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Your List Before the Term Begins!

  1. Activate your OHIO CatMail email account at
  2. Register for classes before the first day of the term.
  3. Pay your ebill. Ohio University does not mail paper bills. Your tuition and fee charges will be accessible in your My OHIO Student Center.
  4. Purchase textbook(s) or supplies. Required textbooks are listed in the course offerings and will be on the course syllabus.
  5. Login to Blackboard using your OHIO ID and password to access your course. The professor might not make the course active until the first day of class. Is this your first time using Blackboard? Several "How-To" Guides are available to help you. If you need technical assistance with Blackboard, call 740.593.1222 or email
  6. Review the course syllabus. This will be available in Blackboard when you access the class.
  7. Email your professor(s) by the third day of class so he/she knows you've begun work on the class.

Words of Advice

Online classes offer flexibility and convenience, but they are demanding and may not be the best option for all students.

Taking an online course means more than just using a computer. It requires you, the student, to change your role in the learning process and become more of an active learner. You must take responsibility for your own learning. Self-discipline and self-motivation become very important.

You also need a solid set of computer skills for optimal success. The skills needed include knowing how to operate your word processor and perform tasks, such as being able to cut and paste, save your files in several different formats, and save your files to a variety of locations. Your Internet skills should include knowing how to log in, use email and email attachments, use your browser effectively, make bookmarks, chat, and use search functions.

Time management and organizational skills are also very important. In an online environment, you must be resourceful and able to work independently. Manage your time well and DO NOT wait until the last minute to turn in your assignments.

For more tips on how to be successful in online learning, please go to Guidelines for Online Success.

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