Whether you’re working a full-time job, managing a busy home life, or experiencing some other challenge in getting to campus, we want to meet you where you are. Through our degree programs and courses we aim to work with students in nontraditional ways, so that the steps toward a college degree are possible.
Online courses don’t meet in person. Instead, course content is delivered via the internet, TV, CDs or DVDs. There may be opportunities for live events like conferences or lectures as well.
As an online student, keeping up with weekly assignments and deadlines is vital to your success. Since your class attendance isn’t tracked, assignments are used to determine how well you are completing the course. If you are not timely with your assignments, your grade will reflect that.
Classes are conducted through two learning management systems, Blackboard and Moodle. Unique learning environments facilitated by Bluefield State faculty, these systems contain both material recorded during in-person classes and material created primarily for online courses. Students can use these systems from anywhere they can connect to the internet.
Accessing Blackboard and Moodle
First log on to Bluefield State's campus portal, myBSC, using your Bluefield State username and password. If you’ve forgotten your username or password, you can reset it using the Forgot Password link on the login page of myBSC.
Once you’re in the myBSC system, you can find your course by selecting the Blackboard or Moodle icon. Every instructor designs their courses differently, and although there may be many similarities, be sure to follow all directions posted by your instructor whether in course materials, discussion boards or announcement pages.
Tips for Success
- Be organized. These courses do not meet in person. Therefore, you must use the syllabus and course outline to complete assignments by the deadlines listed. Mark your calendar with test dates. Recognize your due dates and schedule preparation days to stay on track. Plan several hours per week to read the text or materials, post questions and comments, and complete and submit assignments. Each instructor maintains the course structure and facilitates classroom expectations, which should be spelled out in the syllabus.
- Don’t procrastinate. Viewings, readings and assignments should be done weekly. Don’t put them off until the last minute.
- Keep deadlines. Instructors may drop you from classes for failure to complete assignments. If you are not completing assignments in a timely manner, when grade time comes, instructors will be forced to give you an F (they are required to follow the college’s academic regulations).
- Ask for help early and often. Ask questions. Communicate with the instructor using email if you are uncertain about anything. Most online courses are writing- and reading-intensive, so falling behind will have a negative bearing on your success. Use resources like Student Services Center and Smart Thinking™ to receive tutoring on subjects presented in the course.
- Practice. Practice any online activities such as glossary flashcards. Use the study guides and exam reviews that are posted on the homepage for each exam. Take practice tests, if offered. Most give immediate feedback and answers. When workshops are scheduled, try to attend them.
Rules for Online Conduct
A Computer System Use and Abuse Policy can be found in the handbook, which grants students the use of lab and online resources subject to university policies, local, state and federal laws. Such obligations are suggested but not limited to copyright, intellectual property rights, and academic honesty and ethics.
Online Learning Help Desk
Instructional Technology Center
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Toll Free: 800-344-8892 or or 800-654-7798
These services are part of the Instructional Technology Center and are available to anyone within the Bluefield State student or faculty community.