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These are guides provided by the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program to help students find information that they need to get started and to use the technology offered by WSU.

Featured Tool: Microsoft OneNote


Microsoft Office OneNote is a new and improved easy-to-use note-taking and information-management program where you can capture ideas and information in electronic form. Saving your files out to a personal Microsoft OneDrive account allows you to sync your OneNote information across all of your mobile devices so you can access your notes at any time.

All Winona State Students/Faculty have access to their OneNote by accessing it through their webmail or related app.

OneNote Web App

OneNote has a web application which is part of the online Office suite (Office 365) of web apps. You are able to access and edit your entire notebook from a browser. That’s true even if you’re on a machine that doesn’t have OneNote installed.

  • Start in Office 365 here and click on OneNote.


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Geek Speak 101: VPN

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Our VPN or virtual private network gives Winona State University Information Technology Services a secure way to provide employees access to specific systems and services that are normally only available from on campus. Cisco AnyConnect VPN is pre-installed on your WSU laptop and can be used to connect to the WSU network when you are off-campus. This software is available to employees and students.

WSU's VPN differs from commercial VPN solutions such as NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Private Internet Access VPN in that it does not offer advanced privacy for everyday browsing. Instead, WSU's VPN solution simply ensures a dedicated, secured, encrypted connection to the WSU network for access to work-based or class-based resources (such as network storage drives).

It is unnecessary to leave WSU VPN connected at all times unless you're actively performing work or class tasks while off campus.

What is Cisco AnyConnect VPN?

Using the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software, you can connect a WSU laptop to the WSU network from off-campus. The data sent over our VPN is encrypted to preserve security. This connection enables the same network access you have while on-campus. This includes:

  • Certain WSU-specific web applications that may not work from off-campus.
  • Network storage drives (e.g., personal storage, class storage, departmental storage, "R drive," or "S drive" etc.)

How do I use Cisco AnyConnect VPN?

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN software is pre-installed on your WSU laptop. Look for the Cisco folder in your Windows Start Menu or macOS Applications folder to get started. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN app can be found there.

VPN is not usually necessary on desktop computers that live on campus in offices. If your WSU desktop computer is unable to access specific network resources, please contact WSU Tech Support.

Which VPN connection do I use?

The Cisco AnyConnect Mobility Client has a different VPN connection for students and one for employees. Type in if you are a student and if you are an employee. Employees will need to have Microsoft Authenticator also installed.

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