Blackboard calls will be answered 24 X 7. You can also visit the e-Learning Blackboard Support Portal, which is available 24/7.
Owens Community College Library
The Owens Community College Library is a member of OhioLINK, the Ohio Library Information Network. A wide range of online services and resources are provided to students, including:
Owens Community College Writing Center
Whether you are writing an essay, a work order, a research paper, a poem or a lab report, the Writing Center is the place to discuss your writing needs with a trained Writing Tutor.
Owens Community College is part of the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative. Owens students can obtain online tutoring assistance in Writing, Math, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Tutors are usually available from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., seven days a week. Hours of availability in specific subjects may vary.
Owens Community College Disability Services
Disability Services provides support services, information and guidance to students with disabilities who are attending or plan to attend Owens Community College. Services are coordinated for individuals with various disabilities, including learning disabilities.
OCC Blackboard Tutorials
The tutorials linked on the following web page are animated Macromedia Flash files. They demonstrate some basic Blackboard features that you may be asked to use in your course. These tutorials range in size from 4 - 7 Megabytes and may take a few minutes to open on slower Internet connections. *Tutorials contain audio.
* Headphones required in OCC Computer Labs
The links below will direct you to free software from sources outside of Owens Community College. Even though these sources are familiar and trusted, the College cannot be responsible for any issues related to the downloading, installation, and use of these products. You may find that you will eventually need some of these programs while working in Blackboard. It is not necessary to download any of these programs until you are certain you need them.
Owens Instructors often upload Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint files for students to access from their Blackboard course sites. Students are also expected to deliver written assignments in Microsoft Word format when using Blackboard. An alternative to purchasing Microsoft Office is to download a free suite of open source software programs called Open Office. The documents created with Open Office, which need to be saved as Microsoft compatible, are readable with Microsoft Office products.
Adobe Reader (formerly called Acrobat Reader) is available from Adobe's web site, and allows the viewing and printing of PDF files, which are used by some instructors.
* QuickTime is a free media player from Apple, Inc. and may be necessary to playback certain podcasts and audio files created by your instructor and placed in your Blackboard course sites.
* The RealPlayer is a cross-platform media player by RealNetworks that plays a number of multimedia formats including MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, and Windows Media to name a few. Be sure to choose the free player if you visit the Real Media web site.
* Media players such as QuickTime and Real Player can use substantial computer resources. Some users opt to search the Internet for QuickTime or Real Player Alternatives.
Adobe Flash Player
Flash files or "Flash movies" have an .swf file extension and may be found in web pages you'll be visiting. You can download a current Flash Player from the Adobe Web Site.
Some online speech and foreign language courses may require students to create digital audio files. Audacity is a free, open source program for recording and editing sounds.