The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Blackboard & Elluminate Software

Online classes use computer technology for the kinds of interactions you would normally have in the classroom. That means you will need to familiarize yourself with these programs:

Blackboard Academic Suite™

You will use Blackboard to access all your online classes at UNCG*. It is an entirely web-based platform, and does not require you to download or install any software on your computer. That means you can access your classes from any online computer, whether you're at home, at the local library, or on business in Tokyo. Through Blackboard, you can access all your class materials — syllabi, calendars, supplementary readings, lessons and lectures. You can send email to your instructors and classmates, participate in discussion forums for each class, take quizzes and tests, and turn in your written assignments. If you have not used Blackboard at UNCG recently, use these tutorials to familiarize yourself with its controls:

iCampus Tutorials: Activating and Using Your Blackboard Account

*They will appear in your "My Courses" list on or before the first day of class.


Elluminate Live! Academic Edition™

You may use Elluminate with a microphone and webcam in some of your courses. This powerful videoconferencing software requires you to install a client on your computer, and the user interface is not the most user-friendly. Some of the operations may seem counterintuitive at first, but once you learn to use this program you can use it for much more than just recording your presentations. Elluminate allows you to do live videoconferencing with multiple users, and you can accompany live or recorded presentations with PowerPoint presentations or other visual aids.

iCampus Tutorials: Elluminate set-up instructions
Elluminate tutorial for BLS 300: Part I (volume is low)
Elluminate tutorial for BLS 300: Part II (volume is higher)

BLS Program Notes

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Congratulations to our May 2015 Graduates!

Summer 2015 Class Dates
Summer 10-Week (POT 1)
• 14 May: Session Begins
• 20 May: Add/Drop Ends
• 17 Jun: W Deadline !!!
• 24 Jul: Session Ends
BLS Session 1 (POT 7)
• 11 May: Session Begins
• 12 May: Add/Drop Ends
• 29 May: W Deadline !!!
• 19 Jun: Session Ends
5-Week Session 1 (POT 2)
• 14 May: Session Begins
• 15 May: Add/Drop Ends
• 01 Jun: W Deadline !!!
• 17 Jun: Session Ends
5-Week Session 2 (POT 3)
• 18 Jun: Session Begins
• 19 Jun: Add/Drop Ends
• 09 Jul: W Deadline !!!
• 24 Jul: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT 8)
• 22 Jun: Session Begins
• 23 Jun: Add/Drop Ends
• 14 Jul: W Deadline !!!
• 03 Aug: Session Ends

BLS Student Portfolio
Keep copies of your major BLS assignments. You can keep them in your iSpartan drive as long as you are active at UNCG, but also keep them in at least one more location (e.g., your own Google drive, your own computer, or on a thumb drive). You will use them when you compile your Senior Portfolio for the BLS Program.

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