Student Quick Start Guide

Modified on Fri, 20 Jan 2023 at 03:23 PM

The Student Quick Start Guide is designed to show you the most common tools used in your courses. 


Login and Find Your Course

To access myLesley, go to

To login, click the myLesley Login button. 

select myLesley login to log in

You will be redirected to a Sign In page (image below) where you will enter your Lesley credentials in the form of You will then be prompted to enter your password to authenticate.

enter your lesley credentials


Please note that Safari DOES NOT work with the SSO application on the Mac. Please use Chrome or Firefox and follow these steps to clear your cache if you have any difficulty with SSO in Chrome or Firefox.

For more information on Single Sign-On at Lesley, see Single Sign-On (SSO) at Lesley University.

Review the System Requirements, for more information on the hardware and software requirements for myLesley and many other eLearning tools at Lesley. 

After logging in, you will find yourself on the myLesley home page. You can navigate to other sections of myLesley by clicking on the tabs in the left-hand navigation menu.

Click on Courses to navigate to your courses. Here you will see a list of all of the courses in which you are enrolled. Click on a course to enter it.

Check out the myLesley Overview for more information.

Using the myLesley Text/Content Editor

The text/content editor is found throughout myLesley; you will use it to type up your online discussion posts and responses and write blog and journal entries. 

 screenshot of text/content editor with callouts to commonly used functions Click for more options

The Use the Content Editor support article will walk you through how to format text, add tables, images, and links to your content.

Submit Assignments

Whether you are taking a course face-to-face or online, you may be asked to submit a paper using the myLesley Assignment tool. Rather than ask you to print a copy of your paper or email it, your instructor can collect your papers online, grade them, and return them to you with feedback. Assignments submitted in this manner are always private between you and your instructor. 

View the Assignments Overview Tutorial Video for a walkthrough of the tool.

Using the Discussion Board

Your instructor may use the Discussion Board to hold a class discussion about course content such as readings from the week or a debate around an issue. View the Use Discussions tutorial video for an introduction to the basics of navigating within this tool.

Online Meetings

There are two online meeting tools at Lesley and you may be asked to use one or both of these tools. The Online Meeting Skills and Tutorials page will walk you through the common tasks performed in online meetings and links to support articles for each tool.


The Joining a Zoom Meeting video tutorial will walk you through joining a Zoom meeting and configuring your audio settings. If you are uncertain how to access your meeting, please reach out to your instructor.

Additional Zoom resources, video tutorials and training webinars may be found on the Zoom Support Site.

Microsoft Teams

Watch the Join a Teams Meeting tutorial video for detailed instructions or go to Join a Meeting in Teams for written instructions.

View Conducting an Online Meeting in Teams for more information.

Creating and Posting Video in myLesley (Kaltura Media)

Kaltura is a media sharing platform integrated into myLesley. It offers a secure environment for faculty and students to share media content privately or with others in the course. To add a video to your course, locate the place in your course where you wish to upload video (ex a Discussion, Blog/Journal, Assignment, etc.). 

The video example below will walk you through the basics of uploading a video into your course via the Mashup tool.

Commenting on VoiceThreads

One of the most common introductory VoiceThread activities is to create a comment on an existing VoiceThread. In this type of assignment, your instructor will post a VoiceThread and ask you to create a comment. You may create an audio, video, or text comment. 

View the How To Comment on a VoiceThread video tutorial to find out more about commenting features.

Review all the VoiceThread resources to learn how to create and share your own VoiceThread for class presentations.

Working in Groups

Your instructor may create groups within your myLesley course. Groups usually consist of a smaller number of students, such as study groups or project groups. These course groups have their own area in the course to collaborate.

View the Work in Student Groups tutorial video for more information on working in groups and collaborating with your classmates.

Checking Your Grades and Viewing Feedback

Click on the Grades link in the left-hand navigation menu. This will bring you to the Grades Area. Here, you will see a list of recently graded items, upcoming assignments, and overall grades for each course. Click on a course to view all graded items within that course. Students can also see newly posted grades in their Activity Stream.

Help and Support

myLesley Student Orientation

All students are enrolled in the myLesley Student Orientation Community. This community features a self-paced orientation and tutorials to guide you through using myLesley and other tools.

Student Office Hours

Bring your questions and join the eLIS staff for weekly myLesley student office hours Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 PM ET.

Join the Student Office Hours Zoom meeting

Put in a Support Ticket

Email to put in a support ticket. 

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