Be proactive and redesign your course to engage students. Facilitate high quality online courses that contain best practices, learning outcomes, and active learning.

Faculty Orientation and Guidebook

Resource guides for new faculty that include how to log into Blackboard and how to access Faculty Information in the MyGSU portal.

  • Faculty Resource Guide


    As you begin your journey as a faculty member at Governors State University, your exploration of important resources will determine how prepared you are to achieve success in your role. This guide identifies and leads you to several categories of resources:

    • GSU Phone Numbers
    • Resources for Career Advancement
    • UPI Agreement
    • Academic Calendar
    • Digital Catalog
    • GSU Syllabus Template
    • Online Teaching
    • GSU Star
    • Faculty Senate
    • GSU Library
    • Instructional Review Board
    • Office of Spronsored Programs and Resources (OSRP)

    Open the Faculty Resource Guide to learn more.

  • Faculty Guidebook to the MyGSU Online Services:


    Instructions for Faculty Information in Online Services​​

    Learn How To:

    • Log into the Portal
    • Access Your Class Schedule
    • View Your Class Roster and Student Profiles
    • Enter Grades​

    Open the Faculty Guidebook to the MyGSU Portal Online Services to learn more.


Additional Technology Tools

Provided below are several education technology tools to enhance your online courses. Though GSU CTL does not support these technology tools, most are available for free use.

  • Remind


    This tool allows Instructors to send announcements (via SMS text message) to students and to create/send individual class reminders, files, and links to sites. The free version/subscription allows Instructors to create up to 10 classes. Remind is a great way to activate engagement across the learning community.

    Open the Remind website to learn more.

  • Mentimeter


    This tool allows Instructors to create interactive presentations and meetings and use live polls, quizzes, word clouds to engage your audience. Mentimeter may be used as a great enhancement for synchronous sessions.

    Open the Mentimeter website to learn more.

  • Bitmoji


    This tool allows users to create custom and expressive avatars. Instructors can create a landing page for their classroom and build an online community. Bitmoji does require an account and Chrome extension.

    Open the Bitmoji website to learn more.

  • FlipGrid

  • Assistive Technology

  • ThingLink

  • Blackboard Quiz Generator


Campus Resources

Please become familiar with GSU resources that are available on campus. These resources include the Writing Center, the CUBE, the Library, and more.

  • GSU CUBE and ITS Helpdesk


    The CUBE is located on the second floor, off the main entrance elevator. Students may use this lab to complete assignments, check email, or browse the internet. Employees and student workers are available to assist them in case of technical assistance.

    For more information, please visit the CUBE's webpage.

    Governors State University provides first level support for username and password issues (even for Blackboard), the myGSU portal, and the GSU Office 365 email. For more information, please visit the Helpdesk's webpage.

  • GSU Library


    Access Library Catalogs, Journals, Databases, and a scholarly repository and receive research assistance from a librarian.

    Additional Resources:
    GCF LearnFree – Self-paced tutorials on tech basics, Microsoft Office, and more! Really well done and easy to understand.
    Digital Skillup – Lots of free, self-paced courses on topics including VR, AI, and robotics; many available in languages other than English
    Digital Travelors – Self-paced courses, users have to create an account
    ConnectSafely – Online security/privacy/content info on a variety of topics; includes guides for parents and seniors

    For more information, please visit the Library's webpage.

  • GSU's Registrar's Office


    Register for courses, gain access to transcripts, receive information of commencement, and update your personal information. For more information, please visit the Registrar's webpage.

  • GSU's Writing Center


    Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a writing consultant, view resources on how to write a paper, resources for documentation styles, and send papers for revision suggestions. For more information, please view the Writing Center's webpage.

  • GSU's Test Center


    If you would like more information on setting up proctored exams for students, information about student make-up exams, or Testing Center information and policies, please view the GSU Testing Center webpage.

  • GSU Bookstore


    Purchase required textbooks, e-books, school supplies, software and other items. For more information, please view the Bookstore's webpage.​