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account setup instructions

Note: Due to enhancements from Microsoft, courses are now available in multiple languages. After creating your account (instructions below) and logging in, you will see a course list in multiple languages. To only see courses in English (or any other language), click the arrow next to “Language” and choose the desired language. Then, only courses in that language will display.

Microsoft e-Learning Course List

You may access Microsoft’s e-Learning program as part of Boston College’s license agreement with Microsoft. To verify that you are a member of the Boston College community and eligible to use the program, you must complete an initial setup process. You must be using Windows and Internet Explorer; the Microsoft e-Learning classes are not accessible on the Mac OS or with any other web browser.
I have already setup my account.

OBTAIN THE BOSTON COLLEGE ACCESS CODE

Obtain the Boston College access code. (BC sign-in required)
Do not share the code with any unauthorized users; this violates our license agreement with Microsoft.

REGISTER YOUR ACCESS CODE AND EMAIL ADDRESS WITH MICROSOFT (initial setup only)

1.) Open Internet Explorer.

2.) Go to: http://itacademy.microsoftelearning.com/

3.) Click on the link to "Enter Access Code" on the right side of the page.

4.) You will see the Access Code Redemption page (see Figure 1).

  • Click the Data Sharing Notice link to read it. Then, acknowledge that you have read and accepted the agreement by checking the box.
  • Enter the Boston College Access Code you obtained in step one. (The code is case sensitive.)
  • Enter your BC email address.
  • Click Enter.
Access code redemption

5.) On the next screen you are prompted to sign in using a valid Windows ID. You may already have an ID if you have a Hotmail account or have accessed other Microsoft services on the web.

If you don't have a Windows Live ID, you need to create one. Click the Sign up now button (see Figure 2).

Sign up now button for a Windows Live ID

6.) On the next screen you will be asked to complete a form:

  • Enter your first and last name.
  • Enter your email address.
  • Create and confirm a password. For security reasons, ITS strongly recommends that you do NOT use your BC password.
  • Enter your country/region.
  • Enter your zip code.
  • Enter your birth date.
  • Enter your gender.
  • Enter your country code and phone number.
  • Enter the characters depicted in the security picture.
  • Click Create account.

7.) Access the email account you specified. You should see a message from Microsoft. Open the message marked "Verify your email address".  Click on the link in the email message. We suggest that you save the message for future reference.

8.) You will be directed to another webpage. Click OK.

9.) Next you will be asked to submit Profile information. If you wish to submit this information, you may do so. If not, you can also click cancel and it will not affect your registration.

10.) After you click Submit or Cancel, you will be brought back to the Access Code Redemption Page. Do not re-enter the access code information or your email address. Instead, go to www.onlinelearning.microsoft.com.

11.) Click Sign In, select "Microsoft Account". A pop-up may appear that says, "If you have an access code, click here to redeem it." Click this and enter the Access Code from step 1 along with your BC email. If there is no pop up, just enter the Access Code from step 1 along with your BC email.

12.) Read the terms of use and the privacy and cookies statement, then check "I Accept" and Continue.

13.) Fill out the profile information and you will be brought to the Online Learning home page.

14.) Click the Browse Courses link to view/search a list of available courses. Click on a course title to view the offering.

15.) Click Add while on the Browse Courses page to begin a course. You have 12 months from the time of launch to finish that course.

To access your course(s) at any subsequent time, please follow these steps:

1.) Go to: onlinelearning.microsoft.com
Note: You may want to add this URL to your bookmarks.

2.)Click the Sign In button on the right side of the page. Select "Microsoft Account".

3.) Sign in to Windows Live using your Windows ID and password.

4.) Click the Browse Courses link to view/search a list of available courses. Click on a course title to view the offering.

5.) Click Add while on the Browse Courses page to begin a course. You have 12 months from the time of launch to finish that course.