|New Students To Do List|
1. PID Number--RequiredWhen you applied to the program you were issued a Personal Identification Number (PID -9 digit number beginning with "7"). It appears on your acceptance letter from the Graduate School. This is your student ID number, which you will need throughout your course of study. Please permanently record it in a secure place. The first time you will need it is when you request an Onyen, and if you're uncertain what your number is, you can check it in the process. It will take 1-2 weeks for your PID to become active in the system before you can create your Onyen.
2. Create an Onyen--RequiredCreate Onyen.
The School of Public Health (SPH) online courses are delivered through a software program--Sakai--that requires that each student have an Onyen. The campus registration database uses Onyens and inputs those students who have registered for a particular course into the course's database. The campus registration database doesn't track other email systems; therefore each of you must have an Onyen in order to access your courses. You may still use your preferred email account for all communication (including course list serves) but for the purposes of logging into the courses you must use your Onyen and password.
Onyen passwords will be on a 90-day expiration cycle. In other words, users will have to change their Onyen passwords at least every 90 days. Users will be notified in advance, via email, when their passwords are about to expire. Also, ITS has a process whereby users who have forgotten their passwords can provide "answers" to "clues" they have associated with their Onyen password, so they can set a new password.
3. Set up your Heelmail account
Once you have your Onyen, you'll want to set up your UNC "Heelmail" account--this will be the address to which all of your University correspondence will be sent. Go to my.ad.unc.edu and enter your Onyen and password. Then you'll click on the "Email Sign-Up" link on the left-hand side and follow the directions. Once you have set up your account, you'll be able to forward Heelmail to any other account.
4. Check out University Registrar's page
The UNC Registrar's page has several useful features, such as a course search engine listing the classes available for each term, the current amount being charged for tuition and fees, and most importantly for distance students, calendars which specify all important dates in each semester. Of particular note are the Registration Information Calendars.
Although we will register you for your first semester's classes when you come on campus for the first time in August, in succeeding semesters you will register online for your own classes. The Registration Information Calendar will provide you with the dates and times during which registration is open. Graduates of various certificate programs will find the registration process slightly different for degree seeking students and will have those differences explained to them in August when you are here in person.
5. Test your hardware and software and review documentation--Required
6. Microsoft Office Professional--Required
The only software we will require you to have for the program is Microsoft Office Professional, preferably the 2007 or more recent versions.
7. Download UNC Shareware--Highly Recommended
Once you have your Onyen, you are eligible to use a number of programs which the university has secured unlimited license for students, faculty and staff to install on their work and home computers. The most valuable of these programs is Norton Antivirus. You must use a high quality antivirus program and UNC has made Norton available to you for as long as you are a registered student.
Should you replace your existing antivirus software with Norton? Not necessarily. If you have paid for a subscription to another good antivirus software such as McAfee, and it is installed on your computer and is working fine, wait until your subscription runs out and then download Norton from shareware.
You may find other shareware programs useful, such as Winzip, which are available for download without an ONYEN. The shareware site is the best place to download Mozilla - the shareware versions have been preconfigured for displaying UNC web pages.
8. Download Browsers: Internet Explorer and Mozilla--Required.Note: If you are using a computer at work, you should check with your system's administrator to request that you have at least one of these browsers loaded on your work computer. Keep both browsers on your personal computer. Also, note that UNC uses the Mozilla browser as its preferred browser - a number of UNC sites are optimized to work with this browser.
9. HelpIf you need technical support or have content or program-related questions, there are a number of places to request help. When reporting technical problems to the ITS Help Desk or course-specific email addresses, please be as specific as possible about the problem you are experiencing.
|Last updated May 30, 2013|