FAQs

Click on the links below to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about Distance Education.

  1. What is Blackboard?
  2. How do I receive a Blackboard account?
  3. What is my user name and password for Blackboard?
  4. How do I access my course(s) in Blackboard?
  5. How do I receive a course shell in Blackboard?
  6. What is the difference between a web-enhanced course and an online course?
  7. Who is responsible for initial contact in an online class, the student or the instructor?
  8. How do I add or remove students who add or drop my course?
  9. Why is faculty training so important?
  10. What computer requirements do I need for online or web-enhanced courses?
  11. Which web browsers does Blackboard support?
  12. What is the procedure for students to use a test proctor?
  13. How can faculty purchase a license of Microsoft Office to install on their personal computer?

What is Blackboard? 
Blackboard is Elizabeth City State University's learning management system that allows students and faculty members to access course materials, conduct course activities, communicate, and collaborate online. Blackboard Learn is a web-based tool that provides the instructor the freedom to focus on teaching and learning techniques. This productivity tool can be used in all courses, from supplementing existing on campus classes to delivering completely online distance classes. It is easy for novice instructors to learn and use yet powerful enough to handle the most advanced teaching needs. Faculty teaching courses that use Blackboard can access those courses anywhere and anytime they can access the World-Wide Web. It offers a user-friendly environment where faculty can:

  1. Post announcements 
  2. Upload course syllabus
  3. Email students
  4. Create assignments online
  5. Participate with students in online discussions, wikis, journals, and blogs
  6. Give quizzes online and more 

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How do I receive a Blackboard account? 
Faculty receive a Blackboard account once they are assigned to teach courses in the Banner system.

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What is my user name and password for Blackboard? 
Username: Your 9 digit Banner ID number
Password: Your birthdate: mmddyy

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How do I access my course(s) in Blackboard? 
Log into your Blackboard account at ecsu.blackboard.com. All courses assigned to you will be listed under the heading My CoursesCourses you are teaching. Courses are initially made unavailable to the students until faculty make them available.

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How do I receive a course shell in Blackboard? 
Once you are assigned as the instructor for a course, Banner communicates with Blackboard to generate a course shell for you. This process takes place toward the end of the spring semester for summer and fall courses and at the end of the fall semester for spring courses.

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What is the difference between an online course and a web-enhanced course? 
Online courses are completed totally online with course instructions and communication resources provided by the instructor through Blackboard. Students can study the course materials and conduct learning activities anytime, anywhere as long as they have Internet access and a Blackboard account. 

A web-enhanced course requires the student to attend on campus class sessions and use Blackboard to retrieve information, communicate in groups, send emails to classmates and instructors, and check your grades. The instructor will advise students at the beginning of the semester if they will be using Blackboard to web-enhance their course.

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Who is responsible for initial contact in an online class, the student or the instructor? 
The student is responsible for logging into Blackboard and accessing the course on the first scheduled day of class. The instructor is responsible for making the class available on the first scheduled day of class.

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How do I add or remove students who add or drop my course?
Adding and removing students from Blackboard is no longer necessary. The Banner and Blackboard integration updates 3 times a day. If a student drops your course they will be made unavailable in your course, however their name will still be listed and any work they may have submitted prior to dropping will be retained. If a student adds your course they will be added automatically as well.

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Why is faculty training so important? 
The training workshops provide the essential tools necessary for instructors to master the Blackboard Learning Management System. The workshops consist of two-hour hands-on training workshops designed for a cohort of faculty within one department or individuals. It is recommended that training be conducted within a department group to encourage collaboration among those users. The training schedule is located at http://ecsu-de.eventbrite.com/.

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What computer requirements do I need for online or web-enhanced courses?
Hardware and software requirements are provided here.

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Which web browsers does Blackboard support? 
Blackboard supported browsers and operating systems are provided here.

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What is the procedure for students to use a test proctor?
Instructions to request a test proctor are located here.

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How can faculty purchase a license of Microsoft Office to install on their personal computer?
Faculty can purchase a license of Microsoft Office by following the instructions located at here.

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