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Student Survival Guide

Video tutorials to help you get started using the software and online applications you'll need.

Getting Started Online

Algonquin College prides itself on being on the cutting edge of technology. All of your courses require you to be proficient in using College-wide interface systems. Be sure to view the videos in each section in order to get a well-rounded education on all of the Algonquin applications.

Getting Started with AC Technology

Algonquin College Student Information System (ACSIS) represents an online version of the Registrar’s Office. This interface is used to manage courses, view grades, access timetables, pay tuition and much more. You will need this information to log in to Brightspace, Live@AC, and the College Wi-Fi. Watch the video below to learn how to log in to ACSIS.

Finding your Student Email Address and Password - Video Transcript.

Useful Links

Algonquin College provides you with an e-mail account (Live@AC) designed to connect you with peers and faculty. This interface is the main communication tool used to connect and receive the majority of College wide activities related to your studies. Watch the video below to learn about your email.

Accessing your student email and Microsoft 365 Video Transcript.

Useful Links

Brightspace is a college wide interface where you will retrieve and submit assignments, view course content, participate in group discussions, manage and collaborate in group projects and receive other information from your instructors and peers. Watch the video below to learn how to log in and navigate Brightspace.

Getting Started with Brightspace - Video Transcript.

Useful Links

You can access your textbooks (print or eText) through Course Material Services. Visit their website to:

You’ll use Zoom to join your video classes with your professor and classmates. You can also use it to meet your peers for group meetings and more. Watch the video below to get started with Zoom.

Getting started with Zoom - Video Transcript.

Useful Links

Students in Bring Your Own Device BYOD programs and other programs that pay the IT fee have access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft 365 software. The links below offer more information on the software available:

Sign in to your email to access Microsoft 365 apps. Watch the video below to learn about the available apps and how they can help you.

Microsoft 365 Applications - Video Transcript.

These tools let you:

If you’re more used to using Google, you can also access collaboration tools like Google Docs, Sheets, and more. Click here for more help with Office 365 and Google.

Algonquin College provides Wi-Fi to all of its students, allowing you to connect your computer or mobile device to the Internet without any wires or cables. You can also connect wirelessly to any of the College’s printers from your laptop. Apps Anywhere allows you to access all the software you need to do your coursework anywhere, anytime using your Windows or Mac device.


Free Coaching

Coaching is provided by the Student Learning Centre (SLC), at no cost, to help students improve their skills. We offer support in Computers, Math, ESL, Writing and more! Check out the Coaching website for more information

Need Help?


Visit the Registrar’s Office in the Student Central (C Building, Lower Level, Ottawa Campus) or:

Email, Network Account, Wi-Fi, Brightspace Help, BYOD, Software and more.

Visit the online ITS Help Centre for support with technology.

Or visit the ITS Client Care group in Student Central (DARE District, Lower Level) or contact them at: