Online College

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 with 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 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 away 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 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 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 or Google Chrome properly installed; Java installed and updated (free through; and Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash installed (both free through 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 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?

Students currently enrolled in classes  have access to a free copy of Microsoft Office through ASU-Beebe.   Download instructions can be found here.  The download site is:  Students need to make sure they have the right operating system, Windows 7 or higher, before attempting downloads.  If you have other questions or need assistance, contact our IT department at

Are there any known software conflicts with Blackboard?

For current software issues, visit 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, or by going directly to the Blackboard login page at 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.

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