ASUB Online FAQ's
Do I need to be an ASUB student to take online classes?
Are online classes easier than traditional (face-to-face) classes?
No. You will still be required to learn the same material. The main difference will be the way that you receive the course material. Instead of a face-to-face classroom setting, you will use the ASUB Learning Management System, Blackboard, to access the material in your online classes. This means you must have access to a dependable computer and internet connection. Additionally, online classes require you to show initiative in logging in on a regular basis in order to communicate with your instructor and classmates, and to participate in activities.
Will I save time by taking an online class?
Perhaps. You will likely save time only when you consider the amount of time spent commuting to campus. However, you still have to spend as much, if not more, time participating in the online class. The main benefit is that you will be able to choose the time of day when this is the most convenient for you.
Will I ever be required to come to the ASUB campus?
It depends. Internet Assisted (IA) classes require activities on campus (check with the instructor for more details). Online classes require at least one proctored exam that can be taken for free on one of the ASUB campuses. If you live too far to travel to the campus you will be able to secure a proctor in your location provided they meet the ASUB Online Proctoring Policy guidelines.
Is there an orientation for online classes?
Yes. First time ASUB students are required to go through the Blackboard Online Orientation within Blackboard. This will help you learn how to use Blackboard and how to be successful in online classes. You will have access to this within Blackboard about two weeks before classes start. It will take you about an hour to complete the orientation.
What sort of computer skills will I need to take an online class?
You need to be comfortable performing basic tasks on your computer such as creating documents within a word processor, saving documents, uploading files, downloading files, etc. There are some classes that may have additional computer skill requirements based on subject matter (example-taking an online accounting class could require that you know how to use Excel).
What are the technical requirements for an online class?
You need a dependable computer that has the following: the latest version of Mozilla Firefox (free through Firefox.com) or Google Chrome (free through Google.com) properly installed; Java installed and updated (free through Java.com); and Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash installed (both free through Adobe.com). Additionally, you need a reliable Internet connection (connections through the old modem formats are not recommended).
Do I need to have a computer and Internet at home to take an online class?
Yes. It is highly recommended that you have both at home. You must make sure that your access to a computer and Internet is dependable. If you are planning to access your course from your workplace, you may need to check with your supervisor and/or network administrator to ensure they will allow you to access Blackboard through their network.
Are there software requirements?
For most courses, the main requirement will be a browser (Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome). Some courses will require that you use additional software such as Microsoft Office for assignments. Check with your instructor for further details.
Can I get a copy of Microsoft Office through ASUB?
Yes, current students enrolled at ASUB have access to Microsoft Office for free. To access the software, you must be logged into your ASUB email. The direct web address to this email account is: https://outlook.office365.com. Your email address and password generally will be as shown in the example below.
Example: John Doe
- Username/Email Address = firstname.lastname@example.org
- Default Password = JdMMDDYYYY! (capital first letter in first name, lower case first letter in last name, 8-digit birthdate, and !)
Reference http://www.asub.edu/its/email for email/software updates. If you have problems accessing email or downloading the software, contact the IT department through email@example.com or call 501.882.8999.
Are there any known software conflicts with Blackboard?
For current software issues, visit www.blackboard.com. Blackboard will spawn pop-up windows for quizzes, mail and discussions. If you are running pop-up blocking software, please consult the software vendor for instructions for disabling pop-up blocking.
Do I need to buy a textbook?
The majority of online classes require a textbook and it is expected you will have the book within the first few days of class, since most have assignments and/or exams within the first week. The textbook information will be part of the course syllabus, which is accessible two days prior to classes starting.
How do I log in to Blackboard?
To access Blackboard, log in to the Vanguard Portal via mycampus.asub.edu. Your username will be your firstname.lastname@example.org. Your password will be the first initial of your first name (UPPERCASE), the first initial of your last name (lowercase), your 8-digit birth date (MMDDYY), followed by an exclamation point (!). Example: John Doe’s user name is email@example.com. If his birthdate is June 28, 1999, his password will be Jd06281999!. If you have trouble logging in to the Portal, contact our IT department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501.882.8999.
Once inside the Portal, you will see an Access Blackboard link. Click on that and it will take you in to Blackboard. To access your class, open the class link under the My Courses module/window.
First time ASUB students will have access to Blackboard within 2 weeks of classes starting. Online classes will be visible to students two days prior to the beginning of the semester/term. You MUST log in to your online classes on the first day of classes (or the first day after you have enrolled during the add/drop period).
If you don’t see your classes within Blackboard or have technical problems contact the Blackboard Help Desk at 501.882.4409 or email at Bbhelpdesk (you must use your ASUB email address since this account is internal).
Blackboard Help Desk is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The help desk is closed on holidays and when classes are not in session. In the event of inclement weather the help desk will be closed if the Beebe campus is closed.