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How Online Learning Works

 For decades, Stony Brook has been a leading institution in online education. Students from around the globe learn new knowledge and gain in-demand skills from our world-class faculty —helping them improve their live and create a better world.

Online learning brings the classroom to you, in your unique setting, with flexible courses that work around your schedule, day or night.

Online Learners

Taking online courses offers much convenience, but also requires a critical set of skills, including self-direction, motivation, and time management. Unlike a face-to-face course that meets at a specific place and time, an online student must take the initiative to acquire course information, meet deadlines, and participate actively. We'll be there when you need support, but balancing course work with other life obligations is ultimately the responsibility of each student.

Have questions about whether online learning is right for you? Take the Open SUNY Readiness Quiz.

 

READINESS QUIZ

 

Receive more tips on getting started from the Open SUNY HelpDesk.

 

 
Blackboard is Stony Brook University's learning management system (LMS), which allows instructors to supplement face-to-face classes, or launch online classes. Blackboard includes a variety of features that allow instructors to do anything from uploading course documents, to posting an announcement, to collecting and grading assignments. For students, Blackboard offers an easy way to contact instructors, download and access course documents, and check grades.
 

THE BASICS

Being a Successful Online Student
Learning Management System (LMS)
Student Resources
Technical Assistance
IT Orientation Guide

 

Blackboard is Stony Brook University's learning management system (LMS), which allows instructors to supplement face-to-face classes, or launch online classes. Blackboard includes a variety of features that allow instructors to do anything from uploading course documents, to posting an announcement, to collecting and grading assignments. For students, Blackboard offers an easy way to contact instructors, download and access course documents, and check grades.

GET TO KNOW BLACKBOARD 

Blackboard is the primary learning management system used in most programs at Stony Brook. You'll use it to access course material, online lectures, discussion boards, and interactive multimedia content.

Note: The appearance of your course's content in Blackboard may differ from the presentation above based on your academic unit.

 

 

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