Take a deep breath!
So, you may starting a new adventure into an online course for the first time, or feeling a bit lost in a tech-rich course on campus. Either can be a little intimidating for anyone, but once you get the hang of it, you will do fine. Remember to ask questions, enjoy the experience and most of all, remember to relax and breathe! We have put together some short orientations to prepare you for a challenging experience. Go through these orientations BEFORE class starts!
STEP 1: Setup your UW Email
Google Apps Email - Ad-free email with 25 GB of storage and continued use of your @uw.edu email addresses. Follow the steps below to start using UW Google Apps/Email. Go to the Manage UW Google Apps page to activate the service and set your UW Google Apps password.
Requirement for Nursing and Healthcare Leadership students
UW Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare Leadership students are required to use UW deskmail (Alpine) to meet HIPAA requirements and should not use the UW cloud services (UW Google or UW Windows Live) or personal email accounts. Follow these instructions on how to configure your UW email for deskmail (alpine). Once you have your email configured for UW deskmail (Alpine) you will check your email through MyUW or by going directly to Alpine.
Can I forward my email to my personal account?
Please do not forward your UW email to your personal email account. When you activate your UW Windows Live or UW Google email, you will have the opportunity to change your email forwarding to UW. Refer to the UW Tacoma email policy for more information. You can Check Your UW Email Forwarding anytime.
Where do I go to check my email?
Once you activate your email, you can access your UW Google mail through MyUW or by going directly to mail.google.com and entering your_NetID@uw.edu email address.
Logging into Multiple Google Accounts
One of the issues which most people struggle with is having to switch between their UW Google account apps and their personal Google account apps. There is an easy solution for this problem that allows you to access all of your Google accounts in one browser. For example, you can have your UW Gmail and your personal Gmail open in separate windows in the same browser. There are really important reasons related to FERPA (discussed on the UW Gmail page) that you might want to keep these two email accounts separate from one another. However, if you follow the instructions below, you can keep them separate AND access them both conveniently without having to log out and re-login.
To Log into multiple Google accounts:
Google has a tutorial available for logging into multiple Google accounts.
STEP 2: Explore Google Apps
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Google Drive - Access files from all your devices anywhere, anytime!
Now that you have Google setup for your UW email, you get instant access to Google Drive! Google Drive is a free web-based office suite containing tools for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and online forms. Users can create new documents or upload existing Microsoft Office documents to edit and share in Google Drive with others. Your files are always waiting for you at drive.google.com, but you can also get them straight from your computer, smartphone, and tablet.
Word processing application that allows you to create and edit documents.
Create and edit slideshows or presentations with this tool.
Manage data and perform simple calculations with Spreadsheets.
Create online questionnaires and surveys with the Forms tool.
Draw mind-maps, diagrams, and other simple shapes in the Drawings tool.
Create flowcharts and mind-maps to organize ideas
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With Google+ Hangouts you can hold study groups, conduct interviews, or collaborate on group projects face to face without geographic constraints. A Hangout is, essentially, a free web conferencing tool with room for up 15 people. When starting your hangout you can choose your different friends to hang out with. It then opens the room and allows anyone from your selected circles to join in the hangout, collaborate on shared documents, share your screen with others, and view YouTube clips together while carrying a discussion at the same time. All you need is a webcam and microphone to get started.
With Hangouts there’s no need to download a separate application — a simple browser plug-in enables hangouts on any computer with a web browser, webcam, and microphone. (You can join a hangout without a webcam or microphone, but you'll have a more limited experience without them.)See our page about Google+ Hangouts to learn more
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STEP 3: Familiarize yourself with Canvas
Once you have access to your online class(es), explore them. Take the time to go through the course in Canvas. Pay attention to how the course is organized and click each and every link to see where they take you, and get comfortable navigating through the class. Review our tutorials on the Getting Started with Canvas page to learn how to do common tasks in Canvas, like submiting assignments, posting discussions and communicating with your instructor.
STEP 4: Learn about File Storage, helpful resources and more...
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Google Drive, one of the UW Google Apps, lets you create, store, share and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations online, all in real-time. You already learned all about how to use your Google Drive by watching the video in Step 2 above.
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Please take a look at the RemoteApp Access Instructions to learn how to login!
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Microsoft IT Academy at the UW: Free training for UW students, faculty, and staff
Students, faculty, and staff can access extensive, free Microsoft IT Academy online courses and learning resources. Hundreds of video-based courses are available through October 2012. Completion of the training could enhance student employability as well as increase staff efficiency on applications such as Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and Windows 7. Microsoft IT Academy at the UW provides courses in digital literacy (for basic computer skills) and e-learning (for advanced learning including certifications).
STEP 5: What you need if you come to campus.
As an online student, you may not have the opportunity to come to campus, but if you do, make sure you have what you need!
HUSKY ID CARD
Bring your Husky Card ID with you. You will need it to access computer labs, equiptment, check out library materials and take advantage of discounts around campus. ID cards are not issued until the week before the quarter starts and can be obtained through the Office of the Registrar.
UWT NETWORK ACCOUNT
You will need your UWT Network Account informaiton to login to campus computers.
How do I get one?
If you are a current UW Tacoma student, you must have a network login account to access campus computers. Network login accounts will be automatically generated for all new students after you:
Register for your first quarter of classes
Activate a cloud service (either UW Google or UW Windows Live)
How do I login to a computer on campus?
To login to a Tacoma campus computer, your username will be firstname.lastname@example.org and your first password will be your student number (minus any leading zeros). Students in the Institute of Technology have special logins for the Institute labs. These login accounts are managed by the Institute of Technology, so please contact them for assistance.
What if I forget my password?
If you forget your password and cannot login to a campus computer, please visit the helpdesk in Walsh Gardner 108, call 253-692-4357 or email email@example.com.
Practice some commonly used tasks...
Online classes require students to perform different tasks. You will most likely need to know how to:
- Use email and attach documents.
- Post to a discussion board and reply to other students.
- Submit assignments to a dropbox and/or upload them to a site.
- Search an electronic database in an online library.
- Sign-in to an online classroom, and possibly how to use a microphone and webcam to communicate.
It doesn’t hurt to review our online video tutorials and documentation on these tasks or practice them in the actual course itself. For example, try sending an email message with an attachment before a class begins. Practice uploading a photo, video, or document to a social media site (e.g., Facebook or YouTube). Setup a webcam and microphone and create a Google Hangout with a friend. Go into the Academic Support pages and learn about how to get help and services if you need them!
The goal is to make each one of these activities and processes as natural for you as possible. Also check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions.
Move on to Student Resources and Academic Support for Online Learners!
If you have questions, check out the Getting Help page for ways to contact us!