Helpful Tips and News About the Online Environment


Technical Requirements:

NKU uses Blackboard, a web portal that offers easy access to course materials and the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates from one location. NKU recommends the following minimum computer capabilities for online learning.

  • Operating System: Operating systems are frequently updated by vendors. NKU recommends you review the compatibility of your system each semester by accessing this site for the most current information:
  • Web browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari (Note: IE usually works best with Blackboard). Some elements of Blackboard will not function properly on Chrome or the AOL browser. Similar to operating systems, updates occur frequently. Check this site before each semester for the most current information.
  • Software: Microsoft Office is strongly recommended.  Some instructors require assignments to be completed using Office. You can also download free viewers from for PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.

Online Student Profile:

  • Motivated and can set aside quiet time for study
  • Strong writing and reading skills in the English language
  • Strong keyboarding skills necessary for chat room conversations
  • Active communicators who are not afraid to ask questions and participate in online discussions
  • Check out testimonials from other online students.


Blackboard (course portal):

Blackboard is NKU's online course management system that provides easy access to course materials, University resources, and personal tools like email. Please complete our Blackboard Student Tutorials prior to the first day of classes.


NKU will provide you with an NKU student email account at no additional cost prior. The University will use this account to communicate with you throughout your student career. You are encouraged to forward all other email addresses to the NKU student account, as you may change personal and business email addresses more frequently.