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Overview

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.

I'm Admitted, What's Next?

Get Your Username

Get your LSUA username by:

  1. Going to http://my.lsua.edu
  2. Click the Get Username Tab and complete the information on this secure site
  3. Once you set your password, return to the login page and log in

The MyLSUA Portal gives you access to all of the following (some systems require additional log in with the same username and password):

Complete Online Student Orientation

Once you have your username, complete the Online Student Orientation in Moodle. You can self-enroll for this free orientation by going to http://moodle.lsua.edu/course/view.php?id=5894. Once you complete the modules and earn at least 80%, you will receive a completion badge that will show in your Moodle Profile.

Request a Degree Plan

Complete the short form here to request a degree plan. This will provide:

  • a record of how transfer courses count toward your degree
  • identify any courses that need a course substitution request
  • will prevent you from taking courses that you already have taken

You can request a plan for only the next term, the next full year, or through graduation. You can also identify course preferences for concentrations, electives, etc.

Connect With an Advisor

  • All other students should contact the Advising center. Email advising@lsua.edu or call 318-767-2604 for an appointment. Indicate if you are a 100% online student and the semester that you plan to start. After they verify all accounts work and help with your initial schedule, you will be connected to your faculty advisor for future registration authorizations
  • Summer3, Fall2 and Fall3 registration for 2016 is open now. Spring2 and Spring3  registration will begin in mid-October.  All 7-week terms end in a number 2 (first part of semester) or 3 (last part of semester)

Register for Classes

See the Self-Service instruction file for making a schedule

The Registration deadline for all 7 week classes is 1 week prior to the first day of class. This allows you to get textbooks ordered and be ready for a successful term.

Pay for Classes

Students in 100% online programs use a different process to pay for classes. Please DO NOT click the "Pay for Classes" Link in MyLSUA. Instead:

  1. Log into Self-Service
  2. Click the Finances Tab
  3. Click the Balance Menu (directly under the home tab)
  4. Change the period to the correct Term (FALL2, FALL3, SPRING2, SPRING3, etc.)
  5. Click the Change button to see current balance
  6. Expand the "Make a Payment option" in the left column
  7. Change the drop-down for "Apply Payment To" to match the term
  8. Enter the amount you wish to pay at this time. You can return and make another payment later as long as classes are paid for in advance.
  9. NOTE: All 7 week classes must be paid in full prior to the WEDNESDAY before classes start in any term.

Purchase Textbooks

There are 2 ways to purchase textbooks: Through My.LSUA

  1. Log in to http://my.lsua.edu/
  2. Click the Student Menu at the top-right
  3. Click Purchase Textbooks
  4. Choose the Term (i.e. Fall, Fall2 or Fall3)
  5. Click Submit

Directly through the bookstore link

  1. Go to http://lsua.bncollege.com
  2. Click the link to Textbooks at the top left
  3. Use the drop down menus to select term, Students declared in 100% online accelerated programs should choose Fall2 to purchase those books then choose Fall3 to see those requirements. Students in on campus programs but taking a 7 week class should choose Fall.
  4. Click Find Materials for Course(s)

The information will display:

  • Exactly what is required and what is optional (some courses require access codes)
  • Multiple options to rent, purchase, get paper or digital — whatever options the publisher has
  • Students can use financial aid to purchase textbooks if it is processed (viewable in NetPartner from the MyLSUA page).

If you choose to search other sites to get text materials, be sure to match the ISBN number. The student is responsible for having the correct edition of the textbook by the first day of class—faculty expect them to have it as the information is available.

Get Ready for Online Learning!

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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 online@lsua.edu - 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!

Technical Requirements

To be successful as an online student, you need to ensure you have the proper equipment to complete your coursework.

Hardware Requirements

  • 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)

Software Requirements

Skill Requirements

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.

Technical Issues

Students experiencing technical issues or needing assistance may contact the HelpDesk at (318) 473-6421 or submit a ticket via the Support Center.

Orientation & Online Tutoring

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Orientation

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 online@lsua.edu 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 Tutoring

Online tutoring powered by Thinkingstorm

As an LSUA enrolled student, you will receive 10 free hours of online tutoring each semester through Thinkingstorm.

This service provides convenient and comprehensive online support for topics like Math, Writing, Science, Business, Statistics, and more. This service can be accessed by enrolled LSUA students from any internet-connected-computer via your “My LSUA” account and Moodle. The service is available free of charge seven days a week, 9:00 AM-3:00 AM.

SUBJECTS SUPPORTED

ThinkingStorm is open every day for online tutoring, which includes on-demand, appointment-based and asynchronous support.

Live, On-Demand Tutoring

  • Math
  • Statistics
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Live, Appointment-Based Tutoring

  • Writing
  • Business (Accounting, Finance, Economics)
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Microsoft Office

24/7 Writing Center Tutoring

  • Submission-based support for all levels of written work
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support and Email. Phone support is Monday-Friday 9-5
  • Online orientation available that walks student through set up and logistics

ACCESSING ONLINE TUTORING

LSUA students can access ThinkingStorm’s online tutoring services from two convenient locations:

  1. MOODLE LOGIN
    • Log in to LSUA Moodle and open one of your courses
    • Click on the Online Tutoring link in your course menu to automatically log in to ThinkingStorm
  2. myLSUA LOGIN
    • Log in to your myLSUA portal
    • Click on the Online Tutoring link on the myLSUA portal homepage to log in to ThinkingStorm

USING THINKINGSTORM

  1. On the ThinkingStorm homepage, use the drop-down menu to select a help category and topic, then click the Get Help Now button.
  2. Follow the directions on screen to connect to a live tutor, submit a written assignment, or schedule an online tutoring appointment.

QUESTIONS?

Live Chat:     Available 24/7: use the “Chat Online” icon on the ThinkingStorm homepage.

Phone:     Toll Free: 877-889-5996, 9am-5pm Central, Monday-Friday.

Email:     Available 24/7: care@thinkingstorm.com.

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Online Library Resources

Online Library photo

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.

How to Access Library Resources from Off-Campus (PDF)

You also might find the following tutorials and videos helpful.

Moodle Support

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.

Student Testimonials

Hear what some of our online students have to say about LSUA.


"Infinitely More Manageable"

"I enjoy the seven-week courses. I think it is brilliant, because having two classes at a time for seven weeks is infinitely more manageable than four 13-week courses—especially if you are also working a full-time job."

– Anna, business classes for Elder Care, September 2015


"Distance Learning Courses Over On-Campus Courses"

"After attending both on-campus classes and participating in the online courses, I have to say I actually prefer the distance learning courses at this point. While the individual workload seems to be a bit higher with the distance courses, the pace and constant feedback from the instructors really helps with the material."

– Harry, Criminal Justice, September 2015


"Looking Forward to My Future"

"I am looking forward to my future and being able to obtain a degree within a time frame I did not even think was possible, thanks to being able to take seven-week classes."

– Victoria, Business Administration, September 2015


"Absolutely Great!"

"In addition to being enjoyable, the discussion boards also forced me to think. Being forced to formulate my own opinion helps me to learn. This course was absolutely great, and I can honestly say I learned a lot."

– Peter, Criminal Justice, February 2016


"Making the Promise to Yourself"

"One of the greatest things about this (versus 10-12 years ago) is all of the different ways you can access and study the content! The main tip that I would share is that it really boils down to making the promise to yourself and keeping it."

– Aaron, business classes for Elder Care, September 2015


"Loving It"

"I am only taking one two-session class at the moment; I am loving it. It allows me to go along at my own pace."

– Chastity, business classes, September 2015


"Really Enjoyed It!"

"I really enjoyed this course. I enjoyed how the due dates for assignments were consistent. It made it very easy to keep up with the assignments. I must say, I think this was my favorite course out of any class I’ve taken. The work was not overwhelming, and it was very interesting."

– Karli, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Strengthened My Weakness"

"I truly struggle with writing, and I think that the constant writing that we had to do in this class has strengthened that weakness. ... It has broadened my understanding of current events and has helped me become a better student and writer."

– Hannah, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Really Learned a Lot"

"I really learned a LOT. We all hear about terrorism—but what actually is it, and how deep do its roots go? This course gave me a good understanding of it. Thank you, and really enjoyed the class."

– Jose, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Go at My Own Pace"

"It was quick, and I was able to go at my own pace. That is something that I really liked a lot more than having to take an in-person class. I know that I have learned so much more than I was expecting to and, if there were another class like this, I would definitely take it again!"

– Hannah, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"I Would Be a Straight-A Student"

"This is my second seven-week class, and I cannot express enough how much I enjoy these classes. I actually learn because I do not have to stress about taking a test, and I can enjoy researching the work. If this is how every class was structured, I would be a straight-A student."

– Pierce, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Much Easier Than a Textbook"

"My favorite thing may have been the MindTap program. This is an easy-to-use and highly effective program. I found it to be very user-friendly and full of great information. This is much easier than using a textbook."

– Clark, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Learned More Than What I Thought I Was Going To"

"This course was very informative. I learned more than what I thought I was going to in just seven weeks. I love the way you keep the class involved and ask for our opinions throughout the course."

– Angelica, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"A Better Way to Learn"

"This class was very enjoyable and informative. As with other classes, I enjoyed the fact that there were no exams in this class. I believe the use of chapter assignments allows for a better acknowledgement of the information and does not force the student to cram information, forgetting it as soon as the exam is over."

– Natasha, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"It Helped Me Make My Career Choice"

"I learned so much from this course that I am really considering leaning in the direction of homeland security."

– Dineen, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"So Organized"

"I took one of your online classes last semester and just loved it! Everything is so organized on Moodle, and I know when and where to turn in everything."

– Summer, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Liked The Set Up"

"I liked the way that this class was setup and how we had a to-do list each week. I also liked the fact that we had a media video and reading assignment to view each week to help us understand the chapters that we were currently trying to learn."

– Phillip, business finance class for BBA, 2016


"Wouldn’t Change A Thing"

"I really enjoyed this class, I feel like I learned a lot. I really liked the videos of the practice problems and how you [professor] worked them out step by step with us...I wouldn't change a thing with this class one of the best classes I have taken online!"

– Brittany, business finance class for BBA, 2016


"Liked The Structure"

"I liked the study guide provided for each test. This helped me know the major things that I needed to be comfortable with for the exam. I did enjoy the multimedia and readings each week. This helped me understand in depth about what we were learning about...I liked the structure and work that was set up for us in this class."

– Christopher, money and banking class for BBA, 2016


"Overall, A Great Class"

"I enjoyed learning many new things in this class. I found the reading material and the PowerPoint presentations to be beneficial in learning the different concepts. I especially found the quizzes and study guides helpful for the tests... Overall I felt this was a great class."

– Kelsi, money and banking class for BBA, 2016


"Amazing"

"I'd just like to say how amazed I am at the outstanding services provided by the school. I really appreciate all of the assistance, and how accessible it all is. I have been sharing my experiences with lots of people, and encouraging them to consider LSUA's online program, and the school overall."

– Ashley, Criminal Justice, July 2017


"Truly a Blessing"

"The online class has been a blessing for me in allowing me to continue to work and go to school. The classes truly are allowing me to realize my dream."

– -Jackie, Criminal Justice, May 2017


"Strengthened My Writing"

"...I truly struggle with writing, and I think that the constant writing that we had to do in this class has strengthened that weakness... [This class] has broadened my understanding of current events and has helped me become a better student and writer.

– Hannah, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Really Liked The Discussion Boards"

"Honestly I loved the way this course was set up...One thing that I really liked about this course was the discussion boards. It is very refreshing for a student to be allowed to speak his or her mind...Typically in a class, students are not allowed a lot of opportunities to give their opinion and share their knowledge on a certain topic...In addition to being enjoyable, the discussion boards also forced me to think. Being forced to formulate my own opinion helps me to learn."

– Peter, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Don’t Have To Stress About a Test"

"This is my second seven-week class and I cannot express enough how much I enjoy these classes. I actually learn because I do not have to stress about taking a test and I can enjoy researching the work. If this is how every class was structured I would be a straight A student."

– Evan, Criminal Justice, 2016


"A Better Understanding"

"I really enjoyed this class...The assignments allowed me to fully understand the chapters. I was able to critically think about the question and give a great answer. The book itself was really interesting. Being able to read scholars opinions gave me a better understanding of the various topics. I really wish I could have this class for a full session, so I can gather as much information that I can. It was just a super fun class and a very interesting one. I will definitely tell other criminal justice students to take this class!"

– Tracy, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Well Spaced Assignments"

"I really enjoyed this course, and the assignments that were given. I feel that even though this course was fast paced, the work and assignments were spaced out enough to give the appropriate amount of time to complete them. I dreaded writing a research paper for this course since it was only 7 weeks, but I really enjoyed the weekly research assignments. It is sometimes hard to stay focused on one particular topic, so I liked the weekly topics that were usually current event topics."

– Clark, Criminal Justice, Spring 2016


"Enjoyed The Interaction"

"I enjoyed this class and how fast it went, I felt like I learn a lot more when I am under pressure...I enjoyed the interaction with chapter assignments because it makes you actually read and understand each chapter."

– Meghan, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Love/Hate Relationship"

"I felt this course was very well put together. At first glance, I felt as though it would be a lot of assignments and an overload of work. However, the assignments are very easy to follow... I also feel I learn the most from them because of the way the assignments are set up. I have a love / hate for them. I hate doing them, but I love that they actually teach me the work."

– Brittany, Criminal Justice, 2016


"No Cramming"

"... I enjoyed the fact that there were no exams in this class. I believe the use of chapter assignments allows for a better acknowledgement of the information, and does not force the student to cram information, forgetting it as soon as the exam is over."

– Natasha, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Relevant"

"My favorite part of this class was the term paper each week. I enjoyed the topics being relevant to what is happening in the world today. I also did not mind the chapter assignments. My least favorite part were the video quizzes and the forums. I learned a lot and overall I really appreciated the easy format of the class."

– Samantha, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Better Understanding"

"... The topics were very relevant to the course and to today’s actions. The video quizzes were good also. Some weeks seemed to be a work overload, but once you opened the assignments it wasn’t too bad to tackle...I really learned A LOT. We all hear about terrorism but what actually is it, and how deep do its roots go? This course gave me a good understanding of it. Thank you and really enjoyed the class.

– Jose, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Very Manageable"

"I really enjoyed this course. It was the first time I used a text book online but it was easy to follow. I really liked having weekly papers as opposed to one large one. It was better practice at writing papers because it was a weekly thing. The chapter assignments were sometimes a little long but overall very manageable."

– Freddy, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Go At My Own Pace"

"...In 7 weeks I have learned more because I had no option, but to pay attention to what I was doing, but it was quick and I was able to go at my own pace. That is something that I really liked a lot more than having to take an in person class. I think the foundation of this class was set up perfectly and there is truly nothing that I would change about this course... I know that I have learned so much more than I was expecting to... I would definitely take it again!

– Hannah, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Lively Debate LOL"

"I really enjoyed the materials discussed in this class. It was very interesting! I think this would be a great class to be offered on campus as well. There would be a lot of debate and interaction about the topics that are very relevant to all of us. It would definitely make it interesting.... Maybe too interesting for class!! LOL"

– Blaine, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Keeping Students Involved"

"...I learned more than what I thought I was going to in just seven weeks...I love the way you keep the class involved and ask for our opinions throughout the course.

– Angelica, Criminal Justice, 2016


"I Learned So Much"

"The class was a good mix of quiz and written work... I thought that everything was graded in a timely manner and was graded fairly. I understood what was being asked of me and that made the course less stressful...I learned so much from this course that I am really considering leaning in the direction of homeland security.

– Dineen, Criminal Justice, 2016


"I Had Enough Time"

"I got some good information about the class and the book was pretty good and really easy to use...The weekly assignments were set up well and for most of them I had enough time to finish."

– Kelin, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Refreshing"

"...I was able to learn a lot from the assignments especially. It gave me a reason to read through the chapters rather than skimming them before a lecture. The videos were also interesting. Sometimes it gets boring staring at the same old thing and using the same material, so it was refreshing to be able to sit and watch a video occasionally about what we were discussing that week."

– Catherine, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Material Is Easy To Digest"

"I took one of your online classes last semester and just loved it! This semester was great as well! You make the material easy to digest with your chapter assignments that really help us break down those key points. You provide more than enough time to complete all the work. I never felt rushed to turn anything in. Everything is so organized on Moodle I know when and where to turn in everything."

– Summer, Criminal Justice, 2016


"My Favorite Course"

"I really enjoyed this course. I enjoyed how the due dates for assignments were consistent. It made it very easy to keep up with the assignments. The assignments were also an appropriate length. It wasn’t too much work for one week...I think this was my favorite course out of any class I’ve taken. The work was not overwhelming and it was very interesting."

– Karli, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Everything Was Great!"

"Everything with the class was great! Even though it was very fast paced, I was pleased with the organization and the work that went along with the course. I would not change anything about the course..."

– Erin, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Quizzes Are a Great Tool"

"The class was very informative about the terrorism and how terrorist work. I mainly liked the assignments... The quizzes on the chapters were a great tool because you just did the quiz and was done with it there was no long drawn out assignment dealing with that one chapter. I found it easier to read the chapter and take the quiz than search for the answer during an assignment."

– Jacquelyn, Criminal Justice, 2017


"Structure of Class is Better Than I’ve Ever Seen"

"The structure of the class is better than any I've ever seen. The discussion boards help me to learn about things going on around the world. Foreign policy is my weakest area but this class is making sense of it to me."

– Peter, Criminal Justice, 2016


"Make a Promise to Yourself"

"One of the greatest things about this (versus 10-12 years ago) is all of the different ways you can access and study the content! The main tip that I would share is that it really boils down to making the promise to yourself and keeping it. Life is stressful, but there comes a time when you have to tune out other things and choose to focus on accomplishing the day's work, which is such an important part of the long-term journey!"

– Aaron, Business classes for Eldercare


"Infinitely More Manageable"

"I enjoy the seven week courses. I think it is brilliant, because having two classes at a time for seven weeks is infinitely more manageable than four thirteen week courses...especially if you are also working a full time job."

– Anna, Business classes for Eldercare, 2016

Student Blogs

Wondering what it's like to earn your degree online? Some of our students volunteered to share an insider's view of their progress with you in regular blog posts. Although all of our bloggers so far are enrolled in undergraduate degree programs. we expect to be adding authors in other degree programs soon. So keep watching this spot! Meanwhile, See what our bloggers say about their Louisiana State University at Alexandria online experiences.

Undergraduate Blogs

Undergraduate Blogs

Being an online student is all about staying connected. Whether you're currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at LSU Alexandria or considering one, read these active student blogs to get the scoop on how the experience can be both challenging and rewarding.

Commencement

You made it!

As your graduation date approaches, you will receive an email concerning the commencement ceremony. LSUA holds commencement ceremonies at the end of both fall and spring semesters.

Please let us know if you will be participating!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Sally Cowan at 318-473-6446 or via email at scowan@lsua.edu.

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