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As soon as you are admitted to Colorado Mesa University, the process begins to make technology resources available to you. You will be able to send and receive email through the Campus email system, log into MAVzone - the campus portal, use computers in the computer labs, and access the Internet from your personal devices in residence halls and classroom buildings.  All that is needed if for you to go through the MAVzone Username creation process.

MAVzone Username and Password

First you will receive your admittance letter, via USPS, expressing congratulations and our sincere welcome to CMU.  At the bottom of this letter you will see your Colorado Mesa ID number.  Commonly called your "700" number, be sure to memorize this as you will need it frequently during your time at CMU.

Next you will receive two emails to the address you provided in your application.  The first email will contain your 700 number and the second email will contain directions to activate your MAVzone username.  Simply click the activation link in this email and follow the directions.  When you have completed the process you will have your MAVzone username, your password, and you will have established security questions/answers that can be used in the event you ever forget your password.

Typically, usernames are formed with your first and middle initials and last name up to 14 characters. Because of conflicts between people who have the same or similar names, your username may be somewhat different. If you ever forget your network username, contact the IT Help Desk.

You must change your password every six months. You will be prompted to change it when it expires. Your password must be a minimum of 8 characters, must contain at least one upper case letter, one lowercase letter and one number. You may use special characters. You may not reuse a previous password. If you have forgotten your password, visit the MAVzone login screen and use the forgot password link.  Follow the onscreen instructions to reset your password.  You will need your MAVcard for this process as it contains your library card number.  MAVcards are issued when you first arrive to CMU.  If this process doesn't work or you have not set up your security questions, then contact the IT Help Desk to request a password reset.

Additional Resources

Below is a list of the many IT resources available to CMU students.

New Technology Provides Lecture Capture at CMU

Panopto is an easy-to-use video recording platform used by faculty for lecture capture or for recording content to be viewed by students either in or outside the classroom. Students simply login to coloradomesa.hosted.panopto.com to watch videos published by faculty for a given class.  Panopto Recorder, is available for use in classrooms which now have webcams installed at the instructor stations, and in select group rooms in the Library; LIB134, LIB235, LIB236, LIB322.  All other group rooms have this software installed, and offer a built-in web cam. 

The software is free to be installed on any personal PC, laptop, or mobile device for faculty/staff and students. Panopto Recorder can record your screen and audio, as well as video from a webcam. All recordings are automatically uploaded to our Panopto server and integrated with D2L, making the content immediately available to enrolled students of a particular class.  In order for students to record their own video for a given class, the professor must enable a drop box folder for the class to accept student recorded videos.  Without this step done, students can only view videos when logged onto Panopto.

  • Click the following link for the updated and complete tutorial explaining how to Get Started, Viewing Video Content, Creating Content, Submitting Content for Grading in D2L, Setting up Person Devices with Panopto and Recording with Panopto - Student Panopto Tutorial

For additional information on Panopto be sure to check out the Get Started with Panopto folder offering 21 training videos about the use of the Panopto recorder.  Simply login to the Panopto site, coloradomesa.hosted.panopto.com , click Show All Sessions, and click the Get Started with Panopto folder.  Click a video thumbnail to launch the video.


Computer Labs and Help Desk

  • IT provides open computers and printers on all three floors of Tomlinson library. The Library computers are configured with Windows Office products and some software applications taught in classes.  These computers are available whenever the library is open. Each residence hall has a small computer lab that is available for your use. These labs are open 24 hours a day when the residence hall is open.
  • The IT Help Desk is located on the 1st floor of Tomlinson Library, North-East corner.  The IT Help Desk can help you with your user ID and password, answer questions about Desire 2 Learn, MAVzone, or your email account as well as other technology related issues. The IT Help Desk can also be reached by calling 970.248.2111 or by entering a Help Desk ticket.

Knowledge Imaging Centers (KIC)

  • Each floor of the library has a high tech scanning system known as a Knowledge Imaging Center, KIC for short.  These are walk up systems that produce extremely high resolution scans of any printed material from books, magazines and journals.  Using a "two up" process you can lay out any two pages of a book and the system will analyze the single image and produce two separate images, one for each page, in about 5 seconds.  The system will automatically remove black edges and straighten up content before creating the output file(s).  Output of the images can be saved to a jump drive, emailed, or saved to your mobile device.  The system can output files in several different formats including JPG, PNG, TIFF, or searchable PDF.

MAVzone Campus Portal

  • MAVzone is Colorado Mesa's Campus Portal. The portal provides single sign-on access to information about what's going on at campus, your email, on-line classes, and network drives. You will also use MAVzone to register for classes, drop or add classes, check grades, and view financial aid status. Click on the MAVzone link in the navigation bar at the top of any page of the CMU website. Use your network username and password to log in.

Desire 2 Learn (D2L) Online Courses

  • Desire 2 Learn is the learning management system used by Colorado Mesa University to deliver on line courses. You can log into Desire 2 Learn from MAVzone. To find out whether on line learning is for you, visit Distance Education.

CMU Mobile

  • CMU Mobile is the University's mobile application that keeps you tuned in to CMU and offers many of the services available in MAVzone, all from a sleek, easy to use, mobile interface.  The app enables students to look at class schedules, check grades, view registration holds and access D2L among other things.  The app is secure requiring a user login to access this personal information.  CMU Mobile also offers university news and events, the faculty/staff directory and a campus map.

Network Storage - OneDrive

  • All of the work you create during your college career at CMU can be saved to a single cloud storage solution called OneDrive.  Your OneDrive folder boasts a 1 TB capacity and as cloud storage it is available to you from any Internet connected device through your MAVzone login.  Never store your work on campus computers, always store on your OneDrive folder. 

The Courses Directory (K: Drive - Main Campus; L: Drive - WCCC)

  • Some faculty members will request that you electronically turn in assignments by saving them to the Courses Directory. The Courses Directory has folders named by course and section. For example if you are enrolled in CSCI-100 Section 3, will find a K:\CSCI100\003\Students\yourusername folder. Course folders are deleted at the end of each semester, so do not use the Courses Directory for permanent file storage.

Internet Access from your Dorm Room

  • Each dorm room has Ethernet jacks that will enable you to connect to the Internet from your personal computer. Follow these steps to get connected:

    • Connect your personal computer to the Ethernet jack in your dorm room. Open up a web browser.
    • Read and agree to the Computer Use Agreement.
    • Complete the Registration form.
  • If you are having problems getting connected, contact the Help Desk at 970-248-2111, or visit the Help Desk in the Library.
  • If peer-to-peer software is discovered on your computer, your device will be denied network access and you will need to contact the IT Help Desk to clear the block.

Connecting Gaming Devices to the Network from your Dorm Room

  • You can connect a gaming device to the network in your Dorm Room. CMU does not support connecting gaming devices to the wireless network. They must be plugged into an Ethernet jack in your room.
  • Find the MAC or Ethernet address of the gaming device. Click here to view instructions on finding the MAC address for your gaming device model.  If you model device is not included in these instructions, visit your device manufacturer's web site to find directions on obtaining the MAC address.  This can also be called the hardware address, or Ethernet address.  Understand you are not looking for the device's wireless address.
  • From your computer, register the device on the network. Login with your Network Username and Password.  Read and agree to the Colorado Mesa University Network Use Agreement and click Continue.  Enter your name for Description and Dorm building/room for Location.  Click Save.
  • Wait 15 seconds, then connect your gaming device to the Ethernet jack in your room and power on.