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Beginning Your Course

Hardware and Software Requirements
One of the first things you will want to do before beginning your course is to make sure that the computer and software you are using meet the standards that are required. You will also want to make sure that your students have been appropriately advised of any specialized software they may need for the course. The general hardware and software requirements that are included in course announcements for online courses may be found on the Hardware and Software Requirements Page. If your course has additional requirements, it is recommended that you notify students of such requirements prior to registration by publication in the Undergraduate Master Course List, Graduate Studies Bulletin, GothicNet Portal and/or Online Learning website.

Browser Settings for Blackboard Learn
Although the Blackboard Learn learning management system does not require that any special software be installed on your computer, you will need to be sure that your web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox) is supported and that it is configured properly for use with Blackboard Learn. We recommend that you consult the Hardware and Software Requirements page before accessing your course for the first time.

Logging-Into Blackboard Learn

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Use your Web browser (e.g., Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, etc.) to locate the following URL: http://blackboard.njcu.edu

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Enter your GothicNet ID in the User Name field and your GothicNet password in the Password field and click the "Login" button.

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All online courses that you are teaching or in which you are enrolled will appear on your My Web Courses page. To enter a course, click on its name.

Tips for Beginning Your Course
Follow the instructions in your training packet for customizing your Blackboard Learn course template, adding or modifying tools and adding content to your course. You may also wish to consult the Online Course Quality Checklist for tips on how to begin your course. If you need assistance, contact your educational technologist.

Uploading Readable Documents to Blackboard Learn: All documents uploaded to Blackboard Learn should be in PDF or HTML format so that all learners will be able to view them. Documents uploaded in other file formats (e.g., Word, Excel, etc.) can only be viewed by those students who have these applications installed on their computers. If you need assistance in converting your documents to PDF or HTML format, please consult the Educational Technologist to whom you are assigned.

NJCU Policies and Procedures Related to Online Learning

Faculty should be aware of the following NJCU policies and procedures as they pertain to online teaching and learning.

NJCU Procedures and Policies to Promote Academic Integrity in Online Learning
http://newlearning.njcu.edu/dl/pdfs/academic integrity policies_procedures.pdf

Academic Integrity Policy:
http://www.njcu.edu/about/university-senate/policies

NJCU Copyright Policy and Related Guidelines:
http://www.njcu.edu/it/policies-and-procedures

Responsible Use of Computing Resources Policy: http://www.njcu.edu/sites/default/files/pictures/responsible-use-of-computing-resources.pdf

 

 

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