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Student Portal

Students will utilize the e-Campus administrative system to access records, register for courses, check bills and other financial information, look at grades, transcripts, etc.

To obtain access to the e-Campus portal, students will be required to create an e-Campus user ID and password. To access e-Campus: http://web.uri.edu/ecampus/

How to Use Your Curriculum Sheet

Learn what happens after your transcripts have been reviewed with our informative Curriculum Sheet video.

 

Registration Video

Need help registering for your courses? Follow this video for a step-by-step guide to registration.

 

Technology Support

Below are instructions on how to access, set up and use your learning management system as well as a link to our Help Desk Wiki for additional technical support.

Webcam Requirements for Proctored Exams

Sakai

Browser Set-Up

  • Sakai must be accessed through a high-speed internet connection.
  • The recommended web browser for using Sakai is Mozilla Firefox.
  • Many Sakai functions will work in Internet Explorer, Safari, and Google Chrome, but having Firefox as backup is still encouraged.
  • Please be sure to keep your browser(s) up-to-date.
  • Browser must allow pop-ups — if you need help with this, contact the URI Helpdesk.
  • To be sure that Sakai presents the refreshed (latest) views of all pages, please review the cache settings guide.

Word Processing Software

  • Documents should be saved in a file format that is easily accessible.
  • Microsoft Word 2007 and 2011 default to saving documents as "docx", you can select "save as doc" in order to make your files available to older Microsoft programs.
  • There is a free plugin for Office 2000 and 2003 users to read new file formats.
  • Microsoft Works is not recommended, WordPerfect files should be saved as "doc".
  • Most word processors can save and view "RTF" files, and "PDFs" are the most reliable way to present documents accurately across computers.
  • LibreOffice is a free software that saves files as "doc" or "rtf" format.

Playing Video/Media

  • Additional media players may be required to play content in Sakai courses including: Apple Quicktime, RealPlayer, or Adobe Flash Player.
  • Currently, the VLC Media Player is the most versatile free media player.
  • Please be sure to keep your media players up-to-date.
  • Some media files will play on screen and some will be downloaded to your computer and need to be opened. Check for a download in progress, after which you may need to click the filename to view the media.

URI Help Desk

The University of Rhode Island Computer and Networking Help Desk is the one-stop center for all tech-related issues at the university. The Help Desk provides support for any issue related to eCampus, Sakai, E-mail, Internet connections, wireless, smartphones and tablets, laptops, desktops, and more. One form of support is the Help Desk Wiki, which offers an extensive catalog of general and specific support related items (e.g. Sakai access). The Help Desk also offers specific resource pages devoted to Sakai-specific support as well as eCampus-specific support. To contact the URI Help Desk, you can either call them at 401.874.HELP (4357) or e-mail them at helpdesk@uri.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We get certain types of questions often, so to make it easier to get the answers you need, all you need to do is follow this link.

Orientation

Ready to begin your new learning experience? Most online courses run on the same semester schedule as all URI courses; however, the RN to BS program runs on an accelerated academic calendar. Be sure to check both ecampus and your course schedule carefully to stay on track with deadlines.

Before classes begin:

#1. Login to Sakai

Login to Sakai using your e-Campus username and your email/Sakai/wireless password. If you are having trouble with Sakai, contact the Help Desk. 401.URI.HELP.

#2. Complete the RN to BS Orientation

The RN to BS Orientation will provide you with an introduction to the important aspects of taking online courses as well as provide you with important resources pertinent to your program.

The orientation is self-paced and you must complete it entirely. If you have questions about the orientation material after completing it, please feel free to contact Online Education at online@etal.uri.edu. If you have questions regarding the RN to BS online program, please contact the College of Nursing at rnbsonline@uri.edu.

Below are the instructions to obtain access to the RN to BS Orientation Sakai site.

To join the site, please follow these instructions:

  • Login to Sakai
  • Click Membership on the left navigation bar of My Workspace
  • Click Joinable Sites
  • Write “RN to BS Orientation” in the search bar on the right, and click Search
  • Click Join beneath RN to BS Orientation

On the first day of class, follow these steps:

#1. Access your course

Generally courses will be available in Sakai on the first day of classes. Once your professor has created the Sakai site for your class it will automatically be added onto the top tab bar.

If you do not see your course, follow these steps:

  1. Check under the "more sites" tab to see if the course was removed from view.
  2. If your course is not listed, check your enrollment in the course through eCampus.
  3. If you are still enrolled, try emailing the professor. S/He may have to manually add you to the course site.

#2. Review the Start Here Section and Syllabus

The Start Here section will provide you with an overview of the course, course tools, and important dates. Be sure to check out the syllabus; it will contain important information about beginning the class. For example, some faculty may require you to introduce yourself in the discussion or forum boards on the first day of class. Make sure you pay attention to what the professor requires in regard to communication and class interaction. Be sure to ask questions! Your understanding of the syllabus is key to your success in the course.

Tip: It may be helpful to go ahead and create a calendar or add your semester deadlines to your current calendar immediately.

#3. Check for Announcements

The Announcement section may contain important information from your professor. Check this regularly!

#4. Visit All the Sections of your Course

The first week of class is the time to get to know what is expected of you and make sure you understand how all the sections of the course work. The Start Here section will provide you with an overview of course information but make sure to check out the rest of the course site too. Be sure to ask questions about the site. Your ability to navigate the course site is critical!

Library

The URI University Libraries serve the knowledge and information needs of the University community and the general public. You can access tutorials for using the library, find information, and get research assistance. If you have questions, you can contact the library at 401.874.2666 or at libadmin@etal.uri.edu.

Tools & Guides

These tools will help you locate information in the University Libraries and through our online subscriptions.

Articles & Databases
Find articles and more using our research databases.

Journals
Search the University Libraries' subscriptions to journals online and in print.

Reserves
The Reserves collection contains material designated by university faculty as high-use or required readings for specific courses. Items on reserve for a course may include books, and special items loaned by faculty. A number of high-use items unrelated to specific courses are also located on reserve.

Media
The Media Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Robert L. Carothers Library & Learning Commons, is the URI Library's primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats.

Subject and Assignment Guides
The Subject and Assignment Guides provide excellent starting points for research.

Campus Store
Find course materials, URI swag, and more at the Campus Store.

Study Tips

There's no way around it: studying is a skill that takes time and diligence to build and apply. For online students, it requires, in many ways, a level of self-discipline that may take some getting used to. But there are lots of tips and tricks for maximizing your time and staying focused. Here are some great suggestions for managing your time, along with additional resources that can help you throughout your online study.

Time Management: Skills and Resources

Online courses give you the freedom to learn at your own pace and take extra time in challenging areas. Therefore, the number one skill needed for taking an online class is time management. Online courses run on the same schedule as face-to-face courses and require the same time commitment. For every hour you would have been in the classroom, you can expect to be spending that time reading, viewing videos/PowerPoints, and discussing course material on Sakai.

Four Time Management Tips for Online Students

(For the complete article: US News: 4 Time Management Tips for Online Students)

#1 - Make a Plan
Structure is helpful for online success and creating a plan for yourself will help you management your time effectively. Using a study calendar and adding syllabus deadlines to it can help you stay on track. Also, keeping a weekly schedule of designated times for your classwork can assure you have the time needed to complete the work. If your online instructors use the Calendar application on Sakai, you can track your assignments and deadlines right in Sakai.

#2 - Check in Daily
Log-in to your courses daily to make sure you stay up-to-date on new deadlines and student discussions. By visiting your course every day you are able to break down the work into a more manageable workloads. This can prevent feeling overwhelmed and keep your coursework in the front of your mind.

#3 - Look Ahead
Stay aware of your course deadlines and assignments by looking ahead. Don't wait until the day an assignment is due to start—if you have any questions it might be too late to ask your instructor! Starting assignments early helps you gauge how much time the assignment will take and leave room for adjusting your schedule if necessary.

#4 - Speak Up
As soon as you notice yourself falling behind, let your professor know. S/he can help you plan your time accordingly, or if necessary, work with you on deadlines. However, if you have not stuck with your plan, checked in daily, and stayed aware of your deadlines it might be too late for the professor to help you.

URI Online Student Resources

The Office of Online Education at URI has a site specifically devoted to student online learning. On the online learning student site, you will find some very useful resources.

Student Tips Blog
The online Student Tips Blog provides weekly tips on online classes in general and how to succeed in an online course. Example topics discussed include introducing yourself to your professor and peers, writing an effective discussion post, and improving your study environment.

Time Management Resources
As discussed earlier, time management is extremely important in any online course. The time management resources provide you with different applications and tools that can assist you in organizing and managing your time.

Study & Test Resources
Preparation for exams can seem like a daunting task. The study and test resources provide you with different tools to help you study for exams (e.g. create practice tests).

Writing & Notetaking Resources
In many, if not all, of your courses you will be doing some form of writing. The writing and notetaking resources provide you with sources to help you properly cite materials, take and organize notes, and outline important topics.

Textbook & Course Resources
In the textbook and course resources you will find information on how to access some free online textbooks, organize materials, and other tools to generally help you in your course.

Social Media
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