Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What does it mean to attend an online class?
- How do I access the website of the class?
- What is a UIC netid?
- How do I obtain a UIC netid?
- How to activate your UIC netid?
- How do I know when I need to go to the website of the class?
- Do I need to go to class the first day?
- How about exams?
- What kind of hardware is required to take the MEng courses?
- Will you send me the software I need?
- How many courses can I take per semester?
- How much time will an online course take?
- How long do I have to complete the MEng program?
- How much computer experience is needed to take these courses?
- Whom do I contact with questions?
- At what times will someone be available to help me with the class?
- Do I still need a UIC student account if I already have email and internet access from a service provider?
Q: What does it mean to attend an online class?
A: Everything is online (or almost). Presence in a classroom is only requested during exams, otherwise all lectures are attended by accessing the website of the class. Teachers, teaching assistants and other class students are contacted via email, bulletin board and chat room. In addition to the class materials, the website of the class provides all the information that is necessary, such as quick announcements, grades, information about the instructors, grading policy, etc.
Q: How do I access the website of the class?
A: All UIC online classes are supported by a system called Blackboard. Students are responsible for understanding the basics of Blackboard. Students have access to the classes by going to the web address: http://blackboard.uic.edu, where they can login to the classes for which they are registered. Each student is assigned a login name that corresponds to their UIC netid.
Once on Blackboard, login with your UIC NetID, and your ACCC common password . This is the same password you use for UIC email, lab access, bluestem web authentication, Nessie, UICalendar, dialin, etc.
If you have not set a common password yet, do so now via this link.
Q: What is a UIC netid?
A: A network ID, or netid, is a public identifier used to identify yourself to the UIC network services. How do I obtain a UIC netid?
Q: How do I obtain a UIC netid?
A: Before obtaining a UIC netid, you will need to first have an I-card number. An I-card number is assigned in two ways.
On campus students: The most common way applies to on campus students. On campus students are assigned an I-card number at the same time they receive their UIC photoID.
Off campus students: The other way applies to students who are not taking any on campus classes, such as the MEng students, for whom there is no need for a UIC-photoID. In their case, the MEng coordinator will provide them with an I-card number, after they register for classes. For all students: Once you have your I-card number the next step is to activate your netid and password. After you activate your netid, you will obtain:
- A UIC netID
- A UIC email account
- Access to all other UIC computer resources.
Q: How to activate your netID?
A: Please note: You will need your I-card number to activate your netid. It is your own responsibility to activate your netid. All students are granted a netid, but it is not created automatically by the university.
Click here to activate your netid.
Q: How do I know when I need to go to the website of the class?
A: Online classes begin the same day as on campus classes. Online classes are available the first day of classes. Online classes do not require attendance at specific times. Therefore, students may access the class website at any time they wish and as often as they like. However, because of the assessment part related to each class (homework assignments, tests, projects, etc.) there are some time constraints to be fulfilled. Typically students should start accessing the website at the beginning of the semester and complete all coursework by the end of the semester. Even though there are no limits on the number and time students have access to the class material, students must submit their assignments by the due date. Each class website contains an announcement page and an assignment page where students will find all the answers to their questions.
Q: Do I need to go to class the first day?
A: No, online classes are managed via internet. Instructors will meet with the students only for exams. But you may begin accessing your online courses the first day of classes.
Q: How about exams?
A:Typically there will be one mid-term and one final exam, which must be taken synchronously with the rest of the class. In the case of students who do not live nearby, a location and proctor for the examinations will be arranged.
Q: What kind of hardware is required to take the MEng courses?
A: Any internet enabled computer. Examples are Intel based, Mac Power PC, Sun, SGI, etc. You will need: at least a 33.3 Kbs per second internet connection; color monitor with 800X600 resolution; 16 Bit sound card and speakers; and a double speed CD Rom Drive. Once you fill the neccesary requirements, you will need to pass our browser test.
Q: How much time will an online course take?
A: Each course varies in the amount of time needed, dependent on the amount of material the Professors provides. Ultimately, the time will depend upon how fast the student works individually.
Q: Whom do I contact with questions?
A: General program specific questions can be directed to the Program Coordinator. Course specific questions can be directed to the course T.A., who will be your first line of contact, and then, if necessary, to the Professor.
Q: At what times will someone be available to help me with the class?
A: There will always be support available to you. You will have direct access to your T.A. via email. Taking national and international time changes into consideration, you will receive a reply within 24 hours.