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Get Ready for Online Success

  • A Few Weeks Before Classes, Start Making Preparations to Learn!  

    Here are some tips:

    1. Set up e-mail and the MyIUP portal.
      • Set up your IUP e-mail account and check it daily.  
        • IUP e-mail is the university’s official means of communication. Bills and official announcements will be sent there. If you use another e-mail, your professors will not be sure of your identify.
      • Your registration confirmation will include instructions to access your IUP e-mail. 
      • You will use MyIUP to manage passwords, see registration information and final grades, and much more.
    2. Get the Minimum Hardware and Software for Your Course
      • Hardware and software recommendations are provided in the Computing Guidelines for Online Learning.
        • IUP provides a library of academic software for home use for students enrolled in credit courses, such as Office 365, anti-malware software, and more. Go to IUP Software page and click the links in the left-hand menu.
        • Obtain an office productivity suite. MS Office is recommended.
        • Obtain any specialized software or hardware listed in your course description.
    3. Order your textbooks from the IUP Co-op Store.
      • Log into MyIUP, choose the Academics tab, and Order My Textbooks.
      • Or call the store at 724-357-3067 and speak with Sara Ellenberger (textbook director) or Carol Guba.
    4. Take the Orientation to Online Learning at IUP.
    5. Familiarize yourself with the Learning Management System (LMS) used in your course.
      • Most instructors use D2L or Moodle, but you may also encounter publisher packs, MyMathLab, and other systems. 
      • If you do not know what LMS will be used, contact your instructor. Your instructor is listed in the course schedule.
      • If your course is not open by the first day of classes, call the department offering the course.
      • Get started with D2L 
      • Get started with Moodle
    6. Make arrangements for proctored exams, if your course requires them.
    7. If you need technical or other assistance, see Technical Support or Help and Resources.