This orientation will help you learn more about the function of Blackboard and standards that will be used throughout your course.
Click the headings below to learn about each topic.
Overview of Course Navigation
Before you do anything, review the course Syllabus. It will explain what is expected of tou. Notice what textbook is needed and pay close attention to your assignments and their due dates. Your syllabus is your guide for the entire semester.
The course syllabus can be found by selecting the syllabus button in the main menu.
You need to know who is teaching your course and how to contact him/her. Select the Faculty Information button from the main menu and review the contact information there.
Top 10 Tips for Success as an Online Student
Advice from LTU Online Students
Using the Discussion Board
High Quality vs. Low Quality Discussion Board Posts
Most LTU courses begin new modules on Mondays and end them on Sundays. This video shows what a typical week for an online student might look like.
Use the Blackboard Calendar feature to keep you on track.
The SafeAssignment Blackboard tool monitors for plagiarism by comparing submitted documents to sources from the web and its database to check for "unoriginal" content. If your instructor uses SafeAssignment, you will be asked to submit your work differently than regular assignments. Use these directions to ensure your work is submitted properly.
Help is never far away, but knowing where to go for assistance depends on what you need. Use these steps for getting help.
•First, LTU's eHelp website ltu.edu/ehelp will answer most of your questions regarding LTU technology tools. This short video clip shows you how to access eHelp from Blackboard.
•Second, ask a classmate. Post to the discussion board or email your colleagues. Odds are that someone has already discovered the answer to your question.
•Third, email the LTU HelpDesk (email@example.com) or eLearning Services (firstname.lastname@example.org). They can help with any technical problems you may have.
•Fourth, ask your professor. He or she can help or get you in touch with someone who can.
Are You Ready?
Return to your Blackboard course to take a short quiz to demonstrate your understanding of what is expected of you as an online student. The quiz does not count toward your grade, but you must score 80% or above in order for your course content to load. You can take this quiz multiple times.
Once you complete the quiz, select the Modules button to begin your course.
Technology Policies and Services
Minimum technical requirements and instructions for use
- eHelp (Technical support)
- Blackboard Instructions
- Panopto Instructions
- Collaborate Instructions
- Google Hangouts Instructions
Minimum technical skills and special technology tools
LTU Online courses are completely online. All delivery of instructional material and all interaction takes place over the internet via the Blackboard learning management system. Minimum technical skills involve basic word processing skills, managing multiple windows, sending and receiving email attachments, internet searching, and downloading and uploading files. Students need Internet access and may need one or more of the following plug-ins:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Word Viewer
- PowerPoint Viewer
- Silverlight Plug-In (may be required for Panopto recordings)
- Configure your computer for Collaborate Sessions
- Google Hangouts Plug-In
NOTE: Unless otherwise stated in the syllabus and/or course information, there are no other third-party software nor respective special technology privacy policies.
Technology accessibility statements
- Blackboard Accessibility
- Panopto Accessibility
- Collaborate Accessibility
- Google Hangouts Accessibility
University and Course Policies
NOTE: The following online guidelines are general and may differ for particular programs, courses and instructors. Please refer to the syllabus and/or course orientation for specifics about that course’s online expectations.
All assignments are to be turned in via Blackboard unless otherwise specified. If you would like to email the Instructor but think the answer to your question(s) could benefit your classmates, please consider posting it within the equivalent of your course’s FAQ Discussion Forum if that is available to you. Please respect everyone’s voices, privacy, and copyright privileges. For general guidelines about Netiquette, please click here.
For most online courses, your attendance is demonstrated by checking Blackboard and accessing items, participating in the online Discussion or via other interaction tools (Collaborate, Google Hangouts, etc.), and turning in completed Assignments at the time that they are due. In general, you do not want to accrue the equivalent of more than 1-2 unexcused absences in an online course. Attendance policies, however, may vary by department and college, so please see your syllabus for any further information about attendance.
Assignments are due by stated ‘Central Time’ due dates. If you are unable to meet the deadline due to an excusable emergency, please let your instructor know in advance or as soon as you are able to. Please send an email with your explanation, any corresponding documentation (e.g. doctor’s note, travel for athletes, etc.), and what you are proposing be done in lieu of missed deadline, whether an extension or a make-up exam, etc., and depending on the Instructor’s late work policy, a decision will be made.
Most LTU Online courses follow a Monday-Sunday Module framework. Instructor response time is generally within 48 hours however this does not necessarily include the weekends. If you have a question, please try to inquire prior to Friday. Most instructors schedule online office hours per email request. Instructor grading of assignments varies depending on the instructor and the type of assignment however in general, students may receive grades and/or feedback within 1-3 weeks from the time the assignment was turned in.
Student Academic Services
- Academic Achievement Center (AAC)