Online Student - Getting Started

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Step 1 Meeting Computing Access and Technology Requirements

As a student of an online course you are required to have regular access to a computer that meets the minimum recommended requirements standard to all students. You will also need reliable internet access. It is required that the internet connection you use is high speed. For full compatibility, the use of Microsoft Office is also recommended to online students.

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Step 2 Activate your MCLANET User Account

You will be required to have a User ID and password to login to your online class.
If you have already activated your account but have forgotten your password. Please visit the 'Manage Your Account' section.
The MCLANET ID and password is also used for such services as campus computer access, wireless network access and email.

Obtaining and activating an MCLANET User ID and password is easy to do online.


  • Note: You will need your Student ID number prior to activating your account. This is your 'A' number.

Step 3 Read MCLA Policies

Get familiar with the user policies that you agreed upon during this MCLANET account activation.


Step 4 - Login To MCLA's Single Sign-On Portal Site (Email)

MCLA uses an online communication portal that is integrated with Office 365. Every student should be checking Office 365 Email. Once you have activated your MCLANET account, you can use it to login to:

Click on 'Mail' located on the left side navigation area on MCLA's portal site.


Step 5 - Activate your Banner Account

Log on to Banner to review your schedule, financial aid and transcript information.
Note: To login to Banner, you are required to have a valid Banner ID (A number). If you are logging in for the first time, you must enter your Banner ID with a capital 'A'. Enter your birth date (MMDDYY format) as the PIN number. You will then be asked to set a new 6 digit PIN number of your choice.


Step 6 Canvas Learning Management System

As an online student all course information, course materials, distribution and submission of assignments, in general, are found on our official learning management system which is Canvas. For more information on Canvas, see our informational page located on this site.

You will need your MCLANET User ID and password that you obtained in Step 2 to log on.

  • Note: In some cases Canvas user access will not be open untill the first day the class starts.
  • Also Note: It will take up to 1 hour after you have created your account to access Canvas.

Step 7 Be familiar with other resources available to you

Online resources available from off-campus:

  • TechHelp: Browse around on our help website for more information about our technology services at MCLA.

On-Campus resources available:

  • MCLANET Wireless Network: MCLA has a wireless network that covers all classrooms, offices, public areas and some various open spaces on the main campus.
  • MCLA Computer HelpDesk: The Computer Helpdesk provides technical support for the campus community. This includes support for wireless network, MCLANET User ID and password problems, and full repair support for laptops purchased through the MCLA Laptop Initiative program.




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