Welcome to our guide to online learning for the Columbiana County campuses! We know that learning online is a new experience for many of you, and that learning and working remotely under these unexpected circumstances is new to us all. Because of these new circumstances, we want to provide you with information and resources to help you succeed as you continue to take classes in this remote environment. We hope you find this information helpful, and we will continue to update this guide as we discover new student-focused resources, tips, and supports.
If nothing else, please know that the faculty and staff are still here to help. We support you, and you can do this! We will get through this together.
Important contact information for the East Liverpool and Salem campuses!
A great resource with FAQs about using Blackboard Learn, accessibility, internet access and other tech issues, communicating with your professors, and important semester deadlines.
Whether you have just purchased a new computer or you have had a free trial version expire, please know that you can download Microsoft Office free of charge through the University. The download includes the full Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.), and the download is available for both Windows and Mac iOS.
Please be aware that if you have a Chromebook, you will not be able to download and install Microsoft Office on your device, but you can still access Microsoft Office online by going to portal.office.com. You should be prompted to sign in to access the online Office apps. To sign in, please use your KSU/FlashLine e-mail address and password.
You can find additional free software downloads through IT's software catalog.
If you encounter problems trying to either download Office or access the online apps, please contact IT via phone, chat, or by submitting a HelpDesk ticket.
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If you're used to studying with friends and classmates, consider putting together virtual study groups.
Use technology you're already comfortable with (Facetime, for example) or branch out and experiment with other resources, like Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom. Likewise, use study groups as an opportunity to check in with your friends and classmates. Setting some sort of agenda or schedule in advance may help you to stay on task and have the study session be as productive as possible. Decide beforehand what course content you're going to cover so that you and your study partners can all come to the session prepared with the appropriate notes and books handy, or the necessary PowerPoint presentations, video lectures, or websites pulled up.
For additional tips and suggestions, take a look at this post from Vault.com: