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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Student Tech Guide

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/its/started/studenttechguide.html

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Set up your StarID Password

Your StarID is your login for online services at Minnesota State Mankato such as E-services, MavMAIL, wireless Internet, D2L Brightspace, and more. Make sure you remember it and keep your password safe!

Need to change your password or want more information on StarID? Visit mnsu.edu/starid

Wireless Internet Access

You can login to the secure campus-wide MavNET-Encrypted wireless network using your StarID and password.

For additional setup instructions, visit mnsu.edu/its/mavnet

 

Internet Access in the Residence Halls

High-speed wireless Internet is provided in every room, as well as in the lounges, kitchens and dining areas.

To connect to the residence hall network, follow the instructions at mnsu.edu/its/restech/networksetup

 

Check Your Campus Email Often

Login to MavMAIL using your StarID to access your campus email. Check often, as you will receive important information on classes, financial aid, direct deposits, and other University notifications here.

Log in to MavMAIL at mavmail.mnsu.edu

Have an existing email account you’d prefer to use? You can forward emails from MavMAIL to your other email address using the instructions here: mnsu.edu/campushub/campusinfo/email

Printing on Campus: MavPRINT

You can print from almost any device to over 50 printers throughout the campus and residence halls. Once you queue up a document to be printed, log into any MavPRINT release station to start printing. Color printers are also available in Memorial Library (ML), the IT Solutions Center in Wissink Hall (WH 121) and at our location in Edina.

Each student is allocated $20.00 of complementary printing each semester (or about 400 black & white pages).

Find out more about MavPRINT and how to print from mobile devices at mnsu.edu/its/started/mavprint

Coursework Access

Whether taking a course online or face-to-face, D2L Brightspace is where you will access the content and supplemental materials you’ll need. D2L Brightspace also includes tools for discussions, announcements, assignments, quizzes, and grades.

Login to D2L at mnsu.learn.minnstate.edu

Get help with D2L by sending email to: desire2learn@mnsu.edu

Learn more about the technology services available to you at mnsu.edu/its/started

Get Security

Cyber Security

Use good online safety practices to protect yourself and others from hackers and scammers!

For more info on keeping your technology secure, visit mnsu.edu/its/security

Some tips to get you started:

Install a good anti-virus program

Install an anti-virus solution on your computer and make sure it is updating regularly! Visit the IT Solutions Center if you would like recommendations for reputable, effective anti-virus solutions.

Use a long, complex, and unique password

Always use a long and complex password. “Passphrases” – short sentences or combinations of unrelated words with a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols – make good passwords that are easier to remember than random strings of characters.

Remember: Don’t use re-use the same password on every website!

For more tips on how to generate a strong password, go to mnsu.edu/its/security/passwords

If it looks suspicious, don’t click on it!
  1. Watch for emails pretending to come from your bank, email provider, or any other company.
  2. Don’t provide your password, bank number, or any other personal/financial information over email – always go directly to the company website via a separate browser window and login there to make sure the request is legitimate
  3. If in doubt, call the company using the contact information from their website (not the email) to confirm whether the email is a scam. spam@mnsu.edu
Keep your computer, tablet, and phone updated!

Companies send out software and operating system updates regularly to fix security vulnerabilities. Make sure these updates are installed as soon as possible!

For help making sure your devices are updating correctly, go here mnsu.edu/its/security/patching

Get Technology

Office 365 Services for YOU!

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of online tools that allow you to access a variety of software programs anywhere you have an internet connection and on almost any type of device. Included in this is 1TB of OneDrive space for students to store all of their documents, files, videos and pictures. There are no installations or updates involved – this is part of your MavMail, just log in to mavmail.mnsu.edu with your StarID and click the waffle icon in the upper right-hand corner to view your available apps!

Read more about Office 365 at mnsu.edu/office365

Free Software for Students

n addition to the online cloud-based Office 365, enrolled students can download Microsoft Office 365 Plus for free! It’s fast, easy, and available on a variety of platforms.

If you are using Windows 7, Windows 8, or a Mac, you can install Windows 10 (a full license, not just an upgrade) on your system for free as well.

Get started at mnsu.edu/its/student_software

Campus Computer Store

Visit the Computer Store in the lower level of the Centennial Student Union (CSU) for your technology needs. This is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, and also carries Dell Consumer and Business machines, as well as Microsoft Surface products.

Registered students receive educational discounts on desktops, laptops, accessories, and software.

Stop by Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. - 4 P.M. or you can check it out online at store.mnsu.edu

...and more! https://www.mnsu.edu/its/services/

Get Access & Training

Computer Labs Academic Computer Center (ACC)

The ACC offers workstations for you to use located in 121 Wissink Hall.

Hours of operation and a list of available software can be found at acc.mnsu.edu/mainlab

Memorial Library

Each floor of the Memorial Library has workstations for you to use. Some are restricted for specific search functions, but others are available for school projects and general research.

For more information, check out the Library’s website at lib.mnsu.edu

In-Person Training

The Student Technology center provides you with the opportunity to learn and experience new technologies in a hands-on and interactive environment. Watch for training sessions on everything from D2L to Office 365, and more!

Training sessions and drop-in hours are posted in the schedule at mnsu.edu/stc

 

Online Training

Supercharge your learning with Lynda.com, the online training resource free for registered students! With over 2,300 videos on topics including Microsoft Office, Adobe, D2L Brightspace, and Skype for Business, Lynda is a great way to get up-to-speed on almost any subject.

Read more at link.mnsu.edu/lynda

Get Alerts

Emergency Text Message Alerts: Star Alert

Star Alert is our Emergency Notification System. It allows campus community members to receive text and email notifications in the event of campus-related emergencies.

A Star Alert message will briefly state the location and nature of the emergency, and may include a specific action to take. Star Alert will also be used to notify you if campus is closed or if classes are delayed or cancelled.

You will be prompted to sign up for this opt-in service after you sign into E-services. You can subscribe or unsubscribe at any point via mnsu.edu/staralert

Get Tech Help

Your IT Solutions Center - now we're closer!

IT Solutions has two different locations on campus available for walk-in support and tech-related questions. They also provide support by email, phone 507-389-6654 and online at mnsu.edu/its

Hours and Locations:

Kiosk: 1st Floor Wigley Administration (near Cashier’s Office)

Mon-Fri: 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Kiosk will be closed for holidays, semester breaks, and summer.

Wissink Hall 121

Mon-Thu: 7:15 A.M. - Midnight
Fri: 7:15 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Sat: 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Sun: 1 P.M. - Midnight

Computer Help for Students Living On Campus

If you live in the residence halls and experience problems with your computer, Internet connection, or anything else related to technology, ResTech Services can help you out! To schedule an appointment, just call 507-389-6654 or send an email to restechuser@mnsu.edu

Read more about ResTech Services at mnsu.edu/its/restech

Hardware Repair

Need your device repaired? Certified technicians are available to complete warranty work on Apple, Dell, and HP computers purchased through the Campus Computer store, and they offer service work at a minimal charge on student computers not covered under warranty.

Find out more about these services and repair fees at mnsu.edu/its/help/er.html

 

IT Solutions Center

121 Wissink Hall

Phone: 507-389-6654

mnsu.edu/its

121 Wissink Hall Walk-In Hours

Mon-Thu: 7:15 A.M. - Midnight
Fri: 7:15 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Sat: 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Sun: 1 P.M. - Midnight

1st Floor Wigley Administration Hours

A member of the Minnesota State system and an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University. This document is available in alternative format to individuals with disabilities by calling IT Solutions at 507-389-6654 (V), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY).     ITS23BR_07-18

 

Find answers online anytime at mnsu.edu/itsolutions