Frequently Asked Questions: Students

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Q: Am I ready for Online Learning?

A: Use the Online Readiness Assessment tool External Icon at the Open SUNY website to determine if this is right for you!

Q: How do I register/add/drop distance learning courses?

A: These processes are the same, no matter the course.  Check out the Registrar’s Office for more information.

Q: How do I get to my online courses?

A: Access OL courses in Blackboard.

-- username = your Groupwise name

-- password = your Groupwise password

Q: When can I access my online (OL) courses?

A: OL courses open one week prior to the official start of the course. This gives you time to learn the tools that will be used.  You can access OL courses 24/7.  OL courses run the same dates as traditional courses.

Q: Are online courses self-paced?

A: You decide the days and times you will be online, the professor establishes the course schedule, including due dates. While OL courses offer flexibility, they are rigorous and can be time intensive.

Q: How do I get my textbooks?

A: Go to our online medical bookstore External Icon, then click on books, then textbooks. The Health Sciences Library licenses required texts in electronic format whenever they are available. Check the library's e-books page for the titles you need.

Q: Is technical support available?

A: You have several sources of support.  The Distance Learning Office at Upstate is able to assist you with questions about your online courses, or you may call the SUNY Helpdesk 7 days/week (see contact information on the right side of this page). Educational Communications also helps students with their computers, tablets and smart phones (call 315-464-4860). For insight into our computer requirements, please check out this information: http://www.upstate.edu/imt/intra/pdf/edcomm/min_compute_req.pdf

Q: How does attendance work for online courses?

A: Participation in discussions, submission of assignments or required work are date and time stamped.  These count as attendance.

Q: What services are available for DL students?

A: The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the success of each of Upstate University's students and are dedicated to working with them "where they are" to address their specific needs as presented. Information for current students can be found here.

Q: What services does the library offer for distance learners?

A: A guide for distance learners has been published online for students at a distance.  Go to http://upstate.libguides.com/distance External Icon for a myriad of resources. In addition, some online faculty also work with the library to create a Lib Guide specific to their courses.  Here is one from NURS605, Health Care Policy http://upstate.libguides.com/DNP?hs=a