Maine’s public universities use the online, video conference, interactive television (ITV) and other delivery methods to bring classes to you anytime, anywhere. And, you can access student support services online, on campus, or at a University College Center closest to you.
The University of Maine System uses Blackboard Learn to manage and deliver online courses and programs. Blackboard is a comprehensive virtual learning environment designed to engage students through advanced interactive learning technologies.
Discover more features of the Blackboard Learn platform through the Blackboard On Demand Learning Center. The On Demand Learning Center includes short, interactive video lessons called Quick Tutorials and short documents, called Getting Started Guides, designed to get you familiar with a feature in 15 minutes.
At minimum, online students should have proficiency with the following:
- Using a keyboard and a mouse
- Sending and receiving email
- Using common software applications such as those found in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or similar suites like Google Apps or Open Office alternatives.
- Using a text editor (changing fonts, inserting links, using spell check, cutting and pasting text, etc.)
- Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx etc.)
- Installing and updating software
- Selecting, copying and pasting text
- Accessing the Internet using a browser such as Chrome or Firefox
- Knowing how to find information for resetting basic browser settings (clearing cache/history, cookies)
- Performing basic Internet search with appropriate search terms
- Locating and copying web addresses/URLs
- Browsing for files to attach and upload; extracting zipped files
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