Welcome to the UCO Online Course Orientation. This orientation is provided as a tool to better equip students for online learning at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Following a preliminary Are You Ready for Online Learning assessment, there are four main sections in the orientation: Getting Started, The Basics, Online Learning, and Student Services.  

Although the UCO Online Course Orientation should be completed in its entirety, students may select the sections that best meet their unique needs. Instructors may direct students to complete specific sections of this orientation.  
If you need assistance with the tutorials, contact UCO Technology Support at   support@uco.edu   or call 405-974-2255

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

Taking an online course is different than taking a "regular" course in a classroom. Find out more about what learning online is like and how to be successful in the distance environment.

This quick assessment is designed to gauge student readiness for online learning and to help students determine if distance learning is a good match for them. As students complete this section they'll find out the answers to the questions below:

 Complete the   Are You Ready Assessment   and then learn the characteristics of and strategies for becoming a successful online student.

How to be successful in online learning.

The online learning process is normally accelerated and requires commitment on the learner's part. Staying up with the class and completing all work on time is vital. Once a learner gets behind, it is very difficult to catch up. Basically, the learner needs to want to be there, and needs to want the experience.
An online learner should expect to:

For a more effective online experience, observe the eight Tips for Online Learning on the UCO website:


Preparing Your Computer

Your chances of successfully completing an online course are much higher if your computer is set up properly.


Note:   Safari for Windows is not supported.



 Internet Explorer 9

 Supported (recommended)

 Internet Explorer 8


 FireFox 7.0

 Supported (recommended)

 FireFox 6.0


 Firefox 5.0


 Chrome (newest)




Mac OS X



 Firefox 7.0

 Supported (recommended)

 Firefox 6.0


 Firefox 5.0


 Safari 5.1


 Safari 5.0


 Safari 4.0




Mobile Web

 Operating system/browser version

 iOS 3 (Safari)

 iOS 4 (Safari)

 Android 1.5

 Android 2.1

 Blackberry 6


UCO Service Desk

For assistance with setting up your computer, contact the UCO Service Desk.

Click HERE for information on the UCO Service Desk. For D2L specific information, click HERE

The Basics

Most distance learning courses at the University of Central Oklahoma are offered using Desire 2 Learn, or D2L, a course management system. Many traditional classroom courses also use this course management system. This section offers numerous tutorials on the various functions and tools of D2L.

Logging In

To log into D2L you will need to log in through UCONNECT. Click here for specific instructions.

Personal Preference Settings

The Preferences link in the My Settings widget on your My Home page lets you determine whether you will appear as online when you are logged into D2L, the time zone and region you live in, and other personal preference settings. Click here to learn how to set your personal preferences.


In D2L the email tool functions like a web-based email provider inside the learning environment. You may set your individual preferences from the user account settings for email behavior. You are able to read email messages, compose and send a message, manage your email box, or update email settings. Access the step-by-step guide here.


The   pager   is an online messaging tool for sending text messages to classmates and other members of your Learning Environment. A   page is quicker and less formal than an email. Use the   pager   to quickly see which of your classmates are online, get an answer from a friend, or to send a reminder or notice.

Access the   Pager   tool

Click the  Pager   link or   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/Pager_Main_actNotifierNormal.png?_&d2lSessionVal=xh3fs9HWXCyHncetBqPriJsL2     icon on your course navigation bar.

Sending and receiving   pages

The   pager   is an online messaging tool for sending and receiving text messages to classmates and other members of your Learning Environment.

Sending   pages

Receiving   pages

Depending on how the   pager   tool is set up at your organization, you may receive incoming   pager notifications:

Read an incoming   page by clicking the  Pager   link or   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/Pager_Main_actNotifierAlert.png?_&d2lSessionVal=xh3fs9HWXCyHncetBqPriJsL2   icon on your course navigation bar.


Add a contact

Remove a contact

Viewing   pager   logs




You can access the HTML Editor through the Discussion area, the Dropbox area, the Chat area, the Email area, and the "My Locker" area of the D2L system.  The HTML editor contains two options: Basic and Advanced. The content area is very much like a word processor. As you type in the text it will appear on the screen. You can also format your text.

In the Basic option, you can make your text, bold, italic, and underline your text. You can change the way your text is aligned, with the right, left, and centered, full justified options. You can add bullets, or a numbered list. If you would like to include a URL link within your document, use the link tool. Enter the URL to access and then enter text for the link text. If you would like to add a graphic, click the image tool. Once you click on the browse tool, click on "my computer" and then locate the image you like to upload. You can enter alterative text. You can also enter a boarder size, and a specific width and height for the image. You can also add YouTube vides using the "Insert Stuff" button. A spell checker is also included. Just click the Spell Check tool and the spell checker will go through and check the document for you. If you would like to insert a table into your document, click the table tool and select the number of rows and columns you would like to include in your table. You can change the number of rows and columns at a later time.

The advanced options include all of the basic options as well as options to paste from Microsoft Word, increased font options, subscripts and superscripts, strike through, horizontal lines, and paragraph adjustments. You may also attach files. To preview your content, click the paper and magnifying glass icon in the lower left hand corner. You can then post, send, or submit your content.


The   Chat   tool is a real-time, text-based collaboration tool. You can use the   Chat   tool to brainstorm ideas, hold a question and answer period, have a debate or discussion, or organize a remote study group. As opposed to other collaboration tools, such as Discussions,   Chat   conversations occur in real-time. You can set up course specific   chat   rooms or   chat   rooms that involve individuals from all over the organization. There are two types of   chat:

General (or Course)   chats   : General   chats are public   chats visible to everyone enrolled in the org unit where they are created. General   chats allow you to incorporate   chat   discussions into the teaching of a course since they are automatically open to all users enrolled in the course. You can only access General   chats from the appropriate course.

Personal   chats :  Personal   chats are private and visible only to users who you have added to the   chat's participants list. Personal   chats are ideal for keeping in touch with friends and colleagues or for clubs and other groups whose members do not share a single org unit. You can access Personal   chats from anywhere in Learning Environment.

Access the Chat tool

  • Click the   Chat   link on your course tools.
  • Select the   chat   you want to join from your list of   chats.







Using   chat

  • Add a   chat   message
  • Type a message in the text box at the bottom of the   chat   room, and press   Enter   or click   Send .





Refresh your   chat   window

  • If you think new messages are not appearing on your screen fast enough, click the   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/refresh.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Refresh   icon at the top of the   chat. This icon is visible when you have new messages   checked in your   chat settings.



See who else is   chatting

  • The   Participants   pane displays a list of users currently signed in to a   chat   room.





Change your   chat   alias

You can change your alias, or   chat   name, if you want to appear as a different name, such as a nickname, to other   chat   participants.

  • Click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   in one of two locations:
  • On the   Chat   List page, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY Chat   Settings   on the top tool bar.
  • Inside a   chat, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY Chat   Settings   along the top of the   chat   window.
  • Type a new alias in the   Alias   field.
  • Select the check boxes for   Bold   or   Italics , if desired.
  • Set an   Alias Color , if desired.
  • Click   Save .



Change the display order of   chat   messages

You can set preferences to have messages in a   chat   display from new to old, or old to new, or show only new messages.

  • Click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   in one of two locations:
  • On the   Chat   List page, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   on the top tool bar.
  • Inside a   chat, click   Description: https://train.uco.edu/content/Documentation/9.4.1/Student/graphics/icons/settings.png?_&d2lSessionVal=0iAsxOAad1xLRLSiZpoScX7AY   Chat   Settings   along the top of the   chat   window.
  • If you want to change the message order, select   New to Old   or   Old to New .
  • If you want to see new messages only, select   New Messages . This requires you to manually refresh the screen, to see new messages and remove all old ones.




Note    You can change back to see all messages, which restores all messages for that session, even if they were not visible while New Messages were checked.


Online Learning

Accessing Course Content

You can access the content for any D2L course by logging into D2L, after which it will open to your My Home page. From there, complete the steps provided here to access course content.


You can submit individual assignments and group assignments through the the course dropbox. Click here to learn how. 

Quizzes Tool in D2L

The Quizzes tool in D2L is where you take any assessments the instructor has provided for you. For directions, click here.

Discussions in D2L

The Discussions tool in D2L is an online collaboration area consisting of forums and topics within forums. You can find more information, including directions, by accessing the UCO D2L Student Quick Start guide.

Viewing Grades

When your grades are published, they appear on your personal Grades page in the course. Depending on how your grades are set up, you might also be able to view comments and overall class performance statistics.

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Student Support Services

In order to truly be successful in online learning, students must utilize the resources of the campus.  Such services as Academic Support, Disability Services, Career Counseling, Advising, Wellness, Enrollment, and the campus Bookstore are essential for all students.  Students should review the services and support offered on-campus as well as virtually.

Academic Support

Testing Center
Testing Services is dedicated to providing alternatives to on-campus course work that will assist students with their educational goals. They offer services that can accelerate any degree program by offering credit by examination. The University of Central Oklahoma testing center now offers convenient, fast and secure online registration for the exams listed on their website.


The Academic Support Center provides free tutoring services in English and Writing. All of the tutors at the ASC are trained and must have a high level of proficiency in the area in which they are tutoring.  Writing tutors can assist you in the preparation of term papers for all classes. But remember, they will not do the work for you, they will guide you in the right direction but it's up to you to complete your own paper.



Disability Services

The Office of Disability Support Services provides and coordinates mandated support services, auxiliary aids, and accommodations for students with disabilities, which allow them to gain equal access to an education. This office also serves as a resource to the University community and promotes awareness so that these students can participate in all facets of University life.
The University of Central Oklahoma complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations must make their requests by contacting the Disability Support Services offices at (405) 974-2549. The DSS Office is located in the Nigh University Center, Room 309. Students should also notify the instructor of special accommodation needs by the end of the first week of class.



Career Services

UCO Career Services will provide leadership to current and former UCO students regarding career development concerns; will develop and maintain positive relationships with employers, and campus and external constituents; and will support relevant research and outcomes assessments.


Student Counseling Center

The UCO Student Counseling Center exists to help the University of Central Oklahoma achieve its mission of enabling students to achieve their intellectual, professional, personal, and creative potential.


Academic Advisement

The Center for Undergraduate Academic Advisement at UCO employs 14 full-time professional academic advisors to assist you in your educational needs.

First-time freshmen and transfer students are required to meet with an advisor prior to enrolling for their first semester at UCO.

Other students are allowed to enroll without meeting with an advisor. However, you are encouraged to meet with your advisor on a regular basis to ensure satisfactory degree requirement completion. Successful completion of all requirements for graduation is the responsibility of the student.

Academic advisors are available on an appointment Appointments can be made online.



UCO Wellness Center

The UCO Wellness Center is a good resource for students who wish to pursue a healthy lifestyle. All students in good standing at UCO are eligible for membership and access to the Wellness Center.
The Wellness Center features a state of the art exercise area with Cardiovascular Equipment, Strength Training Equipment as well as Functional Training and Stretching Equipment
These events and services are also available:

For more information check out the Wellness Center website    www.uco.edu/wellnesscenter.  


Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management encompasses four separate areas:  

Browse to   http://www.uco.edu/registrar/   for more information.



The Barnes & Noble UCO Bookstore is dedicated to serving the entire UCO community, including prospective and current students and alumni!!
Shop with us either online or in our store located on the 2nd floor of the Nigh University Center. Your number one source for used books, combined with that famous Barnes & Noble customer service and all your UCO spirit merchandise, we are here to serve YOU!
The Right Book, from the Right Place
When you get your books from the campus bookstore, you can be sure you're getting exactly what you need to be prepared for class. Textbook editions change all the time, so we work closely with your faculty members to ensure we have the right books on our shelves for all of your courses.
Look up books for your class online