Welcome to the TOR!
These self-help pages will guide you through the TOR.
What is the the TOR?
The TOR is a self-paced online tutorial, designed to acquaint you with technology at Simmons and library tools. It is endorsed and required by Simmons GSLIS Faculty as a way to ensure that all students begin the program with the same basic skills. All new GSLIS students are required to complete the TOR.
If you'd like to know more about why the TOR is required and how it was created, please read our About page. Information about grading policies and a handy checklist are located on the Checklist and Grading Policy page.
How do I access the TOR?
Register for LIS 400 in AARC. LIS 400 is the Technology Orientation Requirement 0-credit course. You will be able to access the TOR's Moodle site 1-2 business days after enrolling in LIS 400.
You can access the TOR through Simmons's online learning management system, Moodle:
Replace username with your own Simmons username
How do I get help with the TOR?
The GSLIS Tech Lab is always happy to help you with the TOR. We offer workshops, in-person assistance, and distance support.
or email the Technology Reference Assistant (TRA) on duty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk-In: 1 Palace Road P-213 (Hours)
Please note that for all TOR-related inquiries, the GSLIS Tech Lab will give you the fastest answers. The GSLIS Tech Lab provides tech support for the GSLIS community. The central Simmons Technology Service Desk is a different department that assists the wider Simmons community and may not have much information about the TOR. They can, however, help you with account information and login problems.
Help with Online Library Resources
If you would like training in online services offered by the Simmons Library (especially the Simmons online catalog, research databases, and searching strategies), you can also contact the GSLIS librarian, Linda Watkins at email@example.com
Account Login Problems
In most cases, if you are having difficulty logging in to Moodle, AARC, the Library catalog, or your Simmons webspace, you will need to contact the central Simmons Service Desk directly at 617-521-2222.
"Thanks so much for a well-organized, clearly presented, informative experience. I feel like a nerd for saying it, but I adored the TOR -- it was both fun and empowering. The perfect activity to get me excited for grad school."
Tips for Using This Site
All main pages include a link to a "Printable View". The printable view is a specially formatted page that is designed to be a simpler and more printer-friendly version for you to print. If you wish to print a page exactly as it appears on the site, simply use your browser's print option.
Several pages include small, "thumbnail" versions of images. Clicking these images will open a larger picture in a pop-up window.
Good luck, and don't forget that the Tech Lab staff is here to help!