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Systems & infrastructure

Here are some systems and infrastructures that are useful to students.

The learning management system used at Leiden University is Brightspace. Each course will have its own Brightspace. To get access to a course's Brightspace, you must enroll for the course in uSis. Lecturers cannot do this for you.

Brightspace Pulse

It is wise to install the "Brightspace Pulse" app (by D2L Corporation) on your smartphone and connect it to your ULCN account. You then receive instant notifications of important events and announcements for your courses.

Your LU Card not only acts as student id. It can also be activated to allow you access to certain rooms and labs. Media Technology students will be given LU Card access to Media Technology rooms.

Here are several points of attention for students in the program, regarding ICT systems.

  • With your ULCN account comes a university email (uMail) address. Important messages will be sent there. Make very sure that you check this email very regularly (like daily). You can also forward it to your preferred personal email address.
  • Your ULCN account provides access to Eduroam, the world-wide education wifi roaming system. Use it if you want to access wifi in a different university, city or country.

Read more about the university's ICT services.

SURFspot is a not-for-profit ICT online store that offers educational discounts on software, cloud services and hardware exclusively to students and staff of Dutch higher education institutions. It was initiated by SURF, the collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch education and research. Use you ULCN account to log in.

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