GoWMU is Western Michigan University's portal
for the WMU community to access a collection of online resources.
This secure site allows you to customize the content that best suit your needs.
Listed below are some features provided to our users. For Everyone
Bronco NetIDs are not subject to change. If you are a student,
your Bronco NetID is automatically generated at the time of your admission.
If you are faculty or staff, your Bronco NetID is automatically created at the time of employment.
Wait 10 minutes before trying to log into GoWMU with your new password.
This is the maximum amount of time needed for the password to be recognized in the system.
We are working on reducing this time in the future.
If you are still having trouble accessing GoWMU, it typically means that there is a firewall
set up to prevent use of communication with unknown sites or ports.
If you are at home, set your firewall to
allow cookies from 'gowmu.wmich.edu'.
If you are not at home, you could check with the system administrator regarding the firewall settings.
If the system administrator does not find any settings that would interfere with accessing GoWMU,
please contact us so we can address this issue.
The short answer is that GoWMU is built on vendor software.
It is the vendor that tests different browsers to see if the browser will work with their software.
There are many third-party proprietary browsers out there (such as AOL, MSN Explorer, or SBC Yahoo!)
making it difficult for the vendor to make GoWMU compatible with each one of these.
Here is a more detailed answer
The real issue is more complex because Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
like SBC/Yahoo or AOL license the browser software
and modify it to work with their ISP service. We do not have access to those modifications or the
browser code to even know what has changed. Additionally, the software systems,
such GoWMU and Vista, that are having problems with these modified browsers are commercial
products that we don't have the ability to modify.
The vendors, that sell their systems all around the world,
cannot address all of the ISPs' modifications that are made to the
browsers. So the only reasonable alternative to the vendor
is to develop software that works with the standard browsers.
The "supported" browsers are those browsers and the specific versions that have been
tested and verified to work correctly with the vendor software that GoWMU is built upon.
The vendor tests and verifies the browsers at the time of the
release of the software. They will probably always be behind the current
version of browsers. We would not want to adjust the list of supported
browsers without some level of testing to ensure that all the functionality in
GoWMU has not been compromised.
The use of pop-up windows is required by the software GoWMU is built upon.
If your browser or any third party tool (like the Google toolbar) is blocking pop-ups,
you may experience problems using GoWMU.
Not necessarily. The content an individual sees is determined by their role
at Western Michigan University. For example, students share a common view of GoWMU which is
different from what faculty and staff see.
Additionally, individual users can also customize tabs and channels to suit their needs.
To find out how to customize your GoWMU, click on the Tutorials link at the top.
Tabs are the main organizational unit in GoWMU.
Each tab is used to help organize related channels. Tabs can display a single channel
(framed tab) or multiple channels in columns.
In general, channels provide at-a-glance information with links to
expanded content or resources. Notice that the channels are differentiated
from each other by borders and that each contains a title and a tool bar.
There are some tabs (such as Student Services for students or
Faculty/Staff Services for faculty and staff) that cannot be moved nor removed.
These are part of the default layouts given to individuals
based on their role at Western Michigan University.
To access pages in GoWMU quickly, you can customize your layout by creating
your own tabs with the channels and links of interest to you.
Bookmarking a page in GoWMU to return to later will not work and
will redirect you to log into GoWMU instead.
For more information on how to customize GoWMU look at the link above for
Tutorials in the Personalizing GoWMU section.
If you need assistance please feel free to contact the
or at (269) 387-HELP (4357), Option 1.
E-Learning is the course management system at WMU.
E-Learning allows faculty and students to share content and communicate online.
E-Learning provides discussion and chat areas, online whiteboard, online quizzes,
Web links, and other multimedia resources for a course all in one central location.
GoWMU uses frames to display its pages; it is from within a normal page that you are
viewing a secure page. Even though you cannot see the lock, it is still secure.
Only by logging in with your Bronco NetID and password can your personal information
be accessed. For this reason, it is very important you protect these. Additionally,
be sure to logout of GoWMU and close the browser whenever you leave your computer so
that your personal data is not exposed.
Groups are a community of people to join with common interests.
Once a group is created, its members can then post messages, send group announcements,
send group emails, chat, share files, and even share photos.