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  • Academic Success Strategies

    Academic Success Strategies

    We want you to do well in this course and reach your academic goals. Practicing good time management, being able to identify what you know and don’t know, sustaining motivation and applying effective learning strategies will contribute to your academic success. The following resources can assist you: 

    Here are some additional resources that can help you strengthen these skills: 

    • Self-Regulated Learning Lab : The Self-Regulated Learning Lab is an interactive website which asks you questions about your time management skills, motivation, and learning strategies and gives you customized feedback so you can further develop these skills and strategies.

    • SBU Online Learning Resources : This site covers how online learning works, provides additional resources for how to be a successful online learner, assistance with select academic technologies and links to student support services on campus.

    • Learning Scientists : The Learning Scientists website provides resources for six research-based learning strategies that can be applied to a variety of contexts.

  • Technical Requirements

    Technical Requirements

    Blackboard is SBU’s Learning Management System (LMS)  and is used for the facilitation of communications between faculty and students, submission of assignments, and posting of grades and feedback. To access Blackboard, you will need your SBU NetID. If you are unsure of your NetID, visit  Finding Your NetID and Password  for more information.

    Having a reliable computer and Internet connection throughout the term will benefit you. Caution!  For many classes, you will be at a disadvantage if you attempt to complete all coursework on a smartphone or tablet. It may not be possible to submit the files required for your homework assignments. If you need to borrow a device, please visit   SBU’s Laptop Loan Program.

    Students should be able to use email, a word processor, spreadsheet program, and presentation software to complete most courses successfully. The following list details a  minimum recommended computer set-up, and the software packages you will need to have access to and be able to use:

    • PC with Windows 10 or higher   or   Macintosh with OS 10.11 or higher 

    • 3 year warranty

    • Intel Core i5 or higher

    • 250 GB Hard Drive

    • 8 GB RAM

    • Latest version of Chrome or Firefox; Mac users may use Chrome or Firefox (A complete list of supported browsers and operating systems can be found on the   My Institution  page when you log in to Blackboard.)

    • High speed internet connection

    • Word processing software (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.)

    • Headphones/earbuds and a microphone

    • Webcam (recommended)

    • Printer (optional)

    • Ability to download and install free software applications and plug-ins (note: you must have administrator access to install applications and plug-ins).

    Additional information can be found on   DoIT’s Hardware support page.

    Computers  equipped with the appropriate software are also available for use at the various SINC site computer labs. Both physcial and virtual labs are available. DoIT's Software Catalog has additional information on where software is located.

  • Blackboard Grade Center

    Viewing Grades on Blackboard 

    • Points and feedback for graded activities will be posted to the  My Grades  tab in the Tools area of Blackboard.

    • Here’s how to  post comments  on a discussion board.

    Why is assessment important?  It’s more than just grades. Assessment helps you, the student, measure what you are learning and to what degree. It can be a cause for celebration and a way to see your progress over time. The best way to use assessment for your own academic improvement is to look beyond a grade or score, and take time to understand your instructor’s feedback on what you are doing well and where you can make adjustments to do better.   

  • Online Communication Guidelines

    Online Communication Guidelines

    As   a class we strive to maintain professional conduct both in the classroom and online. The classroom is a professional environment where academic debate and learning take place. Together we should make every effort to make this environment safe to share opinions, ideas, and beliefs. We  will  respect the opinions, ideas, and beliefs of other students—both in the face-to-face classroom and online communication. Students have the right and privilege to learn in the class, free from harassment and disruption. The course follows the standards set in the Student Code of Conduct, and students are subject to disciplinary action for violation of that code. If your behavior does not follow the course etiquette standards stated below, the grade you receive for a posting may suffer. Your instructor can remove discussion messages that display inappropriate language or content.


    • Offensive language or rudeness will not be tolerated. Discuss ideas, not the person.

    • Please use standard academic grammatical and punctuation; Excessive emphasis (stars, arrows, exclamations), the uses of UPPERCASE characters, social media shortcuts, etc., are not appropriate for academic discourse.

    • If you are responding to a message, it is important to include the relevant part of the original message in your reply, or refer to the original post to avoid confusion.

    • Be specific and clear, especially when asking questions.

    • Remember that not all readers have English as their native language, so make allowances for possible misunderstandings and unintended discourtesies.


    In the online environment, non-verbal cues that occur in a face-to-face classroom are absent. We may not be able to see others confused, frustrated, or unhappy expressions. Therefore, it is important to communicate with your instructor if you have questions or concerns. Don’t hesitate to email your instructor or visit them during office hours.  
  • Student Resources

    Student Resources

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