Information for Student Online Success

Asynchronous Course Overview 

Overview 

The asynchronous portion of the program includes structured course materials that are prepared for each course ahead of time, and which you will complete on your own schedule in addition to the scheduled synchronous class meeting time, depending on the course. 

You may spend a big portion of your time with the asynchronous course materials. Because of the independent nature of the asynchronous platform, the academic content contained in the materials usually consists of learning activities to be done individually. This often includes presentations in various forms that might be accomplished in a typical classroom lecture with PowerPoint or by watching a video. Since you have access to the platform 24/7, you can view the asynchronous course material when it fits your schedule. Please keep in mind that you will need Internet access to view the course content.

The asynchronous coursework content may form the basis for discussion or learning during your live class sessions. Consult your course syllabus for expectations regarding asynchronous course content.

Navigating the Homepage 

For assistance finding your courses and notifications in myCourses visit Navigation the Homepage (video link) 

Submitting an Assignment in Blackboard 

Assignments are created by your instructor. They can be used for simply submitting homework. Assignments can also be used to participate in a back-and-forth review process of projects and papers. This tutorial shows you how to access assignments, download and edit an assignment file, and upload it back to myCourses. 

Be sure to check your course syllabus as your instructor may require a different method for you to submit an assignment. 

Submitting an Assignment through Blackboard (video link)

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment through Blackboard

IMPORTANT: When submitting Assignments or Turnitin Assignments be sure you are getting your submission receipt emails. If you did not get an email stating that your submission was received then something may not have worked and you might want to try again. 

Quizzes and Exams 

There are a variety of testing options within this program, some examples are listed below: 

  • Submit a paper 
  • Upload a document 
  • Complete an online test 
  • Do an online presentation 

Things to consider: 

  • Some tests will have a specific window of time for completion. 
  • Some tests may require that you complete them upon entering and lock you out if you leave the screen.
  • Your professor may require you to appear on camera while taking your test. 
  • The format of course tests should be listed in the course syllabus - make sure you have read the syllabus and are able to be prepared and make any needed accommodations for the test requirements. 

Taking online tests

Learn how to take a test online by locating the test in your course, understanding how the timer works for timed tests, saving answers, and who to contact if there are problems. 

How to find and take your tests in Blackboard at How to Take a Test Online (video link) 

Viewing Your Graded Assignments 

Assignments are created by your instructor. They can be used for simply submitting homework. Assignments can also be used to participate in a back-and-forth review process of projects and papers. 

This tutorial shows you how to access assignments, download and edit an assignment file, and upload it back to Blackboard visit Check Assignment Grades (video link) 

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Many thanks to Syracuse University's Information Technology Services for providing much of this page's content. To see the original version, visit Preparing for your Virtual Academic Experience.