Account Activation & First Login

Once a VLS account is registered for you, a message will be sent to the email-address entered for your VLS account. This tutorial will walk you through how to follow the First Login steps so that your account is successfully setup.

  1. Go to the email inbox your VLS account was set under.
  2. Look for an email from Virtual Lab School with subject-line "An administrator created an account for you at VLS"
    1. If you can't find the email, check your spam/junk and other inbox folders.   In addition, check with your supervisor to confirm the account was registered and the email address was entered correctly.
    2.   Note that your email account must be active before your VLS account is registered.  If the email account is not active at the time of the VLS account registration, account verification and setup instructions will never be sent to you. If this is the case, look for our tutorial on Resending Activation Emails.
  3. Copy the token from your email
    1. The token will look like the one demonstrated in figure 2a.
    2. You may use your computer Copy/Paste feature to make this process easier. Highlight the token, right click on it, then select Copy.
  4. Follow the link in the email below the token
    1. The link will look like the one demonstrated in figure 2b
    2. Please ensure that no one is currently logged on to the VLS system on the computer you are using, otherwise you will get a '403 forbidden' error and will need to log the other user out and follow the link again.
  5. Paste the token from Step 3 in the web form.
    1. If you copied the token into your computer's clipboard, right click in the input box then select Paste
  6. Click the Submit button.
  7. Create a new password for your VLS account.
    1. Create a strong password that you will remember
    2. A password strength indicator will assist you in creating a strong password
  8. Click the 'Log In' button.
  9. Once you've completed these steps, your account will be fully active!
    1. For all future logins, use the login drop-down and enter you email-address and the password you just set. 
    2. You no longer need to use the tokens from the email, you should delete that email as it is no longer valid.
    3. If you forget your password, use "the Forgot username/Password" link in the login drop-down.  The process will mimic this activation process.