Frequently Used Terms in an Online MBA Program

Online learning is an entirely different world when it comes to academia. There are several new terms and abbreviations that students will come to use on a day-to-day basis when studying by distance. It is important to get used to these terms and they are useful and sometimes even required for success! There are several lesser terms that don’t typically require noticing, but the following are the most important terms that students should come to grips with before starting an online MBA program.

Blackboard in an Online MBA Program

Blackboard is the technology that delivers online learning in most online programs. It is a simple and clean interface with menu buttons along the left side and text displays to the right. Its usage is typical to many HTML-based websites and carries a uniform styling throughout all components that are associated with Blackboard learning.

Some students initially think that “Blackboard” is literally an online blackboard for writing and sharing notes. While this function is available through the Blackboard, it is not the entire purpose of it. Students will soon correct this wrong after beginning their program!

Modem for an Online MBA Program

Computer hardware is often thrown around loosely in an online MBA program, but the term that stands out as most used as “modem”. This is the device that connects the user to the Internet through a series of modulating signals.

Professors may often advise that students test their modems if they are experiencing technical difficulties in accessing websites or specific parts of a program. This can be done by a student calling his local Internet service provider and making an inquiry for a test, or the student can do it himself. Testing a modem involves physically assessing it for light or audible signals. If a modem is internally installed within a computer tower, then a student must physically strip the side of the tower in order to check its condition. It’s possible that an internally installed modem is not properly seated in its slot or is not receiving a stable power supply from either the slot or physical connector if required. In either situation, simply lifting and replacing the modem into the slot can often provide an agreeable solution. However, there may be other vital signs to check for.

If a modem does not work in a specific slot, then it should be moved to an identical free slot in order to test it elsewhere. If a modem becomes usable as a result of another slot, then it is likely that the original slot is damaged and will not accommodate other devices within it. If it is necessary to use the damaged slot, then students will be required to purchase a new motherboard. This is best left to a technical specialist as he will best be able to advise an appropriate motherboard for currently installed components.

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