Virginia Tech has partnered with Google to offer e-mail and collaboration services through the Google Apps for Education program. All current Virginia Tech students, staff, faculty, and alumni are provided with a Virginia Tech e-mail address. During your time at Virginia Tech, your e-mail address will become your primary source of communication between classmates, professors, colleagues, family, and friends.
Your e-mail account is named according to your PID, and [Your PID]@vt.edu is a valid e-mail address. Your VT Mail e-mail account remains active if you are:
Scholar is Virginia Tech's implementation of Sakai, which is currently being developed and used at MIT, Stanford, Michigan and Indiana and many other universities. Scholar enables innovative ways to teach students, assess learning, and collaborate with users at Virginia Tech and beyond. With its capabilities of project site creation and resource sharing, Scholar consolidates the functions of a course management system like Blackboard with research and collaboration features, all coupled with enhanced ePortfolio capabilities.
Your Virginia Tech PID is a unique Personal IDentifier. With it and the associated password, you can access the online Virginia Tech services for which you may be eligible. Access to your PID will be terminated if you are no longer an employee, a retiree, or a sponsored person, and have not been a student.
My VT is a gateway or portal to Virginia Tech online services and information designed to be used by all Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The automatic single sign-on capability My VT offers with several university services, such as Hokie SPA, Filebox, and Departmental Software, uses Central Authentication Services (CAS). Single sign-on means that once you log on to My VT, you won't have to retype your PID and password to access those online services. Featured also in My VT are several information channels that focus on a particular topic.
In Hokie SPA, you can view your class schedule, drop classes from and add classes to your schedule, or change the course options to A-F, pass/fail, or audit. However, these features are only available at certain times before and after the start of each semester.
This checklist will walk you through the tasks necessary to get started with computing at Virginia Tech. Start by creating your PID and then buying your computer if you haven’t already done so. The next step is to get a VTnet CD. VTnet is a software collection assembled for current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff only. This software also configures your email and connects you to the Internet with Ethernet or modem.
Working in collaboration with our computing support help desk, 4Help hires a temporary staff of approximately 40 students who are technically experienced with computer software configurations, the Virginia Tech ethernet network, and the Internet to work as a part of their Get Connected Staff.
The mission of Virginia Tech's 4Help Customer Support Center is to enhance the university's missions of teaching, learning, research, and outreach by providing centralized computing and telecommunications support services to Virginia Tech affiliates through: