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Module 2: Password and Profile

What is my password?
  • Birthday (in form MMDDYYYY) if new to Catalyst OR your current Catalyst password (if you already used Catalyst this year)
  • If that fails, request account details via email
  • Check your spam, junk, and trash if the email with the details doesn't arrive soon
  • If you do not receive an email within 24 hours, request a password reset through the Technical Help Desk
I want to choose a new Catalyst password
  • To change your password, you must request a password reset through the Technical Help Desk
  • Explain that you want to pick a new password
  • You will be sent by email a temporary password that allows you to login and choose a new one
What is a Catalyst profile?

Your Profile in Catalyst has information about you, some of which classmates can see, such as a small photo. The advanced setings allow you to share additional information and decide whether you will automatically receive e-mails when you post to discussion forums. Be sure to keep your email address current to receive class announcements.

I want to update my profile
  1. Log into Catalyst
  2. Enter one of your classes by clicking on the name
  3. Click the My Profile Settings link in the Administration block in the left column
  4. Click the "Edit profile" link
  5. Make changes to your profile, including updating your email address and uploading a 100x100 pixel jpg picture. (Don't change your name or the instructor won't be able to assign you a grade.)
  6. Click the "Update profile" button at the page bottom to save changes

Next Module: Module 3: Navigation in Catalyst


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Distance Learning
Building: MLC 250
Email: distance@deanza.edu
Phone: 408.864.8969

Last Updated: 9/18/14