FAQ

How can I post a Yahoo or Yelp Review?

How can I post a a Google Review?

How can I post a a Facebook Review?

How can I activate my FNU email account?

How can I activate my Student Portal?

How can I activate the FNU Mobile App?

Who is eligible to take distance learning courses?

What kind of computer or electronic device should I use?

What is different about taking a course online compared to a traditional on-campus class?

What are the DL Attendance Requirements?

Are Distance Learning courses easier than taking classroom courses?

How much time will I be spending online?

Do I get credit for taking a distance learning course?

Is financial assistance available?

How much time do I have to complete the course?

Do I need to be online at a specific time and day to participate in my class?

Do I need to buy any textbooks or other course materials?

How do I contact my instructor if I have a question?

How do I submit my homework?

How do I check my Grades when the Term ends?

What are the Technical Requirements for Blackboard?

 

How can I post a Yahoo or Yelp Review?

Go to Yahoo.com or Yelp.com
Search for Florida National University
Click on “Write a Review”

Sign into your account
Leave your “star” rating and write your comment

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How can I post a a Google Review?

Go to Google.com and sign into your account
Search for “Florida National University”

On the right side of the screen, under the University’s information, click on “Write a Review

Leave your “star” rating and write your comment

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How can I post a a Facebook Review?

Go to Facebook.com/FloridaNationalUniversity

On the left-hand side, click on “Reviews

You will be prompted to login to your Facebook account

Leave your “star” rating and write your comment

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How can I activate my FNU email account?

You will receive an email sent to your personal email with instructions on how to activate your free FNU student email. You will need your FNU student email in order to create your Student Portal. If you have not received an email with these instructions, you may activate your FNU student email by following these steps:

  • Go to "www.fnu.edu"
  • Click on the tab “Current Students"
  • Click “Email Login

it is located on the left-hand side of the page

The credential needed to access/activate your FNU student email is:
– Your email will be the first letter of your first name, your full last name, and the last 4 numbers of your Student ID number followed by “@stu.fnu.edu
– Your password would be the first letter of your first name CAPITALIZED, the Zip Code of your home campus (Hialeah/Distance Learning: 33012, South: 33175), followed by the last 4 numbers of your Student ID.

Example- Name: John Smith Student ID: 1000001234 Enrolled in Hialeah Campus
Email: jsmith1234@stu.fnu.edu Password: J330121234

Once you log in, choose and answer the security questions and you will have access to your email account.
If you do not receive an email to your personal account with the instructions to create your FNU Student Email within 1 week of your enrollment or if you have any further questions please contact the Office of Student Services as soon as possible.
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How can I activate my Student Portal?

– Go to “www.fnu.edu”, click on “MY FNU” located at the top right-hand corner
– Click the first link “Student Portal Homepage” and click “Create a New Account
– Enter information asked: Social Security Number or Student ID, First & Last Name, and Place of Birth
– You will be prompted with your FNU Student Email address. Click “Yes
– You will be shown what your Username is and asked to type in the Password to create your account
– Once you do that, you will be sent an activation link to your FNU Student Email. If you do not access your Student Email and click on the link within 24 hours, you will not have access to your Student Portal and will have to contact Student Services to assist you. After clicking on the link, you will be taken to the Student Portal Homepage. You may now login with the username that was shown and password that was created.

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How can I activate the FNU Mobile App?

To download the FNU Mobile App simply go to the “App Store” for iPhone/iPad or “Google Play Store” for Android users and search for “Florida National University”. Install and open the application.
Select your Role: Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Student, or Visitor.
Allow “FNU Mobile” to send you notifications. (You may turn Notifications On/Off in Settings)
When you select “My Classes,” log in with your Student Portal credentials for full app operation.
For any questions/concerns with the FNU Mobile App please contact Manny Garcia (egarcia@fnu.edu) or Sandra Lomena (slomena@fnu.edu) via email or phone: (305) 821-3333 Ext. 1049 (Manny) and Ext. 1047 (Sandra)
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Who is eligible to take distance learning courses?

Students enrolled in Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Bachelor in Science programs.

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What kind of computer or electronic device should I use?

The general requirements are high speed internet (WiFi or Ethernet connections are acceptable), 4G speed for smartphones and Tablets and compatible OS

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access – 28.8 kbps speed or above (Broadband connection highly recommended)
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam (optional)

 

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What is different about taking a course online compared to a traditional on-campus class?

Generally, the online courses are set up in weekly modules with the assignment from each module due by the end of the week. It will help you to have a positive experience if you do not let yourself get behind. Reading assignments are still based on your textbook. Most quizzes and other written submissions are done online. Some of the quizzes (multiple choice or true/false) are automatically corrected, which means you will get your results immediately after they are submitted. The results will also go to your instructor. Other exercises which involve more text such as essays or short answer questions are done with an interactive form in which you may type the text directly or copy and paste the text from another word processing program. These are called “interactive” forms because there is an exchange back and forth between the student and the instructor. After you submit the form, it goes to your instructor who will then correct it, write comments and give you a grade. Your instructor then submits it back to you and a record of all your assignments are kept in your database, including the time and date that it was submitted by you and corrected. The discussion is an important part of many classes. These are not “live” discussions such as Instant Messenger, but more like a bulletin board where there is a record of all postings. You are expected to not only make your own comments but to also respond to other student’s ideas and opinions. You may e-mail your instructor anytime you have a question.

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What are the DL Attendance Requirements?

Student participants could be required to post materials electronically. An online student has the responsibility for making the initial contact with the instructor, maintaining weekly correspondence, and/or submitting assigned work on a regular basis to be considered “Active.” Failure to submit work regularly results in a student’s being considered absent.

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Are online courses easier than taking classroom courses?

No. You will spend as much time, if not more, in your distance class as you would for the same course taught in a classroom. Since you will not have a face-to-face relationship with your instructor, you might have to do some additional reading.

The learning processes in a Distance Learning class are “learner-centered.” There is no regular prompting by the instructor to read, study and complete assignments. You must be motivated and disciplined to learn. It is helpful to set a daily study and work schedule and stick to it. Distance Learning is not for everybody.

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How much time will I be spending online?

It is recommended that you do not spend any more time online than you need to. It is more important that you visit your class OFTEN than it is to stay on for long periods of time. Think of it as checking your e-mail. It is good to check daily to see if your instructor has put up a new announcement or if there is anything new in the discussion area. Everything is printable so it is recommended that you log on, print out your weekly assignments and lectures to keep them in a notebook, and then log off. Although you can type directly into the text boxes provided in the activities, it is recommended that you work off-line in your own word processing program, save your answers to your hard drive and THEN log back on and copy and paste them into the text boxes provided. This will prevent you from losing any information if you accidentally get disconnected.

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Do I get credit for taking a distance learning course?

Yes. All distance learning courses here are fully accredited and are taught by FNU faculty. They are transferable and there is no difference on your transcript between a distance learning course and a traditional classroom course.

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Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance is available for all Distance Learning courses if you qualify. For more information on available financial assistance contact the financial aid office.

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How much time do I have to complete the course?

Distance Learning courses follow the same timelines as traditional on-campus courses. Your instructor will issue a syllabus with course assignments and deadlines. When the term ends, so does your distance course.

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Do I need to be online at a specific time and day to participate in my class?

No, you don’t. At FNU online courses are asynchronous, which means that students can sign on and participate at times convenient to them.

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Do I need to buy any textbooks or other course materials?

As an online learning student, your course may require you to purchase certain course materials, such as a textbook, course-related booklets, etc. The types of materials you will need are determined by the instructor and depend on the course. You may need to order only one type of item or a combination of two or three. Required course materials can be ordered online.

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How do I contact my instructor if I have a question?

You can always post a message to your instructor within the virtual classroom. Your instructor will usually post an email address where they can be reached in case you need to contact them privately. If you are not sure which email to use to contact them, you can also contact the distance learning department.

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How do I submit my homework?

The methods used to submit homework assignments will vary from course to course. Generally, professors will require you to email assignments directly to a secure, online Dropbox or to the professor’s personal email address, and sometimes they will require you to participate in the course Discussion Forum.

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How do I check my Grades when the Term ends?

You can view your class grades on your student portal.  Please log in to the portal and on the left side of the page click the link that says Academics.  Next, click the link that says My Grades.

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What are the Technical Requirements for Blackboard?

Blackboard platform welcomes most Operating Systems and Browsers, we recommend Google Chrome but please follow the table below for you preferred software. For your convenience we can check if your gadget is ready for Blackboard. just click here.

Tested devices, operating systems and Browsers

Category Tested
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Mac OS 10.8, Mac OS 10.9, Mac OS 10.10, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Chrome OS
iOS Devices iPod Touch, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5S, iPhone5c, iPhone 6, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2
Android Devices Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, HTC G1, LG C800 myTouch, HTC One, Galaxy Note 2014, HTC One M8
Windows Mobile Devices Venue 8 Pro, Lumia 520, Lumia 930
Chrome OS Devices Chromebook
Browser Name Desktop OS Browser Versions Mobile and Tablet OS Browser Versions
Android Browser Not available 4+
Chrome* 36+ 35+
Edge* 20+ 20+
Firefox 31+ Unsupported
Internet Explorer** 11+ Unsupported
Safari 6+ 6+

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