Student Tech Tour, Stop #4: Online, Blended Learning

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Here, on your fourth stop of the Student Tech Tour, you will learn about the university's electronic campus and learning platfrom: online.UNT.edu, formerly called eCampus, and Blackboard Learn.tech tour stop 4

online learning imageOnline courses are regular university courses in which a majority of the classroom instruction is replaced with instruction in a web-based learning environment. In an online course, students login to a virtual classroom called Blackboard Learn, to complete lessons and other activities your instructor has developed.  Communications with your instructor and classmates take place using a combination of email, text-based discussion forums, and live text or voice-based chats.  Assessments and assignments generally are completed and submitted in the virtual classroom.  

Blended Learning:  Not all online courses take place 100 percent in the online environment. Some courses blend online instruction and activities with on-campus class meetings.  

Online Enrollment:  Most online courses follow the academic calendar, beginning and ending with the semester. The accelerated online master’s courses allow you to progress at your own pace with flexible eight-week courses and five available start dates annually.

Who Can Take Online Courses?  Any UNT student can take an online course. The university offers approximately 1,000 online course sections during each long semester.

Online Degree Programs: Many of the online degree programs are offered completely online including two undergraduate completion programs and two accelerated master’s degree programs.

How to Register and Prepare for an Online Course

  • Search for courses by keyword or browse by semester: access Online.UNT.edu and search for course information, prerequisites, instructor, number of class meetings – if any, course objectives, textbooks, and any technical requirements beyond those you would normally need for any online course.
  • Register for online courses: login to MyUNT and click on "Student Center/Registration" link. The Student Center portion of the page has links to add a class, drop a class, search for classes, pay tuition and more.
  • Online Class Schedule: The academic/registration calendar, class schedule information by semester, schedule of classes by department, and final exam schedules can be found at http://essc.unt.edu/registrar/schedule/scheduleclass.html.  You will find online courses on the course schedule with the designation INET. Be sure to watch for any required class meeting dates and locations and note them on your calendar!

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  • Blackboard Learn is a virtual learning platform where online courses take place.
    • NOTE: Blackboard Learn also is used concurrently with in-person, lecture courses that are not taught online, e.g., for professor-student communication, posting of announcements, assignments and/or grades, and for posting course content.
    • To become familiar with Blackboard Learn, login to https://learn.unt.edu and look for the Blackboard Student Orientation in your course list.  For videos and help getting started, visit Blackboard’s On Demand Learning Center for Students and Blackboard’s Official Help Site.
  • UNT offers Blackboard Mobile Learn, which enables you to keep up with your classes through your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry device. No need to purchase an app! We did that for you! Learn more at: https://bbsupport.unt.edu/MobileLearn
  • For help logging in to Blackboard Learn or with other technical issues, contact the UIT Help Desk.
  • Browser checker: Check online for supported browsers and operating systems for Blackboard Learn.
  • You may have the Help Desk contact information in your phone by now; if not, add it now!

Help Desk Contact Information

Call:  940-565-2324   |  Email: helpdesk@unt.edu   Online: Help Desk Home Page  |  Come by:  Sage Hall, Room 233

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