Accessing Online ILS Courses

Online classes will meet via eLearning Vista. The URL for access is: http://vista.csus.ct.edu. Use your MySCSU credentials to login.

Documentation is available to download and use as reference. Documentation is accessible from the eLearning@SCSU Website at http://www.southernct.edu/departments/oit/vistastatus/StudentTrain/

Frequently Asked Questions about Online Classes

TEXTBOOKS

Faculty generally place textbook orders directly with the university bookstore. To find the textbooks that have been ordered for your classes, use the interactive Buy Your Textbooks On-Line Today! from Southern's Bookstore. Simply: 1) Select the Term; 2) Select the Department (ILS); 3) Select the Course; 4) Select the Section; 5) Click Continue; 6) Click Add Course to repeat until all your courses appear in the Review Your Courses window; then 7) Click View Textbook List. You will see the textbooks ordered by your professors, price for a new copy and price for a used copy if purchased through the university bookstore.

If your course is not listed, contact the professor for the list of required and recommended texts.   

CLASS MEETINGS

Most ILS online classes meet asynchronously; that is, there is no specified time when all students are to be logged on. (Many classes have students in multiple time zones.) 

Some faculty members do set times for chat sessions: these are generally optional. Your professor should post any planned same-time (synchronous) sessions so you can plan to login.

It is strongly advised that you plan to log into each online class daily. 

LIBRARY ACCESS AND RESOURCES

Buley Library maintains services for distance or online students. Rebecca Hedreen is the Distance Education Librarian and will assist distance or online students with their special access needs. (Be sure to see Frequently Asked Questions and Rebecca's Weblog.)

Before classes begin you will want to become familiar with Buley Library and its resources. You might want to begin with a walking tour of the library or take a virtual tour. The Online Tutorial is designed to teach Connecticut State University students fundamental information skills to help them be more successful in their academic careers. Students may also schedule a one-on-one session to learn how to use Buley Library resources. Be sure to read about the Library PIN and Off Campus Access to Buley's resources. Also very useful are the off-campus troubleshooting tips if you have trouble with off-campus access.

Last updated: March 9, 2013