What Is Telesis and How Do I Use It?
Each of your University College courses has its own website. Through that website you can send papers to your instructor, review the syllabus or check the course calendar, see your grades, or engage in discussions with your classmates. Telesis (Tell-ah-sis) is the program that runs that course site.
Instructors do not have to use Telesis to help teach their courses, and yours may choose not to use Telesis, but an increasing number of them do.
If your instructor uses Telesis, to go there you may go to your WebSTAC page or, alternatively, type the URL: https://telesis.wustl.edu
TYPE THIS EXACTLY. The "s" means it's a secure site (so that no one else can see your grades!). And, DO NOT TYPE in "www". Telesis is NOT on the World Wide Web. It is a private, secure site for Washington University student and faculty use. No one but students enrolled in the course can see the course site, and only your instructor can see your papers and grades.
Then, if you are a new student, enter your six-digit student or faculty ID number (6 digits, same as your WebSTAC or WebFAC ID) and a password, same as your WebSTAC or WebFAC password, that should have been issued to you via postal mail when you registered for the course.* You will then be prompted to create another ID name and password of your choice.
For a Telesis overview and links to printable, simple helpsheets for students or faculty, click here.
*If you are a new student and have not received this password or don't remember it, you can reset it (as long as you have your six-digit ID) or you can come in person to the University College office, room 20, January Hall, and obtain a password on the spot.
What is Blackboard, and how do I use it?
Blackboard is a web-based course management system which may be used by any instructor currently teaching a course at Washington University. It is an alternative to Telesis, another online course management system used by some faculty. Your instructor will tell you which system she prefers.
Blackboard offers online access to a syllabus, course calendar, assignments and files, as well as online teaching and communication tools such as threaded discussion, email, chat, and file sharing. The site has a handy “Help” feature available on the home page after you have logged in.
To access Blackboard, click the following link: https://bb.wustl.edu
Then you must use your ID and Password to log in. If you have created a WUSTL Key ID, use that name and password. If you have not created a WUSTL Key ID, log in to the university system using your six-digit student ID number (also known as WebSTAC ID), and a password which should have been emailed to you when you registered for a course. You will then be prompted to create your own WUSTL Key.
If you do not have a password, or if you have forgotten it, go to the WebSTAC home page at https://acadinfo.wustl.edu/ and click the “Forgot your password?” link. The system will reset your password and email it to you within 24 hours.
Problems with Blackboard or Telesis? Contact Student Technology Services, at 314-935-7100 or at http://sts.wustl.edu/
What is WebSTAC? and How Do I Get In?
Through Washington University's WebSTAC site you can access your past and current student records. Click here to access WebSTAC. The full URL for the WebSTAC site is https://acadinfo.wustl.edu.
All student information is confidential and therefore password-protected. To access your own records on WebSTAC for the first time, use the 6-digit student ID and password originally assigned to you by University College (it arrives by postal mail). As you enter the Washington University computing system you will be prompted to create a personalized WUSTL Key name and password allowing entry into that site and many other specialized Washington University sites and services.
Some of the WebSTAC menu functions are publicly accessible, such as course listings and information, and do not require the use of a password.
Can't log in? Forgot a password? For further assistance, contact the Office of Student Records in the Women’s Building (314) 935-5959, during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How to Drop a Course and How to Change a Grade Option
If you find that you must drop a UC course, here is how. Click the "Courses & Registration" button above. Once you log in using your ID and your password, you will see a tab at the top called "My Schedule." Click there, select the semester, and you should see a "Drop" button appear. Click the "Drop" button and you are finished.
If you wish to drop a course that is designated "Shortcourse," please click here to print the form, complete it and fax it to University College at (314) 935-6744. Your drop will be processed on the date it is received. This form may be used to make other changes in your registration, i.e. drop a course, add a course or change your grade option.
How to Register for Courses
Click the link for a step-by-step guide on how to register. Thank you for choosing University College. For information, call (314) 935-6700, or toll-free 1-866-340-0723.
How Do I Use This Website?
One way to quickly find information you want is through our site map, a single webpage that links to all of University College's website pages, including our Academic Calendar, Financial Aid pages, and a list of printable application and scholarship forms. Choose what you want from the list that appears, and click on it.
Accessing the WU Wireless Network
Owners of wireless digital devices can have wireless (Wi-Fi) access to the Internet at the many "wireless hot spots" on the Washington University campus. For free guest access, click on the available network named GUESTWiFi-WUSTL. No authentication is required. The guest network is not secure. If you are an admitted, degree-seeking student you will have been issued a Washington University E-mail account. Your E-mail name and password will serve as authentication for secure wireless ("wi-fi") access.
For secure Wifi access you must have a Washington University E-mail account, obtained through University College.
Switch your computer on.
The next step is to make sure
- that you are in a campus "hot spot" that receives wireless service and
- your laptop has installed in it a 802.11b wireless network card. Newer laptops have this card already built in. If your laptop is older and doesn't have this card, the wireless network is not available.
- In Windows, launch your browser.
- If you see a Certificate box, accept it. Then you will be automatically directed to a Log-in page.
Wireless access is available at these Hilltop campus locations ("hot spots"):
- Holmes Lounge
- Bowles Plaza
- Mallinckrodt Dining Area
- Olin Library, All levels
- Most classrooms
- January Hall's East Asian Library
- Arts & Sciences Computing Center
- Lab Sciences Building
- School of Engineering
- McMillan Hall - 2nd floor AFAS area
- McMillan Hall 149
- Biology Library
- South Brookings
- Eads Hall
- Social Work Library
- Gaylord Music Library
- Ursa's Cafe & Patio
- Friedman Lounge
- South 40 Swamp
- Simon Hall
- Bixby Hall
- McMillan Hall - West hallways
- Compton/Crow - Physics Library
- McMillen Laboratory
- Danforth University Center
Log in like this:
Password: Your Washington University E-mail password
and then type in my Wash. U. E-mail password. (If you have forgotten your password, you cannot access the wireless connection until you have it.)
Now you can access your WU E-mail account and browse the Web
WANT A SECURE CONNECTION? It's called WUFI-S. Click here and follow the instructions. There's a download, and the installation (for XP) has 27 steps, but installation is not complicated and screenshots show you how. You can get a secure connection with an I-Phone, Mac, or Windows.
HAVING TROUBLE WITH THE LOG-IN? NOTICE: your wireless log-in ID name IS *NOT* YOUR WHOLE W.U. E-MAIL ADDRESS, it is ONLY the part of the address that comes BEFORE the symbol "@" ("at"). And after that, all you need to type in is "artsci". Please do not add "wustl.edu" -- it will not work. The reason you type "artsci" is that University College students access the WU wireless system through the "Artsci" (Arts and Sciences) Computing system.
Now you should be connected.
Have no laptop? Get on the Net at the many standard PC computers that can be found at Olin Library, or at the Arts & Sciences Computing Lab on the lower level of Eads Hall. The Arts & Sciences Computing Lab has 60 computers and is open until 12 midnight Mondays through Thursdays. To use the lab, you must show your Washington University ID card.
How Do I Access My WashU Email?
Go to this particular web page to enter your E-mail user name and password and get your email from your Washington University / University College E-mail account. If you don't have an E-mail login name and password -- it is NOT the same as the the user name and password you use for your WebSTAC account -- contact Artsci Computing using the above link.
How Do I Use the Library?
To search the Washington University Libraries for books, electronic resources, and journals, click here. To check out books, request books through Interlibrary Loan, or access databases, you must be an enrolled student, and enter your WUSTL Key name and password. On the Library Home Page are links to many different kinds of library services for students and faculty.
You can access the Washington University Libraries database from off-campus locations using your WUSTL Key and password. This is called "access by proxy". Click here.
There is one main library, called Olin Library, at the center of the Danforth Campus; there are also 8 smaller "subject libraries" on campus, such as the East Asian Library (in January Hall), or the Social Work Library (in Brown Hall). The main library catalog lists all the resources in every campus library. Most books are in Olin Library. The library catalog will tell you if you must visit a subject library to get your book or journal.
The Library Help Desk telephone number is (314) 935-5410. Don't hesitate to call! Olin Library librarians are available to help you begin your research.