E-Mail and Services
The Center for Information Technology provides access to a wide variety of technological services that you can access through a single login: your Oberlin College ID (ObieID). Once you are admitted to Oberlin, you will receive a printed copy of the Big Book of Forms in late May, prior to coming to campus in the fall. This book contains most of the forms you must complete before arriving on campus, including information about your ObieID and access to your Oberlin College e-mail account.
All Oberlin College account holders (faculty, staff, and students) may find details online about setting up and using the ObieID account.
OCMail and OCApps
Launched in 2008, Oberlin College's e-mail system is called OCMail and is powered by Google. In fact, web access to OCMail looks a lot like a personal Gmail account, which you may already have. Like most network services at Oberlin, access to OCMail is controlled through your ObieID, which you'll receive once you are admitted/hired or as you arrive on campus. In addition, you will have access to a suite of web-based applications, collectively known as OCApps: document sharing, calendar, sites, chat, and more.
Oberlin OnCampus is the place to go online for information about what is happening on campus, and includes announcements, bulletins, classified ads, news, and publications. It also provides access to websites that have discussion boards, e-mail lists, survey capability, and more, for both organizations and courses. OnCampus sites are automatically created for most courses, student-chartered organizations, academic departments, and faculty and staff committees.
Oberlin faculty have been using Blackboard, an online course-management environment, since 1999 to extend the classroom experience and increase interaction. It provides access to web sites that have discussion boards, e-mail lists, survey capability, and more, for both organizations and courses. Blackboard sites are automatically created for most courses, student-chartered organizations, academic departments, and faculty and staff committees. Materials (readings, images, sound and short video clips) used in classes are made available to students outside of class 24/7, and are accessible from any networked computer.
Interactive study guides are created and made available for students to assess their knowledge; discussion boards are used to preface class discussions and or to extend classroom conversations and dialogue; quizzes taken outside of class have been used to free up valuable class time for other activities; and students can submit assignments online without clogging up their e-mail, all through the power of Blackboard.
PRESTO and Online Registration
Registration for classes at Oberlin College takes place online. Personal Records for Employees and Students at Oberlin (PRESTO) is a secure web-based system students use to register for classes or to check the status of their application for financial aid. Faculty members use the program to check on the status of students in their classes, and employees (staff and faculty) use it to access personal employee data.