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Online College FAQ's

Online College FAQ's

Do I need to be an ASU-Beebe student to take online courses?

Yes, you must be admitted to one of the ASU-Beebe campuses (includes Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy or LRAFB) before you will be allowed to enroll in an online course. You can apply for admission online from the Admissions Office webpage. Contact ASU-Beebe Admissions 800.632.9985 or 501.882.8860 if you have admission questions.

Are online courses easier than traditional (face-to-face) courses?

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 ASU-Beebe 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 courses require you to show initiative in logging in on a regular basis in order to communicate with the instructor and classmates, and to participate in activities.

Will I save time by taking an online course?

Perhaps. You will likely save time only when you consider the amount of time spent in commuting to campus. However, you will still have to spend as much, if not more, time participating in the online course. The key 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 ASU-Beebe campus?

It depends. Internet Assisted (IA) courses require activities on campus (check with the instructor for more details). All ASU-Beebe online courses require at least one proctored exam that can be taken for free on one of the ASU-Beebe campuses.  If you live too far to travel to our campus you will be able to secure a proctor in your location provided they meet the Online College Proctoring Policy guidelines. Check out the Proctoring Policy Guidelines and Protocols for more information.

Is there an Orientation for Online Courses?

Yes. Students are encouraged to explore the Blackboard & Online College Orientation within Blackboard. This will help you learn how to be successful in online classes and how to use the various tools within Blackboard.   If you do not have access to Blackboard yet, you can view an introduction video located on the Orientation page on this site.

What sort of computer skills will I need to take an online course?

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 course?

You need a dependable computer that has the following: the latest version of Mozilla Firefox (free through Firefox.com) or Google Chrome 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 course?

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.

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.

Where can I get a copy of Microsoft Office through ASU-Beebe?

Current students enrolled at ASU-Beebe and its campuses have access to Microsoft Office for free. To access the software, you must be logged into your ASU-Beebe 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.  If you have a common name you may need to log in to Campus Connect to see exactly what your email address will be.  

Example: John Doe

  • Username/Email Address = john.doe@smail.asub.edu
  • Default Password = JdMMDDYYYY (capital first letter in first name, lower case first letter in last name and 8-digit birthdate)

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 helpdesk@asub.edu or call 501.882.8887.

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. You can buy directly from the bookstore at one of our campus locations or you can order through one of the online campus bookstores found on the Bookstore webpage. Be sure you have chosen the class you are enrolled in as some instructors may require a different text. The textbook information will also be part of the course syllabus, which is accessible the first day of class.

Where do I find the Blackboard login page?

You can log in by following the links to Blackboard from the ASU-Beebe website, www.asub.edu or by going directly to the Blackboard login page at http://bbapp.asub.edu. Bookmark this page, because the Blackboard server may be functioning even if the main ASU-Beebe website is down.

What USER ID and password will I use to log in to Blackboard for the first time?

Your USER ID is your campus assigned Student ID, which can be found in Campus Connect under Student/Demographics.  Your PASSWORD is your 6-digit birthday (MMDDYY). If your login does not work, please contact the Blackboard Help Desk at 501.882.4409 or email at bbhelpdesk. Emails sent to the Blackboard Help Desk must be sent using your ASU-Beebe email address.

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@smail.asub.edu.  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 john.doe@smail.asub.edu.  If his birthdate is June 28, 1999, his password will be Jd06281999!. If you have trouble with logging in to the Portal, contact our IT department at helpdesk@asub.edu or call 501.882.8827.

Once inside the Portal, you will see a Blackboard link.  Click on that and it will take you in to Blackboard.   To access your class, click on the class link under the Courses module/menu. 

First time ASUB students will have access to Blackboard within 10 days 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. Emails sent to the Blackboard Help Desk must be sent using your ASU-Beebe email address.

The Blackboard Help Desk is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Blackboard Help Desk is closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.  In the event of inclement weather the Blackboard Help Desk will be closed if the Beebe campus is closed.