Once you are enrolled in an online degree program, you will receive a message at the email used to apply for the program that contains your ValpoNet username and temporary password. This username and password will be needed to start the process of setting up your access to Valparaiso University technology. If you do not receive an email, first check your spam folder and if you still have not received the message, contact the IT Help Desk by phone at 219.464.5678.
Follow the steps below to begin using Valparaiso University’s technology resources for online learning.
Step 1: Using the Account Management System – Change Your Password!
Your ValpoNet account consists of a single username and password that synchronizes your password across multiple accounts and opens online access to a wide range of information technology services at Valparaiso University. The Account Management System (AMS) is a self-serve utility that allows you to change your password once it expires, or to recover from a forgotten password at your convenience.
These AMS webpages include instructions on setting up your challenge questions, changing your password, and more.
You can access the Account Management System using a web browser at apps.valpo.edu/ams.
More information on the AMS> valpo.edu/it/services/ams/
Step 2: Learning About Valparaiso University’s Minimum Computer Requirements
The Valpo minimum computer requirements are intended to ensure that the equipment you are using to access your online class and other technology services meets any software requirements for the current academic year. Computer equipment recommendations represent what we consider to be the ideal system configuration for a computer that is expected to support you through your academic program.
For the most recent minimum computer requirements please go to valpo.edu/it/help/computer-specifications/.
As an online student, you will be required to have an internet connection to access class materials. Additionally, you should have a back-up plan in case your internet connection goes down. Make sure you know of a local library, friend, or coffee shop that can serve as your connection in a pinch.
Step 3: Using Your Valpo Email Account
Valpo provides Google Apps for Education accounts for admitted students. Valpo email addresses are in the format of firstname.lastname@example.org, and use the first and last names that you provide on your registration paperwork.
Students can access the new Gmail@Valpo login page by going to valpo.edu/gmail. Enter your full Valpo email address with your ValpoNet password.
More information on the Valpo email system> valpo.edu/it/services/google-apps/
Step 4: Using the Blackboard Course Management System
Blackboard Learn is the Valparaiso University online course management system and will serve as your primary classroom in your online degree program. All of your course materials, assignments, and interactions with your instructor and classmates will take place in Blackboard.
You can access Blackboard Learn using a web browser at https://blackboard.valpo.edu. You will need to know your ValpoNet login and password.
More information on the Blackboard Learn course management system> valpo.edu/instructionaldesign/blackboard/student/
Step 5: Using the Lynda.com Online Training Library®
The Lynda.com Online Training Library® offers training videos on software, creative skills, and professional tools and is available 24×7 to all Valpo students at no additional charge.
You can access Lynda.com using a web browser at valpo.edu/r/lynda. You will need to know your ValpoNet login and password.
You can also use apps designed for your mobile devices. Visit your device’s app store to search for the app.
More information about Lynda.com> valpo.edu/it/services/technology-training/lynda-com/
Step 6: Using the Network File Storage System
Valparaiso University uses a system of Microsoft Active Directory file storage servers to grant shared file storage space (S: drive) on our network, which may be utilized in the courses you take.
More information about Active Directory> valpo.edu/it/services/active-directory/
WebStorage is a web-based method of accessing the network servers from off campus. You can access WebStorage using a web browser at webstorage.valpo.edu.
More information about WebStorage> valpo.edu/it/services/active-directory/webstorage/
Step 7: Accessing Library Databases
The Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources offers students free access to diverse databases. Access to library databases is also available through the Christopher Center library services web site at library.valpo.edu. Accessing library databases from off-campus requires you to enter your ValpoNet login information.
More information on library databases> library.valpo.edu
Step 8: Using the DataVU System
DataVU is the system that provides access to class registration, academic records (such as final grades and transcripts), student accounts, and much more. You can contact the Registrar’s Office if you need help on how to use DataVU to access your academic program information.
You can access the DataVU system using a web browser at https://datavu.valpo.edu. You will need to know your ValpoNet login and password.
If you would like to opt-out of listing your name in the online campus directory, please login to DataVU, go to the Students menu, and in the Academic Profile section, select the “My On-Line Directory Options” link and follow the on-screen prompts.
More information on DataVU> valpo.edu/it/services/datavu
Step 9: Free and Discounted Software
Through an arrangement with Bell Technologies, Valparaiso University students, faculty, and staff may purchase software for personal use at a discounted price through Kivuto Solutions. A valid ValpoNet login is required to access the store which is located at https://apps.valpo.edu/authentication/kivuto/. The purchase of one software license of each product is available to each authorized person.
More information on Kivuto Solutions> valpo.edu/it/services/discounts/kivuto/
In addition, all students, faculty, and staff get free access to Office 365 while they are at Valpo. A valid Valpo email address is required.
More information about Office 365> valpo.edu/it/services/microsoft-office/
Step 10: Knowing Where to Find Help
The Help Desk is your first point of contact for any technology related issues or questions you may have. The Help Desk can assist with most challenges you may encounter on your personal computer, either Mac or PC. They can solve many different technology related problems, and can help you get connected with the right people if you are more advanced technical issues.
The IT website is the best place to find help online, anytime, anywhere about Valparaiso University’s technology tools for learning.
More information on where to find help> valpo.edu/it/help/