Connect to Tech

Faculty Technology Guide |
2020 – 2021

Now more than ever, technology is vital to student success, the discovery of knowledge, and collaboration among faculty members. This site introduces you to key tech resources, ranging from how to access your email to how to deliver hybrid classes.


Safe Reopening

Hybrid NUflex

Hybrid NUflex is Northeastern’s hybrid-flexible learning model and approach to teaching in the COVID-19 era, using technology to make education accessible anytime, anywhere. Participants in classrooms will have a safe in-person experience, while those at a distance can still fully participate in class activities.

COVID-19 testing

Everyone who comes to the Boston campus is required to meet certain requirements for COVID-19 testing. Schedule a test and help keep our community safe.

Daily Wellness Check

All Northeastern faculty, staff, and students who come to the Boston campus are required to complete a Daily Wellness Check to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. 

Dynamic Scheduling Tool

This tool, available in the Student Hub, lets students set their preferences from week to week whether they will be in class in person or online. The scheduling algorithm provides seat assignments for the week ahead.

Firsts Thing First

Accounts and Access

Your online account

Your myNortheastern username and password open your way to many online university sites, including the myNortheastern portal and the Canvas learning management system. You should have received your username and password when you first claimed your online account. (New faculty members: You should receive instructions on claiming your account before your first day.)

Your unique ID

Your NUID is a 9-digit number beginning with 00 that is unique to you. You can find this number on the sidebar of your myNortheastern portal. It is used for most academic and financial transactions.

2FA and your account

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security measure that protects your online identity and personal information. It’s also required to access many university systems and services. Enroll today.

Appropriate Use Policy

All faculty are responsible for following the Northeastern University Appropriate Use of Computer and Network Resources Policy. The policy is available in PDF form at

Stay safe online

  • Northeastern will never ask you to confirm your username and password in an email.
  • Use the Report Message button in your Outlook client to immediately report a suspicious email.
  • If you have any reason to believe that your account has been compromised, report it immediately to the IT Service Desk.
  • As a member of the Northeastern community, you’re responsible for helping keep the university safe from phishing and other security threats. Learn more at Get Secure.

Collaborate from anywhere

Conferencing and Collaboration

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the preferred online collaboration hub at Northeastern, where you can not only store files and apps, but also hold conversations, meetings and voice calls. See also this Zoom-Teams comparison.


The popular online meeting software in a classroom version that allows you to see up to 49 students at once. See also these best practices for Zoom teaching and learning.

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Sites to know

IT Systems status

Stay informed on the status of the university’s IT systems, and sign up for notifications of scheduled maintenance periods or known outages.

Wellness Portal

The Wellness Portal offers links and resources for understanding your responsibilities under Northeastern’s current health and safety protocols.

Get Online.

Connect to the Internet

Please note: Northeastern fully supports the Chrome and Edge browsers. These will provide the best experience for university services and sites.

On-Campus Wireless

NUwave is the secure wireless network for laptops, phones, and other personal devices in the residence halls, classrooms, and across campus. Use your myNortheastern username and password to connect to NUwave.

Remote Access

The university’s VPN provides safe and secure access to NUnet resources from off-campus locations. Install GlobalProtect, the university’s VPN software, on your device to get started.


NUnet is the university’s high-bandwidth, high-availability wired connection to the internet and other computer resources. Faculty and staff can use NUnet to access shared network drives and network printers.

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Teaching and Research

Hybrid NUflex

Hybrid NUflex is Northeastern’s hybrid-flexible learning model and approach to teaching in the COVID-19 era, using technology to make education accessible anytime, anywhere. Participants in classrooms will have a safe in-person experience, while those at a distance can still fully participate in class activities.

Virtual Computer Labs

Faculty can access virtual machines, a high-performance computing cluster, and a complete AWS curriculum for their students’ coursework.

Academic Technologies

Staff from the Academic Technologies group can partner with you to find solutions that enhance learning, and provide training on the tools and equipment you need to create engaging learning environments for your students.

Research Computing

High-end computing solutions and comprehensive support are available to help bring your research to light, no matter your discipline. The university partners with the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, Mass., to provide high-speed and high-performance resources.

Learn as you go

Training Opportunities

LinkedIn Learning

Start exploring more than 5,000 on-demand courses on business, creative, and technology skills, available to you with your Northeastern affiliation. Take advantage of it for your own professional development, or share content with students.

Gartner IT

Access more than 100,000 documents and research on tech products and trends, business IT issues, and more from the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.

Technology Training

Browse Northeastern’s schedule of workshops and training on teaching technologies, hybrid learning (NUflex), and collaboration software.

Email and collaborate

Office 365

Your Northeastern email account includes downloads of the Office suite on up to 5 personal devices, and the online and mobile versions of the Office apps.
How to sign in to Office 365:

  1. Visit
  2. Type in your myNortheastern username followed by “”.
  3. Use your myNortheastern password.

Email and File Storage


The cloud is the most convenient and secure way to store your files at Northeastern. OneDrive is preferred for individual use, while SharePoint is recommended for department or group collaboration. Alternative cloud storage, network drives, and file backup services are also available.