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 website. Contact ASU-Beebe Admissions 800.632.9985 or 501.882.8260 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 (Bb) to access the material in your online classes. This means you must have access to a dependable computer and internet connection. Additionally, online students must overcome procrastination to succeed as online courses require you to show initiative in logging on regularly and completing course assignments and activities on your own.
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 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 (such as labs). Check with your 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 away to travel to our campus you will be able to secure a proctor in your location provided they meet the Distance Learning proctoring guidelines. Check out the Exam Proctoring Policy page for more information.
Is there an Orientation for Online Courses?
Yes. Students are encouraged to explore the Online College Student Orientation within Blackboard. This will help you learn how to be successful in online classes and how to use the various tools within the learning management system (Blackboard).
If you do not have access to Blackboard yet, you can view an orientation video located on the Orientation page on this site. These videos will introduce you to the basic tools used in online courses.
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 Microsoft Internet Explorer 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 format is not recommended).
Do I need to have a computer at home to take an online course?
Yes, it is highly recommended that you have your own computer. If you do not have a computer at your home, please make sure that your access to a computer 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 any software requirements?
For most courses, the main requirement will be a browser (Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer). Thus far, Firefox has proven to be more compatible with Bb. 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?
As a student within the ASU-Beebe system, you can purchase a copy for $10 (+tax) through the bookstores on the Beebe, Heber Springs or Searcy campuses. You must have your ASU-Beebe Picture ID card or another form of an official ID (Military ID, Passport, Driver's License) and your ASU-Beebe assigned ID number. *NOTE - If you live too far away to drive to one of these bookstores, you can order the software online through the online bookstore via the www.asub.edu website. You will be responsible for paying the shipping charges, but this is still cheaper than buying the software at a retail outlet.
Are there any known software conflicts with Bb?
For current software issues, visit www.blackboard.com. Bb 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?
Yes. Every online course requires a textbook and students are expected to have the required text within the first few days of class. You can get information about your required text by clicking on the 'View' button for the course you are enrolled in on the appropriate semester/term through the Schedule of Classes on the www.asub.edu website. Be sure you have chosen the class you are enrolled in as some instructors may require a different text. This text book information will also be part of the course syllabus, which is accessible the first day of class. If you have additional questions, visit the online bookstore on the www.asub.edu website.
Where do I find the Blackboard login page?
You can log in by following the links to Bb from the ASU-Beebe webpage, www.asub.edu or by going directly to the Blackboard login page at http://bbapp.asub.edu. Bookmark this page, because the Bb server may be functioning even if the main ASU-Beebe webpage is down.
What USER ID and password will I use to log in to Bb for the first time?
Your USER ID is your campus assigned Student ID, which can be found within Campus Connect under Student/Demographics. Your initial PASSWORD for Bb is your birthdate - in 6-digit format. Example: your birth date is March 15, 1987 - your password will be 031587. If your login does not work, please contact the Blackboard Help Desk at 501.882.4409.