Western Identity and OWL Course Information

You must first set up your Western Identity to obtain a secure login - user ID and password. You will use this secure login to access your AQ course in OWL and other secured Western University sites.

*Please Note: The Western student number and secure user ID and password are your official Western University Identification. This Western Identity login is different from the login used to access your registration profile in the Western Professional Education AQ Student Portal. Login to the Portal uses your registration username (your email address) and selected password.

WESTERN IDENTITY

  • Your Western Identity is your UWO secure User ID and Password.
  • Required for login to your AQ course in OWL, Western's Learning Management platform
  • Your key to accessing central services at Western (tax receipts, grades, statement of account, updates to personal information including name, address, phone/email)
  • If you are a previous Western Student or have taken an AQ with Western before, and already have a secured login and password you are not required to set up your Identity again. Please see steps below if you have forgotten your login information.

Activating your Western Identity

Trying to Access your Course?

Have you previously completed an AQ or Braille Certificate course, taken an undergraduate or graduate course with Western or previously applied to the University?

NO

Follow these steps to retrieve your Western Student number and Access code required to activate your Western Identity.

  • Obtain nine-digit (9) Western Student Number, at Western Professional Education
    • Western student number is found under My Profile tab> Associations> Western Student Number (Certification/Licence Number). [note: number beginning with an "X" is not your Western Student Number].
  • Obtain access code, go to: Student Services.
    • Submit OCT#, Western Student number (ID), Birthdate
  • Next, go to Western Identity Manager
    • Enter Western Student number in the ID Number field and access code (obtained from steps above)
    • Accept the Acceptable Use Agreement
    • Set security answers
    • Set Password
    • Activate
      • Record your assigned ‘User ID’ *A confirmation page will appear upon completion of password reset. Please ensure to record BOTH your User ID and password
  • Login will activate within 24 - 48 hours.
  • Retain your USER ID and password for future use.

YES

  • Students can use their existing Western login ID and password.
  • Forgot Username and/or password? Follow these steps:
  • Obtain access code, go to Student Services.
    • Submit OCT#, Western Student number (ID), Birthdate

Forgot your student number?

  • Obtain nine-digit (9) Western Student Number, at Western Professional Education
    • Western student number is found under My Profile tab> Associations> Western Student Number (Certification/Licence Number). [note: number beginning with an "X" is not your Western Student Number].
    • Next go to, Western Identity Manager Password Reset
    • Enter your Western Student number and access code
    • Set security answers
    • New password
    • Set password
  • Record your assigned ‘User ID’. *A confirmation page will appear upon completion of password reset. Please ensure to record BOTH your User ID and password
  • Your login will activate within 24 hours.
  • Retain your USER ID and password for grades, transcripts and official tax receipt access and future use.

NOT SURE?

  • Obtain nine-digit (9) Western Student Number, at Western Professional Education
    • Western student number is found under My Profile tab> Associations> Western Student Number (Certification/Licence Number). [note: number beginning with an "X" is not your Western Student Number].
  • Obtain access code, go to Student Services.
    • Submit OCT#, Western Student number (ID), Birthdate
  • Next, go to Western Identity Manager
    • Enter Western Student number and access code (obtained from steps above)
    • If you get an error message see below. If not, continue:
    • Accept the Acceptable Use Agreement
    • Set security answers
    • Set Password
    • Activate
      • Record your assigned ‘User ID’ *A confirmation page will appear upon completion of password reset. Please ensure to record BOTH your User ID and password
  • If you get an error message Reset Your Password then continue with the steps below.
    • Enter your Western Student number and access code
    • Set security answers
    • New password
    • Set password
  • Record your assigned ‘User ID’. *A confirmation page will appear upon completion of password reset. Please ensure to record BOTH your User ID and password
  • Your login will activate within 24 hours.
  • Retain your USER ID and password for grades, transcripts and official tax receipt access and future use.

Important: Your user ID and password are secure and cannot be provided by our office – if the login is misplaced, you will need to follow the steps above or contact Western Technology Services for assistance

Please keep your login safe and secure, as you will need it to access the Student Centre where you view final grades, order transcripts, and obtain official tax receipts.

Expectations and Evaluation

Courses are 125 hours in total, as required by the Ontario College of Teachers. They include 100 hours of online time where you will be participating in the discussion forums and working in groups on a collaborative inquiry project. The remaining 25 hours are allocated to readings and assignments or tasks. In the Summer this represents approximately 30-40 hours per week.

Western AQ courses are asynchronous. Our online courses are NOT “live”. All participation in the Forums is through posting. You can be online at any time of the day/night; however you MUST be online regularly and consistently to be successful in the course. During the Summer course, we expect you to be online and actively participating every day. This will be crucial for you to remain on top of the course and to complete all of the expectations in the required timeframe. You must participate and successfully complete EACH component of the course in order to pass.

 

Finding Your Online Course

* You will not have access to your course on the online learning platform OWL before the official start date.

Following is an overview on navigating through OWL.

Log in to OWL with your Western Identity user ID and password. Once logged in, you will be on the OWL landing page below.

Your course will activate online on its start date, at which time it will appear across the top with the course code. You can also go to your course by clicking on More Sites.

snapshot of what you will see when you login to owl

When you click on your course tab, or find your course under More Sites, you will see a variety of tabs on the left hand side. Please access each of these tabs to view information for your course.

Ensure to access your course syllabus within the Course Information tab to access important information including Western’s policies (i.e. medical and plagiarism), evaluation and rubrics, assignment and discussion expectations, etc.

Web Browser

The course site works best with Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser. Please note: ASPIRE courses are not designed to be accessed from a phone. Tablet, laptop or desktop will be required.

Depending on the web browser you are using, you may need to change your security settings to enable mixed or unsafe content and/or always allow pop ups in order to be able to view links within the course.

Navigation of the Course Site

It is important to use the “Back”, “Next”, “Return to Lesson” and “Refresh” buttons within the course site. Please do not use the back button on the web browser.

Instructor Contact

If you have any problems, questions or concerns, email your instructor in the Messages tab.

Texts

Your course may or may not have a required textbook.

If you do require a textbook, it can be ordered through the Western Bookstore.

More Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions.