generally called "Odin accounts")
- Accounts overview: Accounts available at PSU
- Account management: Use the Odin Accounts Manager -- Create your account, change your password
- Your Odin account and password works for logging in on Windows and Mac workstations in PSU offices and computer labs, connecting to banweb, PSU wireless, Blackboard, myfiles, and more. You can also connect with this account to odin.pdx.edu, a Unix system, for maintaining your personal web pages.
- The H: drive (in Windows) is your personal account file storage, available on all PSU Windows and Mac systems when you log in. (How to connect to your H: drive from a Mac)
- Disk space quotas: You have three different disk quotas. Quotas are the maximum disk space that you can use for a given purpose. Faculty and staff have higher quotas than students; the numbers below are for faculty and staff:
- H: drive quota: 10 GB (students 500 MB)
- Email quota: 2 GB (students 500 MB)
- Web/Unix quota: 2 GB (students 500 MB). This is the Unix server, used for web files.
- The I: drive (in Windows) is the departmental shared file storage, usually available on your PSU office computer (Windows or Mac) when you log in. Your department head or administrator should decide which directories on the departmental drive you will have access to. You can then share files with other GSE staff by saving them on the departmental drive (instead of emailing multiple attachments)
- PSU file backups: PSU backs up the contents of your H: drive and the department's I: drive every night and saves backups for two weeks. From a Windows computer on campus, you can sometimes recover H: and I: drive files yourself.
- PSU provies off-campus file access to the H: and I: drives for both Windows and Mac computers
- Your PSU email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. PSU implements fairly effective spam filtering, but it is still advisable to be cautious and selective when using your PSU email address for online registrations and subscriptions.
- How to configure various email programs for PSU's email settings.
- Email Etiquette.
- Saved email is subject to a storage quota that you should monitor.
- PSU webmail lets you check your email from a web browser
- Thunderbird pre-configured for PSU - Download for Windows or Mac OS X
- Mailman is the software PSU uses to run mailing lists. Here are USS's Mailman how-to links
- PSU Wireless Network Overview including information on secure vs. non-secure networks and how to connect to them with Windows, Mac, and iPhone/iPod Touch.
Personal web pages
Your Office Computer:
See the files section above for information on:
- Your Windows home directory (H: drive/personal file storage)
- Your department directories (I: drive/department file share)
- Your disk quota
- How to access your home directory (or other directories) from off campus
Applications Used at PSU
- MS Office
- Thunderbird for PSU email
- Meeting Maker (Meeting Maker Account Request Form)
Working from home
- VPN ("virtual private network" - a method of connecting securely to PSU computer resources from off-campus): for Windows, for Mac OS X
- You can set up Remote Desktop Access to Windows PCs. (Mac users can download the Remote Desktop Connection client from Microsoft to connect from their Mac at home to their Windows PC at PSU.)
- PSU provides off-campus file access to the H: and I: drives for both Windows and Mac computers
- You can check your email using PSU's webmail or setting up your own email program with PSU's email settings.
Software for PSU faculty, staff, and students
Login to Myfiles - Resources - Software for a list of available downloadable software for faculty, staff, and students. Includes VPN, McAfee antivirus, Thunderbird, and others.