Online classes are convenient because you are not required to go to the campus to learn. But just like classes held in campus, you must set aside time every week and have the discipline to hold on to your commitment to learning.
Online classes work differently among institutions.
- Some online classes do not require the students and instructors to meet online at a set date and time. These are called asynchronous online classes.
- Online classes that require the students and instructors to meet online at a particular date and time every week, usually via video conferencing software, are called synchronous online classes.
Regardless of how an online class is configured by an institution, students get the learning materials, submit assignments and projects, take tests, and perform other classroom activities using a learning management system. ASA College’s chosen learning management system is Blackboard Learn. This system is managed by the Distance Learning Department at ASA College.
It is also important to note that not all classes hosted in Blackboard Learn are online classes. Instructors who teach on-campus classes may use Blackboard Learn as part of their teaching techniques.
How Do I Begin?
Know Your User Accounts
Once you have your paperwork processed by ASA College, the Office of Information Technology creates your username and password to log in to classroom computers (great to know especially if you plan to visit the campus to use the college facilities like the College Library). They also create your e-mail account. Once your e-mail address is entered in the schools information system, your Blackboard Learn account is automatically created.
Download/View this PDF flyer to learn the steps on how to log in to various systems at ASA College by clicking this link: http://onlinecampus.asa.edu/oc/downloads/students/how-to-login-for-asa-students.pdf
The Student Portal is the only system at ASA College that requires that you create your user account yourself. The Student Portal is where you go to see your class schedule, attendance, submit documents to college, and a few others.
Remember These Facts About How to be Successful in Online Classes
To make sure that you become successful in your online class, here is a checklist:
Make sure that you check your ASA College e-mail account as many times as you can, everyday. All correspondences from ASA College offices are sent to your ASA College e-mail account. When your instructor posts an announcement in your online class, the instructor can opt to send it to your ASA College e-mail account. Private e-mail accounts are not used because they cannot be verified by ASA College personnel. Therefore for your own security and privacy, please use your ASA College e-mail account. To obtain information about how to log in to your ASA College e-mail account, please go to http://onlinecampus.asa.edu/oc/downloads/students/how-to-login-for-asa-students.pdf. If you cannot log in to your ASA College e-mail account, please contact the Office of IT Help Desk by calling +1 (212) 672-6450 ext. 1061. You may also send an e-mail to ITHelp@asa.edu using your private e-mail account but you must include your full name and student ID.
Log in to Blackboard Learn to access the classes in your schedule. Do this as frequently as you can, every week. While there is no minimum number of times to access a class, ideally, you will access each online class in your schedule on Blackboard Learn about 5 times a week because you will inevitably need to study the lectures, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, and the book. In addition, you may need to submit assignments, work on tests, and more importantly, participate in discussion forums. To learn how to login to Blackboard Learn, please watch this video tutorial: http://onlinecampus.asa.edu/oc/tutorials-and-resources/how-to-log-in-to-blackboard-learn-at-asa-college/
Know the student attendance policy for online classes. As of Spring 2020, students taking online classes must participate in weekly discussion forums. To be marked present you must do the following, for each scheduled online class you have in your schedule:
- Post a response to the topic posted by your instructor.
- Read your classmates’ response to the same topic, and then pick one to comment on.
Your response to the topic and your comment to one of your classmates’ response must substantive. This means that stating, “I agree” or “I disagree” is not enough. Your posts must be something that is meaningful, that other students can learn from. Derogatory, profane, or hate-filled posts are not acceptable and student will be penalized accordingly by ASA College and may lead to expulsion from our college.
Know your support system. First, make sure that you have the e-mail address of the instructor of every class you have in your schedule. Your instructors know best about the class and the specifics of the requirements of those classes. You are also assigned an Online Student Success Coordinator (or also known as, online academic adviser) whenever you are enrolled in one or more online classes. Currently, Ms. Kaila Lane is the Online Student Success Coordinator in the Distance Learning Department. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +1 (212) 672-6450 ext. 1480. If you are an on-campus student and taking one or few online classes, Ms. Lane is your adviser for the online classes you are taking. For your on-campus classes, you still have to contact your assigned student adviser. You can contact the Registrar’s Office to find out who your on-campus student adviser is.
- For technical assistance with Blackboard Learn, please send an e-mail to DL@asa.edu.
- For technical assistance with classroom/library computer login, or your ASA College e-mail account, please send an e-mail to ITHelp@asa.edu, or call +1 (212) 672-6450 ext. 1061.
- For assistance with the Student Portal, please send an e-mail to PortalAdmin@asa.edu.
Simply put, study well, be disciplined, participate in the discussion forum and do any other required work every week, to the best you can, for every online class in your schedule.