Before you have registered for a distance education course, make sure you understand the difference between:
Online Course vs. Videoconferencing Course
After you have registered for an
online course and you have received confirmation that
you are now in the course, you would need to go through the following steps to make
sure you are ready to start the course before the
Getting Course Information
A few weeks prior
to the start of the semester, you should expect to
receive an e-mail message from the Distance Learning Program with
additional relevant online learning information.
Make sure to e-mail your professor before the
semester starts so that you can learn when the
classes begin, which course platform will be used,
which textbooks are required, if there will be any
face-to-face meetings and any other questions you
might have. Please feel free to contact the
Program office (215) 204-2712 or by e-mail email@example.com
if you have questions about online learning.
Due to the fact that you will probably will need to
spend more time online while taking an online
course, it is recommended that you have a fast
Internet connection. If you do not currently have an
Internet Service Provider, please read more about
Temple DCANET Access Program.
Online courses may or not have campus
meetings. Therefore, we recommend that you contact
the course instructor prior to the semester to learn
if there will be any campus meeting for the online
course you have enrolled for. When a course is
offered entirely online, all course interactions
among students and faculty happens via the Internet.
Blackboard: Most of the activities for
your online course will take place via
Blackboard (if your course is offered via
Blackboard). The following present general
information on this platform and how you can
prepare to use it before your course starts.
However, if your professor has informed you that
s/he is not using Blackboard, please follow hers
or his instructions. In order to be able to use
Blackboard, you must have an AccessNet account
through Temple University. You can also get more
detailed information on Blackboard by following
the link to blackboard on
Computer Services Website.
Once you login to Blackboard, click on the
course you have registered and then go to the
“resources” tab. There you will find useful
information on Blackboard, navigation, technical
support and many other features.
Videoconferencing courses are campus
bound. Each videoconferencing course usually links
two campus classrooms with the professor being in
one of them, and interacting with the remote
students via videoconferencing equipment.
Listserv is an
electronic mail system that allows instructors and
students to reach every member of the class and send
collective e-mail messages. Your instructor may or may
not decide to use this tool as part of the course. If
s/he does, s/he will subscribe your e-mail address to
the course’s listserv at the beginning of the semester.
Thus, every time you check your e-mail account you will
be able to find announcements or news relevant to your
class (please note that your instructor will be sending messages to you Temple Email address).
because of the collective nature of listservs, you must
be careful not to send private messages that are
intended for a particular recipient.