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US 1100: University Seminar: Essential Tech: Canvas, Apps, Software, Help

Computers and Tech Spots

Getting Started with Canvas

Canvas is the school's online course platform. You'll use it daily to communicate with your instructors, receive class announcements, submit assignments and exams, and pretty much everything. Hence, you need to master using it. Become a Canvas-Jedi using the Passport to Canvas tutorial.  

Tech Help: ITAC

The IT Assistance Center, ITAC, is your one-stop shop for technology needs and questions. Get help via chat or phone or visit ITAC's Help Desk on Alkek Library's first floor. 

Equipment Available for Check-Out at Alkek Library

Equipment available for checkout and their checkout locations are listed in the catalog. Most equipment can be checked out for 7 days. Calculators, chargers, and cables check out for 2-4 hours.

Return equipment to the desk you checked it out from. Items returned late may accrue fines.

Mobile Apps at Texas State

  • Download the official Texas State University app and get access to improved campus maps, new computer lab availability, an updated academic calendar, shuttles, course scheduling, and so much more. Don't forget to check out other affiliated apps available. 


  • Duo (formerly NetID 2-Step) is a secure multi-factor authentication method. Two steps are required for successful access. It is a safer way to log into most Texas State online services and increases security for your account and confidential information.

DoubleMap Bus Tracker

ODS | Assistive Technology

Assistive TechnologyStudents approved of alternative format accommodations may submit their requests through the AIM database. Please review the Alternative Format Policy and Procedure webpage for additional information about how to receive alternative formats.

Adaptive Software and Hardware

  • Braille writers (Duxbury Systems, Juliet Pro Embosser)
  • Screen magnification software (ZoomText)
  • Screen reader software (JAWS)
  • Tactile graphics (Tactile Graphic Maker Zy-Fuse Heater)
  • Text-to-speech software (Kurzweil)
  • Video relay service (Sorenson Video Relay Service)
  • Voice recognition or speech-to-text software (Dragon Naturally Speaking)

Alternative Format Materials

  • Braille
  • Electronic text
  • Large print

On-Campus Printing


Affiliated Apps

University groups partner with app vendors to provide better services.

LinkedIn Learning: Software, Creative, and Business Skills Development

LinkedIn Learning offers video-based courses by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. Achieve your personal and professional goals with access to thousands of courses.

Campus Safety and Emergency Alerts

For real-time alerts and information during emergencies, please visit the University Police Department (UPD) Safety & Emergency communications site.

How and Why to Use Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources (OERs) are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets useful for teaching, learning, assessing, and research purposes. 

At Texas State, courses that have Open Educational Resources will have one of the following attributes on the course listing in the schedule of classes:

  • Open Educational Resources (OERS) – No textbook or learning material costs 
  • Affordable Learning Materials Cost Courses (ALMS) – required course materials are available for $50 or less, including printing costs. 
  • Inclusive Access/Digital Direct Access Courses (DDAC) – includes the cost of your digital learning materials as an additional course charge on your tuition statement. 

*When planning your schedule, you can search by section attribute to find courses that meet these definitions in the Bobcat Scheduling & Registration application.