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TO ACCESS YOUR ONLINE COURSES


If you are enrolled in an online course, please be aware that you will now access your online course through the MySJRstate portal, which is the online Web site where you registered for your courses. After you log on to MySJRstate, select the student tab at the top of the page to bring up your student page. You will then see a menu list on the left side of the screen. Choosing the Blackboard link will take you into Blackboard where you will see your course list. When you click the course name you will be taken into that course. You can also access Blackboard by hovering over the Student tab at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear below the student icon. Choose Blackboard from the list to be taken to your list of courses.

If you have any questions or problems with your Distance Learning course, please call 386-312-4077 or email bbhelp@vikings.sjrstate.edu

Online courses use technology for teaching and communication. At St. Johns River State College, online courses are offered through the Blackboard Learn 9.1 learning management system. Blackboard contains tools for distance learning, such as an online syllabus; course content and notes; email, discussion board, and chat system for collaboration and communication; interactive quizzes and exams; and much more. Online instructors use a variety of learning methods and assignments in online courses just as they do in an on-campus setting.

All of SJR State's online courses are instructor-led and use the same schedule as on-campus courses. Contrary to many people's assumption, online courses are not a "learn at your own pace" type of course. The courses require you to work from written directions without face-to-face instructions, adhering to time-lines and due dates. Online courses require students to dedicate AT LEAST as much time to as on-campus courses.

In a typical online course, you may have regular reading and writing assignments, quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, papers, and discussion assignments to complete, all with deadlines explained on the course schedule. Although online courses do have firm deadlines and due dates, they also provide the students the flexibility to "attend" class and submit assignments any time of the day or night according to their schedule.

Note: Not all online courses are taught each semester. To view the courses being taught during a particular semester, please see the SJR State Course Schedule. Click View Courses by Campus and then select Online Courses.)

Please use the links below to access information about these assessments.

After registering for the course with the college, on the first day of the semester, you must log on to the portal MySJRstate.

Online students must log on and begin their online class prior to the conclusion of the first week of the semester. If you do not begin your distance learning course by the end of the first week of the semester by making contact with your instructor and completing the specified activity, you will be dropped as a "No Show."

Online faculty may be contacted through the Online Directory.

You will not have access to your online course until after 12:01 a.m. on the first day of the semester.

After registering for a distance learning course with the College, distance learning students must access their distance learning course online at MySJRstate on the first day of the term to obtain orientation information. Distance Learning students must begin their class by completing the orientation activity prior to the conclusion of the first week of the semester. If a student does not begin a distance learning course by the end of the first week of the semester by making contact with the instructor and completing the specified activity he/she will be dropped as a "no show". Online faculty may be contacted through the Online Directory.

Although in distance learning classes students do not "attend" class in the traditional sense, these course do have an attendance policy, and students may be dropped for non-attendance. During a traditional-length semester, three instructional hours of attendance equals one week's missed work. If a student misses a week's worth of work in a distance learning course, he/she may receive a warning for non-attendance, and if the student misses more than one week's work in a distance learning course, he/she may be dropped from the course due to non-attendance.

All online courses require access to the following:

  • Computer with personal access to the Internet (e.g., computer with a modem, DSL, or cable modem connection);
  • An SJR State student email account;
  • Blackboard compatible web-browser software, at least Internet Explorer or Firefox;
  • Microsoft Word;
  • Some courses may require additional software. See individual course description for more information.

Interaction with the faculty member responsible for an online course typically does not require the student to be on campus. However, some online classes do require on-campus testing and/or labs. Online classes that require on-campus meetings are identified as such in the individual course descriptions.

Where do I get the books for my online course?
Required textbooks, study guides, and other materials are available for purchase at all SJR State campus bookstores. Please see the Bookstore's Web page for more information.

How will I receive my syllabus for an online course?
The syllabi for online classes are available online, within the Blackboard online course. The Blackboard sites are password protected, and you will not be able to access the course until the first day of the semester.

How often will I have to go to campus for an online course?
Interaction with the faculty member responsible for the course typically does not require the student to be on campus. However, some online classes do require on-campus testing and/or labs.

How are assignments submitted for an online course?
Assignments for an online course are submitted via the tools within the Blackboard online course.

What should I do if I have questions about my course?
Students who have questions about the course requirements or course subject matter are welcome and encouraged to call, e-mail, or go to their instructor's office during office hours as necessary. The instructor of the course is available to answer questions via phone, e-mail, or in person at his/her SJR State assigned campus.

After registering for a distance learning course with the College, distance learning students must access their distance learning course online at MySJRstate on the first day of the term to obtain orientation information. Distance Learning students must begin their class by completing the orientation activity prior to the conclusion of the first week of the semester. If a student does not begin a distance learning course by the end of the first week of the semester by making contact with the instructor and completing the specified activity he/she will be dropped as a "no show".

Do Distance Learning classes have an attendance policy like SJR State's other classes do?
Although in distance learning classes students do not "attend" class in the traditional sense, these course do have an attendance policy, and students may be dropped for non-attendance. During a traditional-length semester, three instructional hours of attendance equals one week's missed work. If a student misses a week's- worth of work in a distance learning course, he/she may receive a warning for non-attendance, and if the student misses more than one week's work in a distance learning course, he/she may be dropped from the course due to non-attendance.

However, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to drop a class if he or she no longer wishes to be enrolled in it. Students should not assume that just because they stop completing assignments that the instructor will drop them from the course. Please see the SJR State Academic Calendar for withdrawal deadlines.

How and where do I take tests for an online class?
The testing for the majority of SJR State's online classes is done online. Some online classes, however, have between one and four on-campus exams and/or labs scheduled by the instructor throughout the term, but the number may vary depending on the course. Students may elect to take their on-campus exams with their instructor at his or her home campus or at one of the alternate testing sites coordinated by the Dean of Academic Success and Student Retention. To assure a test will be at the appropriate location, students must notify the instructor of the test date and site at least ten days in advance. On-campus labs must be completed with the instructor during the specified lab date, time, and location. No alternate lab dates or locations will be available.

What if I live outside of the SJR State area and want to take an online course?
If you live outside of the SJR State area, you may still be able to enroll in one of SJR State's online courses if you are able to arrange to purchase your books from the bookstore (386-312-4173) in a timely manner. In addition to arranging to purchase your books, if the online course you are taking requires on-campus testing, you will need to arrange to have your testing administered at a local community college or university. Some of SJR State's online science classes require on-campus labs that would require students' presence on campus and may exclude some students from taking the course. Please consult with the online course instructor and the Open Campus (386-312-4211) before registering.

Why do I need an SJR State e-mail account?
Your SJR State email account is a fast, easy way for the College to contact you regarding important issues such as registration, deadlines, grades, graduation, etc. You may also receive updates about course announcements. In addition to communicating with your distance learning instructors, you can use your SJR State email to contact your instructors, the College, and friends and family.

How do I access my SJR State e-mail account?
Your SJR State email account can be accessed within MySJRstate by clicking on the 'Student Email' icon at that top of the page after you log in to the portal.

What do I do if I need help with my SJR State e-mail account?
Contact helpdesk@vikings.sjrstate.edu or call 1-888-757-2293 for assistance.
The Open Campus is not able to reset passwords or otherwise have access to SJR State e-mail accounts. How to Change My Email Settings (PDF)

Are the registration process and fees of online courses different than for other courses?
The registration process and course fees are the same as those for on-campus courses. There is, however, an additional fee of $9 per credit hour.

For more information on Distance Learning contact:

Dr. Melanie Brown, Vice President for Academic Affairs

(386) 312-4077