Welcome to the NU College of Education & Human Services Online Support Portal
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies is pleased to provide you with online resources to supplement our "face-to-face" services for current, new and prospective students who are enrolled in online programs or taking individual courses online. To begin, log in the Welcome Portal, fill out the required forms and register for orientation. Information is available below to provide you with links to services, forms and other helpful materials to facilitate your experience in online learning at Niagara.
Additionally, students may email or call advisors to set up appointments to discuss their academic plans in greater detail. Contact information for advisors can be found on individual program pages. You may also contact the Office of Graduate Education & Counseling for further assistance:
Activating Purple Pass
For further assistance, follow the steps in this short video tutorial to activate your PurplePass account.
*Activating your PurplePass is a one-time action to activate your student number and generate a password. This allows students to use one username (s + 7-digit student number) and password for all of the online systems and services listed below.
Edit your Profile
To be able to register for courses, students will need to log onto their myNU account and edit their profile. This must be done each semester before registering for courses.
- Log into myNU
- Enter username. Username is a lowercase “s” followed by your 7-digit student number (Ex. s0056789)
- Enter Password. To get an initial password, all students must first activate their PurplePass. At NU, one username and password allows you access to all of our Systems. We call it the PurplePass. Your PurplePass username will be a lower case “s” followed by your 7-digit student number (for example, s0123456). Once activated, you’ll be given a random password. Please Change Your Password as soon as possible through the Change Password link in myNU. (Forgot your Password?)
- You should now be logged into your account. Click on the Edit Your Profile Box and update your profile (check over the data and make necessary corrections).
- Click the submit button on the bottom of the page
For extra assistance, follow the steps in this short video tutorial to edit your profile.
**It will take at least 20 minutes to update your profile in the system before you are able to register**
Students can view the course offerings for each semester before registering for classes.
In the middle of your MyNU home page, under the "My Courses" heading you will find the courses you are registered for organized by semester, as well as a link to access all required textbooks and materials for your courses.
Students will be able to look up their required books through our campus bookstore. The ISBN number(s) can also be gathered from this site if students wish to purchase thier books elsewhere.
For further assistance, follow the steps in this short video tutorial to look up your required course books.
MyNU email can be accessed through the links at the top of your MyNU home page. You will want to check your myNU email account frequently. All communication with professors and the university will take place through this email account
For further assistance, follow the steps in this short video tutorial to access your MyNU email.
The Niagara University Library can be accessed online through the links at the top of your MyNU home page. Through this site, you can look for articles, books, and e-books to find the information you need.
For further assistance, follow the steps in this short video tutorial to access the NU library webpage.
Faculty and Peers
Canvas / Blackboard
Niagara University recently transitioned from Blackboard to a new learning management system called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly online environment that connects instructors and students both in and out of the classroom. Canvas is used for managing enrollments, sharing documents, submitting assignments, assigning grades, as well as personalized features for individual students. Students should check their Canvas account frequently. All online and hybrid courses will take place through this site.
*Each professor reserves the right to set up their course in the manner they feel is most effective. It is in students' best interest to become familiar with how each of their courses is set up through Canvas.
Financial Records/Statements, Payments, Grades, Transcripts
Follow the steps in this short video tutorial to access your financial records/statements, make payments on your account, view your final grades by semester, and access your transcripts.
WebAdvisor Course Registration:
- Go to WebAdvisor
- Click on Login
- Enter username and password, which is the same as your myNU (PurplePass) login
- Click on Students
- Click on Register for Classes
- Click on Express Registration
- To register, follow the directions on the screen
- Once you have entered your classes click Submit (Click Submit only one time or you may have to log into Web Advisor again). On the “Preferred Sections” screen, under “Action” choose Register for each class then click Submit again.
At the bottom of the page, click on My Schedule, then select the appropriate semester and submit. Your schedule for the semester will appear.
- Print your schedule. You should always print your schedule upon completion of the registration process to serve as your verification. Log out when finished!
WebAdvisor is designed to supply students with personal and financial information. You will be able to access WebAdvisor through a link on the top right hand side of your MyNU home page. From here, "students" should be selected and then "log-in" should be selected. You can access your WebAdvisor account with your MyNU log-in information. You can navigate the site and make payments online, view and make decisions regarding financial aid/scholarship packages, register for classes, request transcripts, access final grades, access program evaluations, etc.
Quick Start Guide
The Quick Start Guide will aid students in the formatting of their Chalk & Wire e-portfolio.
Chalk & Wire Purchasing
Follow the steps in this short video tutorial to purchase your Chalk & Wire account.
Chalk & Wire Pricing
Chalk & Wire Pricing - It is recommended that students purchase a term that will carry them through the compleation of their program.
Chalk & Wire Grades
Follow the steps in this short video tutorial to check your grades on your Chalk & Wire account.
Chalk & Wire Portfolio Creation
Follow the steps in this short video tutorial to set up your Chalk & Wire portfolios.
Chalk & Wire Uploading
Follow the steps in this short video tutorial to upload material to your Chalk & Wire portfolios.
Chalk & Wire is a web based e-portfolio system required for all students in the College of Education. Using Chalk & Wire, our candidates can build an unlimited number of showcase or career-search portfolios while they are in school and long afterward. Their portfolios can demonstrate a single skill or multiple skills. They can showcase a collection of artifacts that reveal a variety of accomplishments, as well as display how they have fulfilled assignments. They can also reveal their reflections on assessments and benchmark performance tasks required throughout their academic and working careers.
The New York State Department of Education and the National Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE) now require all accredited programs to document individual candidate performance based on state and national standards. Chalk & Wire e-portfolio will document the candidate's performance on course assignments aligned with these standards. These assignments should be identified in the course syllabus.
Chalk & Wire interfaces with Blackboard. Candidates must log in to Blackboard to access the Chalk & Wire e-portfolio link on the main menu of Blackboard. When a candidate submits an assignment in a course through the e-portfolio, Chalk & Wire will notify the instructor that the assignment is ready to be assessed. The instructor will asses the assignment using the program rubric. At the end of the program, candidates will have a complete portfolio of key assignments that document their professional growth.
Locating NU Policies on the Web
Students must have:
- Access to a computer with Microsoft Office: including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office: including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Internet access.
- Adobe Reader (most recent version).
New Graduate Student Orientation