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Getting Started with Temple University Online Courses

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If getting enrolled, you will find Temple University online learning program is designed to give students more flexibility in when and how they attend classes, and to enable non-traditional students to take up advanced studies according to their own schedules.

But, how to get started…? Let me dispel your doubts.

First, before we go further, it is necessary to understand the difference between online courses and videoconferencing courses. You know Temple University distance education courses are offered through the internet and videoconference or a combination of them.

Internet-Based Courses

When a course is provided entirely online, all course interactions among students and instructor are performed via the internet. Quite often, most of the activities for your online course will take place through Blackboard.

To use the Blackboard, you must have an AccessNet account through Temple University. Once logging into the Blackboard, click on the course you have registered and then check the resources tab. A lot of useful information can be found there. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You may be wondering that how to get an AccessNet account. In most cases, you will automatically receive an AccessNet account which you need to activate, after you become a Temple student.

To activate the account, go to the Account Management website and click “I am a new student, new employee or new authorized guest and would like to activate my AccessNet account.”

https://accounts.temple.edu/selfcare/login.jsp

Sometimes, it is possible that you haven’t received any account information. If this happens to you, don’t worry – just contact the Computer Service Help Desk at 215-204-8000. The Computer Services Help Desk is a service staffed by professional consultants and technical student workers who are trained to assist Temple students, instructors and other personnel.

An AccessNet account gives you the ability to log in to most of the Temple University’s online resources and services, including Blackboard, TUportal and TUmail. The availability of the service is based on your designated role within the university: prospect, applicant, student, personnel, alumni or guest. There is no cost associated with the use of AccessNet account.

However, some instructors may not use the Blackboard. If your instructor informs you that she/he is not using blackboard, you have to follow her/his instructions.

Be aware that Temple University online courses may also include campus-based meetings. Thus, I recommend you to contact your instructor before the semester to see whether there will be any campus meeting for the online course you have enrolled in.

Videoconferencing Courses

These courses are taught via videoconference. This means each of them usually links students and instructors in two or more locations via videoconferencing equipment. However, these courses are actually campus bound.

Compared to internet-based courses, videoconferencing courses are less flexible. So, if you are a profession or working students, it is obvious that the internet-based form serves you better. However, provided your online program combines both these two forms, there is no way out of this.

Anyway, though the delivery method is different, courses offered by Temple University online learning programs are approved university courses, generally taught by full-time faculty members. So, you don’t have to worry about the quality of online education.

Now, you can get started…

First, what you have to do is to register for a distance education course. Be noted that there are different registration channels for different student groups. Generally, students can be divided into 3 groups:

Temple Students: If you are a matriculated Temple student, you may register through an academic advisor or through the following link (TUportal), with your AccessNet username and TUsecure password.

https://tuportal3.temple.edu/cp/home/displaylogin

Non-Matriculated and Visiting Students: If you are a non-Temple student, this means you don’t have an AccessNet account. So, you cannot register for an online course online directly. To get registered, you may have to visit the Office of Continuing Studies which is located on 1810 Liacouras Walk, Rm 101, Philadelphia, PA, 19121. You can call (215) 204-2500 or email conted@temple.edu for more information.

Newly Matriculated Online Graduate Students: If you are a newly matriculated online graduate student, but haven’t received your AccessNet Id, go to the following website for registration.

http://www.temple.edu/cs/helpdesk/default.asp

You will find a link at the bottom of the page for you to use: “Are you a newly accepted graduate student? Click here to look up your Accessnet username and password and TUid.”

After registration, you will receive confirmation that you are now in the course. But, in a very real sense, this doesn’t mean you’ve got started on your online course. You will need to go through the following steps to ensure you are ready to start the course before the semester starts.

A few weeks before the start of the semester, you should expect to receive an e-mail message from the Distance Learning Program with additional relevant online learning information. Do remember to access the e-mail message, as this is the only e-mail address that your instructors have to contact you.

Be sure to e-mail your instructor before the semester starts, so that you can get the details of your online program, such as when the course begins, which class format will be used, what textbooks are required, whether there are any campus-based meetings you have to take and other requirements.

Be aware that all students admitted into online, videoconferencing or blended courses are enrolled in the Distance Learning Program Blackboard Community which includes useful information about Temple University’s online resources. As the end of the semester is approaching, students will be reminded to submit their final course papers by using the Blackboard Digital Drop Box or via TUMAIL.

Note: This web site is not affiliated with or connected to Temple University. For accurate and professional information, go to Temple University official site.

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