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REMINDERS: BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR ONLINE COURSE

1. Be Prepared to Begin on Day One

ORDER BOOKS AND MATERIALS

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If you purchase books online from the Bookstore or from another online retailer, be sure to place your order early so your books arrive before the first day of classes.

Not sure what books you'll need? Follow these three easy steps.

  1. Log in to your myBoiseState account
  2. Locate the Purchase Your semester Textbooks Here link in the My Academics section of the Student View page

    Buy your textbooks here

  3. Review your required books. You can even see prices from the Bookstore side-by-side with other online retailers.

2. Log in to the Course Site

YOUR BLACKBOARD COURSE SITE WILL BE AVAILALBE ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE COURSE

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Your Blackboard course site will be available on or before the first day of the course. Your instructor will also contact you via BroncoMail on or before the first day of the session with information about the course.

To verify when your course is scheduled to begin, please see your class schedule on MyBoiseState

Log in to the online course site on the first day of the class and begin working on the first assignment or task the instructor has assigned. IMPORTANT: Failure to log in the first week may lead to an administrative drop from the course for non-attendance.

3. Be Aware of the Time Commitment

Summer classes compress topics usually taught over 15 weeks into 10 weeks or less. Classes are intensive and require a significant time commitment.

A 3-credit summer course is roughly equivalent to a full-time or part-time job, depending on the length.

Consider this scenario:

A 5 week, in-person summer course meets for 2 hours, 4 days a week. For every hour the class meets in-person students can expect to spend two hours outside of class working on coursework.

(2 hours in class x 4 days a week) + (4 hours outside class work x 4 days a week) = 24 hours of course work each week

Instead of meeting in class 4 days a week, you’ll have a little more flexibility when you access the course and complete assignments but to be successful we recommend adhering to the following guidelines:

  • Login to the course site each day
  • Set aside a minimum of 2-4 hours each day to complete coursework
  • Check email frequently for messages from the instructor
  • Be prepared to read a lot of material in a very short amount of time
  • Be prepared for many deadlines and assignments

BE AWARE OF THE DEADLINES

Class time is not the only thing condensed during the summer session. Deadlines, such as the last day to add or drop a class, are also condensed. Don’t miss an important date. Review the Academic Calendar.

4. Manage your Time and Get Organized

THE eCAMPUS CENTER HAS SEVERAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR ONLINE LEARNING

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Learn strategies to organize your time, communicate effectively, stay engaged, and dedicated to success with the eCampus Quick Start Guide.

Did you know Boise State has tutoring available online?

Access online tutors in a variety of subjects like math, science, economics, Spanish, and more! You can also access consultants in the Boise State Writing Center online through email consultations. To learn more about these free services visit Tutorial Services and The Writing Center or click the “Help!” tab located in Blackboard.

5. Be Comfortable with Technology

YOU ARE EXPECTED TO KNOW HOW TO USE BLACKBOARD

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If you’ve never taken an online course before, or are unfamiliar with Blackboard you can request access to the eCampus Introduction to Online Learning orientation course within Blackboard. Since your instructor will not teach Blackboard as part of their course, the purpose of this introductory course is to help potential online students:
  • Develop clear expectations of online learning
  • Identify personal learning strengths and weaknesses
  • Review best practices for Internet use
  • Understand basic computer literacy
  • Increase comfort with Blackboard navigation