Students Getting Started
Online Course Student Info Learning at a Distance
CENTER FOR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
Course and Student Info & PLATO Course Login – westfield.ma.edu/PLATO
Computer Requirements and Student Computer Knowledge:
Students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and email account. The minimum operating system is Windows 98. All Distant Learning (online) students should have knowledge in the use of basic computer functions including the use of email, sending attachments, the Internet, and basic word processing skills.
Some courses may require the use and/or download of various programs, which may include the use of proctored test exam monitoring software (such as Respondus Lockdown Browser/Monitor), podcasting software (such as Audacity), screen capture software (such as Jing), Blackboard Collaborate and others. Some courses may require the use of a microphone, and/or camera. Please read all instructor information including syllabus and announcements upon entering the course.
All courses begin on the date listed in the catalog. Students must be prepared to log in to class on that date or within the first week of class. It can take 24 – 48 hours after registration for students to access entry into their distance learning class. WSU uses PLATO (Blackboard Learn 9) as their course management system. This is the software application used for online classes. Online courses have a PLATO Student Overview course for new PLATO users and as a refresher for previous PLATO users.
About Online Courses:
You can log in to your class or do homework and assignments at any time 24/7. There may be times however, when specific assignments, tests, or other time sensitive homework must be completed within given time constraints. All courses require a textbook. The publishers of some course content may require students to purchase an access code. Access codes may be purchased with your new book or purchased separately. Books can be purchased online or on site by contacting the WSU Bookstore: 413-562-2381.
Getting Connected: Log in to PLATO
IMPORTANT STUDENT NEWSLETTER – Fall 2016 Catalog Page – Jan 2016
In the URL type: westfield.ma.edu/PLATO
This will bring you to the PLATO Homepage.
Click the “Log In To PLATO” button on the right side of the page.
STUDENTS: Your PLATO user name is the first letter of your first name with your last name and the last four digits of your CWID (A.K.A your A#) – all lower case no spaces. Your initial password will be your campus wide id number including the capital A. This password is reset to your A# at the beginning of each semester.
Once you are logged into the PLATO system, please CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD by clicking your NAME on the top right corner, then SETTINGS, then PERSONAL INFORMATION, then CHANGE PASSWORD. Type your new password in twice (it is case sensitive) and click SUBMIT to save your changes. Changing your PLATO password will not change your MyWestfield password. PLATO is a separate system from MyWestfield, WSU email, campus computer login and library access.
Once you have changed your password, you can click into your courses that are listed on your Course List in the center of the My PLATO page.
The PLATO Help Desk is located directly below the PLATO log in button.
On Site Help:
If you need on site assistance with PLATO please call the CIT for individual assistance at 413-572-8130, or stop by our office in Wilson 114.
Distance Learning at WSU
Supported by the Center for Instructional Technology
Wilson Hall, Room 114