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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 Remote Learning

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Office 365 software. The links below offer more information on the software available:

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


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. MyDesktop allows you to access College software without installing it on a personal computer. The following tutorials will teach you all about connecting at Algonquin College.

Proctored exams and tests will be conducted using Honorlock. This software runs through a Google Chrome Browser extension and you can access it through your Brightspace courses. If you have a proctored test or exam, follow these steps:

  1. Open your course in Brightspace and open the quiz from the Assessments tab.
  2. Follow the steps to add the browser extension.
  3. Click Launch Proctoring and complete the authentication process.
  4. Click to Begin to start your test/exam.

If you run into problems, Honorlock support is always available through online chat.

Watch How to use Honorlock for a demonstration.

To use Honorlock, you will require the following:

  • A working webcam
  • A microphone (built in microphones accepted)
  • A laptop or desktop computer
  • Google Chrome

Useful Links

Privacy Information:

Online Workshops

Drop-In Computer 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?

ACSIS Help

Visit the Registrar’s Office in Room C150 or contact them at:

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: