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As an NAU Online student, your education is in your control. Everything from the pace of your classes to the places you study can be adjusted to fit your needs. We’ve spent the last 20 years perfecting the online format and here are some of the things you can expect.
Contrary to what you might expect, you’ll form strong connections to peers and faculty in our online classrooms. Students participate in discussions using online tools and it’s impossible to fall through the cracks. Friendships form here just like they do on social media. But in our classrooms, everyone is sharing the academic journey.
You’ll take courses through the Blackboard Learn (BbLearn) platform. It’s easy-to-use software that allows you to participate in discussions and view lecture presentations.
Structured and guided classes. Most online classes are “asynchronous” and they allow you to attend class whenever it works best for you. There are some which are “synchronous” with set times when you are required to log in and participate. Look for asynchronous or synchronous when registering for online classes.
Self-paced study. This format is ideal for self-driven students who are looking to take on as much coursework as they can handle. Self-paced study is a competency-based program with no set classes or schedules. Coursework is entirely online and customized to fit what you already know and how you learn.
We offer numerous resources for online students. These include:
- Technical Support – The Student Technology Center offers 24/7 IT support during the Fall and Spring semesters and daytime-hour support in the summertime.
- Online Library Resources – The NAU Cline Library provides online access to journals, e-books, Google Scholar, and other resources. You can even chat live with Cline librarians.
- Tutoring – Need assistance with science, math, or writing? NAU’s Student Learning Centers will connect you with an online tutor who can help.
- Campus Resources – You can also tap the resources of your local NAU campus, including computer labs, in-person tutoring, IT help, and more.
5 Tips for Online Student Success
Did you know NAU has been offering online classes since the days of dial-up? In fact, more than 40% of NAU students enroll in at least one online class each semester. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of tips to help you succeed in your online classes.
1. Access Your Classes Anywhere via BbLearn Starting on your first day of class, use your NAU username (abc123) and password to log in. Complete your online classes anytime, anywhere.
3. Don’t Forget About Tech Support The Student Technology Center offers 24/7 support. Computer labs and Wi-Fi are available at many NAU campuses across the state.
4. Access the Library Anytime NAU Cline Library offers comprehensive online academic resources, and Library Specialists are available to help with your research.
5. There’s an App for that Access your classes, the latest NAU news, LOUIE, BbLearn and more on your smartphone or tablet with the NAU Mobile app. Download it free from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.