Are you a new faculty member at Valpo? The answers to the common questions below will help you get started on the right foot.
Step 1: Get Your Valpo OneCard
Valpo identification cards, also called your OneCard, are required for all employees at Valparaiso University. Your OneCard may be obtained at the OneCard Office in the Harre Union, room 244. 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/aux/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 https://apps.valpo.edu/ams.
More information on the AMS> valpo.edu/it/services/ams/
Step 3: Attend the Technology Sessions during New Faculty Orientation
You will be notified of the dates for New Faculty Orientation, sponsored by VITAL, prior to the start of the fall semester. We highly recommend you attend the technology sessions to become more familiar with what the campus has to offer. This session covers campus email (Gmail@Valpo), a DataVU orientation, an introduction to Blackboard Learn, and other topics.
Step 4: Using Your Valpo Email Account
Valpo provides Google G Suite accounts for admitted students. Your email addresses is in the format of email@example.com, and uses the first and last names provided 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: Using the DataVU System
Using the DataVU System DataVU is the system that provides access to pay stubs, Fitness Center registration, class mailing lists, advising information, grade reports, and more.
You can access the DataVU system using a web browser at https://datavu.valpo.edu. You'll need to know your ValpoNet login and password.
If you'd like to opt-out of listing your name in the online campus directory:
- Login to DataVU
- Go to the Employees menu
- In the Employee 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 6: Learning About Valparaiso University’s Computing Equipment
You don't need to worry about bringing your own computing equipment in order to do your job at Valparaiso University. Your department will work with IT to provide you with your accounts, a working computer, a telephone, and printing access. For specialized equipment requests, request a consultation between your department and IT staff to determine how we can accommodate your needs.
Step 7: Learning About Campus Internet Access
All campus buildings directly affecting employees, teaching and learning, and supporting services are served by secure high speed connectivity. All academic buildings also have wireless connectivity available.
To access the campus network in your office, simply login with your ValpoNet username and password when prompted during your computer’s boot process.
To access the campus wireless network, follow these instructions.
Step 8: Using the Blackboard Course Management System
Blackboard Learn is Valpo's online course management system, allowing learning to expand beyond the classroom. You may use Blackboard Learn in the courses you teach.
You can access Blackboard Learn using a web browser at https://blackboard.valpo.edu. You'll need to know your ValpoNet login and password.
More information on the Blackboard Learn course management system> valpo.edu/vital/insttech/blackboard/
Step 9: Using Lynda.com®
Lynda.com® from LinkedIn offers training videos on software, creative skills, professional tools, and much more and is available 24×7 to all Valpo employees at no charge. Use this service to improve your skills, or incorporate it into your classroom to enhance your teaching.
You can access Lynda.com using a web browser at valpo.edu/r/lynda. You'll 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 10: Using the Campus Phone System
Valpo provides campus and local phone service and domestic long distance service for all employee offices on campus. Each office has a telephone with a campus extension, and each employee gets a voicemail box. Voicemail setup is important in case calls are missed via the phone system. International long distance service may not be activated for all extensions. Accepting collect calls is strongly discouraged and will result in fees being charged to your department.
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 11: 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 available to all Valpo students in the Harre Union and all residence halls. Most academic buildings have technology-equipped classrooms and labs. To login to the machines in the public computer labs on campus, you'll need to know your ValpoNet username and password.
The computer labs on campus will also allow you to access network file storage space as well as network printing.
Step 12: 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.
Step 13: Accessing Library Databases
The Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources offers 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.
Step 14: Free and Discounted Software
Current Valpo employees may purchase software for personal use at a discounted price through the “On The Hub” e-store from Kivuto Solutions. A valid ValpoNet login is required to access the store, 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 the “On The Hub” e-store> valpo.edu/it/services/discounts/kivuto/
In addition, all current students, faculty, and staff get free access to Office 365 while they're at Valpo. A valid Valpo email address is required.
More information about Office 365> valpo.edu/it/services/microsoft-office/
Step 15: 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 will connect you with the right people if you are experiencing trouble with campus technology. The Help Desk is open 7 days a week during fall and spring semesters (except for breaks) and is located on the first floor of the Christopher Center across from Grinders coffee shop.
The IT website or this knowledge base should be your first stop 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/