New web portal makes it easier for students, staff to locate OSU online resources

Students and faculty will find it easier to locate resources on the OSU website thanks to a new portal called myOSU. (contributed photo)

Oregon State University has a multitude of resources for students and the sheer amount can be overwhelming – especially for those new to campus or the OSU web site. That’s why the myOSU portal was created, to help students, faculty and staff more easily locate and use web content they need on a regular basis.

The portal offers a ‘one-stop shopping’ kind of experience for users, and can be tailored to each audience’s needs. For instance, a student on the OSU campus in Corvallis will have a different set of options than one who attends OSU-Cascades in Bend. And a faculty member will have different content than a student. And for student employees, they’ll have access to both student and employee content.

This kind of tailoring allows the portal to filter out information that is not applicable to the user, making it quicker and easier to access the appropriate content. Anyone with an active ONID account can sign onto myOSU at http://myosu.oregonstate.edu or via links on the homepage or through online services, student and faculty landing pages on the OSU web site.

Your ONID account identifies what type of content you need, and the single-sign on feature allows faculty and staff to sign onto the portal and launch applications such as Banner and Online Services without having to log in repeatedly. From there, staff and faculty have access to everything from leave balances to holiday schedules to travel reimbursements. There’s even a handy OSU acronym chart to navigate all those letters that get thrown around on campus.

For students, the portal will allow for easy access to on-line bill paying, registering for classes, using financial aid, locating campus resources and accessing Blackboard and ONID email.

myOSU does not replace Blackboard, which is still the site for academic and collaborative work performed by classes or clubs. The myOSU portal is focused more on administrative work and information related to the university.

According to Jill Swenson, Associate Director of Integrated Systems in Enterprise Computing Services, the portal was created with input from across the OSU population, including faculty, advisers and staff, students and representatives from colleges, business centers and other programs.

“We tried to get a good representative picture of the campus community and bring that into the creation of myOSU,” Swenson said.

Page content is overseen by representatives with direct knowledge about the information, including the Registrar’s Office and representatives from Human Resources.

For questions about the portal, contact the OSU computer help desk, which offers a number of online help and reference documents. An FAQ sheet is also in the works.

~ Theresa Hogue

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