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Table of Contents An Introduction to the IMC Program ............................................................................ 2 Succeeding in the IMC Program................................................................................... 4 Pinpointing Specific Student Information ................................................................... 6 Planning Your Progress Through the IMC Program ................................................... 7 IMC Program Sessions & Dates ................................................................................ 7 Registering for Classes ............................................................................................. 7 Projected Course Schedules ................................................................................... 13 IMC Student Checklist ............................................................................................. 13 Withdrawal Policies ................................................................................................. 14 Understanding and Accessing WVU Systems .......................................................... 16 IMC Website ............................................................................................................ 16 MIX – Mountaineer Information Xpress.................................................................... 17 STAR System .......................................................................................................... 21 WVU eCampus........................................................................................................ 25 Billing Information .................................................................................................... 46 WVU Libraries ......................................................................................................... 48 Additional IMC Student Resources .......................................................................... . 51 Problems with Technology....................................................................................... 51 Writing Expectations for Graduate Students ............................................................ 52 Academic Performance Standards……………………………………………………... 53 IMC Final Grade Confirmation Letter Request ......................................................... 54 Current Student FAQs ............................................................................................. 54 IMC Program Contact Information ............................................................................. 59


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An Introduction to the IMC Program Congratulations! You are about to begin your graduate coursework in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program offered exclusively online by the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University. We are so glad that you’ve decided to pursue a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications – or a graduate certificate in IMC or Digital Marketing Communications (DMC).To ensure that you adequately prepare yourself for the challenges and rewards that lie ahead, it’s vital that you establish realistic expectations of what graduate school requires. First, our graduate program is generally less structured than a typical undergraduate program. All too often, new grad students wait for someone to tell them what to do. In the IMC program, as with most graduate programs, students are responsible for setting the bar high, then working to exceed it. It is not uncommon to be compared and scored based on the work of other students in your class just like the competitive environment prevalent in the marketing communications industry. Second, graduate school is essentially an apprenticeship. Instead of sitting in class for a couple of hours a day and then having free time, grad school is more like a job that occupies a great deal of your time. In the IMC program, you will likely have to juggle coursework with a full- or part-time job as well as personal/family responsibilities. You'll spend a great deal of time working on your assignments independently from your professor and other students, and it’s up to you to devote a sufficient amount of time and dedication to ensure your own success. While some students find a balance between their lives and their studies and can manage two courses per term, many simply don’t have the time to complete more than one course at a time. You are strongly encouraged to refrain from attempting too much, especially in your first few terms. For this reason, all IMC students take Introduction to IMC (IMC 610) – and DMC students take Introduction to DMC (IMC 640) – by itself in their first term. This enables you to get some experience with the program, work through any technology-related issues, learn the software used by the program and establish your expectations regarding the level of effort required to succeed in the program. The life of an IMC graduate student is much less structured than that of a traditional undergraduate student. “Hours” in the classroom are fewer and more flexible, but hours spent on course-related work are greatly increased. While a typical undergraduate student may attempt 15 or more credit hours per 16-week semester, the typical IMC graduate student carries three to six hours per nine-week term. Moreover, expectations from faculty are much higher. You should plan to devote an average of 12 to 15 hours per week, per course to succeed in the IMC program. While some weeks may take more than 15 hours, and some fewer, it’s a good idea to establish a planned schedule each week allocating at least that much time for your studies. Finally, as with any graduate program, different professors have different styles, approaches and expectations. It’s vital to note that although all coursework in the IMC program at West Virginia University is completed online, there is no diminished expectation in terms of the effort required by graduate students in the program. The IMC program’s mission is to provide a professional educational environment in which students from across the country can work toward mastery of this innovative discipline under the direction of faculty who are leaders in the industry. The expectations for our students are as great as in traditional


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graduate programs – the only difference is in the delivery of the coursework. If you are entering the program under the assumption that it is an easy way to earn your master’s degree or a graduate certificate, your expectations are far too low! At the end of this program, you will have earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications – or an IMC or DMC graduate certificate to supplement your current education. In doing so, you will join a small number of industry professionals who have innovative, specialized training in this challenging discipline. You will be more competitive in an industry that is increasingly demanding the skills that can be acquired in this program. And finally, you will be associated with one of the most cutting-edge graduate programs in the world. This New Student Orientation Manual is designed to help you:     

Pinpoint specific student information. Plan your progress through the IMC program. Understand and access certain WVU online systems. Achieve success in this challenging graduate studies program. Easily locate valuable contact information.

Please keep this packet handy -- as you begin your first course you will likely need to reference it throughout the term. Once you are familiar with the enclosed information, we encourage you to file the packet so that it is easily accessible if you should need it at a later date. “Note” sections are included throughout the packet to provide one location for recording access codes, user logins, or other personal notations you will need while enrolled in the program. Good luck to you as you begin your studies. The IMC program is interested in ensuring your success, and we are available to assist you as you proceed through the program. If you need assistance or have a problem, do not hesitate to contact your professor or a member of the IMC administrative team. Best Regards, Chad Mezera Director of Online Programs P.I. Reed School of Journalism West Virginia University (304) 293-5903 chad.mezera@mail.wvu.edu


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Succeeding in the IMC Program Below are some general tips for success in the IMC program: 

Plan for an average of 12-15 hours per week to complete your IMC coursework. Some IMC students develop a schedule each week that allows them to effectively meet coursework deadlines over several days or sessions. Don’t wait until the day an assignment is due to begin working on it!

Check the IMC program website (www.imc.wvu.edu) often for news and updates. Use the links within the Curriculum and Advising sections for specific information about course schedules and texts and course registration instructions.

Check your email on a daily basis. Remember to check both your WVU eCampus course email for class messages and your personal email account for program messages. You should also check your MIX account regularly. In many cases, this is the only alternate email address we have for IMC students.

Keep us informed of your most current email address. If you change your personal email address or prefer to receive program and University updates at a different address, please submit your preferred contact information through the “Update Your Contact Information” form available through the Community section of the IMC website. You must also change the address MIX messages will be sent to using the auto-forward feature through your personal MIX account should you choose to use this feature.

Communicate problems early! If you encounter a problem with your online course or have an issue you need resolved, don’t hesitate to contact the appropriate person. For course problems, contact your professor first. For program issues, contact Shelly Stump as soon as possible.

If you’re working from a personal computer, it may be helpful to set up the WVU eCampus login page (http://eCampus.wvu.edu) as your personal homepage during the duration of the course. This will remind you to check the site daily.

Print the course syllabi and your weekly assignments during the first week of class so that you know what is expected of you during the semester. Many students maintain a separate calendar for IMC coursework and record all scheduled deadlines to ensure they don’t miss an assignment.

Always draft your discussion postings and emails in a Word document prior to posting them online. There is no spell check in WVU eCampus, and it is easy to lose your work if the system times out. Also, if you click on another discussion posting before you have uploaded the one you are drafting, your work will be lost. Creating the post in a text document and then copying and pasting it online can save you time and aggravation.


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Log in to your IMC courses daily. You should plan on spending as much (or more) time online for the class as you would spend attending a standard oncampus graduate-level class. You may want to plan a specific time that you will work on the class each day. Remember, you will need to be online most weekdays during the term.

You are encouraged to archive coursework in an organized system on your computer. This will prevent you from accidentally submitting assignments from other IMC courses and will make it easy to find an assignment if your professor requests that you resubmit your work.

Plan vacations and travel around your IMC coursework whenever possible. If travel during an IMC term is unavoidable, you must ensure that you will be able to keep up with your coursework prior to beginning your travel. Lack of Internet access is never an excuse for missed deadlines. If you need to take a term off for any reason, please contact the IMC program before the course begins to secure a full tuition refund for that course.


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Pinpointing Specific Student Information Because you have been admitted to both West Virginia University and the IMC program as a graduate student, you should receive a formal acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions and Records. This letter will contain specific student information that you will need to reference throughout the program. Much of this information, which is highlighted as blue text, will be referenced later in the packet. We have created a sample letter below that specifies the pertinent information, including:  WVU student identification number  MIX email address (created automatically for all WVU students – discussed in detail later in this packet)  Admission status  Residency status  Entry term

Your WVU student identification number (WVU ID #).

WVU Identification Number: 700999999 December 01, 2006 Sample Student 1 Main Street Your MIX e-mail New York, NY 12345 address. WVU MIX E-mail Address: sstudent1@mix.wvu.edu Dear Sample Student, Your IMC admission status.

We are pleased to inform you that you have been admitted as a Regular Masters student to the graduate studies program at West Virginia University in the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism for the program in Integrated Marketing Communications. The effective date of your admission as a Non-Resident student is the Spring 2009 semester.

Your residency status.

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Your entry term.


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Planning Your Progress Through the IMC Program Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, the IMC program encourages students to begin mapping their progress through the program at an early date. This section of the Orientation Packet will aid in that process. This section includes: information about the IMC program sessions, class registration information, projected courses schedules for upcoming terms, a course schedule worksheet, sample course schedules and withdrawal policies.

IMC Program Sessions & Dates The IMC program offers courses in nine-week sessions, with five sessions offered per year. The sessions include:     

Early Spring (January - March) Late Spring (March - May) Summer (May – July) Early Fall (August - October) Late Fall (October – December)

All IMC terms begin and end on a Monday (unless Monday is a holiday, in which case the term will be extended to the following day). There are no breaks between the Early Spring and Late Spring sessions or the Early Fall and Late Fall sessions; these sessions begin on the same day the previous session concludes. This structure differs from West Virginia University’s regular semester system due to the fact that our coursework is accelerated to enable students to complete an IMC master’s degree in approximately two years. While the IMC program does not recognize standard University academic holidays or breaks, our students do enjoy an extended four-week break from coursework between the Summer and Early Fall sessions, as well as a two-week break between Late Fall and Early Spring. For term dates, please visit the Advising section of the IMC website at: http://imc.wvu.edu/advising.

Registering for Classes To make the transition into the graduate program as smooth as possible, your advisor, Shelly Stump, handles all course scheduling for new IMC and DMC students on an individual basis during their entry term. After their entry term, IMC students are expected to register for their own courses. Ample communications are sent via email to all students regarding the enrollment process, timelines and course availability. It is imperative that you always keep your email contact information up to date. While the IMC program is committed to remaining flexible, there are some basic curriculum and course scheduling requirements to which all IMC program students must adhere.


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IMC students are responsible for their course planning – and failure to develop and adhere to a plan may result in a later-than-anticipated graduation! Please direct any questions you have about your course schedule to Shelly Stump at shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu. IMC General Course Planning A) Prerequisite Course (IMC 610 – Introduction to IMC) All newly admitted IMC students must take IMC 610–Introduction to IMC by itself in their entry term. This course is offered only in the Early Fall, Early Spring and Summer terms, as these are the only three sessions in which students are admitted to the program. As a new student to the IMC program, we have automatically registered you for this course upon confirmation that you intended to begin your coursework in the term you were admitted. Students must successfully complete IMC 610 before attempting other coursework in either the certificate or master’s degree tracks. If a student receives a “D” or an “F” in IMC 610, they must wait until the next time the course is offered to reattempt the course. Core or elective courses may not be attempted until IMC 610 has been successfully completed! B) Core Courses For master’s students, the following seven required core courses can be taken only after the successful completion of IMC 610. These courses can be taken in any order a student desires, pending course availability. Because of this flexibility in scheduling, all students should work toward mapping their courses for at least two upcoming terms to ensure smooth progress through the course registration periods. Core Course List 

IMC 611–Marketing Research & Analysis

IMC 616–Direct Marketing

IMC 612–Audience Insight

IMC 618–PR Concepts & Strategy

IMC 613–Brand Equity Management

IMC 619–Emerging Media & The Market

IMC 615–Creative Strategies

C) Advanced-Level Electives In addition to the required core courses, students must choose four electives. With the exception of a few electives that require a core course as the prerequisite, the electives can be taken before completion of all of the core courses. 

IMC 614 – Media Analysis

IMC 617 – Consumer Sales Promotion

IMC 620 – Research Methods Prerequisite for this course is IMC 611

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IMC 622 – Multicultural Marketing

IMC 624 – Cause Marketing

IMC 625 – Advanced Creative Concepts Prerequisite for this course is IMC 615

IMC 626 – B2B Direct Marketing Prerequisite for this course is IMC 616

IMC 627 – Healthcare Marketing & Communications

IMC 628 – Applied Public Relations Prerequisite for this course is IMC 618

IMC 629 – Mobile Marketing

IMC 634 – Digital Storytelling

IMC 635 – Visual Information Design

IMC 641 – Social Media & Marketing

IMC 642 – Web Metrics & SEO

IMC 643 – Digital Production

IMC 693L – Sports Marketing

IMC 693M – Crisis Communications & Reputation Management

IMC 693N – Global Branding

IMC 693O – Internal Brand Communication

IMC 693P – Political Marketing

IMC 693R – Entrepreneurship in IMC

D) Capstone Course (IMC 636 – Campaigns) Upon successful completion of all core courses and four advanced-level electives, the student enrolls in the program’s capstone course, IMC 636. This course is to be taken independent of any other courses in the student’s final session prior to graduation.This course is offered only in the Late Fall, Late Spring and Summer terms.

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E) Certificate Student Course Information IMC Graduate Certificate The 15-credit IMC graduate certificate provides students with a broad overview of IMC, focusing on several integral aspects of the discipline. Students working toward their IMC certificate take one course per term for one calendar year (five terms). Certificateseeking students can begin coursework in either the Early Fall, Summer or Early Spring sessions. Requirements for earning the IMC certificate include successful completion (2.75 GPA average or better) of the following: Prerequisite (3 cr.): IMC 610 – Introduction to IMC 2 Core Courses (6 cr.) Select TWO from the following: 

IMC 611 – Marketing Research & Analysis

IMC 612 – Audience Insight

IMC 613 – Brand Equity Management

IMC 615 – Creative Strategy & Execution

IMC 616 – Direct Marketing

IMC 618 – PR Concepts & Strategy

IMC 619 – Emerging Media & the Market

2 Electives (6 cr.) Select TWO from the following: 

IMC 614 – Media Analysis

IMC 617 – Consumer Sales Promotion

IMC 620 – Measurement and Analysis Prerequisite for this course is IMC 611

IMC 621 – Current Topics in IMC

IMC 622 – Multicultural Marketing

IMC 624 – Cause Marketing

IMC 625 – Advanced Creative Concepts Prerequisite for this course is IMC 615

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IMC 627 – Healthcare Marketing & Communications

IMC 628 – Applied Public Relations Prerequisite for this course is IMC 618

IMC 629 – Mobile Marketing

IMC 634 – Digital Storytelling

IMC 635 – Visual Information Design

IMC 641 – Social Media & Marketing

IMC 642 – Web Metrics & SEO

IMC 643 – Digital Production

IMC 693L – Sports Marketing

IMC 693M – Crisis Communications & Reputation Management

IMC 693N – Global Branding

IMC 693O – Internal Brand Communication

IMC 693P – Political Marketing

IMC 693R – Entrepreneurship in IMC

*Elective options are based upon availability; other electives may be substituted based upon current course offerings. **Pre-requisite requirements for advanced elective courses would remain in place for certificate-seeking students.

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DMC Graduate Certificate The 15-credit DMC graduate certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills to communicate and create dialogue with today’s modern audience. Students working toward their DMC certificate take one course per term for one calendar year (five terms). Requirements for earning the DMC certificate include successful completion (2.75 GPA average or better) of all of its courses. The DMC program builds on what you learn from one course to the next. That’s why we require that you complete the courses in the following order:     

IMC 640 – Introduction to DMC IMC 641 – Social Media/Marketing IMC 642 – Web Metrics and SEO IMC 643 – Digital Production for Interactive Media IMC 644 – Digital Campaigns

Please note that if you drop or don’t meet the grade requirement for a course in this sequence, you must wait until it is offered again (the following year) before moving forward in the program. NOTES:


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Projected Course Schedules All projected course schedules can also be viewed in the Advising section of the IMC program website at http://imc.wvu.edu/advising. Be sure to check the IMC website for the latest projected course schedule.

IMC Student Checklist Please use the following form to keep track of the courses you have completed in the IMC program. This will help you determine in which course(s) to enroll, as well as record the grades you receive in each course. You are encouraged to record all supplemental information for ease of reference when contacting the IMC program for assistance.

Student Information: Student ID#: _____________________

Admission Term and Year:___________________

Course Completion Checklist: Course #

Course Name

Prerequisite (Completed in First Term) IMC 610

Introduction to IMC

Core Courses (Must Complete All) IMC 611 IMC 612 IMC 613 IMC 615 IMC 616 IMC 618 IMC 619

Marketing Research Audience Insight Brand Equity Management Creative Strategy & Execution Direct Marketing PR Concepts & Strategy Emerging Media & The Market

Advanced Level Electives (Select Four) IMC 614 IMC 617 IMC 622 IMC 624 IMC 625 IMC 626 IMC 627 IMC 628 IMC 629 IMC 634 IMC 635

Media Analysis Consumer Sales Promotion Multicultural Marketing Cause Marketing Advanced Creative Concepts B2B Direct Marketing Healthcare Mktg & Comm Applied Public Relations Mobile Marketing Digital Storytelling Visual Information Design

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Social Media & Marketing Web Metrics & SEO Digital Production Sports Marketing Crisis Comm & Reputation Mgmt Global Branding Internal Brand Communication Political Marketing Entrepreneurship in IMC

Capstone Course (Completed in Final Term) IMC 636

Campaigns

Withdrawal Policies Withdrawing from an IMC graduate program course Requests for withdrawal from courses should first be directed to Shelly Stump at shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu. Requests for withdrawal must include:    

Student ID number ("700" Number) IMC term (e.g., Late Spring 2013) Course numbers (e.g., IMC 611) from which you plan to withdraw Professor(s) of Course(s)

Once a student has notified the IMC program of the intent to drop a course, he or she will be given instructions to contact the Office of Extended Learning at 800-2LEARN2. Failure to notify the IMC program of your intent to withdraw from a course will result in your account remaining active in the department's database for the term, and you will continue to receive messages and reminders. There is a time limit for dropping a course and having a W (for “withdrawn”) appear on your transcript. If you drop a course any time after six weeks from the start of an IMC term, the W is no longer reflected on your transcript. Instead, your transcript will show that you dropped the course, and this can have an impact on your Financial Aid status. If you have any questions about how to withdraw from an IMC course, please contact shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu. Tuition Refund for Course Withdrawals Please note that because the IMC program operates on nine-week terms, and not the traditional 16-week semesters, the tuition refund policy varies depending on the term the course is dropped. Please see below for specific refund information for each term. Early Spring and Early Fall Terms Full Refund: In order to receive a 100% refund, the student must drop the course prior to the start of the course.


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Partial Refund: A student will receive a partial refund if they drop all courses for the Early and Late term. There is a sliding scale for refunds, which is: Day 1-5 100% Day 6 90% Day 7-12 70% Day 13-18 50% After Day 18 No Refunds Late Spring and Late Fall Terms Full Refund: In order to receive a full refund, the student must drop prior to the start of the term. Partial Refund: There are NO partial refunds given for Late Term courses. It is very important to remember that if you start a Late Term class you need to be able to complete it. Failing to do so will NOT result in any refund. Summer Term: Full Refund: In order to receive a full refund, the student must drop prior to the start of the Summer term. Partial Refund: There are NO partial refunds given for Summer courses. Withdrawing from the IMC Program If you decide to withdraw from the program entirely, you must first notify the IMC department of your intent to withdraw from the program. Failure to notify the program of your intent to withdraw will result in your account remaining active in the department's database, and you will continue to receive messages and reminders from the IMC program. By notifying the program of your decision, you ensure that all of your student accounts and program lists can be properly updated at the point of your departure. Finally, you may be asked to complete an exit interview. Please share your experiences (including reason for withdrawal) with the IMC program. Your feedback is always welcome and allows us to improve the program and our internal processes. If you have any questions about how to withdraw from the IMC program entirely, please contact shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu.


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Understanding and Accessing WVU Systems As a new student in the online IMC program, learning the various WVU systems can seem overwhelming at first. In this section, we have provided a brief description of some of these systems, how to access them, and why you’ll need to use them. This section includes information on the IMC website, MIX, STAR and WVU eCampus.

IMC Website The IMC program website should be considered your first stop for program news and information. You should bookmark it in your favorite web browser for quick, easy access on a daily basis. The URL is www.imc.wvu.edu.

IMC Website Sections Available at www.imc.wvu.edu, the IMC website’s content is separated into five major sections: About Us, Curriculum, Admissions, Advising, and Community. All five of these sections are available to the public. The IMC Advising section will be of particular interest to new students, and contains much of the same important information included in this manual.


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MIX—Mountaineer Information Xpress The Mountaineer Information Xpress, or MIX, is a web platform for WVU students and faculty. It provides email addresses for all new students and serves as a centralized location to register online for classes, check grades, find out about current campus events, chat online with classmates, and receive messages targeted directly to WVU’s student body. It is accessible from anywhere a user happens to be, at any time of the day or night. Accessing MIX Perhaps the easiest way to access MIX is by clicking the MIX icon on the West Virginia University homepage at www.wvu.edu.

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Clicking on the MIX icon or going to http://www.mix.wvu.edu/ will bring you to the MIX login page. If you decide to bookmark MIX, be sure to do so with this login page.

Your MIX Username and Password A single username and password provides each student access to several University systems, including your web-based MIX email account, WVU eCampus and STAR student information system. Determining your username and password is easy. 1. Refer to your WVU acceptance letter, as identified in Pinpointing Specific Student Information in this packet (see diagram on page 2). 2. Locate your MIX email address.* 3. Your username is the first part of your MIX email address before the @ symbol. For instance, if your MIX email is sstudent1@mix.wvu.edu, then your MIX username is sstudent1. *If you have not received your formal WVU acceptance letter but know that you have been admitted, you can find your MIX email address through the online WVU directory at http://directory.wvu.edu/.

4. The default password for all accounts is six digits in length: two digits for the day of your birthday, followed by the last four digits of your WVUID. For example, if your birthday is May 3, 1974, and your WVUID number is 700999999, your default password will be 039999. Be aware that MIX accounts are disabled after five failed login attempts and after 120 consecutive days of account inactivity. If you are having problems accessing your MIX account, contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-3279260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu for assistance.


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MIX login page. Enter your username and password here.

Once you log in to your MIX account, you will be directed to your personal MIX page. From this page, you can access a range of information. Your email is available by clicking the email icon along the top bar. Note the STAR tab for later reference.

MIX Home

STAR

Email

MIX Email Your MIX email account will be used by the IMC program only if we have no other email address for you. Because we use it as a secondary contact address, you should make sure you check MIX messages periodically. The University often uses MIX to communicate general announcements to all WVU students. We encourage students to check their MIX accounts on a weekly basis.

Note: All IMC courses are accessed through the WVU eCampus system, not MIX. The “My Courses� tab is a course supplement for some WVU courses, but not IMC courses. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About MIX Q:

What do I need to access MIX? A: MIX is a completely web-based system. You can access your MIX account from anywhere that you have an Internet connection. The only software required is a supported web browser. A list of supported browsers can be found here: http://oit.wvu.edu/policy/webbrowser/.


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How do I change my password? You can change your password online inside of MIX:  Select the STAR tab  Select STAR Information system link  Select Personal Information  Select Change your PIN for STAR, MIX and eCampus (PIN must contain exactly 6 numerical characters)

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What if I forget my password? No one can tell you what your current password is. If you have changed it from the default password, you can request that it be reset by contacting the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu. Your password will be reset to the default by the end of the next business day.

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What is my mailbox quota? The quota on all student mailboxes is 20 MB.

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What happens when I reach my quota? When your mailbox becomes 90% full, you will receive a warning message letting you know that you need to clean-out your mailbox. When your mailbox becomes full, you will not receive any more email until the mailbox is cleaned out. You can view your quota and mailbox usage at the email usage page at http://stats.mix.wvu.edu/. Use your MIX username and password to log into the usage page, which contains information on your mailbox that is updated every day at 6:00 p.m.

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Can I forward my MIX email to another email account? You cannot forward your MIX email to another account. However, MIX offers many other features that you will not have access to unless you log into your MIX account. Many messages are sent to groups of students as announcements on MIX and you will only see those from the My MIX page.

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I can't send MIX email. What should I do? Make sure that you are using a supported browser version, listed here: http://oit.wvu.edu/policy/webbrowser/. If you continue to have problems sending email, contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu.

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How long will I be able to keep my MIX account after I graduate? You may keep your MIX address for approximately six months after you graduate.

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STAR System Found within and linked directly to MIX and other University databases, STAR is an academic information system for both students and faculty. Students can use STAR to register online for courses, pay tuition online, check their final grades, review account and Financial Aid information and much more. Accessing STAR You will need to log in to your personal MIX account to access STAR. The STAR tab on your personal MIX page can be used to enter this system. (Refer to Accessing MIX in the previous section to navigate to your personal MIX page.) STAR tab

Using STAR The main STAR page provides information on system availability. Clicking the text, “Click here to enter STAR” will open the STAR system. Notice the other useful links in the blue navigation panel. These are different from those found on your personal MIX page. You may want to familiarize yourself with some of these links, too.

The first page you’ll see once you enter the STAR system is the Administrative Services page. Here, you can select to review either your Personal Information or Student and Financial Aid information.


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The Personal Information link allows you to view your address, phone number, MIX email address, emergency contacts, etc. as listed with the University.

The Student and Financial Aid link provides numerous links, ranging from admissions and course registration to student records and financial aid account information.

The Student Records link allows you to view any holds placed on your student account, your midterm and final grades, as well as your academic transcript. You can use this page to access your personal student account to review any outstanding fees and make payments online. Tax information and various email links are also available. The Financial Aid link provides an opportunity to review your overall financial aid status, any holds on the account, your academic progress, the cost of attendance, your financial aid awards and special messages.


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Registering for IMC Classes Using STAR All IMC students will receive notification when it is time to register for classes. Step-bystep instructions on how to register using STAR are found below and can also be found at the IMC Community section of the program website. Instructions for Registering in IMC Courses Online All active IMC students should register for classes through the WVU STAR system. In order to register for your courses online, you will first need to locate the Course Request Number(s) for the course(s) you’d like to take in STAR. Instructions to find the CRNs for your courses and to register online are below. NOTE: If your tuition account shows a remaining balance, the STAR system will not allow you to register. You will get a message stating that there is a hold on your account and you cannot register at this time. To determine the issue and resolve any outstanding payment issues, please contact WVU Extended Learning at 1-800-2LEARN2. STEP ONE - Determine the CRN(s) for your course(s): Instructions for looking up courses in STAR are as follows: 1. Point your browser to http://www.mix.wvu.edu/. You will see the “Mountaineer Information Xpress” with the MIX Login Screen. Enter your Username and Password. The username and password for MIX are the same as the information required to access eCampus. 2. Click “OK.” 3. On the next page, click the STAR tab on the top. 4. Click the WVU STAR Information System link. 5. Select the Student Services & Financial Aid link. You are now connected to STAR. 6. Click on the Registration link. 7. Select the “Look Up Classes to Add” link. 8. Choose the term you wish to view. 9. In the Subject Box, scroll down and choose Integrated Marketing Communications. Then go to the bottom of the page and click the Class Search button. 10. You now should see a listing of all classes being offered in both the Early and Late Terms. 11. Course Registration Numbers are listed under the second heading, titled “CRN.” 12. Don’t forget to check dates for each course (on the right-hand portion of the page) to make sure you know which are Early and which are Late term courses. STEP TWO - Once you have the CRNs for your courses, follow these steps to register online: 1. Point your browser to http://www.mix.wvu.edu/. You will see “Mountaineer Information Xpress” with the MIX Login Screen. Enter your Username and Password. (The username and password for MIX is the same as the information required to


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access eCampus.) Then click “OK.” 2. On the next page, click the STAR tab on the top. Click the WVU STAR Information System link. 3. Select the Student Services & Financial Aid link. You are now connected to STAR. 4. Select the “Registration” link. 5. Click on the “Select Term” link. Use the pull down option to select desired term. Click on “Submit.” Select the Add or Drop Classes link. 6. Enter each CRN in the blocks and click on the “Submit Changes” button. You can review your schedule by selecting “Student Schedule” or “Student Detail Schedule.” Congratulations! You are now registered for classes. Note: If you are inactive in STAR longer than 20 minutes, you will be timed out and unsaved changes will be lost. Please note that due to new restrictions implemented by the Office of the University Registrar, Professor Stump can no longer submit registration requests after your first initial term in the program. You must register yourself. If you have difficulties registering yourself for a course, please contact WVU Extended Learning at 800-2-LEARN2.


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WVU eCampus Students are able to access their WVU eCampus courses on the first scheduled day of class. WVU eCampus is an e-learning platform built to support distance and web-based education deployments at West Virginia University. All of the IMC courses are offered through WVU eCampus. Accessing WVU eCampus The eCampus login page can be accessed by pointing your browser to https://ecampus.wvu.edu/. The first page you will see is the main WVU eCampus page. Aside from the eCampus login link, this site contains FAQs, support information and news about eCampus outages and upgrades.

Login link https://ecampus.wvu.edu/

Your login for WVU eCampus is the same as your MIX ID (MyID) username and password. MyID information can be found here: https://myid.wvu.edu/. The default password for your account is the two-digit day of birth combined with the last four digits of your WVU ID number (included in your official letter of acceptance from WVU). For example, if your birthday is May 3, 1974, and your WVUID number is 701986341, your default password would be 036341.


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Your eCampus password is case sensitive, so be sure your CAPS LOCK key is off when you attempt to log in. If you are still unable to access eCampus, contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu . The login page also provides a link to conduct an immediate browser check. If you have not done so already, you should perform this function when you first attempt to enter eCampus. Also note the information about the use of pop-ups through the eCampus system: “This site makes use of pop-up windows. If you have a pop-up blocker installed, please disable it for this site.” Students are not able to access their courses in eCampus prior to the posted start date in the WVU course schedule at http://www.arc.wvu.edu/courses/index.html. The following sections serve as reference points when first accessing and using eCampus. Using eCampus My WVU eCampus Once you’re logged on, you’ll be transferred to a My WVU eCampus page much like the one below, with your name and the date displayed at the top. This page contains links to all the courses you are enrolled in. It will also tell you whether there are new discussion postings, assignments, or email for you in each of your classes.

On the left side, you’ll notice tools such as the Campus Announcements, To Do List and My Grades. Along the top bar, you can also adjust the appearance of your my eCampus page using the Channels, Color and Layout links. Other options are available on the My eCampus page: My Settings, Check Browser, Help and Log Out. The calendar icon allows you to enter important events and reminders to be displayed on the My eCampus page.


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My Settings - Setting Your Time Zone It is important for you to configure eCampus to your time zone, which will reflect accurate times for discussion board postings and homework submissions. To set your time zone: 1. On your my eCampus page, click the My Settings link in the upper-right corner. 2. Select the My Tool Options tab at the top of the page.

3. At the bottom of the list of options, select your time zone from the dropdown menu.

4. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page to save your change. Course List Refer to the center of the My eCampus page to find your Course List. Each of the courses you are currently taking should be displayed here. Click on the text link to enter a course.

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All courses in the IMC program are built with a similar structure, and most course homepages will include the following component links:             

Text and Video Welcome Messages from the Professor Syllabus Assignments & Lessons Homework Dropbox Discussion Board Course Lesson Audio Files Course Readings on WVU eReserves Final Project Instructions Chat Room WVU Library Online Research Resources IMC Orientation Materials Problems with Technology Wimba Classroom

While individual courses may differ slightly in their presentation of assignments and lessons or with the number of readings per week, the overall course structure will always be familiar. The following pages contain screen shots and notes about the first IMC course you will access in WVU eCampus, IMC 610 - Introduction to IMC. Refer to these pages when you first log in to WVU eCampus so you can easily find your way around the course site. Course Homepage Once you enter your course, you will see the class homepage. Below is the IMC 610 homepage. Notice the text and graphic indicating the course number and name. Every course homepage will have a list of tools along the left-hand navigation bar.


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The two tools you will use frequently are My Grades and Mail. These links are found in the vertical navigation located on the left side of the course homepage. My Grades allows you to securely view your recorded grades for each particular course. Click on “My Grades” for a comprehensive list of all student homework and discussion grades. To access instructor comments, go to the “Homework Dropbox” page. Then, click on the hyperlink that denotes the particular assignment as “Graded.” This link will allow you to access your instructor’s comments on that assignment. Mail displays email specific to a particular course. You can send email to your instructor as well as other students in the class. To check email sent to you, click on your “Inbox.” To send a message, click on “Compose a Mail Message.” You can then click on “Browse” to access email addresses for the instructor and other students. To attach a file, click on the “Browse” button beside the paper clip. You will then have access to your personal files. Double-click on a document to upload the file. Then click on “Attach File.” You will see the specified document denoted as a hyperlink. Click on the box beside this file. A checkmark should appear. This attaches the document to the outgoing email. Click “Send.” WVU eCampus email cannot send to or receive email from accounts outside of the eCampus system. You can only use this email to communicate with the professor and other students in your course. You should regularly check your WVU eCampus course email accounts for information about your classes! Additional tools are available through the More Tools drop-down menu. If Mail or My Grades don’t appear in your initial homepage display, check the More Tools menu. eCampus will also tell you who else from class is currently logged on, through “Who’s Online,” and it has an interactive chat facility you can use to “talk” with other students or your instructor when they are online. You can always click the My eCampus link on the course homepage to return to your Course List. Always remember to Log Out when you are finished accessing your course! Note the main content sections of the course page: Welcome, Syllabus, Assignments & Lessons, Discussion Board, Homework Dropbox, Readings, Chat, Uploading and Submitting Assignments and Course Comments & Suggestions. Each of these icons opens a new page in the course site. These sections are discussed in the following sections.


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On the first day of each IMC term, you should click on each one of these functions to familiarize yourself with the layout and format of each section. Please note that some sections are available as large icons on the homepage, while others are available under the course toolbar on the left. Welcome—Read Me First Each course provides a Welcome page to give you a brief, personal introduction to your instructor. Information on the instructor’s educational background, research interests, as well as what he or she enjoys in their free time are included. This page is a great beginning to a positive student-instructor relationship. Whether you are accessing your first or last course in the IMC program, you should always read the Welcome page first! Video Welcome from the Professor All professors now record a message to welcome students into the course and give a brief overview of what will be covered during the term. This gives students an opportunity to see their instructor and get a feel for course expectations. Make sure to click on this icon and meet your professor. Syllabus It is imperative that you access the Syllabus at the start of your courses, as it provides important information about the course, professor contact information, textbooks, learning objectives, computer requirements, grading policies, file naming conventions and requirements, guidelines for participation, due dates for discussion postings and assignments, a description of the mid-term and/or final projects, a weekly schedule and additional class and University-wide policies. Notice the Printable Version button in the right corner of the page. We recommend that you keep a printed version of each course syllabus handy for easy, offline reference throughout the session.


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Assignments and Lessons The left column provides a list of all assignments and lessons for each of the nine weeks of the course. You can access this information by clicking on the blue hyperlink under each week’s heading. We recommend reviewing both the assignment and lesson early enough to determine how much time you will need to schedule to meet the week’s deadlines. It is critical that you read the lesson before beginning the week’s assignment, as the lesson provides valuable insight into assigned projects that can’t be found in the text or assigned readings. Also be sure to read the assignment page thoroughly, as all details regarding assigned readings, discussion board postings, written projects, etc. will be found here. Course Lesson Audio Files Most IMC courses also have all nine weeks’ lessons recorded and available for download in .MP3 format. These lessons can be downloaded to your mobile device for listening at your convenience.

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Discussion Board Each week, you will be required to participate in class dialogue using the online Discussion Board. Topics vary from week to week and from class to class. Since you will not be involved in face-to-face classroom discussions, participation in the Discussion Board is an important aspect of the course. All IMC courses follow the same weekly Discussion Board posting schedule:   

A response to the weekly question is due before 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday. Four responses to your classmates’ postings are due before 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time Friday. 90% of the week’s posts read before 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday.

When you click on the Discussion Board icon on the class homepage, you will see a display similar to the one below. Notice the specific folders labeled by week and discussion question. Be sure you are posting your responses to the proper discussion thread.

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The Main Area, Social Forum, Articles and Links and Grading Criteria for Discussion Posts are separate from the weekly discussion threads. The Main Area is used primarily by the instructor for general postings and class updates, while the Social Forum is a place where students are encouraged to post any messages that aren’t directly related to the discussion questions. Articles and Links is used both by faculty and students to post course-relevant material they have found that may relate to the course curriculum. The Grading Criteria for Discussion Posts thread is found on every course Discussion Board. This thread provides students with the requirements sought from their weekly postings, what quality of posting earns each grade, as well as examples of an “A” posting and reply. The Discussion Board will also show you which discussion postings have been read and which have not. If the posting has not been read, the posting will appear in bold and have “New” under the “Status” heading. To compose a discussion message, click on the topic you wish to post a message under, and click on “Create Message.” The body of your message should be typed in the box titled “Message.” To preview your posting before submitting to the discussion board, you may click on “Preview.”

Embedding Images into Discussion Board Postings in eCampus 1. First, under the topic you wish to post, click the Create Message button. On the upper-right corner, click the Enable HTML Creator button.

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3. To embed an image in your post, click the yellow Insert Image button, which is

on the right side of the toolbar.

4. When the Add Image window opens, you have several options. Select File Browse or Upload to upload a picture you have on your computer. You can select URL if the image resides on a website or photo hosting service, such as Photobucket or Flickr. 5. You also have the option to specify other elements for your image under the Display section (alternate text, border thickness and image width and height). 6. Click OK to complete the embedding of the image into your post. Students that have issues initializing the HTML editor usually need to troubleshoot their JAVA plugin that is installed on their computer. The Office of Information Technology has created two documents to assist students with this process:  

Windows documentation: https://ecamdev.wvu.edu/wp-content/uploads/JAVATroubleshooting.pdf Mac documentation: https://ecamdev.wvu.edu/wp-content/uploads/ClearingJava-on-a-Mac-OS.pdf

The Homework Dropbox provides a complete listing of all assignments followed by their due dates. This is where you will upload all homework and project assignments, unless instructed otherwise. This page also identifies the availability of the assignment (when it is due), identifies your grade, and denotes the status of your work (not submitted, submitted, or late). Once a grade is received, the dropbox will also provide your grades on each assignment and access to your instructor’s comments. Each assignment is labeled with the week number. Be sure you are uploading your homework to the appropriate week’s assignment, as you will be held responsible for missing assignments. Homework Dropbox Example


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To upload homework in WVU eCampus: 1. Go to the Homework Dropbox found on the course homepage. 2. Click on the individual homework assignment (e.g., Week #1 Assignment). 3. Click “Add Attachments.” 4. Click on “My Computer” in the pop-up window. 5. Locate your homework file on your computer and double-click to select it. You may see a brief upload message on the screen. 6. Click “Submit” and then “OK” when WVU eCampus asks if you are sure you want to submit. 7. Click on “Continue” when it says you have successfully submitted your assignment. WVU eCampus does not send you an email to confirm submission. You can, however, go back to the dropbox and confirm what you submitted. Note, there is a 20 MB file size limit for uploading files to the Homework Dropbox. If your assignment exceeds this limit, contact your instructor and work out an alternate means of submitting your assignment. If you have a problem uploading your assignment in the Homework Dropbox, please email your instructor using the main email contact address provided on the syllabus. The assignment should be attached to the email in the form of a Microsoft Word document. To access instructor comments, through the Homework Dropbox, click on the hyperlink that denotes the particular assignment as “Graded.” This link will allow you to access your instructor’s comments on that assignment. Course Readings Most courses in the IMC program will also have additional outside readings beyond the required textbook assignments. Click the purple icon, found on the course homepage, which will open a library organizing the readings by week. Students will download a single .zip for each week containing all of the assigned readings. Not all courses will have readings for every week of the session. You can choose to download and save the files for later reference or open and print them. Reference the assignment often to be sure you are always on track. Chat The Chat tool allows IMC students to chat with other students in the course in real time or use the Whiteboard to display images. Students or faculty actively logged into the chat room will be listed under the Participant List.


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Problems with Technology The newest addition to every IMC eCampus course homepage is the Problems with Technology document. This document provides instructions for students in the event they experience a problem with their computer or the WVU eCampus system. It also provides some useful links for University services to keep your computer up-to-date and University support information.

WVU Library Online Research Resources This link serves as a portal to the WVU Libraries’ online article databases. Here, students will have access to databases that can provide them with supporting material for discussion postings and written assignments. Wimba Classroom Wimba Classroom is an online platform available in each course that allows faculty to give real-time presentations to their students, or bring in colleagues as guest presenters. Wimba Classroom has a built-in archive feature that allows the presenter to capture the entire presentation for students that could not attend the “live� presentation. Course Evaluations All IMC students are strongly encouraged to complete the course evaluation for each course they complete. Course evaluations are a critical component of the IMC program's quality initiatives. Results are used to gauge course and instructor effectiveness. Feedback received through this channel has initiated changes in the areas of communications, student orientation and course curriculum. Individual student responses remain completely anonymous - the data does not include identification of the student. Faculty members do not receive the results of their course evaluations until after all final grades have been submitted to the University.

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Access to Previous Courses in eCampus Students will notice that once a term ends and another begins, they will see the link(s) and continue to have access to their previous term’s course(s). Access to previous terms is usually limited to two weeks. Therefore, we strongly suggest that students who want to save/download their written assignments, course lesson and assignment pages and/or course readings, do so immediately after the completion of the course. Once student access to the previous term has been removed, access cannot be restored. Getting Help with eCampus The OIT Help Desk is a support team within the Office of Information Technology Support Services to serve WVU students, faculty, and staff at all WVU campuses. Staff members are available to answer calls during normal WVU office hours and during extended hours, evenings and weekends. You may contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu. They respond to calls left overnight on voicemail or by electronic means at the beginning of each business day. Note: Your call to the OIT Help Desk may be recorded. The main WVU eCampus page, https://ecampus.wvu.edu/, provides information such as FAQs that may help you resolve your eCampus problem. Also, all WVU support information is listed under the “Student” tab located on the main page.

You can also contact Rick Bebout, IMC Technology Director, for course-specific problems. He can be reached by email at RDBebout@mail.wvu.edu, or by phone at (304) 293-5736. Rick can help with course problems, but he does not have access to reset eCampus or MIX passwords. When you contact Rick, please have detailed documentation of the problem you are experiencing and the steps you have taken to remedy the problem up to that point.


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eCampus FAQs Logging into eCampus Q: A:

I forgot my eCampus username and password. If you know your MIX username and password, then you know your eCampus username and password. eCampus, MIX and the STAR system all use the same username and password. If you don't remember your MIX username, you can find it by going to the WVU directory at http://directory.wvu.edu. Type in your first and last names and click the “Search� button. Your MIX email address is returned. Your MIX username is everything before the @ in your MIX email address. For example, if your MIX email address is sstudent@mix.wvu.edu, your MIX username is sstudent. Your eCampus username is the same as your MIX username. If you don't remember your password, and you haven't changed it since it was issued to you, then it is your day of birth followed by the last four digits of your WVU Student ID number. For example, if you are a new WVU student this semester and you were born on the 7th of September and your WVU Student ID is 700999999, then your password is 079999. Important Note: Your MIX account will be locked if you attempt to access it five or more times with an incorrect password. Also, accounts that are inactive for 120 days are frozen automatically. If you are unable to access your MIX or eCampus accounts or if you have changed your MIX password and cannot remember it, you will need to contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-2934444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu. They can reset your password for you and can assist with all account access issues.

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I receive "incorrect username and password" when I try to log into eCampus. Here are some things to try: (a) Try logging in again by restarting your browser and going back to the eCampus login page. Type your username and password slowly to be sure that you are typing them correctly. (b) eCampus usernames and passwords are case sensitive, so make sure that your Caps Lock key is off when you type your username and password. Also, make sure that you are not including extra characters, such as spaces, when you type your username and password. (c) Since eCampus uses the same username and password as MIX, you can test your eCampus username and password by logging into MIX. If you can log into MIX but still cannot log into eCampus, you should contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu for help.


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I keep getting bumped back to the Log In page when I log into eCampus. Your browser may not be properly configured to work with eCampus. Run the eCampus browser check, which is available by clicking “Check Browser,” in the center of the eCampus Log In page. Check Browser displays a report of its results and you may see adjustments you may need to make to your browser.

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Initial login is too slow. Initial login may take several minutes while the system identifies and validates users.

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Which web browser should I use? For a listing of browsers that have been validated by eCampus as compatible with eCampus, visit the eCampus Browser Tune-up page at http://www.webct.com/tuneup/. You can ensure that your browser is properly configured for use with eCampus by running the browser check that's available by clicking the link, “Check Browser,” in the upper right corner of the eCampus login page. A report will be displayed showing all mandatory and recommended changes needed for your browser, such as:  

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Browser Check: Reports whether your browser is among the list of validated browsers for use with eCampus. Cookies Check: Reports whether cookies are enabled. Because eCampus uses cookies to keep track of your eCampus sessions, you must have cookies enabled for eCampus to maintain your current state as you navigate through your eCampus courses. Java Check: Reports on Java. Because eCampus uses Java to provide user-interfaces to many eCampus tools, you must have Java installed on your computer for many eCampus tools to function correctly. Javascript Check: Reports on whether Javascript is enabled. Because almost every part of eCampus relies on Javascript, you must have it enabled to work in your eCampus courses. Pop-Up Window Check: Reports on whether pop-ups are enabled. Because eCampus takes advantage of pop-up windows as a powerful way to deliver content, you must have pop-up windows enabled or eCampus will not function properly.

What software do I need to participate in my eCampus course? For basic course access, all you need is a web browser that is compatible with eCampus. For a listing of browsers validated for use with eCampus, visit eCampus' Browser Tune-up page at http://www.webct.com/tuneup/. You will need to use Microsoft Word for your assignments and some courses will require the use of Excel.


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If your course uses material that requires a browser plug-in for viewing animations or special content such as PDF documents or PowerPoint presentations, your instructor will provide the necessary information on how to download and install the browser plug-ins on your computer. Q: A:

How do I log out of my eCampus course? Be sure to click the Log Out button in the upper right corner of your browser screen when you complete each eCampus session. If you are working in one of the public computer labs on campus, it is particularly important to log out when you finish an eCampus session. Otherwise, another student can gain access to your eCampus courses. Always make it a practice to click the Log Out button as you leave an eCampus session. There is an idle session time limit of 90 minutes in eCampus after which you will be logged out of your eCampus courses.

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Can I log into eCampus using AOL? If you are an AOL subscriber, you may have difficulties accessing some features in your eCampus courses through the AOL browser. For example, you may experience problems with eCampus assessments and with eCampus assignments. If you encounter problems, you should use Internet Explorer or Netscape when you log into eCampus instead of your AOL browser:  Connect to the Internet through AOL.  Minimize the AOL window.  Open Internet Explorer or Netscape and log into your eCampus course.

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Can a firewall restrict my ability to access the eCampus Log In page? Due to the many security risks on the Internet (viruses, hackers, privacy threats, etc.) many individuals and most companies are using firewalls to help protect their systems. These firewalls can restrict your ability to access eCampus. If you are unable to view the eCampus Log In page on your computer, you may have a firewall restriction issue. Check your computer for a personal firewall, such as Zone Alarm, Norton Internet Security, McAfee Personal Firewall and Microsoft SP2 Firewall. Personal firewalls can be configured to allow access to certain hosts. Check the instructions for your personal firewall for details on how to configure it to grant access to the WVU eCampus server, http://eCampus.wvu.edu. In addition to granting access to the WVU eCampus server, you should make sure that port 8080 is open to allow communication with the eCampus server. eCampus uses port 8080; therefore, port 8080 must be opened for communication in your firewall. Check the documentation for your personal firewall for instructions on how to open access to port 8080. If you access eCampus from a company computer, you should contact your company's network administrator to determine what firewall restrictions are set


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and whether they can be modified to enable access to WVU eCampus at http://eCampus.wvu.edu and to port 8080. Contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu if you have questions. My WVU eCampus Page Q: A:

I cannot see my courses on My WVU eCampus page. Your My WVU eCampus page is the first page displayed when you log in to eCampus. It serves as a gateway to your eCampus courses. All of the courses you are registered for that use eCampus should be listed on your My Campus page. You won't see eCampus courses listed on your My eCampus page until the first day of the semester. If on the first day or later you do not see an eCampus course, ensure that you are properly enrolled in the course by checking your course schedule in MIX. If a course appears on your MIX course schedule but does not appear on your My WVU eCampus page, you should contact Shelly Stump at shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8683. You cannot add a course to your My WVU eCampus page yourself. Your instructor will need your eCampus username in order to add you to the course.

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I accessed an eCampus course at the beginning of the semester, and now it is no longer listed on My WVU eCampus page. Ensure that you are still enrolled in the course by checking your course schedule in MIX or STAR. If the course appears on your MIX course schedule but does not appear on you’re my eCampus page, contact Shelly Stump at shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8683. You will need your eCampus username in order for Professor Stump to add you to the course.

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Course Pages Q: A:

What are browser plug-ins and where can I get them? Plug-ins are small programs that add functionality to your web browser, such as running movies and animations in your browser window or viewing special content such as PowerPoint, PDF, and Word documents in your browser window. Your eCampus course may include content that requires a plug-in for viewing. Common browser plug-ins in eCampus courses are available as free downloads at the eCampus Plug-ins page at http://www.webct.com/tuneup/viewpage?name=tuneup_browser_tuneup_in formation#plugins.

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I receive “Error: File not found” when I click on a link. If you receive an error message such as "Page Not Found" or "File Not Found" after you click on a link, try refreshing the page or clicking on the link again. If the page cannot be found even after you try reloading it, you should contact your instructor. This may be a problem with the way your instructor has set up the link. Your instructor should verify the link.

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When I click on a link, nothing opens. The following are possible solutions.  Solution 1. A pop-up blocker application is installed on your computer. If you have a pop-up blocker installed on your computer, you will need to add the address for the WVU eCampus server, http://eCampus.wvu.edu, to its list of trusted sites.  Solution 2. Some pages are large and have graphics or other media that may take a long time to load. This is especially true if you are on a dial-up modem. Your connection speed will play a contributing factor in the time it takes to download files. Depending upon the size of the file, you may need to wait several minutes while it downloads and opens. Please ignore the “done” message in the status bar at the bottom of your browser window, as it doesn't always give a true reflection of the download process. If the page doesn't download even after you wait for a few minutes, you should contact the WVU OIT Help Desk.

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I get “Error: You are Not Authorized to View this Page” when I click on a link. Try setting your browser to hide Friendly HTTP Error Messages. Open Internet Explorer. Select Tools, then Internet Options. Click on the “Advanced” tab. Scroll down to the section called Browsing. Click in the checkbox beside "Show friendly HTTP error messages" to clear the checkmark. Click on OK. Once you have done this, you should get a more detailed message that may point you to the real problem.

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I cannot view PDF documents in my course. Here are three possible solutions that you might try.  Solution 1: Do you have the latest Adobe Acrobat plug-in, which is needed to open PDF documents in your browser? The plug-in is available as a free download at the eCampus Plug-ins page, http://www.webct.com/tuneup/viewpage?name=tuneup_browser_tuneu p_information#plugins.  Solution 2: You might consider bypassing the browser plug-in and saving the PDF document directly on your local computer, where you can open it with the Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This takes the browser plug-in out of the download process and may reduce the overall chance of error. o Right-click the link to the PDF file and then choose “Save Target As”(Internet Explorer) or Save Link As (Netscape). o In the “Save As” dialog box that appears, select a location on your hard disk, and then click the Save button. o Then double-click the PDF file on your hard disk to open it in Adobe Reader. The reader is available as a free download at the eCampus Plugins page.

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I cannot view Microsoft Office documents, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access, in my course. Here are some possible solutions that you might try.  Solution 1: If you are unable to open a Microsoft Office document in your web browser, then consider bypassing the browser plug-in and saving the document on your local computer, where you can open it directly in the Microsoft Office application. This takes the browser viewer out of the download process and may reduce the overall chance of error. o Right-click the link to the document and then choose Save Target As (Internet Explorer) or Save Link As (Netscape). o In the Save As dialog box that appears, select a location on your hard disk, and then click the Save button. o Then double-click the document on your hard disk to open it using the Microsoft Office application on your computer.  Solution 2: Always make sure that Microsoft Office is up to date with all the latest patches and service packs issued by Microsoft since you originally installed Office on your computer. You can do that at: http://office.microsoft.com/OfficeUpdate/default.aspx. For example, there is a known issue in Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 that can prevent PowerPoint files from opening properly in a web browser. This problem is resolved by downloading and installing Microsoft Office XP Service Pak 2.

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I get a blank page when I print. eCampus uses frames. Consequently, you may be unable to select Print on the File menu or click the Print button on the toolbar to print the pages in your eCampus course. The following steps may help.  First, select the frame you wish to print by right-clicking somewhere inside it. Don't click on a link or on an image in the frame; click somewhere on the background of the frame to make it the active frame.  Then, select Print in the menu of commands that appears.


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Note on printing pages in eCampus: Due to the manner in which content is displayed in the courses, it may be necessary to print pages in “Landscape” orientation to print all of the material on each page. You can easily make this change in your browser by going to the File menu and selecting Page setup. My Grades Q: A:

I cannot see my grades. The “My Grades” icon should appear on the eCampus Course Toolbar, if it has been enabled by your instructor. If it is apparent that your instructor has finished grading the assignments but you still have not been able to view your individual grade, please contact your instructor to determine the problem.

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Is my privacy protected in eCampus? Your grades are only visible to the course instructor and you. They are not visible to other students in the course.

Assignments Q: A:

I cannot attach a file to an assignment. A Java applet runs when you attach a file and submit an assignment. Therefore, a current version of Java must be installed on your computer. Go to http://www.webct.com/tuneup/viewpage?name=tuneup_browser_tuneup_in formation#plugins to download plug-ins. If you are not sure if you have Java, you can check here: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.jsp.

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What is a discussion? A discussion allows you to post messages that others in the course can read and respond to. Discussions normally thread the messages (organize them by original messages followed by all replies to the message) so that replies to a message are included directly under it.

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I can't find a previous message. What do I do? After you have read a message, eCampus marks it as having been read and removes it the next time you enter the discussions. If you wish to see a previous message that eCampus has marked as read, you can click on the “Show All” link at the top of the discussions window.

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I cannot post a discussion in my eCampus course. Ensure that your browser is properly configured for use with eCampus by running the browser check that's available by clicking ”Check Browser,” in the upper right corner of the eCampus login page. A report will be displayed showing all mandatory and recommended changes needed for your browser. For example, you need to have the latest version of Java installed on your computer for the discussion tool to function correctly. Please check the eCampus Plug-ins page for a link if you need to download and install the latest version of Java. If you are not sure if you have Java, you can check here: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.jsp.

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Why do I get timed out when I try to post a discussion or send a mail message? After 90 minutes of inactivity while logged into the system, eCampus will time out. All students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to draft all email and discussion board postings in another program (WordPad, NotePad or Word) and then copy and paste your message into eCampus. That way you have all the time you want to type out your discussion without getting timed out by eCampus. If you are timed out of eCampus, your message will be lost!

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I cannot send a Mail message in my eCampus course. Ensure that your browser is properly configured for use with eCampus by running the browser check that's available. Click “Check Browser,” in the upper right corner of the eCampus Log In page. A report will be displayed showing all mandatory and recommended changes needed for your browser. For example, you need to have the latest version of Java installed on your computer for the mail tool to function correctly. Please check the eCampus’ Plug-ins page for a link if you need to download and install the latest version of Java. If you are not sure if you have Java, you can check here: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.jsp.

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Why do I have a MIX email address in addition to my email in eCampus? All WVU students are automatically assigned a MIX email address. This address will be listed in the WVU Directory. In eCampus, email accounts are coursespecific. You may only send email in eCampus to people associated with your course. eCampus email should be reserved for your coursework and for correspondence with your professor and other students in your course. You should check your eCampus email each time you sign on to the system.


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Billing Information All billing for IMC courses is handled by WVU Extended Learning. For specific questions regarding billing and payment options, please contact WVU Extended Learning at 1-800-2LEARN2. Please note that because the IMC Program operates on nine-week terms instead of WVU’s traditional 16-week semester schedule, students in the program receive one combined bill for ALL Early and Late term courses. Electronic Billing All account information is available electronically through the STAR Information System. This service is available at http://www.mix.wvu.edu. The accounts receivable information gives you real-time information on your account. PLEASE NOTE: WVU NO LONGER SENDS OUT PAPER BILLS! This means that you are responsible for checking your Mountaineer Information Xpress (MIX) email account for date-sensitive emails about tuition and fees payment deadlines. It is your responsibility to check your student account status in STAR to obtain the correct amount that you owe and to make payment before all due dates. Billing notifications are typically issued 4-6 weeks prior to the beginning of the Early Fall, Early Spring and Summer terms. One way to stay on top of your student account is by keeping a close eye on your MIX email and by regularly checking the STAR system for balances you may owe to the university. Students who do not pay in a timely fashion risk the assessment of late fees, financial holds, and in extreme cases may even have their registration deleted or their account sent to an outside agency for collection. You can add a second primary email address (in addition to your WVU MIX email address) for WVU Student Accounts to contact you with account issues. Log into the WVU STAR system and follow the steps to update your email address. Whether paying out of pocket, using a third-party, or receiving financial aid, paying for student account charges is the responsibility of every WVU student. Therefore, it is important that students understand all the options that are available to them. Students can electronically make a payment through the STAR system by credit card or check by logging into MIX. The system is available nearly 24 hours a day and all payments are posted in real-time. Online payment is secure, fast, and easy! To make educational costs easier to manage, WVU offers students a choice between two different payment plans. For payment options visit http://studentaccounts.wvu.edu/payments. Financial aid is also available to many WVU students who qualify. You can visit the Financial Aid Office’s website at http://finaid.wvu.edu. If students need a paper bill for circumstances like employer tuition reimbursement, you must request a paper invoice using STAR. The deadline for requesting a paper bill for any term is approximately 10 days prior to the first day of the term.


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For detailed information regarding financial aid, please visit http://www.finaid.wvu.edu/ Important Reminders for Students Utilizing Financial Aid To ensure access to Financial Aid funding, an IMC student must be enrolled in a minimum of 4 credit hours between an Early and Late Term for Fall and Spring. For instance, a student taking a 3 hour course in Early Fall and another 3 hour course in Late Fall would meet the 4 hour requirement for Fall. Additionally, a student could take two 3 credit courses in Early Spring and no courses in Late Spring and meet the 4 hour requirement for Spring.


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For Summer, a minimum of 3 credit hours must be taken in order to receive Financial Aid. Requests for Financial Aid funding for Summer courses requires a separate application form. Your yearly request does not cover disbursements for Summer courses. For specific information on how to apply for Summer aid, please visit http://www.finaid.wvu.edu/

WVU Libraries Active IMC students are supported with special services through the WVU Libraries system. Services include the ability to borrow up to 10 books per year and 30 articles at no charge. Also, IMC students have access to online databases such as EbscoHost, Lexis-Nexis and others, as well as numerous other library services both online and through the Inter-Library Loan program. Quick Link List for WVU Library Services:  WVU Libraries Homepage: www.libraries.wvu.edu 

Complete List of Services Available: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/services/index.htm

Online Databases: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/databases

Reference Materials: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/reference/

Distance Learning Library Homepage: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/distance/

Inter-Library Loan Services for Distance Education Students: http://illiad.lib.wvu.edu/

Inter-Library Loan Services for Distance Education Students Active IMC students are able to borrow up to 10 books per year and 30 articles at no charge. Register as a Distance Education User To take advantage of the services offered by WVU Libraries for distance education students, you must register with ILLiad. Distance Education borrowers use ILLiad for both WVU owned and Interlibrary Loan requests. 1. Complete the form online at http://illiad.lib.wvu.edu/illiad.dll. 2. Select Distance Education as your status and DCL for the question "Where would you like to pick up your loans?" Distance Education students, however, do not need to pick up their loans. 3. Distance Education services are currently offered only for holdings in the Downtown Library Complex, Evansdale and Health Sciences Library.


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4. Once you have registered with the library as a Distance Education student, you will be issued a WVU Borrowers Card. This card will be used to check books from the WVU Libraries out to you, as you request them. The bar code number on this card also lets you access your account online through MountainLynx. Services & Fees  Books: A Distance Education student may borrow up to 10 books a year, from either WVU or through Interlibrary Loan, at no cost. The library will pay the cost of mailing a book to you and a postage paid label will be included for returning the book. You are responsible for returning materials on time and will be fined for any late items, according to library fine policy. After 10 books, you will be responsible for postage.  Articles: Up to 30 articles from journals that are owned by WVU will be provided for free. After 30, you will be charged $3.00 per article. WVU Libraries – Distance Education Student FAQs Q: A:

Who is eligible to use this service? Currently, only Distance Education students are eligible to use the services outlined on these pages. A Distance Education student is defined as one who is currently enrolled in a class that uses non-traditional transmission methods (such as two- way interactive video, satellite, television and the web) to make its course offerings available OR a course that is offered through WVU Morgantown at a remote site. Additionally, you must reside outside of a 25 mile radius from Morgantown. If you live or attend classes in the Morgantown area, you are not generally considered a Distance Education student.

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Is there a limit to how many items I may request? There is no limit to how many books may be requested each semester. However, only the first 10 books (WVU owned and ILL combined) will be sent to the patron at no charge. After 10 books, the patron will be responsible for postage. There is no limit to the number of journal articles that may be requested, but after the first 30 per semester, the patron will be charged $3.00 per article.

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How long will I be able to keep books I borrow? Books that are borrowed from WVU's collection have the same loan period that on-campus users receive. Loan periods vary according to the status of the borrower, which library is loaning the book and what type of material is being loaned. Materials that do not circulate, such as Reference materials and rare books, cannot be borrowed by a Distance Education student. For complete information on borrowing policies, see the Borrowing Services site.

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Additional IMC Student Resources Comprehensive information for students is available via the IMC program’s website. Please be sure to review this information. Also, do not hesitate to contact a member of the IMC program’s faculty if you have any questions or concerns. In this section, please review some general information commonly requested by incoming students:      

How to Address/Resolve Problems with Technology Writing Expectations of Graduate Students Final Grade Appeal Final Grade Confirmation Letter Request Academic Performance Standards for IMC Students Frequently Asked Questions by Current IMC Students

Problems with Technology Because course work in the IMC graduate program is conducted completely online, our students and faculty are highly dependent on technology. Unfortunately, occasional problems with technology, both with the WVU eCampus system and with your home computer, are inevitable. Although technology issues may be out of our control, how we deal with them is not. Problems with eCampus If you experience a problem with eCampus, here are a few things you can do to resolve any course-related emergencies: 1) Stay calm! 2) Contact your instructor at his or her non-eCampus email address or by phone immediately. Explain, in detail, the problem you are having. 3) Visit the following sites: a. Check the main WVU eCampus page at: http://eCampus.wvu.edu/ for news; the system may be down for either scheduled or emergency maintenance. Scheduled maintenance occurs on Sundays at 6 a.m. EST and can last until 12 p.m. EST eCampus will always be unavailable during this time. b. If you're having problems attaching an assignment, check to be sure that you have the required JAVA plug-in. Plug-in information and downloads can be found at: https://ecampus.wvu.edu/about/computer-configuration. c. Take a look at the eCampus usage statistics, which show peak usage on a daily and weekly basis on the eCampus home page. The system will be "slow" during peak usage periods. 4) If you have problems accessing a specific course component (e.g., a file for a required reading, a Web link, etc.), contact your instructor immediately so that the problem can be examined and resolved.


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Problems with Your Computer If you experience a problem with your computer, here are a few things you can do to resolve any course-related emergencies: 1) Stay calm! 2) If you have Internet connectivity, contact your instructor by email (or phone, if you prefer) immediately. 3) If you need assistance troubleshooting a problem, contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu. Be sure to provide a detailed problem description (i.e., operating system you are running, browser name, type of network connection, error message). 4) If you encounter a serious hardware problem, make arrangements to have your computer repaired. In the meantime, it is your responsibility to keep up with your course(s) using another computer. On the WVU Campus, there are numerous computer labs available for students. Outside of Morgantown, a local library, family and friends, or a wired coffee shop may be good alternatives. What You Can Do    

Communicate clearly and frequently with your instructors so they know that you are experiencing problems, and update them when your problem is resolved. Be proactive. Learn the specific settings required by eCampus and the basic tools you will be using with the course. An overview of these items can be found at: https://ecampus.wvu.edu/support/student-faqs. Keep your operating system, application and virus software up to date. All WVU students can download Symantec Antivirus at no cost by following this link: http://oit.wvu.edu/tsc/antivirus/index.php. Review the following security tips to keep your computer and eCampus running properly: http://oit.wvu.edu/tsc/files/top10securitytips.pdf.

Most importantly, when a problem with technology arises, remain calm. Many problems can be easily and quickly corrected by contacting the appropriate resource for support. Writing Expectations for Graduate Students In a graduate program that focuses on professional communication, each IMC student is expected to demonstrate accomplished written and communication skills. To be successful, a student must engage in critical thinking and express those thoughts through clear writing. Each assignment should maintain a consistent focus, include adequate support of the student’s viewpoints and assertions, and provide conclusions that the student has reached based upon the learning process and objectives of the assignment. Technical proficiency in English grammar, spelling and proofreading is necessary to ensure that a professional, high-quality standard for all communications within the program is maintained.


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To assist students and to ensure a consistent style of writing throughout all IMC courses, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is a required text for ALL IMC students. Writing assignment grades will incorporate recommended style from this manual. As a general guideline, students can expect to spend the following amounts of time per week on each course:   

Readings: 5-6 hours Discussion: 4-5 hours on initial post; 2-3 hours on responses Writing assignments: 4-6 hours; final papers that are more heavily weighted will require additional hours of effort.

Academic Performance Standards for IMC Students In keeping with West Virginia University’s academic standards for graduate students, the IMC program requires all enrolled students to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to remain in good standing in the program. Per the policy of West Virginia University, any student in the IMC program with a cumulative GPA below 2.75 may be placed on academic probation for two consecutive IMC terms after the determination of inadequate academic performance (GPA less than 2.75 cumulative). Any student who fails to meet the minimum GPA requirements or show marked, improved performance during academic probation may be placed on academic suspension for one academic semester. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all courses is required for graduation from the IMC program. Students who do not have at least a 2.75 GPA at time of completion of all coursework will not be able to graduate. In the IMC program, a student must achieve a grade of at least “C-” or better in each course in order to pass. Courses in which grades of “D” or “F” are earned must be retaken until a passing grade (C- or better) is achieved. Additional information on the expectations for academic performance of graduate students can be found in the West Virginia University Graduate Catalog. To access a copy of the WVU Graduate Catalog with this information please visit http://coursecatalog.wvu.edu/ or contact the WVU Office of Admissions and Records and request a catalog.


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IMC Final Grade Confirmation Letter Request Many IMC students participate in employer tuition reimbursement programs and must submit final grades at the end of each term. West Virginia University's Office of Admissions & Records operates on a standardized timetable which is based on the traditional 16-week semester schedule. Due to the nine-week term structure of the IMC program, confirmation of final student grades can be delayed. To assist IMC students in fulfilling the requirements of their employers' tuition reimbursement programs, the IMC program will send a departmental letter to the student's employer or HR representative confirming the student's final grades for an IMC term. All requests for confirmation letters should be submitted via the IMC website at http://simpleforms.scripts.wvu.edu/imc/gradeconfirmation/. Please submit this form within seven (7) days from the end of each IMC term in which a grade confirmation letter is required. All grade confirmation letters submitted on time will be processed and mailed 12-14 days from the end of a term, once all final grades are submitted to the University by IMC faculty (within 10 days from the end of a term). Grade letter requests submitted after seven days from the end of a term will be delayed. In addition, no grade confirmation letter will be sent before all IMC final grades have been submitted. IMC Student Frequently Asked Questions Current Student FAQs are sorted into the following sections:  Course Registration  eCampus Access  The IMC Semester  Withdrawing from Courses  Grades Course Registration How will I know when it’s time to register for courses? Announcements will be posted on the IMC website, dates will be added to the calendar of events and a notification email may be sent to your personal and/or eCampus account(s). How do I register for my courses? Complete instructions for registering for IMC courses online are available in this manual. How do I know which courses to select? In an effort to enable IMC students to plan their own course schedules, the IMC Projected Course Schedule is listed on the IMC website at www.imc.wvu.edu. You are encouraged to plot your own schedule through the program based on the projected schedule and your remaining course needs.


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Can students enroll in a course through STAR once the course has reached capacity? No. Once a course reaches its limit in WVU’s STAR system, the course will no longer appear as an option. Courses may reappear in STAR if an enrolled student decides to drop the course. All IMC students are strongly recommended to enroll in coursework as soon as the STAR system becomes available. Where can I find the IMC course schedule? The IMC Projected Course Schedule is available on the website. Note: The Projected Course Schedule is subject to change based on enrollment and faculty availability. According to the projected schedule, there is an upcoming session in which there isn’t a course offered that I need. Why? Since the IMC program wishes to remain flexible to our students’ needs, and since students may take only one or two courses in a session, it is likely that some students may have a session in which there is no course they require. The likelihood of this is greater if the student fluctuates between one and two courses per session or takes a session off. You are encouraged to keep track of your own progress through the program and to re-evaluate your schedule if you change your planned course schedule. Can I take three or four courses in a session? No. Due to the rigorous nature of our nine-week graduate courses, the performance of past students who attempted more than two courses per session was adversely affected. Can I take IMC 636 with another course? No. IMC 636 is the most rigorous course in the sequence and requires a great deal of work - as much as twice the work of other IMC courses. It also requires comprehensive knowledge of all other IMC courses. I need to speak with an advisor. Whom do I contact? For assistance with course scheduling or any other issue, please contact Professor Shelly Stump at shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-8683. Does the IMC program accept transfer credits from other institutions? Most institutions do not offer courses that match the content of the courses in the IMC program. As such, most courses taken do not satisfy the requirements of the IMC program and are not transferable. If you feel that previous coursework you completed may qualify, please forward a copy of your transcript, course catalog description(s), syllabi for each course, a written explanation of what you covered in the course and why you believe the course should be accepted for transfer to Shelly Stump at shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu. Does the IMC program accept transfer credits from other programs at WVU? No. Other departments at WVU do not offer courses that match the content of the courses in the IMC program.


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What are the other rules regarding transfer credits? Complete details about University requirements for transfer credit may be found in the WVU Graduate Catalog. Credits considered for transfer may not be older than seven years and cannot have been used to attain another degree. When will I get access to my IMC course(s)? IMC students are able to access courses by 9 a.m. EST on the first day of an IMC term. Can I request a copy of the syllabus for a course I’m planning to take before the first day of the term? No. All IMC students are able to access courses by 9 a.m. EST on the first day of an IMC term. eCampus Access Where can I find information about WVU eCampus? Complete details on accessing and using the WVU eCampus system are available in a separate section on the website. Please refer to the eCampus Instruction Manual. Whom do I contact if I have technical problems with WVU eCampus? If you have a technical problem with WVU eCampus, please contact the OIT Help Desk by calling 304-293-4444 x3 (Local), 877-327-9260 (Toll Free), or via email at oithelp@mail.wvu.edu. I’m having trouble attaching my assignments to the Homework Dropbox in eCampus. What should I do? Any student who experiences problems when attaching files to the Homework Dropbox or in eCampus mail should recheck the version of Java they are using. To verify the version of Java installed on your machine, go to your Start menu and Control Panel. In the classic view of the Control Panel, there should be an icon denoted: Java or Java Plug-In. Click on the Java Plug-In icon and a control panel window will appear. Under the “General” tab, you should see a button marked “About” - click on this button. The version of Java should be listed here. You will want a version of 1.4.2_07 or higher. Please Note: The newest version (Java 6.0) is not supported currently by eCampus. For more information, please access the eCampus Info site at https://ecampus.wvu.edu/about/computer-configuration. Whom should I contact to report that the eCampus system is slow? During periods of peak usage, eCampus system performance will be impacted and need not be reported. If you are curious as to whether the system is slow due to high usage, you are encouraged to visit the eCampus Info page at http://eCampus.wvu.edu and look for the usage statistics. You should also check the announcements on the eCampus Info page – known service interruptions (and planned outages) will be posted here. The IMC Term How much time will I need to devote to my IMC coursework? You should plan on spending as much or more time online for the class as you would spend attending a standard, on-campus graduate class. As a general rule, you should plan to spend approximately 12-15 hours per week per course to complete the


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coursework. Does the IMC Program recognize the University’s Fall and Spring breaks? No. To be able to offer our courses online, the IMC program does not recognize standard University academic holidays. However, our students can enjoy an extended break from coursework between the Summer and Early Fall sessions. Which IMC sessions are not separated by a break in coursework? There is no break between the Early Fall and Late Fall or Early Spring and Late Spring sessions. All IMC terms begin on a Monday and end on a Sunday. In the case of the Early and Late Fall and Spring sessions, the next session begins the day after the previous session concludes. I will be on vacation or business travel during an IMC term. Can I turn in my coursework late? No. The IMC program, though flexible to student needs, does not allow for late work to be turned in after an extended absence by a student. If travel or vacation with no access to the Internet is planned in advance, a student may opt to take the term off from coursework. Remember, lack of Internet access is not an acceptable excuse for failing to complete course requirements. Discussion boards are completed in real time – no late posts will be accepted. Where can I find information about the IMC faculty? Faculty information is located in the “About Us” section of the IMC website when you click on the “Faculty” button. Grades When will my final grade be available? Final grades for all IMC courses are due within 10 days after the final day of the term. Student grades will be sent by the faculty through eCampus. Why don’t I get an official grade report once a session is over? Because the IMC program operates on a five-session system rather than the traditional University system, there is a delay in the generation of official grade reports for IMC students. However, we are happy to supply official grade letters for tuition reimbursement or other purposes, if needed. All confirmation letters requested on time will be sent within two days after all final grades are reported. To request a final grade confirmation letter, please submit a request online within seven days from the end of the term at http://simpleforms.scripts.wvu.edu/imc/gradeconfirmation/. Is there a grade requirement to remain an active student in the IMC Program? In keeping with West Virginia University’s academic standards for graduate students, the IMC program requires all enrolled students to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 to remain in good standing in the program. Per the policy of West Virginia University, any student in the IMC program with a cumulative GPA below 2.75 may be placed on academic probation for two consecutive IMC terms after the determination of inadequate academic performance (GPA less than 2.75 cumulative). Any student who fails to meet the minimum GPA requirements or show


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marked improved performance during academic probation may be placed on academic suspension for one academic semester. In the IMC program, a student must achieve a grade of at least “C-” or better in each course in order to pass. Courses in which grades of “D” or “F” are earned must be retaken until a passing grade (C- or better) is achieved. Additional information on the expectations for academic performance of graduate students can be found in the West Virginia University Graduate Catalog. How do I check my final grades? 1) Point your browser to http://www.mix.wvu.edu/. 2) You will see the "Mountaineer Xpress" window with the MIX Login Screen. 3) Enter your Username and Password. If your MIX account is jdoe@mix.wvu.edu, then your Username is jdoe. If you were admitted to the University prior to July 11, 2004, your password is your two-digit day of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number (unless you changed your password). For example, if your date of birth is May 3, 1974 and your Social Security Number is 123-45-6789, then your password is 036789. If you were admitted to the University after July 11, 2004, your password is your two-digit day of birth and the last four digits of your WVU ID. 4) Click “OK.” 5) On the next page, click the “STAR” tab on the top. 6) Click the “WVU STAR” Information System link. 7) Click on “Student Services and Financial Aid.” 8) Select “Student Records” link. 9) Select desired link to check grades.


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Locating Valuable Contact Information Below is a list of contacts you will want to keep handy as you proceed through the IMC program. IMC Program Director Chad Mezera Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism PO Box 6529 Morgantown, WV 26506-6010 Ph: 304-293-5903 Email: chad.mezera@mail.wvu.edu

IMC Student Advising & Scheduling Shelly Stump Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism PO Box 6529 Morgantown, WV 26506-6010 Ph: 304-293-8683 Email: shelly.stump@mail.wvu.edu

IMC Program Technology Support

Student Technical Support

Rick Bebout Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism PO Box 6529 Morgantown, WV 26506-6010 Ph: 304-293-5736 Email: RDBebout@mail.wvu.edu

(WVU OIT Help Desk)

Office of Extended Learning West Virginia University PO Box 6800 Morgantown, WV 26506 Ph: 800-2LEARN2 Ph: 304-293-2834 http://elearn.wvu.edu/ Financial Aid West Virginia University PO Box 6004 Morgantown, WV 26506 Ph: 304-293-5242 Fax: 304-293-4890 http://www.finaid.wvu.edu/ Office of WVU Student Accounts B-33 Stewart Hall P.O. Box 6003 Morgantown, WV 26506 Ph: 304-293-4006 Fax: 304-293-7337 http://studentaccounts.wvu.edu/

Ph: 304-293-4444 x3 (Local) Ph: 877-327-9260 (Toll Free) Email: oithelp@mail.wvu.edu Office of Admissions and Records PO Box 6009 Morgantown, WV 26506 Ph: 800-344-WVU1 Ph: 304-293-2121 Fax: 304-293-3080 http://www.arc.wvu.edu/ WVU Libraries West Virginia University P.O. Box 6069 1549 University Ave. West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 Ph: 304-293-4040 ext: 4000 http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/contactus/ WVU Office of the University Registrar Colson Hall P.O. Box 6878 Morgantown, WV 26505 Ph: 304-293-5355 Fax: 304-293-8991 registrar@mail.wvu.edu http://registrar.wvu.edu/


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