Teaching in an online environment for the first time can be fraught with apprehension and confusion. The quick guide below provides clear and concise instructions for getting up and running in Bb Learn as well as setting realistic expectations and requirements for delivering online instruction.
Before faculty can access the KSU computer network both the new hire paperwork and instructor contract MUST be completed and returned to the department hiring the faculty. IF you have not yet received the required paperwork, or have any questions about completed and returned paperwork please contact the department chair of the hiring department.
Once the department has received all the required paperwork, you should receive a letter in the mail with a FlashLine user ID and temporary password. FlashLine is the intranet and web portal for the university community. It contains important tools for faculty, such as the official KSU gradebook, as well as employee information and more. The FlashLine user ID and password is required to access many of the universityâ€™s web-based services and technologies, including the Blackboard (Bb) Learn learning management system.
Set-up a KSU FlashLine account:
For help setting up or troubleshooting a FlashLine account, contact the KSU Helpdesk at 330.672.4357, or submit a help ticket or search the Self-Help Knowledgebase at support.kent.edu.
Yes. Most university web-based services can be accessed remotely from anywhere with nothing more than an Internet connection, web browser and FlashLine user ID and password.
However, a VPN client is required in order to create a secure remote connection to university library resources or department file servers. A VPN connection requires FlashLine user ID and password.
For help setting up a VPN connection for remote access, including using mobile devices, search on "VPN" in the KSU Helpdesk Self-Help Knowledgebase at support.kent.edu.
Bb Learn is the official learning management system for delivering online courses at Kent State University. A FlashLine user ID and password is required to login. There are two access points to login into Bb Learn:
Regardless of who developed a course, the instructor delivering the course is responsible for the following:
Final grades for face-to-face and online courses are posted using the exact same process.
For additional help regarding best practices and research-based instructional methods and strategies for teaching online courses email the Online Learning Team to make an appointment with an Instructional Designer, firstname.lastname@example.org.