Free Microsoft online training

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

We would like to remind staff that free online training is available via the Microsoft portal.

The following training options are available:

OneDrive Excel
Word OneNote
PowerPoint Microsoft Teams
SharePoint Access
Yammer Planner
Outlook Visio

If you want to make use of this self-help training guides and videos, you can access it on the Office support site.  


Teach and Learn with MATLAB and Simulink

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Where Will MATLAB Take You Today?

Stellenbosch University has a Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB, Simulink, and add-on products. You may use these products for teaching, research, and learning. The license allows individuals to install the products on university-owned equipment, as well as personally owned computers.

Get Access Today:

New SUNLearn mobile app available for download

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Information Technology has developed a new SUNLearn mobile app which is now available for download. The app can be downloaded for Android, as well as iOS devices. It can also be downloaded by scanning the QR code to the right.  

SUNLearn is Stellenbosch University’s blended-learning platform. It is an open source, powerful, flexible and mobile-ready blended learning platform for learning and teaching. The system is easy to learn and use for both staff and students and an extensive user guide is also available. 

The SUNLearn mobile app can be used to:

– browse the content of your courses, even when offline,
– receive instant notifications of messages and other events,
– quickly find and contact other people in your courses,
– upload images, audio, videos and other files from your mobile device,
– view your course grades, etc.

Full features can be seen here.

Students who are new to the system can go to the Student training link where they will find various resources, videos and self-help guides. Keep in mind that when you use the SUNLearn mobile app on campus via Maties WiFi or the network, you will not be charged for any data and you will not need Inetkey for access.

The SUNLearn support team can be reached at or 021-808 2222.

Archiving – not just for librarians

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Archiving – it doesn’t exactly sound like a fun weekend activity, does it?

But unfortunately our mailboxes can’t always deal with too many e-mails, especially those with large attachments, we receive regularly. Unless you clean up your mailbox and delete e-mails frequently, you’ll run out of mailbox space sooner than you think. This is where archiving comes in handy.

In this article we will show you how easy it is to create and maintain archives on your computer.



Open MS Outlook

  • Select the Home tab
  • Use the dropdown menu next to New Items
  • Click on More Items
  • Select Outlook data file


This will create the file for your new archive.


  • Please name it properly as to prevent confusion when creating new archives later on.
  • Please do not put a password on the archive file as this causes confusion and mail loss at the end of the day when you get a new computer or if the case may be that data recovery must be done.

This also must be under “My Documents\Outlook Files”.

When clicking on OK you will return to your Outlook Home screen.

As shown below (when the mailbox is collapsed) you will be able to see your new Outlook archive.

archiving 3


Click on File in the left top corner
Under Info you will find Cleanup Tools
When clicking on the button you will find Archive as the third option.


The next window you will be presented with is seen below.

archiving 5

The most important thing you need to do now is check that the correct archive file will be used for archiving.

To check this you need to click on the browse button and make sure it is pointing to the correct file in “My Documents\Outlook Files”.


  • Choose a date – all e-mails before the input date will be archived to your folder. This may take a while if you have not archived before.


  • Select your mailbox (not only parts of it, but the Collapsed view as seen in the screenshot) and then click on OK.

You have now successfully started your first archive!  Feel free to archive instead of delete as keeping your records is quite important.


  • VERY IMPORTANT – no password on the archive file.
  • Keep archives small, for example – year by year. This is to prevent them from getting too big and slowing down your machine.
  • With this way of archiving your folder structure stays the same thus making it easier to actually go back and find the files you are looking for from previous years.

For  more information on various Outlook functions, please have a look at our self help site.

Mathematica at SU

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Modern computational tools are important in diverse disciplines, and they are clearly essential in fields requiring sophisticated mathematics, complicated numerics or the processing of large amounts of data.  Over time each field has developed an array of their own specialised solutions or packages.

However, a campus-wide license has recently been obtained for the package Mathematica developed by Wolfram Research Inc. Mathematica is one of a very small group of extremely powerful, high-level software packages specialising in advanced algebraic, numerical and image processing computation.

mathematicaAt Stellenbosch University colleagues have been using it successfully in the biological, mathematical and physical sciences, and also in economic and management sciences for both teaching and research.  It is therefore really worthwhile exploring whether it is suitable for your academic work too.

In addition to its function as a high-performance research tool it is has also developed to be an efficient, user-friendly teaching device.  It is powerful beyond any other general symbolic manipulation package, and easy to use at base level.  Mathematica places the emphasis on computation of mathematical objects and comes with its own formal language.  It also interfaces with an extensive audited database, which might be known to some readers through the Wolfram Alpha website.

For a license to use the Mathematica software, please contact

[Article by Kristian Muller-Nedebock]



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