to online classes at Cowley College. We’re glad that you’re here. It
is our goal to make your experience in taking an online class at Cowley
a positive one.
We would like to share some important information with
you to help you get started.
When can you start your class?
Access to the online classes is granted about 12:01 a.m. on the first scheduled day of class. Please check your
schedule in Campus Connect for the specific day that your online
When should you take the mandatory
online student orientation?
Cowley students are required to complete the Blackboard Orientation course
before having access to online, web enhanced and hybrid courses in Blackboard. Students who have completed the orientation once will not
have to take it again for three years. The Blackboard Orientation is designed
for quick completion—usually in less than an hour.
Are online classes self-paced?
Cowley online classes are not self-paced. You will need to be diligent
in meeting scheduled dates for projects and assessments that must
be completed during specific time periods throughout the semester.
What can you do prior to the
start of the class?
- Be sure that you have regular access to a computer
with internet connections.
- Read all of the information accessed through the links
on the left side of this page. You may want to print some of this
to keep for future reference.
- Prepare your computer to take an online class. Click
on the link Computer
Preparation and follow the procedures and information
- Check for special software requirements and Access
Codes for all online classes. This information is included in the Class
Schedules. Unless specifically noted, all course written
work must be submitted in Microsoft Word 2000 or newer (not Works).
No other programs for word processing will be accepted!
- Complete the online orientation course on Blackboard.
Where can I obtain books, software,
and Access Codes (if required) for the online course?
Books, software, and Access Codes (if the course requires them) may
be purchased online through the Cowley College bookstore
You can also stop by the Cowley College Bookstore on the Arkansas
City Campus or or the Eastside
Center in Wichita KS. Please visit the bookstore
website for specific details.
Will attendance be taken in
my online course?
Cowley instructors will be recording your attendance weekly to your
online course. To be counted present in your course, you must
log in and complete your instructor’s attendance requirements
for the week.
The week for attendance runs from 12:00 A.M. Sunday morning through
11:59 P.M. Saturday night. Please check the individual course
syllabus carefully for requirements or check with your instructor. If
these requirements are not satisfied, you will be counted absent for
How do I get help if I run into trouble?
Use the Cowley
Help Desk whenever possible. From there you can access the Blackboard Help Desk with enhanced support 24/7/365. You can contact by live-chat, submitting a trouble ticket, calling 866.940.0063, emailing, or searching an extensive knowledge base where you can find solutions to common questions.