GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ONLINE COURSES
An online course brings FMU to you through your home or work computer. Class sessions, course materials, exercises, and even field trips are accessible any time and any day convenient to you. All of your coursework, including discussions, group work, and writing assignments, is done electronically. You simply log into your course through a web browser, and you’re in class.
No, most are not. Depending on the instructor, you will have assignments that require you to communicate with other students just as you would in a face-to-face course. Most online courses require you to adhere to due dates for assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. If you register for an online course, expect to finish the course on the instructor’s timeline, not yours.
Be sure to let your instructor know ahead of time. This will allow your instructor time to schedule an appropriate time for you to take your exam.
Just click Register to register online.
You may access Blackboard via the university’s website - https://ecampus.fmuniv.edu . The Blackboard link can be found on the front page at the bottom left side. You can add the page to your “Favorites’ or ‘Bookmark’ the page for future access.
- Your username contains the first letter of your first name, then the first three letters of your last name, then the two digits of your birth month, then the two digits of your birth date. (For example, for student Johnathan Dholberry, d.o.b: 01.01.1987, his username would be jdho0101)
- Your temporary password is: FMUstu1 When first logging into Blackboard, you will use the temporary password. You will then be prompted to create a unique password.
If you have forgotten your password, click the ‘Forgot your password?’ link on the Blackboard login page. The link brings you to the Lost Password page, where you can reset your password.
Your instructor has not made the class available yet. Once the instructor does this — typically by the first day of classes — you will be able to access it.
You should be able to log into Blackboard the morning after you registered for the class.
If you are trying to access Blackboard from home, you will have to contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for assistance. If you are trying to access Blackboard from work, you’ll have to contact your employer’s network administrator.
Blackboard and Email (Microsoft 365)
Click the Student Email link on the front page, bottom left on the FMU website.
Use the one your instructor says to use. If you use the wrong one, there’s a good chance your instructor won’t see your email. ‘Messages’ is an internal email tool that resides in each class–you have to log into Blackboard to see the messages. The ‘Send Email’ tool routes email sent through Blackboard to students’ and instructors’ external email accounts.
Yes. Click here to view tutorials – http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_myblackboard_global_nav.htm
Learn about profiles here: http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r91/movies/bb91_myblackboard_profiles.htm
Technical issues within Blackboard
Click the circular icon to the right of My Courses. Uncheck the boxes under Display Course Name for the courses you want to hide, and uncheck any other boxes you want to hide. Click Submit. You might also want to unchecking the corresponding boxes under Display Announcements.
Technical issues outside of Blackboard
Your computer’s operating system should have Microsoft Windows (XP or above works best) or Macintosh (OS X or above works best).
Any relatively recent PC with the Windows operating system or a Macintosh will work just fine with Blackboard. The processing speed, hard disk space and RAM for these computers should suffice. You’ll need your own Internet Service Provider, and though fast web speed is preferred, all speeds will work with Blackboard.
It’s always best to have a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word, on your computer. This way, prior to submitting assignments, you can check work for spelling and grammar errors. If your instructor requires you to submit specifically formatted documents either through the Assignments tool in Blackboard or via email, it is suggested that you submit a Word document. By doing so, you are ensuring that your instructor will be able to open your assignment on her computer.
Alternatively, you can use Google Docs, in which you can create a document online, then download it to your computer in the Word format.
Some online courses, such as many of LPC’s Computer Information Systems courses, require specific software like Microsoft Office. This requirement will be detailed in the Schedule of Classes.
If your instructor allows you to submit assignments as web pages, you might need a web-page editor, such as Macromedia Dreamweaver. You can download a free web-page editor, or you can use Google Sites.
Certified: fully tested and supported.
Compatible: partially tested but should function properly.
Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support.
Unsupported: either impossible or not tested.
Note: Firefox is the preferred browser for Blackboard. Try to avoid using Internet Explorer. If you insist on using IE, be sure to enable Compatibility View.
|Internet Explorer 10||Internet Explorer 9||Firefox (latest release)||Chrome (latest stable release)|
|Windows 7 (32-bit)||Compatible||Certified||Certified||Certified|
|Windows 7 (64-bit)||Certified||Certified||Certified||Certified|
|Windows 8 (64-bit)||Compatible||Unsupported||Certified||Certified|
|Windows 8 (64-bit)||Certified||Unsupported||Certified||Certified|
|Mac OSX configurations|
|Safari 6.01||Safari 5.1||Firefox (latest release)||Chrome (latest stable release)|
|Mac OSX 10.6||Unsupported||Certified||Certified||Certified|
|Mac OSX 10.7||Certified||Certified||Certified||Certified|
|Mac OSX 10.8||Certified||Certified||Certified||Certified|
- From the Tools menu, click Options.
- Click Privacy.
- Under History, choose Use Custom Settings for History in the drop-down next to Firefox will. Make sure Accept Cookies from Sites is checked. Click OK.