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.


Course Syllabus

Before you do anything, review the course Syllabus. It will explain what is expected of you. 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.


Course Instructor

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.


Success Tips

Top 10 Tips for Success as an Online Student

Student Advice

Advice from LTU Online Students


Submitting Assignments

Discussion Board

Using the Discussion Board

Post Quality

High Quality vs. Low Quality Discussion Board Posts

Weekly Schedule

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.


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.

Getting Help

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 (helpdesk@ltu.edu) or eLearning Services (elearning@ltu.edu). 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.