09/04/07
Introduction:
Ok, i threw this site together as a kind of FAQ to document the steps i had to take to get a lot of the basic steps of being a first time DeVry (NYC Campus) student up and running. On the first day of classes i found that teachers were expecting students to already have things like eCollege and DeVry Mail explored inside and out. I found that the reality is that a lot of students did not, for good reason... no one ever told us about any of it. I also discovered that a certain level of technical proficiency is required. For those without such, no real solution was offered. I searched through the DeVry sites and didn't find anything in their help files for some of these procedures... so without further ado.
09/04/07
Basics:
Here are the 3 most important links for new DeVry NYC students.
  • My DeVry (http://my.devry.edu):
    This is your first entry point into DeVry Online. From here you can do pretty much anything. You log in with your Student ID number (Dxxxxxxxx) and your password, the year/month you were born in (YYYYMM) format. Once logged in you can check Financial Aid, look at Class/Program Requirements, check your Bill, etc etc. My DeVry is your most critical resource collection, but one of the most important is the "My Classes" link, directly under the DeVry logo.

    My Classes Button

    When you click on "My Classes", it takes you to the 2nd most important site for DeVry NYC Students.

  • DeVry eLearning Platform (http://www.devryu.net):
    When you reach this site (either from the above link or from the "My Classes" link on My DeVry) you'll be prompted to log in. This site uses your Student ID number (Dxxxxxxxx) and a password. If this is your first time logging in, the password is the year/month you were born in (YYYYMM) format. After you log in the first time you'll be prompted to change your password to something more personal. Don't forget this password.

    Once you're logged in you'll be looking at the eLearning main page, but it won't say that anywhere. The most important part of this page is down at the bottom, the "Your Course List" section. In the lower half of this section you'll see links to your registered session classes.

    eLearning Page

    Clicking on these links takes you to the online interactive page for your class. From here you can look at your course syllabus, calendar, and other info. You can see objectives and assignments for each week of the course and all kinds of other info. Everything on the left is a link, click and explore. The 6 tabs at the top of the page are links too. You can view your grades (Gradebook), email your professor and classmates without having to log into an email client,like Hotmail or Outlook (eMail), Chat (Chat), view the documents and files being shared by the class (Doc Sharing), drop off documents for review (Dropbox) and view weblinks the professor has collected that are relevent to the class (Weblipgraphy). These are all important apsects of your course, the online component that will keep you connected and informed of what's going on in the class.

    Class Shell

    When you're all done, just click on "Exit Course" at the very bottom-left hand side of the screen to go back to you course list.

  • DeVry NYC (http://ny.devry.edu):
    This is the least known of the 3 sites. It's the local DeVry site for New York. When the above 2 sites don't have what you're looking for, there's a decent chance this site will. It has links to all kinds of resources like an online library, a campus directory, a quick link to student email, and all kinds of other info. There's no log in required. It's great site to bookmark if you can't find what you're looking for elsewhere.

    DeVry NYC

09/04/07
Advanced:
Here are 2 more advanced procedures for new DeVry students. Both concern the email address DeVry grants you when you start classes.
  • DeVry eMail:
    By default, every new student is given an email address. This address typically is (first initial)(last name)@my.devry.edu. For example, if your name was Frank Smith, your email address is [email protected] You access this email address through Windows Live Hotmail (http://mail.live.com). Some of you are familiar with Windows Live Mail, some are not. If this is your first time, head over to mail.live.com and follow the steps for setting up access to your new account. You can also access this page by the first link on your My DeVry page (see above) called "My Student Email". Your Live ID is the same as your email address (i.e. [email protected]) and your password is the year/month you were born in (YYYYMM) format. After you log in for the first time you will be automatically propted to create a new password. Don't forget this password. After that is done, you'll be asked to set up basic security for your email account. Once that is done, it will take you to your new inbox. Congrats, you now have a new DeVry email address. Windows Live Hotmail has some great options, feel free to explore.

    Windows Live Mail

  • DeVry eMail via Outlook:
    This is a very advanced walkthrough. If you're not familiar with Outlook or Outlook Connector, feel free to skip this. I added this documentation because it might be important to the people who now have to manage multiple email accounts, especially Hotmail accounts, now that we have to watch our new DeVry address.

    If you already check your Hotmail with Outlook, it means that you're familiar with Outlook Connector, the program that allows Outlook to view HTTP protocal mail like Hotmail. Outlook Connector includes @hotmail.com and @MSN.com extension automatically, but a problem can arrise when the email address uses the Hotmail client, but neither of these extensions, like the DeVry mail. This means you have to take extra steps to add your DeVry mail to your default Outlook Inbox. Those steps are as follows:

    1. Open Outlook.
    2. In the "Tools" menu, click "E-Mail Accounts.
    3. Click "Add a new email account" and click Next.
    4. Under "User Information", enter your name and your Windows Live Hotmail e-mail address [(first initial)(last name)@my.devry.edu].
    5. Under "Server Information", in the Incoming mail server (POP3) box, type pop3.live.com. Additionally, in the Outgoing mail server (SMTP) box, type smtp.live.com.
    6. Under Logon Information, in the User Name box, enter your full Windows Live Hotmail e-mail address. Additionally, in the Password box, enter the password for your Windows Live Hotmail e-mail address.

      Outlook Settings
    7. Make sure that the Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) check box is not selected.
    8. Click More settings.
    9. On the Outgoing Server tab, make sure that the "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" option is selected. If this option is not selected, select the "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication" check box, and then click the "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" option.

      Outlook Settings
    10. On the Advanced tab, under Server Port Numbers, in the Incoming server (POP3) box, type 995. In the Outgoing server (SMTP) box, type 25.
    11. Additionally, under both Incoming server (POP3) and Outgoing server (SMTP), select "This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL)" check boxes, and then click OK.

      Outlook Settings
    12. Click Next, and then click Finish.

      If everything goes to plan, you'll be able to click Send/Recieve and see the contents of your DeVry Mail Inbox. Make sure you send yourself a test email.

      Below you can see my Outlook Inbox, which is set up to now recieve my new DeVry eMail, my Hotmail, my POP3 Webmail, and my Helio mail. 4 accounts in 1 inbox.

      Inbox
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