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The Office of Information Technology is here to help with any questions or issues you may have. Contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.


Taking Online Classes



Log in to Canvas using your user ID (the first part of your email address before the @ symbol) and password. Your classes will show up on your dashboard. 

How do I submit an online assignment?

How do I reply to a discussion?

How do I take a quiz?

How do I view quiz results?

How do I view my grades?

Full list of Canvas student guides


Kaltura is a tool you can use to upload your mp4 or mp3 files, record your computer screen, and then add those videos to a discussion or assignment.

To record your screen or facecam you can use Kaltura Capture:

Follow these instructions if you would like to uplaod a mp4 or mp3 file to Kaltura:

Follow these instructions to submit the video in Kaltura to an assignment


Collaboration Tools



Zoom is a video conferencing platform with several tools to allows users to host and run simple meetings or large webinars.  All of our Zoom resources can be found on our Zoom page.

NKU Zoom Resources


Note: Students do not need a Zoom account to join and participate in calls, classes, and meetings.  However, if you would like to start your own calls and meetings, you can get started with Zoom by creating an account.  Go to NKU's Zoom Website, click "Sign In", and use your NKU email address to create an account.  After creating an account, use this same page to sign in.


NKU also has a license for WebEx online meeting software.  It allows you to host and join online meetings, share your screen, and chat with others.

NKU WebEx Login


New to WebEx?

WebEx Essentials


Access your Files Online



Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is NKU's preferred secure cloud storage solution, similar to Dropbox and Google Drive.  All NKU students have free unlimited storage on OneDrive.  You can update and share your files from any device with OneDrive, and even work on Office documents with others at the same time.  OneDrive is connected to Office 365, meaning you can easily share files with other NKU students by searching in the directory.   VPN is not needed to access OneDrive.

Access OneDrive with NKU Webmail


OneDrive is also available for Apple and Android devices.

Download from the App Store

Get it on Google Play


Below is a quick video on getting started with OneDrive.



Microsoft Office 365


Microsoft Office

Online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are all available through Office 365.  To access them, simply log in to NKU Webmail.  Find what you need by clicking the menu icon in the top left corner.

NKU Webmail


To Download
Students have access to Microsoft Office 365 to download on personally owned computers (both Windows and Apple) and mobile devices.

Instructions to Download Microsoft Office



Virtual Desktop


Accessing your Virtual Lab

NKU offers a convenient solution for accessing NKU software and drives wherever you are from any device - a virtual desktop. 

If you use VMware, remember that you are accessing an NKU virtual desktop, not your personal workstation.  All files not saved using cloud storage (e.g. OneDrive) or to the K: or M: drives will be lost when you disconnect.

VMware View Instructions


List of Software Available in Virtual Labs
Before choosing a virtual lab to connect to, please visit the VMware information page.  It contains a list of all software unique to each of the virtual labs.
Note: Only connect to virtual labs that contain a building and room number if they contain software that you need for academic work.

NKU Mobile App


The NKU Mobile App allows you to add or remove tiles to personalize the screen to provide you with the necessary tools for your academic success.  You can check your grades, holds, register for classes and more!

NKU Resources



You can always access NKU's web portal where you can register for classes, check your academic plan, view your degree audit, and update your information.

Access myNKU contains important links that you will find useful.  Get quick links to Webmail, Student Account Services, Advising, and more.






Maintaining good cybersecurity practices is critical.  Following are the cybersecurity practices that must be maintained for students while working remotely.

  1. You currently have a personal computer (laptop or desktop), and do not use/need on-campus computer labs
    • Continue to work in this manner from your home or other secure remote locations (not from libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, “free internet” public locations).  

  2. You currently have a personal computer (laptop or desktop) and use/need on-campus computer labs
    • Most labs will be made available remotely through VMware View.  There are some labs with sophisticated PC graphics or computing needs.  These PCs will be made available remotely through VMWare View.

Common Cybersecurity Practices

Step 1: Understand your responsibility for sensitive data handling

Reviewing the following policies will help clarify your responsibilities for Information Security and sensitive data handling:

Step 2: Secure the computer operating system and software

  • Ensure your home PC is receiving operating system updates.  Users can google “how to check for Windows 10 updates” or “how to check for MacOS 10.XX updates” if they are unfamiliar
  • Ensure you have a functional and updated antivirus service running.  Users can google “how to check for Windows 10 antivirus” or “how to check for MacOS 10.XX antivirus” if they are unfamiliar.  Further information on antivirus may be found on the NKU IT Antivirus webpage.
  • Ensure the web browser you use to access websites is updated. Users can Google “check 'name of browser' for security updates” if they are unfamiliar
  • Do not use Windows XP or Windows 7 computers.  They no longer receive security updates and are considered a high risk to information security
  • Do not use off-campus, public PCs like those found in libraries as they are considered a high risk to information security  

Step 3: Connect to a secure home network

  • Use secure Internet connections, such as home wifi protected with passwords, or physically connected to the Internet router with an ethernet cable. Physical (ethernet cable) connections to your Internet router provide not only the best security, but also the best performance, if you have the ability to do so.
  • An alternative to traditional home Internet is to use a trusted hotspot service, like those offered through your cell phone plan
  • Do not use non-NKU, unprotected public wifi like that hosted at coffee shops, restaurants, or shops
  • Do not connect to unknown or untrusted wifi networks or hotspots

Step 4:  Maintain a strong, alert security posture while working remotely

  • Look for the lock icon in the browser to ensure secure connections to NKU websites and online resources
  • Use standard, unencrypted NKU email only for general correspondence or simple, non-sensitive data transfers
  • Only use NKU email for sensitive data or files if you properly encrypt the message
  • NEVER use public email services like Yahoo, Gmail, or MSN Hotmail to transmit sensitive data or files.
  • Use NKU-provide collaboration and file sharing services like Canvas, Zoom, Webex, Teams, Microsoft OneDrive, and NKU Departmental shares 
  • Do not use other collaboration and file sharing services like Teamviewer, Google Drive, DropBox, or BOX.  
  • Be vigilant for phish and scams