In order to get started, you will need to attend a new hire information session with Human Resources. This session includes information about getting started with various accounts that pertain to your role.
At your new hire session you will be provided with your username and initial password for Parnassus, which is the college's Human Resources and Financial Services system. Keep in mind that as a new faculty member, you will usually attend your new hire session prior to your official employment date. You will not be able to login to Parnassus until on or after that date, at which time you should log into Parnassus and change the initial password to something that only you know. Parnassus is available through the myHome IC Services menu.
Your Netpass username and password are used to access many systems and services at IC, including logging onto campus computers and accessing the Mentor file server. This account is activated using your Parnassus username and the last 6 digits of your college ID. The Human Resource office provides you with this information at the new hire session.
myHome is a web portal that allows for easy access to college information and resources from any Web browser. With myHome, you can access Outlook Web App (email), Sakai, Intercom, Outlook Calendar and other services all with a single login. You’ll also have quick access to other services such as Parnassus and HomerConnect. In addition, you can add personal information to myHome, including photos, personal email accounts (ex: Gmail), news, weather, RSS feeds and more. myHome uses your Netpass username and password.
Official e-mail communications from the college will only be sent to your IC e-mail address. It is important that you check this account regularly, or set mail forwarding to your preferred e-mail account. You can do this through myHome > Outlook Web App> Options. E-mail is accessed with the Netpass username and password.
As a new faculty member, you will need to request an account for the Student Information System (HomerConnect) from the Registrar's Office. To do that send a request from your IC e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The HomerConnect username is your 9 digit IC ID number and the default password is a randomly-generated password provided to you by the Registrar's office. HomerConnect is available through the IC Services menu in myHome.
Many faculty members use Sakai, the online course management system to distribute course materials, assessments, exams and learning modules for class. Login to Sakai with your Netpass username and password.
Mentor File Server
Mentor is the staff and faculty file server and is accessed with the Netpass username and password.
Outlook Calendar is the calendering and scheduling software used at Ithaca College. Outlook Calendar allows faculty and staff to maintain personal agendas, schedule meetings with each other on an invitational basis, and schedule resources (such as meeting rooms). Outlook Calendar is included with email, and uses the Netpass username and password.
Web Profile Manager
All faculty and staff have a Web Profile Manager (WPM) account. WPM is a content management system that allows for the easy creation of web pages. All academic departmental websites link to faculty web pages created with this tool. WPM uses the Netpass username and password. WPM is available through the myHome IC Services menu.
Center for Educational Technology
The Center for Educational Technology (CET) is a specialty lab available to faculty members. This lab has specialized equipment and software not normally available on faculty desktops. ID access must be requested to use CET.
All classrooms at Ithaca College are eClassrooms equipped with a computer, projector, DVD and VHS player and laptop cables. The majority of classrooms have Windows computers in them although some do have Macs. eClassrooms will not work exactly like your office computer because they have specialty software on them that deletes unique user information on reboot.
The eClassrooms are supported by Classroom Technology Support (CTS) whose specialists provide a "drop and run" troubleshooting service. All classrooms have phones in them to call CTS if there is a problem.
Digital Media Services takes faculty photos which are then stored in the College's image database. These photos are then used for the faculty profile and are available as needed.
Specialty labs are available across campus for students and faculty. Specialty software requests for the labs are managed by ITS. ITS will work with faculty members and departments to determine licensing and budget implications. Departments purchase specialty software and ITS installs the software into the lab "software image".
ITS offers optical scanning service for testing and course evaluation. The scantron sheets are brought to the ITS Service Desk for scanning. Results are sent to your Sakai Dropbox.
Unrestricted networked printing is generally available to all faculty members.
Taskstream ePortfolio and Assessment System
All faculty have accounts in Taskstream, the institutional ePortfolio and Assessment system. Faculty members will only use Taskstream when involved with program assessment. The Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) and the Teacher Education program are using Taskstream for assessment purposes. Taskstream is accessed through myHome.
Telephone and Voice Mail Service
All offices are equipped with phones that are managed by the college. Some faculty members in shared spaces use a shared voice mail tree with an individual voice mail box. Check with your department for any special instructions for using voice mail.
Your College-owned Computer
You will have access to a college-owned computer. This computer is part of the Technology Renewal Program and will be replaced every three years. These computers come with a standard software "image". Support is provided through the ITS Helpdesk. You use your Netpass username and password to log into campus computers. The hardware and common software you need is provided through the Technology Renewal program.