Arkansas State University currently enrolls students from across the United States in various times zones. As a result, this can cause confusion for students when assignments are actually due. For instance, if an assignment is due at 5 pm here and the student is based in California the time the student will need to submit their assignment at 3:00 pm as they are Pacific time and we are Central Standard Time. Instructors are hereby to specify either in the syllabus, directly in each assignment, or in the Syllabus and Schedule that all assignments within the course set with the due date and time in Central Standard Time for all A-State Online Courses.
LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
To ensure the best quality learning experience for students enrolled in any A-State Online Program the course must be offered through the institutional Learning Management System which is currently Blackboard.
MODULE RELEASE DATES AND COURSE AVAILABILITY
A-State Online Services courses are to have module release dates set to the first day of the course and later. This is a requirement from federal regulations that financial aid money will be released to students when content is available before the start date of the semester.
Modules are to be released throughout the semester for the course not to be considered a correspondence course. Courses can be made available to students for Early Release 7 days before the first day of class.
MAKING COURSE AVAILABLE
Courses are to be made available manually using the Properties and Set Availability. Make Course Available is to be set to Yes for Early Release. The Set Course Duration is to be left on Continuous.