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Quick Start Guide for Online Ministry Courses at BPC
Here are some questions that you may be asking.
What does it take to succeed as an online student?
Online learning is a good choice for many people, though for some, it may be a new experience. To succeed as an online student, you have to be reasonably independent, motivated, and able to manage your time well. You will not attend lectures in a classroom, so you assume more responsibility to read, communicate online, write papers, submit assignments according to deadlines, and balance your course work with your personal and professional life. You will have a much more active role in managing your online learning experience than you would in a classroom.
What are the on-line Ministry courses like?
These Ministry classes are meant to provide a flexible learning environment without sacrificing the personal interactions between the professor and students. The way courses work are that students have a detailed list of assignments which are divided into “Learning Units”. These can be found in Blackboard, BPC’s e-Learning portal. All of the assignments, their deadlines, and all other course information are available at the beginning of the course so students know what needs to be accomplished in order for them to be successful. During the scheduled class time, students and instructor will meet “live online” through a service called Elluminate using a headset (or microphone and speakers) and their internet-connected computer. The first, fourth, and eighth two hour sessions are required. However the optional second, third, fifth, sixth, and seventh sessions are help session times where students can speak “live online” with the course instructor. Every “Learning Unit” has a prerecorded lecture that can be viewed at any time. Students must take their course seriously, keep up with assignments, and submit them on time.
What technology do you need to be ready for an online Ministry course?
- Students need to have access to a computer capable of doing an online class. Most computers purchased in the last 5 years are sufficiently powerful enough.
- Students need to have access to a high-speed internet connection with their computer. This means a DSL line or cable modem. A 56K modem will not provide you with enough bandwidth to conveniently take the course.
- Students should have proper antivirus/antispyware installed on the computer they will use. Failure to do so can result in the computer failing to work properly in the middle of the semester.
- Students should have a computer headset or microphone with speakers. This is required for the “live online” meetings.
- Student should have applied to BPC, been accepted, and registered for courses before the session begins. (Registering at least two weeks before is recommended.)
How do you begin an online Ministry course?
- Students should apply and be accepted to Brewton Parker College. (APPLY NOW)
- Students should work out any Financial Aid issues required. (GO TO FINANCIAL AID)
- Students should register for the Ministry course as well as any other course they are taking. (GO TO THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR)
- Students should make sure their BPC e-mail is working. (GO TO BPC E-MAIL)
- About one week prior to the start of the session when the course is being offered, students can log into Blackboard to see the course. The syllabus can be found under “Course Info” and the assignments can be found under “Learning Units”. (GO TO BLACKBOARD)
- Note: Just prior to the session starting, it can take one to two business days after registering for students to have access to Blackboard.
How do I get my textbooks and other course materials?
Students need to contact the bookstore via either the textbook reservations tab from the Campus Store’s main page or by an email to the store at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will need to give a method of payment – credit card, check, or student id number and contact information including telephone number and course designation.
How do you use Blackboard, BPC e-mail, Elluminate, and CampusWeb?
Online courses require that students use technology to succeed. Online Ministry courses make use of number of other these technologies. Below is a description of each of them along with training videos to assist you with using the technology.
- Blackboard: An e-Learning portal that contains all other details of the course. It is the launching point for all of your assignments and the place to access the link to your Elluminate sessions. (SEE BLACKBOARD VIDEO)
- BPC e-mail: This is the e-mail system BPC students use to communicate to send e-mail to their instructor or other students. BPC e-mail uses Microsoft Web Access to provide e-mail availability from anywhere. (SEE BPC E-MAIL VIDEO )
- Elluminate: This service provides students and instructors a “live online” connection to one another during scheduled class times. Students can talk live with the instructor or other students during this time to talk with a “real” person while taking online Ministry courses. (SEE ELLUMINATE VIDEO - Coming Soon) (ALSO SEE ELLUMINIATE TRAINING AND DOCUMENTATION FOR PARTICIPANTS)
- CampusWEB: This is the BPC portal for registering for classes, submitting online applications, and more. (SEE CampusWEB VIDEO)