Faculty & Staff Technology Resources

Information on connecting with faculty and staff technology at Drake, whether you're new to campus or not. Start with this short YouTube video, and find more in-depth information below.

Drake Password and ID Number

Password: Every two years you’ll receive an email from ITS prompting you to change it using the Drake Password Manager to keep your information safe. Make sure you set up recovery options in case you ever forget it. If you don't change your password when prompted, you'll be locked out of Drake systems until you do.

This password guide will help you easily make the change. Along with your Drake email address, you'll use your password to log into most campus systems. NOTE: Faculty and staff should change their password on campus, using their Drake-owned computer, whenever possible.

Drake ID: This nine-digit number is your unique identification in the campus information system. Although you can log into some systems using your Drake ID number, most require you to use your Drake email address.

Drake Email

All Drake faculty and staff have official email accounts, typically firstname.lastname@drake.edu. Your Drake email is the official campus method of communication. Email is accessible from within myDrake. Additionally, you use your Drake email address to log into most campus systems. See guides on setting up Drake email on your devices in the Email and Calendar guides.

For security purposes, an external email label is added to most emails that come from outside the drake.edu domain. To learn more see External Email Label (FAQ). Receive a suspicious looking email? Follow the information at Reporting a Phishing Message (How-to).

Multi-Factor Authentication

Drake requires the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) on certain systems to ensure campus information is kept safe. It pairs something you know (your username and password) with something you have (a phone or mobile device) to perform a secure login. Learn more at Using Multi-factor Authentication (FAQ) .

myDrake Campus Portal

myDrake is our campus portal. You can access it by going to my.drake.edu. See Signing in to Microsoft-connected systems (How-to) for login instructions. myDrake provides links to many other applications and sites with information about life on campus and access to the campus functions you need on a regular basis. Banner Self Service, email, document sharing, and other key systems can be accessed through myDrake.

Self Service

Self Service provides students, faculty, and staff access to personal information, student records, financial aid information, pay information, and tax forms. You access Self Service from the myDrake portal. Learn more in these Self Service for Faculty & Staff guides.

Learning Management System – Blackboard Learn Ultra

Blackboard Learn Ultra is the online learning management system (LMS) used by Drake. A LMS is a secure web-based tool used to organize and deliver materials and engage learners. It provides tools and functionality for file sharing, grading, discussion, and collaboration in face-to-face, blended, and online course environments. You'll find resources on using it in our Blackboard Learn Ultra guides.

Learn more about the other academic technology resources supported by Drake ITS.

Tech Help

IT Service Portal: Browse the IT service portal to learn about technology services available, view how-to technology guides in the knowledge base, or get assistance. It's the best place to start if you're looking for information or help.

ITS Support Center: The Support Center provides help with passwords, general technology questions, or solving software, computer and network related problems. Call 515-271-3001 24/7. Room related emergencies while teaching on campus should be reported to the classroom response team at extension 3002. The support center in Carnegie Hall provides limited walk-in assistance for faculty and staff. Most issues will require scheduling an appointment.

Connect with ITS

Want ITS to text you outage notifications? Opt in by texting DrakeITSALERTS to phone number 226787. You first need to be signed up to receive Bulldog Alerts by text. Check your Bulldog Alerts Settings.

On Twitter? Follow us @DrakeITServices

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Internet access is available in all buildings on campus and some outdoor areas. Connect to the eduroam network on either your personal or Drake-owned devices and enter your Drake email address and password when prompted. eduroam is a global roaming educational wireless network. If you visit any of the thousands of eduroam-connected instutitions worldwide, you'll be able to connect securely. Learn more at Connecting to the eduroam Wireless Network (How-to).

Having issues connecting on campus? Let ITS know by reporting a Network Issue.

Computers & Software

Computers: ITS manages all faculty and staff computer purchasing. We recommend specific computer bundles that meet our technical requirements. Learn more at Computer Purchasing Guidelines and Standard Computer Models (FAQ).

Software: Drake provides self-service access to software for Drake-owned computers. See Using Company Portal (How-to) for PCs and Using the Self Service App (How-to) for Macs. Faculty and staff are also eligible for discounted or free software for their personally owned-machines. For more information, please see Available Software Downloads (FAQ).

File Storage & Collaboration

OneDrive personal storage: As part of our campus Office365 subscription, faculty and staff can store up to 5 terabytes of data in OneDrive. The OneDrive client is automatically installed on faculty and staff computers. Log in using your drake.edu email to store documents and share with others on campus or beyond. You can log directly into the OneDrive web interface or access it through myDrake.

Microsoft Teams: Everyone with a drake.edu email account has access to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams is a product that combines tools and resources such as group chat, calendars, and file sharing into one location using the Office 365 platform. You can access Teams from the My Teams button in the Commonly Used Apps section of myDrake. From there you can access shared files and any personal files backed up to OneDrive.

When you use Teams online, you can create, update, work collaboratively on, and save documents directly to the cloud regardless of what device you’re using. Microsoft Teams also has apps for iOS or Android devices. Additionally, you can use Teams to hold virtual meetings, either as part of a Team or an individual or group chat, no matter where everyone is located. Learn more in these Teams Guides.

Campus Printing

All faculty and staff printing and copying is charged to the department. See more information on printing by reading Printing for Faculty & Staff (How-to).


Starfish is an academic early alert and communication software system. Course instructors can communicate with students about their progress by sending notifications. Learn more about using Starfish at www.drake.edu/starfish/facstaff/.

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