Most classes have a textbook/publisher website to accompany the class. Your professor may assign things within that publisher website. The publisher website is external to Blackboard, so if you run into questions or issues with that material, it is best for your to contact the publisher directly for support. Here is a list of publishers and their support information for your reference:
How to Access Online Classes
Are you registered for eLearning classes at Palm Beach State? Here is how to access them:
- On the first day of the semester, your online classes will become available in Blackboard. Login to Blackboard: https://palmbeachstate.blackboard.com/ (Keep in mind that tuition must be paid in full in order to gain access.)
- Your course list will appear on the right side of the screen, under My Courses. Click on the course name to open it.
- Once you are in a class, use the green navigation menu on the left side. Most online courses keep the content in the Lessons area. You may want to begin there first!
Whether you are taking classes on campus or online, you have access to free tutoring. If you are near a campus, you can come to the Student Learning Center any time during their office hours and receive tutoring, supplemental instruction, and more. Please visit the SLC homepage for more information: www.palmbeachstate.edu/SLC
If you take classes online, and coming to campus is not an option for you, you also have access to free tutoring from a distance. In your online course, on the green course menu on the left, there is a link titled, "Online Tutoring." Click on that, and you will be taken to Tutor.com. Tutor.com is an online tutoring and academic support service that is available for our online students. Help is available for nearly any subject, as well as getting feedback on your writing.
Take advantage of these resources that are free to you as a current Palm Beach State College student!
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Taking Tests in Blackboard
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Here are some Important Technical Factors to Consider:
One of the things you can do to be a successful online student is making sure you have the right tools for the job. eLearning strongly suggests you own your own computer AS WELL as having an alternate system as a backup, just in case. Additionally, you can come to any campus and use any student computer - but, we strongly advise that you not rely solely on coming to campus, as campus hours may not coincide with the time you have available to work on your homework.
Can you easily use Microsoft Office products (including Word and PowerPoint), conduct internet searches, read long text passages on a screen, and troubleshoot minor issues with your computer? If you answered no, you may wish to consider starting out with web component courses instead of jumping right into a fully online course. Make sure you can handle the work and requirements in that component course before moving on to a fully online course.
As an eLearning student, you take on the responsibility for ensuring that your personal technology is compatible with all aspects of learning online, and that you are proficient in using your personal technology.
Internet or Wi-Fi Disruptions
- Issues with your Internet Service Provider
- Adequate Bandwidth
Unreliable Internet service and/or inadequate Bandwidth will have the worst impact on Examinations. Sudden spike in bandwidth use in your home (such as family member starting a Netflix or other streaming video movie, streaming music, downloading large files, etc.) while taking an exam will significantly reduce available bandwidth for the exam, thus slowing down new question refresh-rate, and/or completely freezing up the system if the online exam is video monitored with Respondus. Internet connection disruptions will log you out of the exam while test time test-clock continues to run, wasting valuable exam time.
Please ensure that your Internet connection is stable and that sharing of Wi-Fi Bandwidth is controlled before beginning online examinations.
Incompatible / Unreliable Computer Systems
- Compatible Devices (computers), Operating Systems and Browsers
- Computers full of Bloatware (many installed, usually free/downloaded programs, that use-up system resources)
- Computers with Viruses
- Computers that Crash (or need to be rebooted) Often
Incompatible and/or unreliable computers will make your online studies extremely frustrating, resulting in missed assignment submissions, problems with exam taking (ranging from ‘no access to the test,’ to ‘getting disconnected from the exam while answering questions’), and other various problems - which generally result in students earning lower course grades and lower student success rates.
Mobile devices are not compatible with the functions of Blackboard, and have very negative impact on your ability to successfully access the course and/or participate in the course activities should you attempt to use them (an exception is the very limited Blackboard App available for iPhone and Android devices).
Should you encounter any difficulties and/or unsupported notices, please Contact eLearning before an issue with your system prevents you from earning a good grade in your course(s).
General Computer & Software Skills
- Updating & Installing Software
- Managing Browser Options
- Managing Installed Virus Protections and Firewall Software
- Understanding and Managing Internet Connections and Bandwidth
The eLearning Department continuously monitors the systems that deliver the course content to you. It is imperative for your success to ensure that your skills and your system are also adequate to take online courses, and do not hinder you from participating and succeeding in your studies. You may need to install some supportive technology/software to access supporting course material, update your browser and/or Java software, etc. You need to know the basics of computing.
Blackboard (Bb) Skills
- Understanding the General Structure and Premise of Online Learning
- Knowing how to Navigate Bb Courses
- Knowing how to Upload Bb Assignments
- Knowing how to Take Bb Exams (and use the Webcam Test Proctoring System)
- Knowing how to Participate in Bb Discussions
Students need to have the knowledge/skills to use the course delivery system (Bb) effectively/efficiently, and have full understanding of best practices and the nuances of learning online.
Please enroll in ELO1000, our Free Online Learning Orientation Course, to ensure you understand the Blackboard course delivery system and review best practices of learning online.
Message from the eLearning Team
The eLearning Team is dedicated to bringing you the best possible Online Course experience – and with your help, to do our best to eliminate technical issues that would have negative impact on your success.
Please take these issues seriously – attempting to use unsupported devices such as Tablets and Phones, sharing bandwidth with others streaming music/movies while taking exams, and/or not having the skills to use your system and Bb effectively will result in frustrations and failure. We can help – but only if you take these issues seriously and put forth the effort to ensure you are ready to learn online.
Your eLearning Team
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