Student Learning Portal
The Student Learning Portal is a gateway to information and links about the IT platforms we use here in TUS Midlands. Whether it's finding out about the teaching and learning platforms we use (Moodle, Zoom and Office 365) or accessing support when you have an IT issue, we hope that you will find the information here. Don't forget to check out the student discounts information too!
Student Guide to Assessments
All the information you need relating to end of semester assessments can be found on the Guide to Alternative Assessments - Student Guide - Subject & Study Guides at TUS (Athlone) Library (libguides.com). Make sure to check it regularly, so that you have the most up to date information.
Learning Support Hub on Moodle
You will find information about all the supports that TUS Midlands can offer to help you learn. Whether it's contact details for our Business, Maths or Science Tutors, links to the different support units in the institute or access to free certified Microsoft Training, to develop your skills, the Learning Support Hub has the most up to date and relevant information for you. Note: you will need to log in to Moodle to access the page, which is also visible from your dashboard.
IT support is available to TUS Midlands students on matters such as student passwords & multi-factor authentication (MFA) settings. Unfortunately IT support cannot be provided for issues that are related to your IT setup at home e.g. your laptop or your home Internet connection. IT assistance for non-home related issues can be requested by completing the Student Helpdesk form. Note, for students who have forgotten their passwords, if you have registered for MFA (most students have), it is possible to change your password yourself – see the guide at the bottom of this webpage entitled “What to do if you forget your password” – this is the quickest way to get back into your account.
Multi-Factor Authentication FAQs
Q1: What is MFA?
MFA stands for multi-factor authentication. It means a minimum of one form of protection on all accounts in TUS. The first form is a password. The second form we use in TUS is the Microsoft Authenticator app on a smart phone.
Q2: What if I don’t have a smart phone?
You will need to get one or use one owned by someone you trust, (however using a phone owned by someone else is extremely inconvenient).
Q3: How is MFA setup?
Every staff member and student is required to set it up on when they first login to their account. You need both a smartphone (with the Microsoft Authenticator app) AND a laptop or a computer to set up MFA, you can do it on smart phone alone as you have to scan a QR code displayed on a laptop or computer with your smartphone.
Q4: How do I get into my account if I lose my phone?
If your phone is the only phone that is registered with your account, you can’t access your account without raising a Helpdesk ticket to have your MFA reset. Once the Helpdesk has confirmed that your MFA has been reset, you will need access to another smart phone with the authenticator app and you will need to register this phone with your account to regain access to your account.
Q5: I’m changing phones. I have a new one and I still have the phone that is registered with my account, what do I need to do?
Any change to MFA settings (e.g. adding a second phone) requires MFA authentication to access the Add a new Phone page. So, if you have the phone that is registered to your account, you can add the new one, and then you can delete the old one – see the How-To screencast (i.e. a video) on how to do this – link below.
Q6: Can I register more than one phone to my account in case I lose mine?
Yes, but you should only add a phone if it is owned by someone you fully trust and you should turn off Authenticator notifications to this back-up phone to avoid them being a nuisance to the owner.
Q7: What is the direct link to the page where I can add a phone for MFA to my account?
https://aka.ms/mfasetup is the direct link. See instructional video for how to do this.
Video explaining How to register a phone for MFA (for initial setup or if your MFA has been reset by the Helpdesk)
Video explaining How to add a phone for MFA (if you already have a phone that is registered to your account)
Moodle: our virtual learning environment
Moodle is where you will find material for your classes, coursework and assessments.
You can also access information about student supports in our Student Learning Hub, as well as information about other supports in the TU such as our Student Resource Centre, our Counselling Service and our Library.
Zoom: our live, online teaching platform
To deliver our online classes we use the popular online meeting platform, Zoom, which allows us to provide engaging sessions using its many features. Your lecturers will share the links for your online class with you via Moodle or Email. All TUS students have their own Zoom account, so you can organise meetings for group projects, etc. You should access Zoom through your Office 365 account.
Microsoft Office 365: a suite of tools to help you learn
All our students have access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite of tools. These include MS Word, MS Powerpoint and MS Outlook, amongst others. You also have considerable storage facilities with MS OneDrive. TUS also offers registered students the opportunity to develop their skills in MS Office with free certified training. See link below to access this.