Frequently Asked Questions - Specific to DBU Online Students
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1. I have registered for my first online course. Now what?
2. I have logged into the Blackboard website. Why can I not see my course or syllabus?
3. Will my diploma note that I took my classes online rather than in the classroom?
4. Are online courses harder/easier than on-campus courses?
5. How do I email with my professor? Other students in my class?
6. Can I begin a course anytime?
7. How is attendance counted in online courses?
8. Is there a fall and spring break like campus courses?
9. What if my computer breaks down while taking an online course?
10. I'm moving, who do I need to contact to make sure DBU has my correct address?
11. I've taken all my classes online. When it is time for me to graduate, am I welcome to come to Dallas for Commencement ceremonies?
12. How do I view the items missed, or correct answers on exams/quizzes taken online?
13. Where do I go to view the feedback my professor provides for assignments and exams?

 

  1. I have registered for my first online course. Now what?


  2. Students should set up their DBU student email address at the same time of registration, or soon thereafter. A student welcome email will arrive at the DBU address approximately 7-10 days before the start of the semester. This email will encompass the website for online courses, your username, information regarding the student orientation course, and other helpful hints to succeed in online courses.

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  3. I have logged into the Blackboard website. Why can I not see my course or syllabus?


  4. Course links and syllabi will be available to students on the first day of the semester at 12:01am. If you need to inquire about a syllabus before the beginning of the semester, contact the college department of the course to see if they have one available to give to students.

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  5. Will my diploma note that I took my classes online rather than in the classroom?

  6. No. Diplomas earned by students who take online courses are the same diplomas as earned by students taking courses on-campus. There is no distinction made between the two delivery methods.

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  7. Are online courses harder/easier than on-campus courses?


  8. Online courses are developed and taught by the same DBU professors who teach them in the classrooms. Time management skills will need to be utilized by all students. Each course provides a schedule of what each week will entail, students should follow that schedule for successful completion to occur.


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  9. How do I email with my professor? Other students in my class?


  10. Each course has a section entitled Class Email. If you need to send a message, click on Class Email, and choose the recipient's name. The email will come directly to in-box in Blackboard. You will receive all class email from your professor in your own message box located under Class Email. Be sure to keep checking your DBU student email address throughout the semester as well. Important messages from Online Education and the University will be delivered there.


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  11. Can I begin a course anytime?


  12. All online courses at DBU follow a traditional schedule set forth by the University. Semesters' range in length from five to 16 weeks, based on the time of year it is. Each course has its own schedule within the syllabus which must be followed to ensure a good learning community. Students may work at their own pace within each session as established by the schedule.

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  13. How is attendance counted in online courses?


  14. Online courses do follow the University's attendance policy of no more than 25% class time missed each semester. Professors count attendance based on participation in discussion boards each session, taking of exams, and the submission of assignments. Check each individual course syllabus for specific instructions from your professors.

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  15. Is there a fall and spring break like campus courses?


  16. Yes! Online courses enjoy a fall break during the fall semester and a spring break in the spring semester just like other courses.

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  17. What if my computer breaks down while taking an online course?


  18. Students are required to provide their own computer access for online courses. If your computer breaks down and you live in the DFW area, you are always welcome to come use the DBU academic lab during operating hours. If not, please find a computer at work, a friend or family members' house, or local library that you can use in the meantime.

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  19. I'm moving, who do I need to contact to make sure DBU has my correct address?


  20. Any type of address, phone number, or name change must be made official with the university by contacting the Registrar's office at 214-333-5334.

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  21. I've taken all my classes online. When it is time for me to graduate, am I welcome to come to Dallas for Commencement ceremonies?


  22. We welcome our online students to campus anytime you would like to come visit. If you would like to come celebrate your accomplishment of earning your degree, please contact your academic advisor for more information regarding Commencement exercises and what is expected of you to graduate from Dallas Baptist University. You must fill out an application to Graduate before registering for your last semester of classes.

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  23. How do I view the items missed, or correct answers on exams/quizzes taken online?


  24. We leave the choice of viewing items such as correct answers, or questions missed to each individual professor. You might have a class in which the professor allows for you to view all questions missed and their correct answers, then your next class might only allow for the grade to be viewed. If you have a question about an exam, contact your professor for more information. Students view exams under the "check grades" link in the course.

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  25. Where do I go to view the feedback my professor provides for assignments and exams?


  26. When assignments are turned in via the assignment feature in Blackboard, professors have the ability to provide feedback to the individual student on each assignment submitted. If your professor uses this tool, you may view their comments by clicking on the grade as listed in the gradebook.


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