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eCommon for Students

Logging In

Login to eCommon

Go to eCommon.

In the Login Name and Password field, enter your Emerson username and password. Then click the Login button.

Logging Out

Logout of eCommon

Once you have successfully logged in, you can log out by clicking the Logout icon in the upper right corner to end your session in eCommon.

This is very important to protect your personal information!

Getting Acquainted

Getting Acquainted with the layout of eCommon

When you log in, you should see a welcome message with your name near the left side, just below the eCommon graphic.

eCommon is organized in a series of tabs, such as the Home tab, and boxes of content that are called channels. To navigate through eCommon, click on any of the tabs and browse through the channels.

Using the Channel Toolbars

Channel Bar on eCommon Each channel has a series of toolbar icons in the upper right corner that allows you to customize your view of the channel.
Focus - Use to expand a channel The focus button allows you to expand a channel.
Minimize - Use to collapse a channel The minimize button collapses the content in a channel. This might allow you to see content that was below the channel but required scrolling to see.
Delete - Use to remove the channel from your view Delete: Some channels allow you to remove/delete the channel from your view. (Most can be retrieved if accidentally removed.) However, some critical channels have been locked by the system so they cannot be deleted. If a channel is locked, the X in the toolbar icon will be gray and will not be clickable.
Edit - Use to enter data or edit the channel appearance The edit icon looks like a pencil and appears when you have abilities to enter data or edit what appears in the channel.

eCommon Highlights

Keep in mind that eCommon will be designed in phases, so tabs and channels will be changing as new features are made available. Below are a few highlights:

Home Tab

  • College Announcements: Emerson College will post important notices like campus closures or big news in this channel when all faculty, students, and staff need to be notified.
  • Group Announcements: These notices are targeted to you based on your function or role at the College.
  • News, Events and Workshops: RSS feed to the latest College information. Click on the Calendar for additional information on future events and workshops.

Student Services Tab

This tab provides access to your schedule, registration, holds, billing, financial aid, meal plan selections, and other important information.

Student Services Tab in eCommon

Student Life Tab

This tab provides information on student life including handbooks, Career Services, student activities, and other information. Channels on this tab will change depending on your student level.

Student Life Tab in eCommon

Academics Tab

This tab contains helpful links to resources such as WebCT and information regarding your advisor, academic profile, and academic department contacts.

Academics Tab in eCommon



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