Technology Guide for Students
Don't let technology overwhelm you; that's what homework and midterms are for. As a student, you are presented with a wide range of software and services, many of which are required by your classes. Familiarize yourself with the technology resources available to you, and tackle your coursework with greater efficiency and ease.
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MyODU (my.odu.edu) is a web-based portal that provides a personalized gateway to University information and many of the services listed on this page. The portal pulls together the ODU online resources you need most, providing easy and centralized access to:
- Student Email
- Leo Online (class registration, schedule, and grades)
- University publications, event listings & announcements
- Links to academic resources... and more.
You can view and print the course schedule, get financial aid information, read email, access Canvas, find an instructor's contact information, check grades, view a degree audit, and stay informed about events.
Leo Online is ODU's student information system. It contains your official record, including personal information, grades, transcripts, and more.
Add an additional layer of security to online accounts by verifying your identity before logging in to ODU systems with your MIDAS ID and password.
High Speed Internet
ODU's wireless network delivers fast and reliable data connection in all academic buildings and residence halls and most outdoor spaces on campus. Use your MIDAS ID and password to log on to wireless networks.
Each dorm room is equipped with one ethernet port per bed. You can use this port to connect a desktop computer, game console or media device directly to the network. You'll need to provide your own ethernet cable.
When you created your MIDAS account, you received an ODU email address. All University-related communications, policies, announcements, tuition bills and other official business will be delivered to this address, so make sure you check it regularly. Student email accounts are provided through Gmail.
ODU Alerts is an emergency alert and notification system capable of delivering messages about campus emergencies, inclement weather and closures by email, phone or text.
Labs & Printers
ITS maintains computer labs with applications that support classroom requirements. Log in to lab computers with your MIDAS ID and password. Labs are located in Webb Center and all Higher Education Centers. Additional computers are also available in the Learning Commons, some academic buildings and residence halls.
Laser printing is available in all labs and most academic and residence halls. Students receive $1.25 at the beginning of each semester to use for printing, and additional pages can be purchased using Monarch Plus.
Office 365 is available for you to install and use for as long as you are a student at ODU. The latest versions of Office products like Word, Excel and PowerPoint can be installed on PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones.
The Monarch Virtual Environment (MoVE) provides access to virtual workstations that have the same configuration as those in the standard ITS computer labs. In addition to the standard suite of software, the MOVE also offers access to both departmental and ArcGIS specialized software.
Other software titles, like SPSS and Mathematica, are available for students to use on personal computers, either free or at a reduced cost.
Canvas is used in many courses at ODU. Your professors will use Canvas to post assignments, enable collaboration and feedback, and give you access to course documents, reading assignments and other supplementary materials.
WordPress is an online tool, available to the entire campus community, that allows you to create and publish your own websites. With dozens of free, professional looking themes, extremely easy content management and a library full of custom plugins, create fully featured websites in minutes.
All students receive Google suite of applications along with their ODU email account. G Suite (formerly Google Apps) allows you to share information and ideas using Google's communication, collaboration, and publishing tools. You can create and share documents, spreadsheets, and calendar events, as well as communicate using chat and video messaging.
Zoom is a cloud-based web conferencing service available to ODU faculty, staff and students that allows users to host and participate in meetings over the Internet.
LinkedIn Learning is an online training library that teaches the latest software, creative and business skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. ODU students, faculty and staff have FREE access to the entire LinkedIn Learning training library.
Email phishing scams and the spread of malware are commonplace online, especially on college campuses. We've put together some tips to help keep you safe online.
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Whenever you need assistance with any technology at ODU, the ITS Help Desk is ready to help. We have someone available to answer your phone calls and emails around the clock, or you can come visit us in Monarch Hall during office hours. We can answer any question you have about IT applications and services.