Student computing


Navigating Flinders' technology and systems

Flinders Student ID and FAN explained

Your Student ID and Flinders Authentication Name (FAN) will give you access to a range of information and activities while you’re at Flinders.

Your Student ID is unique to you. Your Student ID is used to get a Student ID card, borrow library books, submit assignments and more.

Like your Student ID, your FAN is unique to you and can be considered your Flinders username. Your FAN and password give you access to IT services, like email and Flinders WiFi.


What is the Flinders dashboard (Okta)?

The Flinders dashboard (Okta) is your personalised single point of access to a range of services and systems at Flinders. Accessing the systems from your dashboard means you don't have to log in to each system separately, the dashboard will do this for you. You can also add non-university applications (such as Facebook) to your dashboard.

You can access your Flinders dashboard via, via the 'Quick links' on the Flinders website, or by downloading the Okta mobile app to your mobile device.

As soon as you activate your Flinders account, you will have access to a number of applications. You can find out more about the different applications by visiting about Flinders dashboard (Okta) or visiting the 'About Okta' icon on your Flinders dashboard.

One of the benefits of the Flinders dashboard is the self-service password recovery feature. Make sure you enable this feature by providing the relevant details in your account settings.


Technology requirements

As part of your studies, you will need a computer and a reliable internet connection. Topics may include audio and video content as part of the course materials. You may also be required to submit videos for assessment and participate in online activities. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the requirements for each topic, including appropriate internet access and data allowance.

The following requirements are applicable to access Flinders Learning Online (FLO), Flinders online learning platform. Some topics may use specific software and have other technology requirements. Please check your individual topic information and the Statement of Assessment Method (SAM) for specific topic related IT requirements.

 Minimum Requirements - Hardware


Dual Core 2.4 Ghz



Free Disk Space

128 GB (20 GB free)



Internet Connection

Broadband 5 mbps




1024 x 768 pixels



 Minimum requirements - Operating System


Windows 7 or later


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Recommended browsers - Minimum version

We recommend you keep your browser as up to date as possible. The below browsers are recommended to be able to use the features and functions in FLO and the Student System. Other systems may require you to use a different browser.








Computers on campus


Computers are located on all floors of all the Flinders University Library branches: Central, Law, Medical and Sturt. Availability will vary according to student demand and library classes. Printers are also available (costs may apply).

To look up free computers go to Library computer search.

Sturt Library - Room S311 is open 24 hours, 7 days (card access required).

Computer labs:

  • Education building rooms - 3.05 (Kiosk) and 3.16
  • Humanities building rooms 1.30, 1.31
  • IS&T building rooms 201, 204, 205, 301, 304, 306 and 307
  • Law building room 1.15
  • Law/Commerce building rooms 113, 114
  • Social Sciences South room 010
  • Social Sciences North rooms 106, 107, 110 (shared PG room), 221
  • Tonsley building room 1

Medical Center computer lab - Room: 5E205 is open 24 hours, 7 days (after hours access, students need have an FMC ID badge).

CML Labs - Physical Science Building rooms 2010, 2020, 2030


Printing and photocopying

UniCard Copy Shop manages all for Flinders' student printing and copying services. Visit UniCards for details about:

  • Printing from a mobile device
  • Adding credit to your Student ID card
  • Locating printers and copiers
  • Self-service prices
  • Copy Shop services
  • FAQ's and the userguide
  • Contact details



Flinders provides a range of licensed software to students. This allows you to use the software on your personal computers. Please check the Software library page for details about which software is available to students, and how to install the different programs.

On-campus computer software

Flinders on campus computers are available for students to use with the standard University software applications provided.

Applications include:

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • EndNote
  • Microsoft Office
  • Matlab
  • NVivo
  • SPSS and Amos

 For location details go to Computers on campus web page.

Software for your personal device

Some Flinders software licenses allow students to download and use software on your personal devices. ‘Home Use Licenses’ are available to all currently enrolled students, and includes:

Online computing tutorials provide online self-paced tutorials. You can view one lesson or an entire tutorial. And you don't have to create an account or sign in first; you can start learning immediately.

Excel Easy offer a tutorial (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and Visual Basic for Applications - VBA) on how to use Excel. Want to learn more about Excel? You can find related examples and features (300 Examples) on the right side of each chapter.

 IT security and student IT policies



Okta Login Scam Security Warning

On occasion Students and Staff receive scam emails that link to a fake clone Flinders dashboard (Okta) login page. These scams are designed to steal your FAN password.

The fake versions often look almost identical to the real login page, however the Okta security image – a feature design to help identify fake sites – does not display correctly.

All University FAN accounts include a security image that is displayed on the login screen after you enter your FAN, but before you enter your password. The security image is selected individually as part of the FAN account activation process, and can be changed at any time in your Okta account settings.

Below is an example of the security image (note, your image may be different):

Checking or Changing Your Security Image

If you are unsure what your security image is, you can view it in your Okta account settings by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to your Flinders dashboard (Okta);
  2. Click your name in the top right corner and select settings;
  3. Your security image is displayed under your personal information;
  4. To change your security image:
    1. click edit profile in the top right;
    2. click edit next to the security image.

NOTE: the security image is only displayed on browsers where you have signed in before. If you are signing in from a browser for the first time, you will receive this message:

If you do not see your security image, or the message above stating it is your first time connecting, you may have been redirected to a fake Okta login page. Do not attempt to login and report it to immediately. The safest way to login to the Flinders Dashboard (Okta) is to use the quick link from the Flinders website.