Need help? We’re here for you. LSUA has excellent support services to assist you as you pursue your degree. Student Resources can offer you assistance in your education. We have an online library, tips for success, and academic advisors to help you through your academic journey.
Get Ready for Online Learning!
Review these questions to make sure you’re ready to start when classes begin!
Online Learning Checklist
- Do you currently have access to the internet?
- Do you have access to or own a personal computer?
- Do you know how to access and browse the internet?
- Can you use Microsoft Office products (or Open Office products) such as Word and PowerPoint?
- Can you send emails and attach documents?
- Are you motivated to complete tasks on a structured schedule (avoid waiting to the last minute)?
- Can you complete coursework without direct supervision (work independently)?
- Are you able to process written instructions without verbal or visual direction?
- Do you have at least 6-9 hours a week (per course) to dedicate to your studies?
If you have answered yes to a majority of the questions above, you have the makings of being a successful online student!
Tips for Success
Online learning has some differences than on campus learning, but the basic premise remains the same. Preparation is key, and asking questions is always a good idea. You’ll need to set aside time each week to complete your coursework.
- Read the syllabus thoroughly and note any due dates for assignments and exams.
- Re-read the syllabus. Information in this document is critical. Print it out and keep it handy.
- Ask questions directly and immediately if you do not understand the instructions or due dates for assignments.
- Organize your time in a way that allows you to thoughtfully and thoroughly complete assignments.
- Successful college students are expected (as a general rule) to spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying for every hour they are in class. This means for students taking 7-week classes, you should expect to spend 12-15 hours per week per course.
- Keep up with assignment due dates and submit them on time or early.
- Technical problems related to your computer connections or equipment cannot be used as an excuse for failure to complete assignments or to participate online. If you have a technical problem, have a backup plan to stay current with your coursework. Colleges, libraries, friends, relatives or neighbors are just some of the options for backup connections.
- Report technical problems with your course login, campus email, or LSUA service to the LSUA Helpdesk or Distance Learning immediately. File a helpdesk ticket or call 318-473-6421. You can contact distance learning at firstname.lastname@example.org - indicate your name, the course(s) you are taking and the problem you are having. Never email your social security number and never give your password to anyone.
- Participate in online discussions (if required) by reading and responding respectfully to your classmates and instructor. Participation is often required and may count toward your grade.
- Participate in group projects or activities as required. Your contributions to the group (or class) are a valuable part of the learning process for all involved.
- Log in to your online class at least 3-5 days per week. Work on content, assignments, and studying every week.
- Online classes are just as rigorous as on campus classes. Students will need to be self-motivated and should not procrastinate. Some classes will take longer to 'get it'. All students learn differently, so find what works best for you and set aside enough time each week to work on your classes. You can do this! We are here to help!
To be successful as an online student, you need to ensure you have the proper equipment to complete your coursework.
- Modern Computer with Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 (PC) / Mac OS X 10 (Macintosh)
- Reliable Broadband Internet Connection (DSL, cable, satellite)
- Speakers / Headphones
- Webcam (may be required for proctored exams using ProctorU services)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Adobe Flash
- Anti-Virus Software
- Apple Quicktime
- Google Chrome Browser (Recommended)
- Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) or Open Office
- Windows Media Player
An Internet connection is necessary to participate in discussions and assignments, access readings, transfer coursework, and receive feedback from your instructional associate and/or professor.
For web-based courses, students should have a basic working knowledge of computers and Internet use as well as access to a computer with a broadband (DSL, cable, satellite) Internet connection. Copying and pasting, along with attaching/uploading documents for assignment submission, will also be required. Other requirements for each course are listed in the university catalog as course prerequisites.
All students in 100% online programs are required to complete the online Orientation.
- This should take no more than three hours to complete and can be done over several days if you prefer.
- You must be admitted to the university and have your username and password set up to complete the online orientation through Moodle.
- Once you receive your username and password, and are ready to complete the orientation, email email@example.com from your LSUA email account to be registered in the course. For instructions on how to self-register, please click here.
- There is no charge for the Orientation course; it is designed to help you be successful as an online learner.
Online Library Resources
Library research is critical to student success. LSUA provides online access to thousands of journals, articles and books. The library page is a great place to get information. To use the online databases from off campus you will need your student ID number and your birth year.
You also might find the following tutorials and videos helpful.
Welcome to Moodle
Learn how to login, access your classes, send emails, and take quizzes.
Career Placement and Planning
This section offers resources and tools for every type of student: those that have not decided on a major, those that have, and those about to graduate. Get tips, take personality tests and find out if you’re on the right academic path.
Find out about internships, professional advising, job postings and resources, and job fairs. You can also learn about the graduate school application process.