E-Learning and Instructional Support

Kresge Library, Room 430
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Office: (248) 370-4566
Help: (248) 805-1625

Online Student Orientation

Welcome to the Online Student Orientation
With computer and online access so readily available to you, the advantages of technology in the learning process will become apparent as you encounter web-enhanced and fully online courses here at Oakland University. The positive side of online courses include the following:

  • Active learning allows you to fully participate and become involved with the course materials.
  • Direct communication with your professor allows for full faculty/student interaction.
  • Online "discussions" or forums enable you to read and comment on your colleagues' reports and postings.
  • The quick pace and instant feedback of chat sessions encourages brainstorming, excitement about the course subject matter, and friendships.
  • Learning from where you want gives greater flexibility to your schedule.

Technical Requirements
Technical requirements will be different from course to course, but in general, your computing device* should at least be able to perform all of the following common tasks:

  • Run the most current version of your preferred web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge)
  • Connect to the internet via a reliable connection
  • Run the most current versions of the Flash player, Java, and Adobe Acrobat PDF viewer

Some courses may have additional requirements such as:

  • Display videos such as those posted on YouTube without significant lag
  • Play audio files through speakers or headphones without significant lag
  • Broadcast audio via a microphone
  • Broadcast video via a webcam
  • View files created in other programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

*Note about devices: Properly configured Windows, Mac, and Linux desktop/laptop computers are able to run Oakland University's online course software without any problems. Tablets and smartphones, however, may have reduced functionality with some programs, such as live WebEx sessions. Please be aware that there may be some cases where you will need to use a desktop/laptop computer to access all the functionality of Oakland University's online course software.

Login Procedures
You will login to Moodle with your Oakland email and email password.

Step 1:
Activate your OU Accounts

Step 2: Logging into Moodle

Go to the following link:

Enter the first part of your Oakland email and password (e.g. if your email is clark@oakland.edu, your login ID would be clark).

You will see all of the courses you are registered for on your Moodle dashboard screen.

Student Support and Troubleshooting
If your instructor is using an e-pack from the textbook publisher, you may need an access code, which is usually bundled with your text or you may need to purchase the code online from the publisher. Your instructor will provide the details if your course uses an e-pack.

For any questions regarding your Grizzly ID, please contact the UTS Helpdesk: helpdesk@oakland.edu or by (248) 370-HELP (4357).

For assistance with Moodle, please visit the ELIS support portal.