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Distance Education

Distance Education
Want a more convenient way to take classes? If so, you can earn your degree or certificate through ASUB Online. Or, you can take a few online courses to help balance your face-to-face classes with your everyday life. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Online Classes?

Since online classes vary from face-to-face classes, these yes or no questions will help determine if you are a good candidate for learning online.

  • Do you believe in taking responsibility for yourself and your education?
  • Are you goal-oriented? If you set your sights on a result, do you usually achieve it?
  • Are you self-disciplined and self-motivated?
  • Do you manage your time wisely, keep track of assignments and meet deadlines?
  • Can you communicate successfully with little or no face-to-face interaction?
  • Are you good at comprehending what you read?
  • Do you have the tools required for learning online - a dependable computer and reliable access to the Internet?
  • Can you dedicate 9+ hours per week for each online class to complete the course requirements?

If you answered "Yes" to at least 6 questions: you are likely a good candidate for online learning.

If you answered "Yes" to at least 4 questions: you need to think about the goals you want to achieve, be mindful of time management, stay focused on the course and not procrastinate. Doing this will help you succeed in the online environment.

If you answered "Yes" to less than 4 questions: learning online may not be the best learning environment for you. Consider a face-to-face class or one that is Internet assisted (where you do some work online and the rest in the classroom).

Accessing Online Classes

You will access your classes through the college's Learning Management System (Canvas). 

To access Canvas, go to Your username will be Your password will be the first initial of your first name (UPPERCASE), the first initial of your last name (lowercase), and your 8-digit birthdate (MMDDYYYY) followed by an exclamation point (!). For example, Student Doe's user name will be student.doe. The password will be Sd03231998!  

Your online classes will be listed by semester/term on the Canvas dashboard landing page. You must click on the class name to 'enter' your class. 
First-time ASUB students are required to go through the New Student Orientation within Canvas, as it will help you learn how to use the various tools and how to be successful in online classes. 

Proctored Exams

Every online class is required to have at least one significant proctored exam, either the midterm or the final exam. Some divisions or instructors require more than one exam to be proctored.  

Proctor Options

Please see your course syllabus for course-specific proctoring information. Online courses will use Proctorio for proctoring online exams. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for testing dates and your course syllabus for testing times.

If your instructor uses Proctorio, the technical requirements are:

  • Microphone: internal or external
  • Webcam - 320x240 VGA resolution (minimum) internal or external
  • Desktop or laptop (No iPads, tablets, or phones can be used) with Google Chrome 

Before taking the exam:

  • Install Google Chrome.
  • Have a school or government-issued ID card available.
  • Find a well-lit space, and be ready to scan your workspace.
  • Install the Proctorio Chrome Extension found in your Canvas exam module
  • Proctorio is free to students.

Contact Info

For degree-specific questions, contact your professor or the appropriate division. 

For technical questions (password resets, Duo, access, and Vanguard Portal), contact the Information Technology Services at 501.882.8999.

Contact the Canvas Support Hotline at 833.741.0031 or the Canvas Support Chat Live within your Canvas course by clicking the Help icon in the global navigation menu in Canvas (make sure to use your ASUB email address to send the email). 
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