As a Sandwell College student you are automatically given a College email account.
Your email address is collegeIDnumber@sandwellcollege.ac.uk
The username and password are the same ones that you have been given to log in to the college computers.
The college email address is the only one that members of staff will use to contact you. You will need to check it regularly to keep up to date with events that are going on in college. You will receive messages from your lecturer/department, the Virtual College and Library systems as well as offers and trips from the Students' Union.
Many companies require you to register using an email ending in .ac.uk. as proof that you are a student to qualify for discounts or special educational deals.
To get straight to your college email address from home visit http://webmail.sandwell.ac.uk
The College is currently testing a PC Booking system called MyPC which will be shortly rolled out to the whole college.
You will be able to check on the availability of any of the computers within the Learning Bases and reserve a computer if required.
You will also be able to walk up to a computer and see if there are any upcoming reservations. If there are not then when you log in that computer will be reserved for you for the next hour. You can increase this to a total of two hours, after which time you will be logged out and expected to take a break.
From a college computer, when you press print your work gets pushed into a remotely held queue. When you subsequently go to one of the multi-function printers you can release any queued work.
Work sent to Follow Me Printer is printed in black & white and is charged at 2p per side of A4 paper.
Work sent to Follow Me Colour Printer is printed in full colour, charged at 12p per side of A4 paper and can only be released from the printer located in the Upper Ground Learning Centre.
On the multi-function printers you are also able to photocopy documents and scan. Scanned documents are sent to your College email account.
Through the Print Manager website you can review your printing and manage your print queue.
In the Print Manager site is an option called Web Print which allows you to add documents to the print queue. Using this facility you can add work from your home computer or laptop so that you can go straight to a printer in college to release them.
A stored credit system is used to pay for all purchases within the College, your ID Card holds your account details. The stored credit is used to purchase food and drink from the retail outlets, pay for printing and stationery from the Learning Centres.
There are two top up machines located within the college that can be used to add credit to your ID Card. Simply hold your ID Card against the sensor on the front of the machine and follow the on screen instructions. The Top Up machines accept notes and coins.
The Web Top Up site provides a means of reviewing your spending and adding money to your account through credit or debit cards. Please make sure that you are using a secure and trusted computer before entering your details into any website!
If you lose your ID Card please report it immediately so it can be blocked and your stored credit can not be used.
In college we provide you with a "H: Drive" to save your work to so that it is automatically backed up. The "My Documents" option on college computers is actually your "H: Drive".
The Net Storage web site provides you with access to your files located on the "H: Drive" from home. Through the interface you are able to view files and add new ones. You are also able to "check out" documents to work on and then check them back in when you have finished.
Should you ever accidentally delete some work from your "H: Drive" then speak to a member of the Learning Centre team and they can arrange for lost work to be 'undeleted' or retrieved from a nightly backup
The College Learning Centres have an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) which allows you to manage your library account online. You can use the OPAC to search through the library inventory, make reservations, check your loan due dates and also renew books that you currently have.
If you do not wish to use the OPAC system you can ask a member of staff on the Learning Centre desks to help locate books or make reservations for you. You can also renew books even if you do not have them with you
Your lecturer will be able to provide you with details of which books will best support your learning.
The eLibrary provides access to a large number of electronic textbooks covering many subject areas.
By logging in to the eLibrary website you are able to create your own virtual "bookshelf" to provide you with quick access to books that you regularly use.
There are apps available for Apple and Android devices which allow you download a copy of a book to your phone or tablet.
Your lecturer will be able to provide you with details of which e-books will best support your learning.