Additional information can be found in the Online Student Handbook.

Getting Started:

Is online learning for me?
Peru State understands that many students have responsibilities outside of the classroom; however, that should never inhibit them from getting their education. Peru State’s online program allows students to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree, all while continuing their fast paced life.

Peru State is committed to the success of our online students. Online learning is a mode to expand our educational opportunities. The following criteria are recommended for successful completion of online courses:

  • Approximately 12 to 15 hours a week to devote to your online course(s) (depending on your course load)
  • Comfort with using the Internet and basic computer software
  • Comfort with expressing your thoughts and ideas in writing
  • The ability to work, to some extent, independently
  • Access to a reliable computer with the following:
    • CPU of 2.0 GHZ or greater
    • RAM of 2 GB or greater
    • Operating system of Windows 7 or greater, or iOS 10.8 or greater
  • Internet Browser requirements
    • Firefox 31.0 or greater
    • Internet Explorer 11.0 greater
    • Chrome 36.0 or greater
    • Safari 6.0 or greater (Mac version only)
    • Edge 20.0 or greater
  • Access to a reliable Internet source (broadband Internet is recommended)
How is an online course different than a traditional classroom course?
All online courses are offered via the Internet and do not require you to visit campus unlike face-to-face courses which do. The courses are alike in that the content is the same regardless of mode.

Is a proctored exam required?
Peru State does not require proctored exams.
How do I apply for admission at Peru State?
Applying online is completely free. The first step in applying to attend Peru State is to speak with a representative from the Admissions Office. You may reach the Admissions Office by email at Admissions@peru.edu  or by phone at 402-872-2212.
What is the tuition cost of an online course?

The cost for undergraduate online tuition is $289 per credit hour. The cost for graduate online tuition is $361.25 per credit hour. There are no added fees. You will, however, have to pay for textbooks for your courses.

Visit the Business Office for current information on tuition and fees and the withdrawal refund schedule.

For textbook information, you may visit the College Bookstore.

Is there a schedule of courses to review?

You can review Peru State’s courses by visiting the Schedule of Classes. If you are not a current student, you may use the ‘General Public View’.

How do I enroll in an online course?

You can log into your MyPSC account to enroll yourself or if you are having trouble, you may contact the Student Records Office at StudentRecords@peru.edu or at 402-872-2226.

A step-by-step registration process is outlined in this list of policies.

What is Joint Enrollment?

Joint Enrollment is available to students through the Nebraska State College System. Taking courses at a ‘sister-institution’ such as Chadron State College or Wayne State College would support an undergraduate or graduate degree at Peru State. The credit would transfer seamlessly, as long as it supports your degree program.

More information about the Joint Enrollment process and the appropriate paperwork can be found here.

Is there a deadline for enrolling in an online course?
To improve conditions we believe associated with student success, students will need to add or drop 8 week courses before the start date. Courses will be available the weekend before the start date for those registered. The 16 week courses’ add/drop period is one week after the course has started, by Sunday of week 1 by midnight.
Once I have registered for a course, what happens?
After you have registered for an online course, you will be assigned a college-issued email account. Two weeks before the course begins, you will then be sent an email with your new college-issued email login and Blackboard login information. Once you have your student email access information, it is very important to check it often. Your online courses will be available the Friday before the start date of the course.
Where can I purchase my textbooks for my course?

You can purchase your textbooks, or get textbook information, by visiting the Online Bookstore.
You may contact the Dean’s office assistant or course instructor to make sure you are getting the correct edition and to find out if there are any supplemental materials or unusual course requirements/costs.

When can I access my course?
Blackboard courses become available the Friday before the course start date. Students have the weekend to review the coursework. For 8 week courses, students have three days to review the coursework and the opportunity to drop the course before the course start date, by Sunday at midnight.
What type of equipment do I need to take an online course?

Students need a reliable computer with the following:

  • CPU of 2.0 GHZ or greater
  • RAM of 2 GB or greater
  • Operating system of Windows 7 or greater, or iOS 10.8 or greater
  • Firefox 31.0 or greater, Internet Explorer 11.0 or greater, Chrome 36.0 or greater, Safari 6.0 or greater (Mac version only), or Edge 20.0 or greater
  • Access to a reliable Internet source (broadband Internet is recommended)
What if I cannot get into my course with the username and password
Be sure you are using the correct login information for Blackboard. The username is your student ID number (NUID), all eight digits, no spaces or dashes. The password is your month and day of birth, MMDD; for example, if your birthday is July 1st, your password would be 0701.
If you are still having technical issues accessing your Blackboard account, you can email the Distance Education and Online Services Office at BBTechSupport@peru.edu or you may call 1-888-258-5558. In emergencies you can call our technical line, available 9 am to 9 pm CST daily, at 402-819-8181.
What if I cannot log into my college-issued email account?

Make sure you are using the correct login information. Studen email login information is different than Blackboard login information. The username for student email is: your first name, dot, last name, and the first five digits of your NUID @campus.peru.edu (eg: John.Doe12345@campus.peru.edu). You must type in “@campus.peru.edu”. Your password is your entire, eight-digit NUID (ex: 12345678 or 00123456).

For questions or concerns, you will need to contact Computer Services at 402-872-2270 or by email at ComputerServices@peru.edu. When emailing Computer Services, please provide your NUID.

What is my NUID

To find your NUID, go to http://www.peru.edu/online/support/nuid and follow the steps listed.

If you are still having issues, please contact the Admissions Office at 402-872-2221 or by email at Admissions@peru.edu.

I have entered my course, now what?
Once you have entered your course you will see a ‘Welcome Announcement.’ The announcement will introduce you to the online instructor and outline the time frame for the course assignments. The ‘Assignments’ button will contain the course syllabus. This button will also provide weekly assignments. You will submit all assignments, papers, projects and exams in Blackboard. You will have set assignment deadline dates, but do not have to be online at a specific time and day.
If you are a new student, you will also see an ‘Orientation’ listed under you courses. It is mandatory to complete the Orientation. It will assist you with online learning and coursework.
What if I do not log into my course or complete a graded item?

Students are now required to not only log into their courses, but also complete a graded item by the end of the no-show period. A graded item is anything that is worth points toward your final grade in the course [e.g. assignment, quiz/exam, discussion board post (excluding discussion board introduction)].

If you do not log into the course and complete a graded item by the deadline, you will be removed as a ‘No-Show.’ Being removed as a ‘No-Show’ may impact your Financial Aid or your eligibility to participate in collegiate activities.

 

The no-show deadline for 8 week courses is Sunday of week 1. For 16 week courses, the deadline is Sunday of week 2.

 

Throughout the Semester:

What if I forgot how to do something in my online course?
If you are not already enrolled in the Orientation, please feel free to request access. The Orientation can assist you with basic Blackboard processes and help you feel more comfortable again.
If you have any questions or concerns about Blackboard, please feel free to direct them to the Distance Education and Online Services Office at 1-888-258-5558 or at DistanceEducation@peru.edu. We would be happy to walk you through any processes.
What if I have a technical issue

The Distance Education and Online Services Office will assist with common technical issues. All current or common noted issues are listed on our technical support page.
Many technical issues are related with the user’s browser and browser settings. The Distance Education and Online Services Office can assist you with troubleshooting and finding a solution to these types of issues. When working with staff members, you can provide them with the following, helpful information:

  • course you are having issues with (ex: BUS 335-39A, EDUC 601-49X)
  • information about your computer, operating system, and browser
  • the error message you are receiving, if applicable

If you are emailing Distance Education and Online Services, a screenshot or screen clipping of the error message is helpful.
If the error is taking place while you are in Blackboard, the staff may ask you the following questions:

  • Is this problem intermittent or does it always occur?
  • When was the first time you had this problem?
  • Have you made any software changes updates since you were last able to use this function/feature?
  • Were you able to perform this feature in Blackboard last semester?
  • Does this feature/task work in your other online classes?

The Distance Education and Online Services Staff members will attempt to provide minimal computer support. However, if it is out of their scope of technical support, students would then need to contact a computer service located near them.

How do I contact my online instructor?
You may contact your online instructor through the Blackboard’s internal email system. You can email your instructor by going to the ‘Communication’ or ‘Tools’ link in your course, clicking email and choosing your instructor’s name. Occasionally, you will also find the instructor’s phone number in the syllabus and on the ‘Staff Information’ or ‘Contacts’ page; both are in your Blackboard course.
Do you have an Online Library and how do I access EBSCO and other research data?

Yes – we have an excellent Online Library. Peru State offers 24/7 access to online library services to cater to every student’s needs. To login to EBSCO or other research data, go to the library web page.  Enter your MyPSC username and password into the correct fields.

To find out more information on how to use the Library resources, click here.

How will I know what I need to take to complete my degree?
The courses you need to take are determined by your educational goals. Academic advisors will be assigned to you and you can review your progress in MyPSC. If you are unable to reach your advisor, please contact the Distance Education and Online Services Office at DistanceEducation@peru.edu or call 1-888-258-5558 to find out what is available.
How do I get my final grade?
You can check your official grades on MyPSC. If you have any questions about your grades please feel free to contact the Student Records Office at 402-872-2226. If you have a question about your grades posted in Blackboard, contact your instructor.
What can I do if I decide to drop or withdraw from a course?

Students may drop a 16 week course during the first week of the term without financial penalty. Students may drop an 8 week course before the course start date (Sunday by midnight) without financial penalty.
Students who wish to withdraw from a course after the add/drop week must notify their advisor and course instructors, then officially withdraw through MyPSC. Before withdrawing, students should check with the Financial Aid Office for any funding consequences. Students withdrawing after the last day to drop/add courses receive a “W.” After one week past the mid-point of the term students who initiate a withdrawal receive an “F” for the course. Students withdrawing from a portion of their classes, but not all classes, will receive no proration of charges and/or aid.

*Two weeks before the course start date, students will receive an email from the Distance Education and Online Services Office. The email will contain valuable information, including the drop/add dates. There is a link to the College Catalog in each course – the drop/add and withdrawal dates can be found there as well, along with other College policies.

What if I need tutorial assistance online?
For students who are unable to come to campus for tutorial assistance, Distance Tutoring is conducted via phone and/or email correspondence.  To request a tutor, fill out the Distance Tutoring Request Form and you will be contacted.