Have you been asked to create your profile in Plato for online learning? If so, read on.
You may be clueless about it or act all-knowing about it. However, the important thing is, you should be able to successfully sign in to Plato, log in when you need to, and know what to do in case you forget your password. Simple, right? Believe you me, in as much as it appears simple based on what your instructor told you, there are basic things that could render your sign in process exhausting if you do not get them right.
In this article, we will go through all the basics of Plato as a learning platform, then proceed to describe the process of account creation (signing in), how to log into your account, and the steps to follow in case you lose your password. Ready? Let’s go.
If you did not grasp the brief description your instructor gave you about Plato, worry not because I will repeat it for you. Plato refers to an online learning course-ware or program (meaning it is web-based) that serves to make online learning interactive and rich in content. To be able to use it for your online lessons, you must hold an account in the platform.
How do you sign in to Plato? The first time you will visit the Plato website, you will be asked to submit your account number. This number should be provided to you by your instructor. The account number serves as a link to your information in the school database. Your computer will save the account number as a cookie and you will not need to ever enter it again. You must therefore enable cookies in your browser. In case you delete your cookies, the next time you visit Plato, you will have to provide the account number again.
The idea of cookies then brings us to the next critical thing; what settings should you set for your browser for easy sign in and later log in sessions? You must turn off the pop-up blocker on your computer browser since Plato uses as separate window in the browser to run other modules. You should then turn the pop-up blocker on once you are done working on Plato. Also, Plato uses some plug-ins to run. Do not be worried if you do not understand what plug-ins are because the first instance you will visit the Plato website, it will run a background check on the plug-ins available and in case some plug-ins are missing, Plato will provide a link for downloading the pug-ins automatically.
Logging into Plato is easy. Click the “Log in” button in Plato and provide your Plato username and password. Some customized versions of Plato will require you to also provide your group name, which should be provided to you by the instructor. The username format varies with different schools. Therefore, ask your instructor for the Plato username format in your school and the initial passwords. When you log in, you may change your password to something you will remember easily.
In case you have forgotten your password? Click on the “Forgot password” button, then provide your email address (the one in your school database) for Plato to email you your password or a link to reset your password.
That is it! You are now good to go with Plato. Remember to set your browser settings right, and to ask your instructor for the account number, Plato username format, and the initial password. All the best.