Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to log onto one website and get access to the University information you need. Well, this is now a reality with the implementation of WestConnduit, WestConn’s campus-wide portal.
As part of an ongoing effort to consolidate information sources and make information more easily accessible, the University has launched its newest phase, WestConnduit, powered by Luminis. The Luminis platform combines portal features, infrastructure, and enterprise applications (Banner) that enable institutions to provide consolidated and customized Web access to campus information. And it is being used at over 250 colleges and universities.
No new information is necessary to log into WestConnduit. Just follow these four easy steps:
- Open a Web browser and go to westconnduit.wcsu.edu. (Use the Supported web browsers link to learn what Web browsers are supported by WestConnduit).
- Your username is the same as your WestConn username (Windows username). (ex: jones013)
- Your password is the same as your WestConn password (Windows password).
- Click the Login button.
It’s as easy as that. And if you’ve forgotten your WestConn password, you can reset it right there by clicking on the Reset your password link. If however, you do not have a Windows username or cannot remember what it is, you will need to visit a staffed computer center for assistance:
- Campus Center Computer Center (Westside Campus Center, 2nd floor)
- Midtown Computer Center (Ruth Haas Library, main level)
- Student Technology Training Center (Student Center, Room 225)
- Westside Computer Center (Westside Classroom Building, Room 117)
WestConnduit allows for a more streamlined approach to retrieving information without having to authenticate multiple times into various campus systems. For example, WestConnduit is fully integrated with Banner Student Services enabling the portal to deliver highly personalized information, Web services, and community interaction to University members. Once students log into WestConnduit, they will have automatic access to their Banner information, allowing them to access their class schedule, grades, and unofficial transcript; conduct a degree audit; check their Financial Aid information; Register online, plus much more. Students and faculty also have immediate access to their Blackboard courses without logging in separately. In the future, the portal will even link directly to a student’s University e-mail account without separate authentication. The portal enables the University community to communicate more effectively with students, faculty, and staff.
It gets even better because institutions can personalize portal content to the role, interests, and needs of individual end users. University members, along with receiving campus-wide announcements, can receive personalized announcements based on their role (faculty, student, music major, etc). Personal announcements allow the University to more accurately target specific audiences with individualized services, support, and information rather than clutter e-mail inboxes with information not pertinent to everyone. In the near future, WestConnduit will enable students to set up or join groups based on special interest (Debate Society, Chemistry club, etc.). The Group Studio allows group leaders and members to post information and partake in discussions specific to the group.
And to top it off, WestConnduit allows users to customize their online environment, including content and layout formats that allow constituents to turn almost any Web-based information or application into an information “channel”. All University members can subscribe to available channels which interest them (CNN World News, Word of the Day, WebCT Support, My Headlines, etc.). And if you would like to see a channel implemented that currently is not, feedback is not only welcome, but encouraged. The University is always looking for suggestions on ways to improve the WestConnduit experience. To send a suggestion or comment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. WestConnduit is an integral part of the University’s plan to consolidate information and we count on feedback from the entire University community to accomplish this goal.