Orientation - Getting Started in Your Online Class

Important Links to Bookmark

1. Computer and Web Browser Check

Complete a System Check
Verify your display settings on your computer and the plug-ins that your course requires.

Note: Most of the functionality within Learn@UW-Stout will work on an updated iPad, but it cannot replace an updated laptop or desktop. The Technology Help Desk and Learning Technology Services are not supporting tablets for instruction at this time. 

Refer to this site for recommended web browsers: https://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=3210

If you have any questions about these preferences, call one of the numbers listed below and indicate you are a UW-Stout student needing help with Learn@UW-Stout. Help is available 7 days a week.

888-435-7589 select option 3
608-264-4357 select option 3

2. Practice logging in before the first day of class.

  • Course Login
    Use this page each time when logging into the course. Click on the "UW-Stout Login" button. 
    On the next page, enter your username and password; click "Login." 

  • Step 1: Required Orientation
    Scroll down to Ongoing under the course list. Click on the link: Online Student Orientation
  • Set aside one hour to complete the orientation and get acquainted with the web navigation in Learn @UW-Stout. The News bulletin on the opening page introduces each activity.

  • Step 2: Above the "Ongoing" select the current semester (Fall 2015 or Spring 2016).
    The date your course opens for preview will be listed below the course title.

  • After you login to your course, review the class list.
    Click on Other Tools located near the upper right-hand corner. Select ‘Students' (middle tab between ‘All' and ‘Staff'). 

  • Click on the drop down arrow - on the right side of your name on the class list, then "Edit My User Profile".

3. Check Your University Email

When the class begins, you will be expected to use your University of Wisconsin-Stout email account for all correspondence with your instructor.

  • Send a test email using your university email account.  If you have problems with your login (e.g., forgot your username or password): Check your username/password online

  • If you need additional assistance with your university email, call UW-Stout Technology Helpdesk 715-232-5000 or email techdesk@uwstout.edu

The University of Wisconsin – Stout follows The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to ensure the privacy of your educational information which protects your educational information from being compromised through a shared personal or work email account.

4. Set up Mobile Phone Access to Your University Email

Configure your mobile device to receive your university e-mail automatically.  Directions are provided at:

Select your type of phone. If you have any problems setting up your university email with your mobile phone or your computer, contact Technology Help Desk (715) 232-5000 email: techdesk@uwstout.edu


5. How to Access the e-Textbook

e-Textbook Tutorial

After you login to the class, you will access the e-textbook to read online or offline. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Chromebook, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device such as your laptop or desktop. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Browser – Google Chrome

You may read the textbook online or offline on your computer using Google Chrome as the browser. There is also a mobile device option which is described in the above tutorial. NOTE: Internet Explorer does NOT work with the e-textbook, and Firefox does not work to read the e-text offline.

You can highlight info and organize info in the e-book (i.e. adding a note stating something like "reference in my discussion posting") and print only what you want for use as a study guide. You are further able to share notes and highlighting with peers in the class.  Printing of the entire textbook is allowed for your personal professional use.

Who to contact if you have a question or problem with the e-textbook?

  • eText Technical Support
  • Available 8 AM- 4:30 PM CST Monday-Friday
  • Phone: (715) 232-5540
  • Email: etexthelp@uwstout.edu

6. How to View Your University Bill and Tuition Due Dates

Check Your Bill and Pay Tuition Online

Login with your university username and password, click on the Self Service link in the menu on the left and then click on the Student Center link to view the amount due and the due dates.

No bills are sent via postal mail or email. The billing information is available for you to view electronically.

***A monthly 1.5 % finance charge will be added to any remaining balance after the final payment due date. Payments must be received on or before the published due date to avoid a finance charge.

Refund and Drop Policy
If you need to drop the class before the first day of class, send a cancelation request by email to Registration and Records at: outreachreg@uwstout.edu

If a student drops the course after the fifth day of class, a $15 fee will be charged in addition to the policy described below.

Tuition Owed/Refund Schedule for Drops (PDF)

Tuition owed is calculated based on the date of the drop request email you send to the registrar’s office.

Inactivity in a course does not constitute a course drop or withdrawal from the university. You will be financially responsible for the course registration unless you notify the Registration and Records office to drop or withdraw.

If a student withdraws from the university, a fee of $50 is charged for a first-week withdrawal and $100 for any withdrawal during the second week. If a student leaves the university without officially withdrawing as per university regulations, the student will be charged the full 100% of tuition and fees due to the university.

If you have any questions about viewing your bill, billing or need a receipt for tuition reimbursement, contact

Student Business Services
Phone: 715/232-1656
Email: sbservices@uwstout.edu
Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

Billing/Payment Inquiries
Diane Oakland, oaklandd@uwstout.edu or 715-232-3685

Financial Aid
Megan DeRusha, derusham@uwstout.edu or 715-232-1363

Veterans Services
John Bensend, veteranstudents@uwstout.edu or 715-232-1659

Library Distance Learning Services
Ann Vogl, voglan@uwstout.edu or 715-232-1553

Online Tutoring Services and Writing Lab (Brainfuse) (PDF)



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Contact Us

School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693