NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Student Resources

Getting Assistance

The resources we have collected on this page are intended to give students additional tools that may help them succeed in their education. If you are in need of assistance, be sure to seek help as soon as possible to ensure that you do not fall behind in your classes.  View the topics below for more information. 

Add or Drop a class
Activity based class information
Blackboard Technical Requirements for Online Classes
Blackboard Help Documents
Campus Connection Help for Students
Contact Technical Support
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Login to Blackboard
How to Login to Campus Connection
Materials for classes that do not use Blackboard
Podcast Lectures
Technical Requirements for Online and Computer-based Courses
Tips for Success
Tuition Tips
View Grades
Where to get your textbooks and other materials

 

 


 

Add or Drop a class

Follow these instructions for adding or dropping a class in Campus Connection.  Campus Connection instructions

To avoid confusion, be sure to follow the NDSU academic dates and deadlines when adding or dropping a class. All Distance and Continuing Education classes follow the NDSU drop/add deadlines

To drop a standard length DCE class with a full refund you must drop it via Campus Connection by the current semester's drop deadline.  You will not automatically be dropped from a course for nonparticipation.  For classes that begin later than the start of the semester check NDSU's variable length session drop/add deadlines.

Still need a class? Know someone who needs a class? Check out our list of classes.

 

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Activity based class information

For activity based classes, (ex. social dance) wear proper clothes and shoes with non-marking soles to the first day of class. If there are special clothing requirements (ex. scuba diving) it will be discussed on the first day of class.

 

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Blackboard Technical Requirements for Online Classes

Most online classes offered through Distance and Continuing Education use the Blackboard learning management system. Read about system requirements and other software here.

 

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Blackboard Help Documents

Using the Blackboard Assignment Feature to Hand In Homework
Using the Blackboard Discussion Board
Getting Access to a Blackboard Course: You must be enrolled in the course to gain access to the Blackboard site. Contact your course instructor for further information if you are having difficulty accessing a course site.

 

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Campus Connection Help for Students

Official Campus Connection (NDSU) site
In general, students should use the Campus Connection (PeopleSoft) system to register for classes, drop classes, make tuition payments, and view unofficial transcripts. Distance and Continuing Education classes follow the academic dates and deadlines of the university.

Campus Connection Student Help Pages (Scroll down from top of page to see menu of available help documents).

 

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Contact Technical Support

If you require technical assistance for your DCE class contact either of the following.

Current NDSU Students and DCE students
NDSU Information Technology Services helpdesk at 701-231-8685, or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Students enrolled in DCE classes
Karen Murie, 701-231-8638, or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

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How to Login to Campus Connection

New Students:
New students are notified either by email or postal mail of their Campus Connection User ID after completing your application. This may have been sent by NDSU or by another North Dakota institution to which you applied. If you already have used a UserID and Password to access Campus Connection at another college or university in North Dakota, you will be able to use these at NDSU as well.

Instructions for Current Students on Campus

Students in DCE 600 Courses Only
Students enrolled in a 600 course through Distance and Continuing Education are manually enrolled in your course website by DCE staff. Please contact Karen Murie, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), for more information.

 

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Materials For Classes That Do Not Use Blackboard

For classes that do not use the Blackboard learning management system, the instructor will send an email with access information for your class. You will likely receive this email in the first week of class.

 

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Podcast Lectures

Your instructor may include podcasting as a way to deliver course lectures, guest speakers or other course information to you. Instructors can use audio or video podcasts. We recommend using iTunes to access and view podcasts.

If you have not already done so, we recommend that you download and install iTunes. It is available free from Apple: http://www.apple.com/itunes/.

Once you have installed iTunes (or your favorite m4a or video podcast player) use these steps to access episodes:

  1. Please visit the podcast link that your instructor provides on Blackboard.
  2. Select the link on the right hand side of the screen, "Subscribe in iTunes."
  3. The first episode will automatically begin to download in iTunes. (If iTunes wasn't already running on your computer, it should launch).
  4. Once the first episode has completed downloading, select "Podcasts" from the left-hand side menu on the iTunes window.
  5. Select the abbreviated course title for your course from the menu in the center of the screen. Next to the title, you should see a little triangle. Select the triangle so that the menu drops down.
  6. You will see additional episodes listed, followed by a "Get" button for each. Select the corresponding "Get" button to download an episode.
  7. To view the slides in full screen view, select the "Show item artwork button" (lower left hand corner of iTunes player) and then double-click the podcast title that appears. You can stretch or size the podcast screen to suit your viewing preferences.

 

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Tuition Tips

  1. Check your tuition balance statement in Campus Connection as soon as possible.
  2. DCE classes are charged on a per credit basis.
  3. On your account statement, DCE tuition is only charged under the "DCE Tuition" line.  It is not included in the line labeled "Tuition".
  4. Add up your total tuition and compare it to the NDSU tuition and fee information.
  5. If you are taking more than 12 credit (fall/spring) or 9 credits (summer) you will be charged for each DCE credit beyond the tuition cap.
  6. DCE tuition rates are charged at North Dakota resident rate regardless of your location or resident status.  View DCE tuition rates.

 

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View Grades

To view or print your unofficial grades you may use the Campus Connection system to view your unofficial transcript. Follow these instructions to view your unofficial transcript. Obtain an Unofficial Transcript

If your instructor posts grades in the Blackboard system, you may also be able to view your unofficial grades there. Follow this link for instructions. Using Blackboard to View Grades

 

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Where to Get Textbooks and Other Instructional Materials

Blackboard Learning Management System

Most online classes offered through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education use the learning management system called Blackboard.  To log in to Blackboard, enter your user name (usually first.last) and your password.  This is the password you changed in the "Enroll Services" process or the default pattern, which was Mmmssyyyy. During the first week of classes, you will see your class listed in Blackboard.  Your Blackboard class will generally include a syllabus and instructor contact information.  After the class has begun many of your assignments and discussion boards will also be posted there.

Tip: Your class may not be posted in Blackboard until after the first week of classes.  If you do not see your class in Blackboard after the first week of classes, contact your instructor or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

NDSU Bookstore

The NDSU Bookstore is where students should order and purchase textbooks, print-based packets, and other course material.  Textbook orders can be completed online.  You may also be able to pick up additional supplies for your classes, such as office and computer supplies.  Or show your NDSU spirit in your community by purchasing your NDSU apparel and gifts through the NDSU bookstore.

NDSU Library Resources

The NDSU Library has a wealth of resources available to students.  Search the library catalog for books and other materials.  View their online databases for journal articles and other research materials. The NDSU Library also participates in an interlibrary loan (ILL) system which expands the resources available to NDSU students. The ILL system will mail materials to you; however, you are responsible for return postage.

 

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