You’re registered for an ACTC course. Now what?

  1. Find your textbooks.
  2. Set up your new email, network, Blackboard/Moodle, and other accounts.
  3. Find out where your class meets.
  4. Find the instructor’s contact information.
  5. Double-check class dates: they will not be identical to your home campus schedule
  6. Figure out your transportation.
  7. Watch your new student email for any important information.

1. Find your textbooks.

  1. Look up the textbooks needed for your class using your host school’s bookstore website: 
    Augsburg
    | Hamline | Macalester | St. Kate’s | St. Thomas
  2. Email your instructor with any questions about books or class materials.
  3. Tip: Many schools’ bookstores will set aside books for you if you call/order ahead.

2. Set up your new email, network, and Blackboard/Moodle/D2L accounts.

Follow the campus-specific instructions to set up your accounts before classes begin.
Tip: If you know you’ll never check your new email account, forward it to your primary account.

Augsburg:

  1. What you’ll be using:
    • Augsburg student ID number.
    • Inside Augsburg account (formerly “AugNet”): to access Augsburg technology resources including wifi and Webmail, your Augsburg email account.
    • Moodle: Augsburg’s course management system, frequently used for class assignments, resources, and discussions.
  2. Where to start:
    • Augsburg’s registrar’s office will email you instructions on how to set up your Augsburg computer accounts. (Didn’t get your email? Contact the registrar’s office.)
    • You can also view an account overview on the Tech Desk website.
  3. Who can help: Contact the Tech Desk at 612.330.1400 or techdesk@augsburg.edu.

Hamline:

  1. What you’ll be using:
    • Hamline student ID number.
    • Piperline account: to access your student records and set up your other accounts.
    • Hamline User Account (Novell): to use computers on campus or access wifi.
    • Blackboard: Hamline’s course management system, frequently used for class assignments, resources, and discussions. (Use varies by class; ask your instructor whether you’ll need it.)
  2. Where to start: Contact the ITS Service Desk at its-service@hamline.edu or 651.523.2220 to request your student ID number.
  3. Review the “Get Started Guide” – but skip number 1 and 4! You will not receive (or need) a Hamline student ID card or email account.

Macalester:

  1. What you’ll be using:
    • Macalester student ID number.
    • 1600grand account: the gateway to student resources.
    • Macalester email account (Google Apps).
    • Moodle: Macalester’s course management system, frequently used for class assignments, resources, and discussions.
  2. Where to start: Macalester’s ITS Help Desk will email you with instructions to pick up a letter with setup information for your student accounts. You must visit the ITS Help Desk in person to set up your student accounts. The Help Desk is located in Neill Hall 314.
  3. Who can help: Contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651.696.6525.

St. Catherine:

  1. What you’ll be using:
    • St. Kate’s student ID number.
    • KateWay account: the gateway to student resources.
    • St. Kate’s email account (Google Apps, accessed via Webmail in KateWay).
    • Desire2Learn: the university’s course management system, frequently used for class assignments, resources, and discussions.
  2. Where to start:
    • Review the New Student Account and Information Guides.
    • Email the registrar’s office from your current .edu email account to request your St. Kate’s student ID number.  ACTC students enrolling for their first St. Kate’s course will receive their username and password in separate emails to their current .edu email account.  The email will be sent from helpdesk@stkate.edu.  Students that have already taken an ACTC course at St. Kate’s will not receive an email.
  3. Who can help: Contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@stkate.edu or 651.690.6402.

St. Thomas:

  1. What you’ll be using:
    • St. Thomas ID number.
    • NetID: allows you to log on to UST domain computers, log into the email server and Blackboard, and access UST network resources from non-UST computers.
    • Blackboard: St. Thomas’s course management system, frequently used for class assignments, resources, and discussions. (Use varies by class; ask your instructor whether you’ll need it.)
  2. Where to start: Review the NetID information page.
  3. Who can help: Contact the IRT Tech Desk at IRTHelp@stthomas.edu or 651.962.6230.

3. Find out where your class meets.

  1. Use the course listing to find classroom information; it’s usually an abbreviation you haven’t seen before.
    Augsburg | Hamline | Macalester | St. Catherine | St. Thomas
  2. Check the campus map to find your building:
    Augsburg map
     | Hamline map | Macalester map | St. Kate’s map | St. Thomas map
  3. Tip: Check again right before the semester begins—rooms can change!

4. Find the instructor’s contact information.

  1. Look up your instructor’s information in the directory and put it in your phone/email address book now; you won’t want to look it up when you’re stuck in traffic or waiting for a late bus.
  2. Tip: Send your instructor a quick note to let them know you’re a visiting student and ask any remaining questions you might have. (IE, Will you be using Blackboard/Moodle? Are there really no required textbooks?)

5. Double-check class dates: they will not be identical to your home campus schedule.

  1. Pay attention to the first & last days of class, finals, midterm break, and holidays.
  2. Review the ACTC joint academic calendar and the dates in the schools’ course listings:
    Augsburg | Hamline | Macalester | St. Catherine | St. Thomas
  3. Tip: Don’t miss the first day of class or you may lose your seat in the course.

6. Figure out your transportation.

  1. Public transportation: Metro Transit
  2. Schools’ parking information:

7. Watch your new student email for any important information.

Many important announcements are distributed only through campus email – including beginning-of-term class cancellations due to orientation, convocation, opening ceremonies, etc.