Online Course Checklist

Welcome to UW-Stout.  For this online course, you will be using Learn@UW-Stout, a course management tool.

___ Activate your university email account.

Point your browser to and follow the login prompts. Reading your mail through the web is the preferred method, please note that your mail stays on the server. Frequently asked questions about using university e-mail.

___ Check your Web browser.

If you have a PC-compatible computer, it is preferable to use Internet Explorer 6 as your browser for this course.

If you have a Mac, it is preferable to use Mac OS X and Netscape 7.1. You should also make sure that your browser has “Java-scripts” enabled for Java version 1.3 or higher.

If you have any questions about these preferences, please call one of the numbers listed below and indicate that you are a UW-Stout student needing help with Learn@UW-Stout. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • 1-888-435-7589 (HELPLUW), or
  • 1-608-264-4357 (HELP)

___ Complete the online orientation to Learn@UWStout.

STEP 1: Watch the animated tutorial. This will provide a brief overview of Learn@UW-Stout.

STEP 2: After watching the tutorial, find and browse your course Web site.

  1. Open your Web browser and go to the UW-Stout home page.

  2. From the UW-Stout home page, click on the “ Learn@UW-Stout ” link (the third link in the left navigation under "Go Direct").

  3. On the next screen, click on the Log in to Learn@UW-Stout

  4. This will bring up the course welcome screen. Enter your username and Password.

    Your Username is your UW-Stout username (the same username as your campus e-mail), without the “” part.

    Do not hit Enter after you have typed in your username. Either hit the Tab key on your keyboard, or use the mouse to click in the box next to enter your password. Your password is your UW-Stout email password.

    If you have problems with your login (e.g., you forgot your username or password), you may do one of the following:

    1. Check your username/password online (it is the SAME as your email account username/password).

    2. Call UW-Stout Ask 5000 HelpDesk (715/232-5000) or email Help desk hours are listed (under the table labeled "Telephone").
  5. After you have typed in your password, then click on Login.

  6. You should then see the opening screen. In the middle of the screen, a list of My Stout Courses appears. Your course title is underlined in blue . That is a hot link; click on it and you will enter your course Home Page (first page of your course).

    If you have any difficulty getting on the course web site, please close down your Web browser completely and open it up again, then try logging on again using the instructions above.

    View the class list.
  • Click on classlist (located near the upper right-hand corner)
  • Click on ‘students' (middle tab between ‘staff' and ‘groups')
  • Check to see that you are listed as a student.

Discussion Tutorials explain the difference between forums and topics, and includes animated tutorials for how to read a discussion posting, how to submit a discussion posting, how to reply to a discussion posting, how to add an attachment to a discussion posting, and how to print a discussion posting

You have successfully completed the orientation!

___ Review answers to your technical questions.

Learning Technology Services provides a number of resources for students.

___ Check your virus protection.

This is a very basic precaution participants should take for your own systems and to help protect other members of the class.

Make sure virus detection software is operating on ALL of the computers you use during this class. If you do not have current virus software on your system, you owe it to yourself and your classmates to act now. Anti-virus software is available for a free trial period from most of the major companies in the field. Please make sure you have installed anti-virus software on the computer or computers that you intend to use this semester.

  • Update your anti-virus software on a schedule (minimum weekly) so new viruses are detected.
  • Run your virus software to scan all files, regardless of type.
  • Never open an e-mail attachment from anyone without virus checking it first.
  • Turn on macro virus protection in Microsoft Word and beware of viruses in Word documents.
  • Update your Windows operating system with free security fixes from Microsoft.
  • Educate yourself about viruses and how to handle warnings about them. Explore Symantec's Anti-Virus Research Centre for current virus information