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Online and Blended Course Policy

Blackboard Shells

East Central University only uses Blackboard as its Learning Management System. Shells for online and blended courses are automatically generated inside Blackboard each semester in order for each professor to load materials into those shells.

In 2015, Oklahoma became 1 of 27 states in the U.S. to join SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement initiative). This is a nation-wide collaboration of states to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for states to regulate and for institutions to participate in inter-state distance education. The benefits for students include access to educational offerings, better resolution of complaints, reduced institutional costs, and enhanced overall quality of distance education.

Online Student Expectations

Students enrolled in online courses are expected to have basic operational skills in using Blackboard, internet web browsers, Microsoft Suite 365, generic computer technical skills and programs listed by the instructor in the course syllabus. Any issues running programs are expected to be taken care of promptly by the student by contacting IT (ECU, Blackboard or additional IT resources listed in your syllabus) at the linked and listed contacts in the Blackboard course shell. Students should reference the course syllabus in the first week to assess and ensure compliance with additional electronic expectations or programs such as webcam requirements, Respondus programs or other technology requirements.