Getting Online

Getting Online

Once you are registered, you will receive a University email account.  We will always use this email address for any messages we send during the academic year, so it is essential to check your university email account daily.

Once you have your University email account set up you can access a range of software, including Microsoft Word for writing essays and PowerPoint for presenting your project work. Many students also have access to specialist software, including Adobe Design products such as Photoshop and InDesign as they are important to their practical work.

Students based in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street will find IT details here.

If you’re studying in Blanchardstown, you can find out how to get online here.

Tallaght students can find all the information they need to know about IT on their campus here.

Once you register, you will be able to purchase computer hardware and software at discounted rates through the HEANet Store. You will find a guide to making a purchase from the store TU Dublin HEAnet Student Laptop Offer Guide

During semester one, some of your lectures will take place online. Students based in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street will attend their online classes on Brightspace, while students in Blanchardstown and Tallaght will use Moodle. We refer to Brightspace and Moodle as the Virtual Learning Environment or the VLE

To access Brightspace and Moodle, you will need a computer with a broadband internet connection. Other minimum requirements are:

For further advice on system setup for Brightspace, see here; for Bongo Virtual Classroom, visit here.

For further advice on system setup for Moodle, see here; for Adobe Connect, visit here.

eduroam is a secure, global roaming access service developed for the international research and education community and is available in Universities worldwide including TU Dublin.  To find out more about eduroam, check out their promotional video.

Wi-Fi (eduroam) in TU Dublin

eduroam is a secure, global roaming Wi-Fi access service developed for the international research and education community. eduroam lets you access Wi-Fi quickly from your laptop and mobile devices at other eduroam sites by authenticating against a server hosted at your own institution.

TU Dublin is a fully-enabled eduroam participant. Students and staff of TU Dublin can use the eduroam Wi-Fi service when visiting participating sites and vice versa, eduroam visitors can access the eduroam service provided by TU Dublin.

How to Connect

  • Download the TU Dublin eduroam installer (known as the CAT tool) from https://cat.eduroam.org,
  • Select the option 'student profile'
  • Install the profile (certificate and configuration settings) on your device
  • Login using your email address and password
  • Note, each time you update your password you must reinstall the CAT tool

For more information about connecting to Wi-Fi, including YouTube guides for Windows, Android and Apple devices, please visit our Wi-Fi page here.

When teaching begins in semester one, some of your lectures will take place in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and your lecturers will also share with you notes, reading lists and assignments via this virtual learning environment.  Students based in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street will attend their online classes on Brightspace while students in Blanchardstown and Tallaght will attend their online classes on Moodle

Getting started on Brightspace for students based in Grangegorman, Aungier Street and Bolton Street

To access specific Brightspace modules, you will need to self-enrol using the Discover tool. During class, your lecturers will give you the details you need for this (the module code, the module name and the lecturer's name).

How to log in to Brightspace

  • Log into Brightspace here
  • Username: Your student number
  • Password: Your standard TU Dublin password
  • Login problems? Contact IT Support at itsupport.city@tudublin.ie

How to self-enrol on your Brightspace modules

  • Get the module code & name from your lecturer (this will usually be given to you during class)
  • Watch the video: How to Self-Enrol on your Brightspace Modules
  • Log into Brightspace and self-enrol on your module
  • Can't find your module? Check with your lecturer if it has been made available for self-enrolment

Bitesized Brightspace 

The following resources will help you get started in Brightspace:

Remember! You need to self-enrol on most modules by following the instructions below. If you can't see a module in Discover the first person you should check with is your lecturer as it is up to individual lecturers when they make their modules available for self-enrollment.

If your lecturer cannot help you with a problem in Brightspace, you can report it to itsupport.city@tudublin.ie

Getting started on Moodle for students based in Blanchardstown and Tallaght

Moodle is another type of Virtual Learning Environment or as Moodle call it a Learning Management System (LMS). Students are enrolled on individual LMS courses for each module they are currently studying. Lecturers use the courses to communicate with students and provide course materials such as presentations, case studies, and links to further reading and external resources.

Your written assessments submitted on Moodle can be checked for plagiarism and quizzes are often used to assess basic subject knowledge. You will also receive your grades via the Moodle LMS to comply with GDPR requirements.

For access to Moodle

For access to Moodle, Tallaght students should use this link https://elearning-ta.tudublin.ie while those in Blanchardstown can visit the LMS here https://vle-bn.tudublin.ie/ 

How to log in to Moodle for students based on the Blanchardstown Campus

  • Log into Moodle here
  • Select: TU Dublin Staff and Students
  • Username: Your TU Dublin email address
  • Password: Your standard TU Dublin password
  • Login problems? Contact IT Support at itsupport.Blanchardstown@tudublin.ie

How to log in to Moodle for students based on the Tallaght Campus 

  • Log into Moodle here
  • Select: TU Dublin Staff and Students
  • Username: Your TU Dublin email address
  • Password: Your standard TU Dublin password
  • Login problems? Contact IT Support at itsupport.tallaght@tudublin.ie

Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite

TU Dublin uses the Microsoft Office 365 suite of products, including Outlook, OneDrive and Teams. 

To get you started, you will need to access your Microsoft Outlook account, so we've created a short video to help get you logged on: 

Of course, you will also be using Teams and OneDrive

Microsoft Teams is a communication platform that you can use to videoconference with your classmates and share work for easy collaboration. We've created a Student Guide on Logging Into Teams and Student Guide for Joining Teams Meetings to help get you started. 

Microsoft OneDrive is an internet-based storage platform that will allow you to store your college work in the cloud and to collaborate with your classmates on projects easily.  You can find out how to use it with our OneDrive User Guide.

TU Dublin Branded Templates

We've also created a selection of templates that you can use as backdrops to your Teams video calls and for your PowerPoint presentations: 

You can access our step by step guide on how to add a backdrop to your video call on Teams here.