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UITS Student Guide

Getting Started

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

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Online learning


  • 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.

  • Guard against Zoombombing

    Keep uninvited participants out of your Zoom meetings.

  • Keep your account 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.

  • Sign up for emergency alerts

    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

  • Use the IU Mobile app

    Find everything from bus routes to advising appointments, all in one place.

  • Find 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.

  • Record your name

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

  • Keep your key to campus with you

    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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  • Visit the Student Center

    The Student Center is an online hub where you can access class planning software, view financial aid information, register for classes, and much more.

  • 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 email on the go

    Synchronize your phone and other devices to stay in touch wherever you are.

  • Store your files

    At IU, you have options to store all your important files.

  • Learn to use the latest tech tools

    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.

  • 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.

  • Get your game on

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

  • Get unlimited access to standard images

    Adobe Stock offers images and other assets for the IU community, many of them at no cost to you.

  • BONUS: Learn about AT&T's IU discount