Michigan State University



If you have any problems with ANGEL then we are the place to call. We can be reached toll-free at (800) 500.1554 and we are open 24/7 to accommodate your schedule. Below are some of the common problems that may be experienced while using ANGEL. We also have a page devoted to faculty with information related to teaching online with ANGEL.

What web browser should I use?

The recommended web browser for ANGEL is Firefox which is available as a free online download for both Windows and Mac at http://getfirefox.com. There are also some known problems with Safari and Google Chrome. You can view the current list of recommended browsers at http://help.angel.msu.edu.

Recommended: Clearing Cache and Cookies

There are some problems that are usually related to the browser which can be easily fixed. These include:

  • Session Expired/Reauthenticate Error that occurs over and over
  • You enter a course but content for another course appears
  • Old content appears where there should be new content

In order to keep track of who's who in ANGEL, a cookie is set in the web browser. This is a small text file that has some information that ANGEL needs to function correctly. On occasion your browser may not remove an old cookie and ANGEL will have trouble setting a new one. This causes a session expired error that appears over and over. You can fix this by clearing the cookies in the browser. Browsers also often keep a copy of webpages you visit on the hard drive to make later visits appear faster. This can cause problems in ANGEL as you may receive an old cached page instead of a new one in ANGEL. If you are seeing content from one course in a different course this is likely the culprit. You can usually fix this by clearing your cache. It is recommended to clear your cache and cookies before logging into ANGEL for an Exam.

Directions on clearing your browser's cache and cookies are online. Once there select the version of your browser.

What Help is Available?

You can receive personal help 24 hours a day by calling (800) 500-1554. There are also other helpful resources available: