Students: Getting Started with Technology Resources


technology checklist


DePaul students: Be prepared to get the most out of technology resources.


1. Know your DePaul login credentials

As a DePaul student, you have been issued the following email and login credentials during the orientation process:

You will need these credentials to log in to various applications and DePaul systems like Desire2Learn(D2L), Campus Connect, Zoom, and Office 365. Because our transition to BlueKey login is still in progress, most systems will request your email address and password, but some systems may still request your username and password. Learn about authentication and password security.

Having trouble finding your login credentials or password? Contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@depaul.edu or call (312) 362-8765.


2. Set up BlueKey multi-factor authentication

Register now for BlueKey multi-factor authentication and self-service password reset. Watch this tutorial video for help registering. When logging into certain DePaul systems, you will be asked to authenticate your identity through Microsoft's multi-factor authentication using a designated device, such as your mobile phone.  An increasing number of DePaul systems and applications will use BlueKey multi-factor authentication in the future. Registering also allows you to reset your password without assistance from the Help Desk. Learn more about Microsoft's authentication process or watch this tutorial video.


3. Access Campus Connect

Campus Connect is your gateway to many web-based services at DePaul. This is where you will register for classes, check your grades, view your tuition account, request transcripts, refill your Demon Express account, and much more. To log in, visit campusconnect.depaul.edu and use your BlueKey login credentials (username@depaul.edu email address and password).

Update contact info: Navigate to the “Profile” tab and make sure your name, address, and contact information are accurate and up-to-date. Make sure to double-check for accurate contact information under “DPU Alert”, which is DePaul’s emergency notification system.


4. Access your DePaul Office 365 account

Sign in to office365.depaul.edu with your BlueKey login credentials. Access Office 365 web apps including Word, Excel OneDrive, Outlook, and others, or install Office desktop apps on your personal computer. You can also download Office 365 mobile apps for iPhone or Android. Learn all about how to use Office 365.


5. Regularly check BlueM@il in Outlook or your preferred email client app

Go to Outlook on the Web (OWA) at bluemail.depaul.edu to view your BlueM@il. You can also use the Outlook mobile or desktop apps (login with your BlueKey credentials). Many important university communications will go to your BlueM@il. Learn more about student email and university communications. Learn to spot malicious phishing emails.


6. Activate your DePaul Zoom account

You will likely use the Zoom application to connect with colleagues while taking online classes. For most classes that use Zoom, you will connect through D2L (see next step). Activate your Zoom account at depaul.zoom.us using your DePaul login credentials. Learn more about accessing and using Zoom.


7. Access Desire2Learn (D2L) and other teaching resources

Desire2Learn (D2L) is an electronic course management system used by many professors at DePaul. D2L gives students online access to course documents, discussion boards, assignment submissions, an online grade book, quizzes, and more. For more information about using D2L, as well as other technology available at DePaul, visit the Teaching Commons and Teaching Guides pages. To log into D2L, visit d2l.depaul.edu and use your BlueKey login credentials (username@depaul.edu and password). 


8. Collaborate in Office 365 with Microsoft Teams and OneDrive

Faculty, staff, and students all have access within Office 365 to Microsoft Teams, a collaborative tool where your team can chat, make audio and video calls, host meetings, and share screens and files. Learn all about collaborating and working in Teams or OneDrive. Access Office 365 web apps or download the desktop apps at office365.depaul.edu, or download the mobile apps.


9. Get your Blue Demon Card and Ventra U-Pass

Students are encouraged to use the online photo submission option for obtaining a Blue Demon Card. Your Blue Demon Card gives you access to computer labs, printers, library checkout, and more. ID Services offices are located at the Lincoln Park Student Center 109 and Loop DePaul Center 9200. Please check the latest information about ID Services hours. Pay with your ID Card through Demon Express.

Learn more about Ventra U-Pass.


10. Complete Information Security Awareness training

As a student at DePaul, it's important to be aware of some of the most common cybersecurity threats.  Through this series of helpful topics, you will learn about important topics like email phishing, safe browsing, protecting your identity online, and others.


11. Know how to reach the Help Desk and Genius Squad

You can get help with a wide variety of technology issues in the Knowledgebase, or reach out to the Help Desk (helpdesk.depaul.edu). You can get in-person support with your computer or mobile device through the Genius Squad, located on both of DePaul’s campuses. Please check the latest information about Genius Squad hours due to COVID-19.


12. Download the iDePaul mobile app 

iDePaul - In addition to being a convenient hub for university information, students can access other mobile-friendly resources directly on the mobile app. Available for students to download from either the Apple Store or Google Play


13. Technology in residence halls

Lincoln Park residence hall rooms are equipped with both high-speed wired internet connections and wireless internet access. We recommend that you use the wired network as your primary internet connection in your residence hall room, as this network is faster and more secure than wireless networks.

In each residence hall, except for Sheffield Square, one computer with our standard lab experience is available for student use. All residents also have the capacity to print using their personal computer to an Intelliprint printer located within each residence hall (including Sheffield Square).

For more information about the technology offered in the residence halls, visit the Department of Housing.


14. Student jobs in technology

To see current open positions and apply, visit Student Employment. When filtering your search by department, look for Information Services.


15. View additional resources

As a DePaul student, you can take advantage of free and discounted software from various vendors. Get free unlimited access to thousands of online training courses via LinkedIn Learning. Also, take advantage of discounts on dining, technology, entertainment, and more from hundreds of vendors via the Demon Discounts program.


Bookmark important technology links


Prepare to learn on and off-campus. I will be learning... 

On-Campus

Remotely


Always be aware of information security