Student Technology Guide (2019-2020)

Tech things to know for UWL students.

Your NetID
Your NetID is an important part of your technology profile. It’s your unique username allowing you to log into most UWL technology services. It consists of your last name followed by four randomly generated numbers in the format [Lastname.####]. For example: smith1234. 

Account and Password Management
ITS provides a convenient self-service password and account reset page. This tool helps students gain first-time access, the ability to reset passwords, and to unlock your account 24x7 available at: Click on First Time Access if you have never used your NetID, click on Password Management if you need to recover or reset your password. Click on Account Locked if you are experiencing an account lockout. Remember your password expires every 180 days.                                                                                                                                                       

Canvas is our learning management system (LMS), and is the central hub for online course materials for face-to-face as well as entirely online classes. You can find Canvas resources and your login page at: Call Canvas Support first for any Canvas related issues at 1(833)-826-8719. 

WINGS is the name for UWL's Student Information System (SIS). This software provides students, faculty, and staff with access to information relating to recruiting and admissions, records and registration, financial aid, student financials, and enhanced self-service capabilities. More information is available at:

UWL Mobile
This site provides a wealth of information on the campus. You can view your courses, e-mail, connect via social media, see maps, and utilize a host of other resources. It can be viewed from your computer or any mobile device. Give it a try at:

Virtual Desktop
This service allows campus faculty, staff, and students to use their Windows, Macintosh, Apple iOS, or Android devices to connect 24x7 to a Windows desktop and software like those in the ITS computer classrooms and labs. Go to: or

Student Printing
You can print remotely to multiple printers on campus from your computer using your NetID. You can find more information at:

 Online File Storage  
Students have existing storage through OneDrive (1 TB), Google Drive (30GB), and our UWL network storage or the U: Drive (200MB). Online files can be accessed using your NetID from campus computers, from home, and as read-only files online. More information on Online File Storage can be found at:                                                                                                    

Antivirus & Malware Software
ITS encourages safe, virus free, computing. Without antivirus software your computer can become severely infected. ITS recommends that all computers have antivirus software installed before using the campus network. For more information go to: 

 Computer Purchasing Advice
For recommendations and purchasing information about computer technology at the UWL go to: Special pricing for personal computers for UWL staff and students through Dell and Apple is also available. 

 Wireless Access: UWL-Eagle 
Wireless is available throughout campus. UWL-Eagle is a secure wireless network which requires you to enter your NetID and password. This should be your default wireless network for full access for UWL students. To learn more about connecting to the campus Wi-Fi go to:

 Access to Productivity Tools 
UWL utilizes Office 365 campus-wide. Students also have access to Google Drive, Sheets, and Sites. You may access all of these tools through the UWL website Quicklinks by using your NetID and password at

 Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for Students   
Through Microsoft Office 365, students are able to download and install Office 365 applications such as Outlook, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more at no cost for up to 5 personal devices. To gain access, visit the site: https://portal.microsoftonline.comOnce you log in, click on the button that says “Install Office” which is located on the upper right of the page.

Software Purchases 
Students can purchase a variety of discounted software through WISC at

Social Media
 Like us on Facebook @UWLITS  

 Follow us on Twitter @EagleHelpDesk

Need online tech help? 
Check out our online KnowledgeBase (KB) site available 24x7 at

For more information go to: 

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Owner:Erin B.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2019-04-15 08:56 CDTUpdated:2019-06-11 13:53 CDT
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