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Technology infrastructure maintenance may impact remote computer access

Information Technology Services will be conducting maintenance on SAIT’s technology infrastructure Tuesday, July 13 through Thursday, July 15. This maintenance may impact some end users who access on-campus computers remotely.

If you have issues accessing your remote computer(s) during or after this period, please restart your computer. Contact the ITS Service Desk at ITS.Support@sait.ca if you continue to experience problems after restarting your computer.

Brightspace (D2L)

Brightspace (D2L) is an online portal that connects you with course content and resources. You can track your course grades, access assignments and lots more — it's your classroom online.

Username: SAIT ID with leading zeros (000123456)
Default password: birthdate, DDMMYY

⚙️ Your Brightspace password is the same as your mySAIT password. If you change your password for one, you change your password for the other as well. Always change your password from the default after you log in the first time.

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Access Brightspace help online through Brightspace Community. Use the “End User Support” widget within Brightspace to live chat or email for technical support.

Go to Brightspace

Supported browsers

You can access Brightspace (D2L) from a desktop computer, tablet or mobile device:

  • Desktop — the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Apple Safari
  • Tablet or mobile device — current version of iOS with the latest version of Chrome or Safari or Android 5.0 + OS with the latest version of Chrome
  • Internet Explorer is no longer supported by Brightspace (D2L)

Take a video tour of Brightspace

Microsoft Office 365

All students have access to Microsoft Office 365 products.

Email address: firstname.lastname@edu.sait.ca
Default password: birthdate, YYMMDD

⚙️ Your Office 365 password is the same as your SAIT email password. This is also the password you use to log in to a SAIT computer and SAIT wireless. If you change your password for one, you change your password for the others as well. Always change your password from the default after you log in the first time.

If you’re having access issues after installation, your course/program may have online-only licensing for Microsoft products.

Go to Office 365

Install Office 365

  1. Go to login.microsoftonline.com.
  2. On a new page, click Use Another Account option if there is another email listed that is not your email address. If not, enter your SAIT email address on the right-hand side of the page.
  3. Your username is firstname.lastname@edu.sait.ca
  4. Enter your SAIT computer login password, this is by default your birthdate in the format YYMMDD.
  5. Click the Sign In button
  6. On the welcome page, you’ll see a list of apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  7. Click on the app to use it or click the Install Office Apps button on the right of the screen.
  8. If you’re having issues after installation, your course/program may have online-only licensing for Microsoft products.

Microsoft Teams

Connect with your classmates and instructors using Microsoft Teams. Teams is a collaboration and communication software. You can access Teams through Microsoft Office 365.

Email address: firstname.lastname@edu.sait.ca
Default password: birthdate, YYMMDD

⚙️ Your Office 365 password is the same as your SAIT email password. This is also the password you use to log in to a SAIT computer and SAIT wireless. If you change your password for one, you change your password for the others as well. Always change your password from the default after you log in the first time.

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Go to Office 365

Take a video tour of Microsoft Teams

Remote computer lab access

If you need to connect to computers located in on-campus labs to access specialty software, use the below guides to get set-up.

How to remotely connect to a Windows computer lab at SAIT:

How to remotely connect to a Mac computer lab at SAIT:

If you've already completed your VPN set-up, you can go directly to the link below to select a lab and computer. 

Remote computer access

Online proctoring software and exams

A proctor monitors students during exams to maintain the quality and integrity of the program, ensure fairness for all students, and deliver on our commitment to industry, regulatory bodies and the community. Online proctoring software is used for exams and assessments completed remotely.

Assessments are necessary in evaluating course outcomes, and sometimes exams are required. SAIT is committed to selecting assessments that are appropriate for the learning material. Instructors may make modifications to assessments when possible to support students during the exam or reduce online exams, including:

  • hosting a Zoom session in case students have questions or run problems
  • office hours for students to review their assessments
  • open-book exam portions
  • integrate graded labs into lessons as learning activities
  • convert exams into scenario-based assignments
  • replace a portion of the exam with a video assignment
  • change the rubric and course grade weighting to put less emphasis on exams

Review this  checklist for online exams before you start to make sure you’re ready.

If you have concerns, reach out to your instructor or academic chair for support.

LinkedIn Learning

As a SAIT student, you have free access to thousands of online courses and tutorials led by industry experts through LinkedIn Learning.

Use LinkedIn Learning to:

  • dive deeper into your area of study
  • brush up on everyday skills like creative thinking and project management
  • explore a topic that excites you — from 3D animation to entrepreneurship!

Activate your LinkedIn Learning account

Specialty software

AutoCAD - School of Construction

Students enrolled in an eLearning program in the School of Construction can borrow an AutoCAD license.

Borrow an AutoCAD license

  1. Connect your SAIT laptop to the campus network.
  2. Start AutoCAD and type the borrowlicense command.
  3. In the Borrow a License window, choose a return date.
  4. Click Borrow License.
  5. Click Close.

Accessibility tools

Tools such as recorders and readers can help make technology more accessible. For example, ReadSpeaker is a text-to-speech reading tool embedded in Brightspace. ReadSpeaker is available to all SAIT students, though it’s particularly useful for anyone with difficulty reading print. 

Accessibility Services helps reduce barriers to learning at SAIT in the classroom and online. Enhance your online learning experience with these and other accessibility tools. Contact an Accessibility Advisor to learn more.

Text to speech software

Speech to text software

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