Access Course Sites
Now that you’ve registered for your classes, what's next?
Most University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka classes – both onsite and distance learning – have a course site set up on Blackboard through UAS Online. We've created a sample course that contains tutorials and guidelines for using Blackboard. We call it Blackboard: Behind the Scenes. It covers topics such as turning in assignments, communication tools, announcements, quizzes and exams, gradebook features, Web Meeting/Collaborate, uploading video and images, and in general tips for success.
Watch the course introduction below. It has audio, so be sure that your headphones and/or your speakers are on.
Blackboard: Behind the Scenes overview video
If you'd like to take the free course, follow these directions:
- I Already Have a UA login and ID
Be sure to log in with your Username and Password. DO NOT click "Continue without signing in..." as you will not have full access to the course.
- I Need to Create a Guest Account
Now that you've looked at Blackboard, here are some reminders for each semester:
- Set up or verify your username and password through ELMO
- Set up or update your profile and find your classes on UAS Online
- Set up or update your UAS email account with your preferred email address
- Follow the links to your classes and review the syllabus for each course
- Order the textbooks and materials you need (go to the Order Books tab on this page)
- Make sure your computer meets the basic specifications for e-Learning
- Install any required plug-ins or software indicated on the course site or in the syllabus
- Introduce yourself to your instructor through their preferred contact method indicated on the course site or in the syllabus
- Pick your testing site or proctor for taking exams (go to the Exam Proctors tab on this page)
- Review College Learning & Success Tutorials
Remember – you may need to repeat some of these steps for each of your enrolled classes!
If you need assistance, our Instructional Services staff are available to help you with any of the above steps. Connect with one of them through phone, email or chat.
For technical assistance, please contact the Help Desk.
Use our online bookstore, MBS Direct, to purchase your textbooks and materials, unless your instructor or syllabus indicates otherwise. Don’t wait to order – do so early, well before classes begin. Starting on time is crucial to your learning success.
Once on the MBS website, you will be requested to choose one of the three UAS campuses. You may need to choose more than one campus, depending on where your courses originate.
Have your course subject, number, and section information ready, so that you can identify the appropriate textbook selection. Your section information will also help you identify which UAS campus to choose. Juneau course sections begin with J, Ketchikan with K, and Sitka with T.
MBS Direct generally takes 24 to 48 hours to process orders, and 7 to 10 business days for delivery under normal shipping rates. They also offer expedited shipping methods.
Financial Aid Book Voucher
If you are receiving financial aid, visit our Student Financial Aid Book Voucher page or call our Registration staff for assistance.
Other Vendors or Campuses
If you decide to purchase your materials through another vendor, be sure to check with your instructor or syllabus beforehand, to verify that you are purchasing everything required. Some books are bundled with other class materials, or include registration codes for websites. Use the ISBN number, typically listed in your syllabus, to ensure you are ordering the correct version of materials.
If you are taking courses from more than one University of Alaska campus, be sure to contact each campus for information about ordering textbooks and materials.
Student Success Center Tutoring
UAS Sitka Campus offers in-person or online tutoring through our Student Success Center. Our staff can assist you with:
- Writing and English Assistance
- Math Assistance
- GED Assistance
- ESL Assistance
- Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
- Psychology and Sociology
- Humanities, Communication and Spanish
In addition to its wide-ranging print collection, the Egan Library, located on the Juneau Campus, provides comprehensive online resources – available to registered UAS students in any location, 24 hours a day.
Enjoy access to library services and materials, delivered right to your computer! If you don’t already have one, register for a library card online.
Once you are registered, simply log in with your UAS username and password to access the Egan Library. The library’s online resources include:
Our Student Success advisors work together with you, your instructors, and the UAS Office of Disability Services to identify and accommodate your individual needs.
Each campus of UAS maintains its own resources for disability services, but the Office of Disability Services is administered on the Juneau Campus.
- Tutoring and academic assistance
- Adaptive technology (Arkenstone Reader, specialized software, TDD/TTY)
- Coordination of services with other agencies including Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran's Services, Center for Community and Sitka Works
Please note that some disability accommodations require additional time for set-up. In order to guarantee that your accommodations are in place at the beginning of the semester, please apply at least six weeks before the semester starts. You must also formally request services before every semester, so that your accommodations can be applied to your new courses.
Additional Information from the UAS Office of Disability Services:
Many UAS instructors request students to take proctored exams for their classes.
(If you need to take an English or Math placement test, visit our Placement Testing page.)
What is a Proctor?
A proctor is a person who administers tests, typically (but not always) at a testing facility or a learning center. He or she makes sure that all exam rules are followed, and that exams are returned to the instructor in a timely, secure fashion.
Who can be a Proctor?
A college or university testing or learning center, a staff member from your local library, clergy, or military education department.
Who cannot be a Proctor?
A family member, co-worker, or friend.
Choosing a Proctor
It is important to verify your choice of proctor with our Instructional Services staff, early in the semester, so we know where to send the exams for your UAS Sitka courses.
To arrange for a proctor:
- Choose from our list of pre-approved proctors (Form A), if you live in the state of Alaska, and contact our Instructional Services staff with your choice.
- If you don't find a location near you or live outside the state of Alaska, establish a new proctor by completing the Proctor Information Form B (24KB) and submitting it to us for approval.
If you are unsure about how to determine a proctor or location within your community, our Instructional Services staff can assist you.
State and National Exams
The Student Success Center provides proctoring services for individuals in the community needing to take an employment or certification exam.
We proctor the following state and national tests:
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (PAX-RN)
- State of Alaska petition tests
- TABE tests for the Alaska Department of Labor
- GED exam
- Technical licensing (Promissor)
Contact our Student Success staff for a current schedule or to make testing arrangements.
Tips For Student Success
The Tips For Student Success blog provides short tutorials that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills. Find the following tutorials and more!
- Tips on How to Be An Engaged Online Learner
- Blackboard: Behind the Scenes
- Is Online Learning Right For Me? (starring our very own UAS staff)
- Create Posts in WordPress
- Edit Your Posts in WordPress
- Time Management for Students
- Test Taking Tips
- Basic Grammar
- Email Etiquette
- How to Study
- Note Taking
- How to Write a Basic Essay
- Plagiarism – What it is And How to Avoid It
A great way to learn about new and updated content is to subscribe to this blog! Visit the blog and click on the ‘Subscribe to Blog via Email’ today!
Orientation to Online Learning
Your success matters to us! And we know that the more you know, the more successful you’ll be.
This first component of our online orientation series will help you better understand online learning and decide if it’s right for you. It will help you understand:
- the technology skills you need,
- the technical requirements for your computer,
- the personal skills you need,
- and how to access resources to help you build those skills.
Once you know what it takes, you are on your way to success!
View the tutorial: Is Online Learning Right For Me?