Follow the steps below to begin using Valparaiso University’s technology resources for learning.
Know Your Financial Aid Login
DataVU is the system that provides you access to your Valpo Financial Aid award information. Newly-admitted students receive a letter with a special DataVU login and password and information on how to use DataVU for financial aid information. If you have not gotten your letter or you do not remember the login information, contact the Financial Aid Office by phone at 888.GO.VALPO or 219.464.5015 or by visiting Kretzmann Hall.
Please note: once you enroll in classes, this login will no longer work and you will receive a new, permanent login.
You can access the DataVU system using a web browser at https://datavu.valpo.edu.
Step 1: Obtaining Your Valpo OneCard
Valpo identification cards (your OneCard) are required for all students of Valparaiso University. ID cards may be obtained at the OneCard Office in the Christopher Center, room 250. Bring a government-issued photo ID when you go to get your new OneCard. Your OneCard allows you to purchase meals, get into buildings, check out materials from the library, use the recreation center’s facilities, gain admittance to campus events, and much more.
More information on the Valpo OneCard> valpo.edu/it/onecard
Step 2: 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.
You can access the Account Management System using a web browser at apps.valpo.edu/ams.
More information about the AMS> valpo.edu/it/services/account-management-system/
Step 3: Using the DataVU System
DataVU is the system that provides access to class registration, academic records (such as grades and transcripts), Fitness Center registration, student accounts, your OneCard accounts (Dining Dollars, Crusader Cash), pay stubs, 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 4: 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 Gmail@Valpo login page by going to valpo.edu/gmail. Enter your full Valpo email address with your ValpoNet password.
More information on Gmail@Valpo> valpo.edu/it/services/google-apps/
Step 5: Learning About Valparaiso University’s Minimum Computer Requirements
The Valpo minimum computer requirements are intended to ensure that the equipment you bring to campus 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/.
Step 6: 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 7: Learning About Campus Internet Access
All Valparaiso University buildings that directly affect students, teaching, and learning are served by secure high speed connectivity. Every residence hall room is provided with a high speed network port for each bed, which uses an ethernet cable with an RJ-45 connector. Wireless coverage is also available in all residence halls and academic buildings.
To access the campus network in your residence hall, plug in an ethernet cord from your computer to the port in the wall.
To access the campus wireless network, connect to the “VU-WiFi” wireless network, open a web browser, and follow the instructions to login.
Step 8: Using the Blackboard Course Management System
Blackboard Learn is the Valparaiso University online course management system, which allows for learning to expand beyond the classroom. Your professors may have you use Blackboard Learn in the courses you take at Valparaiso University.
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 9: 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.
More information about lynda.com> valpo.edu/it/services/technology-training/lynda-com/
Step 10: Learning About Computer Labs and Classrooms on Campus
Over 330 computers are housed in public computer clusters across campus. The largest computer lab is located in the lower level of the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources. There are also 24-hour computer labs in the Harre Union and all residence halls, available to all Valpo students. Most academic buildings have technology-equipped classrooms and labs. To login to the machines in the public computer labs on campus, you will need to know your ValpoNet username and password, which is provided to each student during FOCUS.
The computer labs on campus will also allow you to access your network file storage space as well as networked laser printers.
Step 11: Using the Network File Storage System
Valparaiso University uses a system of Microsoft Active Directory file storage servers to grant you personal storage space (H: drive) on the network, as well as shared file storage space (S: drive) which may be utilized in the courses you take. Your personal storage space is allotted 1GB on the Active Directory servers.
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 12: 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 13: Using the Campus Phone System
Local phone service for students who live in the residence halls is available upon request. Contact your RA or RLC to request a phone in your room, and contact the Help Desk to request a phone line and voice mailbox. Students must use a calling card to place long distance calls from campus phones. Emergency phones are available throughout campus and connect to the Valparaiso University Police Department (VUPD).
More information on campus telephones> valpo.edu/it/services/telecommunications/
Step 14: 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 staff can assist with most challenges you may encounter on your personal computer, whether Mac or PC. They can solve many different connectivity and software related problems, and can help you get connected with the right people if you are experiencing trouble with campus technology. The Help Desk is open 7 days a week and is located on the first floor of the Christopher Center across from Grinders coffee shop.
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/