Stevens Henager College Online
Student Orientation


Welcome with new students and Sir Fin

What to Expect

During this Orientation you will learn:

 Shelby explains the expectations in simple terms

The cartoon character above is Shelby. You'll see her in many courses. To see how we utilize the illustrated characters to help in your education, click this link (or type it into your browser)

Fine Print 

 Do not worry if this seems too simple


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Student Success

- Setting Yourself Up for Success

As an Online student you will need to:

  • Use a computer with Internet access - The Internet is the "building" where your "classroom" is located. You wouldn't want to attend school in a barn, the same is true for virtual learning. Try to have high-speed Internet available in your home or at least easy access to it. Using a library, a cafe, or a friend's house can work at times but is unlikely to be successful over the long haul.barn.gif


Barn with students rejecting it as a classroom


  • Study regularly (regularly means almost daily) - We pride ourselves on helping you get your future career quickly. That means we move fast! In our experience, it helps most students to create a study schedule and stick to it. If you're less structured, that's fine, but you still need to study consistently and frequently. Online education is not easier than a classroom. In many ways, it's more challenging. You have to keep yourself motivated. Don't fall behind! Make study a priority.



  • Set up a designated study space at home - Even if you have limited space, you can create a box that holds materials. Pull it out when it's time to study. Clear the space of clutter. Limit distractions like television, running children, barking dogs, etc. You want to be able to focus. Avoid multi-tasking. You wouldn't want your surgeon to watch "Dancing with the Stars" while cutting out your appendix, helping his kids with homework, and folding laundry. You want your surgeon to do their best work and focus on you. It's the same with your education. Do your best by giving your best.


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Student Responsibilities

Online Student Expectations

Even on a pirate ship, there is work to do and most of it is reoccurring work. In our college, there are expectations for what we'll offer to you, what you'll give back, and what we'll do together. Here are the most important of those as you are starting school.

Communication Methods and Requirements

Communicate with us

You must stay in communication. This is the number one indicator of whether you will successfully graduate.

You can use a variety of ways to communicate with us. Please let your Advisor and Program Coach know which ways you prefer.The most common are:

- Important Reminders

- Honor Your Three Commitments

  1. Attend class - meaning view the live session or the recording each week and participate in discussions
  2. Do your best - get homework in on time and if you can't, talk with the instructor about what to do and how
  3. Meet your financial commitment. Pay any monthly amount you've agreed to on time. Students who pay each month tend to do better in school even if it's just a small amount.

Dean_Speaking.jpg In return, we'll honor our commitments to you. Dean David Cowsert, the head of academics for the college, personally commits to you that we will honor our responsibilities to you. If you feel we are not, feel free to contact him directly. E-mail works best. * 801.281.7620 ext. 3550 * Skype: david.cowsert * He's also on our Facebook site and would welcome you as a friend David P Cowsert (he won't accept friend requests to his personal FB account [missing his middle initial] to keep some privacy but he'd love to hear from you with the professional one.) 


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Learning Studio

Your Virtual Classroom

The main 3 browsers LearningStudio is an Internet-based virtual classroom that frees your ideas while providing structure and community. What the heck? That reads like an advertisement. Let's try again. If you were a carpenter, you'd need to know how to use a hammer, saw, and a drill. Learning Studio has the tools you will use in your online education to learn. Just like a hammer or saw, understanding the basics is pretty easy and you'll catch on fast. You'll also get better with practice.

Any web browser should work well with LearningStudio. Examples include Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari. For computers you might use in addition to the laptop you'll receive from the school, you may wish to get one of these browsers if you don't have it already. (Clicking on the browser names above will take you to a webpage where you can download the most current version of the browser.)


Logging into LearningStudio

Note: You will not have access until you are registered for your first course, this is typically day one of the course rather than sooner. Dont' worry about lack of practice time, you can come back here any time you want and the instructors are all prepared for you to be learning the system in your first course.


LearningStudio login is accessed online at: .

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Your LearningStudio login is typically:

Note: There are a few exceptions to the username. If your login does not work, contact your Student Advisor immediately - they can look it up for you.Exceptions to login standards do happen, just let us know

Submitting a Discussion Question

Sir Fin speaks from a student computer The discussion forum is one of the best proven methods of learning in online environments. The discussion forum is similar to having a classroom discussion, only now you have time to really think about your answer.

Discussion forums work best for everyone--including you--if you participate actively and in the right way. You wouldn't make chocolate chip cookies by simply throwing ingredients loosely on the cookie sheet and sticking it in the microwave. Likewise, simply posting the first thought in your mind or a "nice job" in a reply is not going to get you the results you want--or the grade.

Your first posting each week is typically due by 11:59 p.m. (Mountain time) on Wednesday. It should be 2-3 paragraphs and include both clear thought on the topic as well as a source to back up your thoughts. You'll then usually have to reply to two other students in your course before Saturday night at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time. Discussions are meant to go on all week and to be active, asynchronous areas to explore the topic.

Replies typically should do one of three things:

  1. Extend the discussion deeper in the same direction
  2. Respectfully challenge a position
  3. Extend the conversation in a new but useful direction

Remember as you post, the goal is a career. Think about how the topic relates to your future career goals. What has happened in your past, right now, or in current events that is shaping the topic? In your reading of the text and other research, how has the topic been addressed?

 Be respectful of others

The following will show you how to post discussions in Learning Studio.


- Click on Discussion in the sidebar menu:

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- The instructor's post, along with posting guidlines are displayed. Click on Respond in the bottom left of the screen to open the message window.

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- Enter a Subject and your response into the message window:

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- Once text is entered click Post Response in the bottom right of your screen.


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Submitting an Assignment

We'll walk you through submitting an assignment. You can come back to this later and review it again.

This is important information because if you don't get the assignment into the dropbox, the instructor doesn't know you've completed it. That can start a challenging chase to find where the assignment is, if it was completed on time, etc. Following these instructions saves you and the instructors from a lot of headaches.

Dean says instructions are also on every assignment page


- Click on Assignment in the sidebar menu:

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- Access the dropbox by selecting the Dropbox tab in the Course Tools bar at the top of the screen:

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- When the Dropbox page opens, click on the Submit Assignment link:

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- From the Basket drop-down menu, select the Dropbox basket that corresponds with your assignment:

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- Enter any information you need to provide your instructor in the text editor, or simply leave this area blank.

- Attach your document by clicking on the Add/Remove link:

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- Then follow the prompts in the pop-up window:

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- When your file has uploaded, it will appear as a link under Attachments:

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- When you are finished, click on the Submit Assignment button:

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Becoming the Professional You Want to Be

Okay, let's take a break from the technical stuff (it's important but a little boring). Please watch this video below. It's not just something cool. It reflects what employers are looking for regardless of what career you've chosen. Every six months we ask employers in each of our degree areas what they want and they always agree with this. (The video lasts about 6 1/2 minutes.)

(This is not produced by Stevens-Henager College but it's excellent.)


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Collaborate - Your Live Classroom

Where to find Collaborate link in Learning Studio

As Shelby says above, the live sessions are really helpful. Sometimes the convenience of taking classes online can make us feel either that we're isolated and alone or that we can do it all alone. Both of these extremes are inaccurate. The live sessions provide instructors a terrific opportunity to share their special insights--insights they've gained from work in the career field. It's also a wonderful time for you to talk with other students and ask questions of the instructor.

If you can't attend the sessions live, they're recorded for you to watch when you can. The sessions are part of the regular instruction and you will be graded on whether you watch them or not. Additionally, the content of the sessions will often include material not covered in the text book or other places in the course. You definitely want to stay up on these sessions and will usually want to take notes as you watch and participate.

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Interactive Learning Assignments (sometimes still called Study Guides)


In the Interactive Learning Assignments (ILAs) you get connected to activities, external media, and other learning aids to help you master the learning objectives for the week. Not many of our courses have the Interactive Learning Assignments but more do every module so if you see them, be prepared. Your instructor will also let you know when you have one in your course.

Sometimes it can seem like there is a lot to do in your courses. The truth is, there is a lot to do. It's necessary. We are aware of the demands on your time. We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen career so we work hard to balance the workload with the need to maintain steady progression to a goal set by your career. If the Interactive Learning Assignments or any other work you need to do for school seems overwhelming, or you don't understand how it connects to your career, talk to your program coach, instructor, or advisor and they will work with you to find answers.

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Portfolio & Career Assignments

In each course you take, we have identified the one piece we believe is most likely to be useful in getting that new job you want. For many programs, like graphic arts, having a portfolio is essential to getting a job. Even in career areas where portfolios are not taken to the job interview, having strong portfolio pieces can help you answer a potential employer's concerns about lack of experience.

Your program coach will review your portfolio assignments with you every four months. Even if you get an A on the assignment, polishing it to meet professional standards and your specific career goals may take some revision.

In addition to the portfolio pieces, there will often be other assignments designated as helpful to your career in other ways. For example, you might be asked to interview someone doing work like you want to do. These career assignments will also be clearly designated in your course.

Save your work

Freshman Club

Freshman_Club.jpg There is a six-week cycle of Collaborate-based webinars to introduce you to basic services, procedures, policies, and key people. The sessions are scheduled Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7 p.m. (MT) (Wednesday or Thursday depending on which cycle we're on), they overlap a bit. You're always welcome to attend but we strongly encourage new students to attend. You'll get more information on these in your first class.

The six sessions are:

In your first class, they will help you set up your computer to use Collaborate and they'll demonstrate how to work with Collaborate.


Stevens-Henager Academic Resource Center (SHARC)

SHARC logo

SHARC home page SHARC is a resource center for students and faculty. The site includes:


You'll also find things like the AD Chat here. This is a live session where you can connect with an associate dean or dean to talk about anything you want.

SHARC can be accessed either through LearningStudio (left-hand menu) or online at

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Laptop Computers

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Summary and Final Advice


Good luck