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Jeannette E. Riley



As the Academic Director of Online Education, I congratulate you on your acceptance to UMass Dartmouth and welcome you to UMass Dartmouth Online. A university is a community of learners. In the past, the university community has been associated with buildings, physical places. Now, in the 21st century, we are excited to have you join our online virtual community of learners through our various degree and certificate programs. Within this online orientation, you will find the tools and information you need to know to be successful in your online journey. Jeannette E. Riley Professor, English & Women’s Studies Academic Director of Online Education

As an online student, you’ll engage in coursework through a variety of tools, such as: > live virtual classroom sessions > discussion boards > wikis and blogs > podcasts and videos You’ll benefit from the same higher education opportunities as campus-based students. The same professors will teach your online courses, and you’ll receive the same UMass Dartmouth degree as your on-campus counterparts. You and your fellow online classmates will be able to balance work and family obligations with the pursuit of a higher education degree. Not only will you have around-the-clock technical assistance, but also a multitude of resources to guide you as you proceed through your program. The following orientation will introduce the basics of online learning including registering for courses, university policies, myCourses (our learning platform), library research and course textbooks, student support services, and more. Let’s get started.

1. Registering for courses, activating Email, and getting your UMass Pass Email After processing your acceptance to UMass Dartmouth, your email account will be created. Activate your email immediately, as this will be your primary source of communication with the university. To activate your UMass Dartmouth email account, click here.

myUMassD The UMass Dartmouth portal provides single sign-on access to email, COIN, myCourses, FAMIS, ReservIt, UMass Pass, and web tools. This is the single launch point for important university information and essential systems. Within the myUMassD portal, you will find COIN (Corsairs Online Information). COIN is the system you will use for registering for courses, managing UMD tuition payment and financial aid accounts, viewing grades, and updating personal information. Click here “COIN orientation” for a detailed overview of COIN.

2. University policies Students at UMass Dartmouth are expected to exercise self-discipline and maintain a high standard of honesty and moral conduct. All students are expected to act in a way that does not infringe upon the rights of others or upon the educational process. For a full explanation of conduct policies and procedures, please review the Student Code of Conduct. Student work is also guided by the UMass Dartmouth Student Academic Integrity Policy.

3. myCourses myCourses is the learning management system that will provide the basic structure for your online course. If you are enrolled in a fully online course or a blended course, you will receive your login information and instruction packet via your UMassD Logon (email account). In order to access your myCourses account, your UMassD Logon (email account) must be activated. To log into myCourses, click here.

4. myCourses online learning tools

5. Library research

Navigating myCourses

Wherever you have Internet access, you will be able to log in to the UMD Library using your UMass Dartmouth email user name and password. Once logged in, you will be able to use the entire library’s many databases and online journals. From on campus, you’ll also be able to access the online databases as well as the full collection of print books, journals, reference, and course reserves.

UMass Dartmouth’s myCourses learning management system is the gateway to your online learning experience. You are automatically enrolled in the myCourses Support Hub, an online orientation course that will guide you through navigating the learning platform and using the course tools.

Discussions Discussions maybe used in your course to introduce yourself, share your knowledge and experiences and to serve as an online version of “class discussion”. Discussions are asynchronous. This means participants do not need to be in the same location or time zone and can take time to consider their responses carefully.

Blogs & Journals Your professor may choose to use a blog or a journal for your courses. Blogs are personal spaces for sharing knowledge and materials created and collected by the group in the course. You can post entries and add comments to existing blogs. Journals are a personal space for you to communicate privately with your instructor. You can also use a journal as a self-reflective tool to post your opinions, ideas, and concerns about your course, or discuss and analyze course related materials.

Wikis Your professors may choose to incorporate a wiki into your online learning. A wiki is a collaborative space for posting, editing, and organizing information.

Live Conferencing Your professor may choose to use a live conferencing tool for your courses. With this tool, you can join live conversations with your professors and classmates. For information, http://mycourses.umassd.

Need help with myCourses? Click here first for to read Frequently Asked Questions. Still need need help? Click here.

The library’s website has many resources including course and subject guides, tutorials, live chat with librarians, and more. For library welcome videos, tutorials and guides, click the links below: > Welcome to the UMass Dartmouth Library > How to find a book in the UMD library > Library instruction tutorials > Course and Subject guides For library help for off-campus students, click here.

6. Student Support Services The UMass Dartmouth website contains a multitude of support services for students. From technology to textbook purchasing, financial aid help to counseling, answers to your online learning questions are at your fingertips.

CITS and Technology Support Computer Information Technology Services (CITS) provides access to essential resources including email, COIN, computer purchase recommendations and more, and offers help when you need it.

Academic Advising Your advisor will be listed in COIN. If you do not see an advisor assigned when you log in to COIN, contact the Admissions Coordinators. Admissions coordinators are available during the day or evening to assist students applying, transferring and registering for courses. To schedule an appointment in Dartmouth or Fall River, please call 508.999.9202 or email

Professor Gardner teaches courses in gender and ethics, feminist history, and feminist theory for the Women’s Studies online program. Catherine Gardner Associate Professor, Philosophy & Women’s Studies Director, Women’s Studies Program

“With one year left of courses, I had been looking for a way to finish my degree with an online degree program. The online Liberal Arts program felt like it was tailored just for me. I transferred all of my credits without any problems and knew exactly which courses I needed to take to finish my degree. What I like most about the online classes is the pace at which a student can work to meet an assignment deadline.” Andrew Piasecki BA Liberal Arts Online Student

Financial Aid To receive Financial Aid, students must complete the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid). For information about student loans, scholarships, grants, waivers, and more, click here. Registrar The Registrar’s Office creates the schedule of courses, handles course registration records and academic transcripts, and monitors academic policies. For more information, click here.

“I have been teaching through UMass Dartmouth online for a decade. At the time we began, there were few high quality online teaching programs. UMass Dartmouth has always been noteworthy for the quality, integrity, and creativity of our online offerings. I value being able to contribute to the excellent education offered at UMass Dartmouth online.” Susan Krumholz Professor, Crime & Justice Studies

Purchase textbooks at the Campus Store All textbooks (both new and used) can be purchased at the University’s online store. A cost-saving alternative to printed textbooks, digital textbooks can also be purchased online. To get started, click here. Center for Access and Success The Center for Access and Success works with faculty, staff and students to ensure equity for all students. For additional information about what the Center for Access and Success offers for online students, click here.

The Counseling Center While the Counseling Center cannot offer counseling to Online students who live outside the state of Massachusetts or are not physically present on campus for face to face meetings, the Center’s website does provide helpful resources and references for students including online screening tools, tips and links. Click here.

7. Looking for a Job? “Online courses work well for the self-directed learner who is by nature well organized. Online students need to manage their time and deadlines, which will lead to a more successful learning experience.” Catherine Curran Associate Professor, Marketing

As you near the end of your program, you may be job hunting. Be sure to take advantage of The University’s resources for job seekers. Find help with job searching, resume building, choosing a major and more. CareerLink CareerLink is a comprehensive career services on-line manager that provides students and employers easy access to career services. Students can build and post resumes, and search for jobs and internships. Employers can post jobs, bundle resumes for open positions, schedule on-campus recruiting, and more. Login to create resumes and cover letters using CareerLink tools, click here.

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