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.
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.
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/techsvc/recommendations.php.
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.
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. Use the firstname.lastname portion of your Valpo email address (without the @valpo.edu) with your ValpoNet password.
More information on the Valpo email system> valpo.edu/googleapps
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/it/current/blackboard/student
The lynda.com Online Training Library® offers training videos on software, creative skills, and professional tools and is available 24x7 to all Valpo students at no additional charge.
You can access lynda.com using a web browser at apps.valpo.edu/authentication/lynda. You will need to know your ValpoNet login and password.
More information about lynda.com> valpo.edu/it/current/lynda/
Valparaiso University uses a system of Microsoft Active Directory file storage servers to grant you private storage space on the network, as well as shared file storage space which may be utilized in the courses you take. WebStorage is a web-based method of accessing the network servers from off campus. You have a 1GB private space assigned on the Active Directory servers.
You can access WebStorage using a web browser at webstorage.valpo.edu.
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.
The Valparaiso University Writing Center offers students free online help for all types of writing through the Writing Center website at valpo.edu/writingcenter. The Writing Center staff offer consultations through email and Instant Messaging. They also have a blog that is full of wonderful information about writing at blogs.valpo.edu/writingcenter/.
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.
Through an arrangement with Bell Technologies, Valparaiso University
students, faculty, and staff may now 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/
The IT 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. You can enter your own request online at https://webhelpdesk.valpo.edu or call them at 219.464.5678.
The IT website is the best place to find help online, anytime, anywhere about Valparaiso University's technology tools for learning. You can learn more about issues for current students at valpo.edu/it/current.
More information on where to find help> valpo.edu/it/help/