Current Students 2018-09-05T14:32:01+00:00

Resources for Current eNSU Students

Student Help Desk (SOS)

The NSU Student Help Desk assists students with questions concerning User Accounts, myNSU, Moodle, Student Email, and more:

Contact Us
Phone: (318) 357-6696
Email Form

Open Fall & Spring Semester
Monday-Thursday · 8am – 9:30pm
Friday · 8am – 11:30am
Saturday · Closed
Sunday · 2pm – 9:30pm.

Open Summer Semester
Monday-Thursday · 8am – 4:30pm
Friday · 8am – 11:30am
Saturday-Sunday · Closed

Closed all NSU holidays.

Microsoft Office is available free for Students. Click here for more information.

Learning for Life: Experience Your Future

Quality Enhancement Plan

QEP-Sticker
Learning for Life is more than a slogan. It represents NSU’s legacy in long-time experiential learning, student teaching, and its current commitment to expanding and enhancing hands-on experiences across academic programs. The QEP is a visible, tangible, and active vehicle for Northwestern to demonstrate its commitment to innovate teaching and learning practices for student success. For more information on NSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan, click here.

To find an advisor, you will need to contact your department. See below for a list of departmental email addresses for your online undergraduate programs.*

Associate of General Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, w/ concentration in Prelaw and Paralegal Studies (250 B)

  • Department of Criminal Justice, History, and Social Sciences, 318-357-6966, [email protected]

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

  • College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research, 318-357-4330, [email protected]

Bachelor of General Studies

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences w/ concentration in Child Development and Family Relations (138E)

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Radiologic Technologist to Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Unified Public Safety Administration

  • Department of Criminal Justice, History, and Social Sciences, 318-357-6966, [email protected]

Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health (BASAH)

All written communications should be directed to the proper University office and should be addressed to: Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497-0002.

*If you are a graduate student, you can find contact information for your advisor on the Graduate School page: http://www.nsula.edu/graduateschool/

Academic Success Center

Our goal is to help all NSU students reach their full academic potential. All students are welcome to participate in our free academic tutoring both face to face and online. Students are provided with both one-on-one and group tutoring for most University courses.

Hours:
Sunday 4PM to 8PM
Monday through Thursday 8AM to 8PM
Friday 8AM to 12PM

Location: Watson Memorial Library, Room 108

To schedule a face to face or online appointment, click here.

Contact:
Academic Success Center
Watson Library, Room 108
Natchitoches, LA 71497

Phone: 318.357.6616
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.nsula.edu/academic-success-center/

Online students may be required to secure proctoring services for some or all exams.  Instructors will post proctoring requirements within each course.

Approved proctors will be one of the following:
An instructor-approved proctor from any Northwestern State University location, Marksville, Fort Polk, Alexandria, Natchitoches, Barksdale, Shreveport Nursing Campus or military entity.
An official testing/educational center from any accredited college, university, or military entity
University designated online proctoring service (i.e. Respondus Monitor or ProctorU)
High school students who are taking dual enrollment courses should be allowed to use their school’s approved proctor, i.e. Guidance Counselor, Principal, Assistant Principal or designated teacher

Student Responsibilities
Students will be required to make the necessary arrangements for their proctored assignment and provide the necessary information to the instructor.
Students will be responsible for payment of any fees associated with using a proctor who is not on Northwestern State University campuses (i.e. University designated online proctoring service or another testing center).
Students will be responsible for making sure that any equipment required for proctoring services is obtained. For example, online proctoring services may require webcams and microphones.

Online Proctoring Information
Proctor U Exam Checklist 
Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor Quick Start Guide
For the complete NSU Proctoring Policy, click here

Moodle Resources:

Respondus Lockdown Browser
Respondus Lockdown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Moodle. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading.
Download Respondus Lockdown Browser
Respondus Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide for Instructors
Respondus Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide for Students

Adobe Acrobat Reader
You will need to have an active internet connection to complete the install of Adobe Acrobat. Make sure you download the installer to your desktop, have an internet connection then double click the software.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

Quicktime Player Plugin
To download Quicktime Player, you will have to go to the link provided below and follow the instructions.
Download Quicktime Player Plugin

Adobe Flash Player Plugin
To download the Flash Player Plugin you will have to go to the link provided below and follow the instructions.
Download Flash Player Plugin

Powerpoint Viewer
To download the Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer application, you will have to go to the link provided below and follow the instructions.
Download Powerpoint Viewer

Windows Media Player 12
To download Windows Media Player 11, you will have to go to the link provided below and follow the instructions.
Download Windows Media Player

VLC Media Player
To download VLC Media Player, you will have to go to the link provided below and follow the instructions. Having trouble viewing audio/video in Windows Media Player? Download VLC to resolve those issues. VLC Media Player is am open-source, highly portable media player and multimedia framework capable of reading almost every video and audio format available.
Download VLC Media Player

A- Before You Start the Test

  1. Be certain that you are ready to take the test and set aside time in which you will be free from interruptions BEFORE clicking on the link to the test.
  2. Find out the dates that the test will be available in the course and don’t wait until the last minute to take the test!
  3. Find a reliable computer and once you start a test, finish the test without leaving!

B- Preparing Your Computer

  1. Close down all other programs running on your computer.
  2. Check your settings:
    • America Online (AOL) is not officially campatible with Blackboard or Moodle.
    • If you use “a dial-up modem” to connect to the Internet, turn off “call waiting” and make sure no one picks up the phone and disconnects you from the Internet.
    • Wireless connections are easily disrupted and may result in loss of test.
    • Disable popup blockers as some tests will open in a new window.
    • Disable firewalls before taking the test.
    • Enable your browser’s status bar so you see the timer for timed tests.
  3. Verify that you have the minimum System Requirements.
  4. Check your internet connections.
  5. Read the instructions for the test carefully:
    • Some tests may be taken more than once. Your instructor will inform you.
    • Some tests may require that they be completed in one sitting (force completion).
    • Some tests may be timed.
    • Review your test type:
      • Some tests show all the questions at once and permit backtracking.
      • Some tests show one question at a time and may not permit backtracking to a prior question.

C- During the Test

  1. Do not:
    • Double-click when starting a test. Exams regard the first click as an attempt to take the test; the second click is read as a second attempt and will block access!
    • Open any other windows, surf the net, or visit any other websites while taking a test or your work may be lost.
    • Clicking the Back button or the Refresh button on your web browser may kick you out of the test. Use the scroll bar to move back.
    • Click Submit, Next or Save more than once on the same question may cause test errors. It may take a few moments to receive confirmation or move to the next question.
    • Close the window of the test for any reason.
  2. Do:
    • Click on a blank area when using a mouse with a scroll wheel to ensure you do not inadvertently change an answer when scrolling.
    • Save your work often during the test using the Save button.
    • Answer all of the questions.

D- Completing the Test

  1. Review all of your answers before submitting the test.
  2. Make sure to click the Submit button when you are done with the test.
  3. Click Submit ONLY ONCE.

E- After the Test

  1. A student may view their test grade by clicking on the Grades link under the Administration block.
  2. Relax!!! You are done with the test.
Windows

OS: 7 or later
RAM: 4GB or better
Hard Drive: 2GB of free space
Modem: Broadband
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.0, Mozilla Firefox 38 or newer
Browser Settings: Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8.0_51 or newer & Cookies enabled
Word Processor: Microsoft Word or alternative word processor that can save to the Rich-Text format
E-mail: Browser, Mobile Device
Communication: Webcam, Microphone (usually integrated with the Webcam)
WebEx: Please see Cisco Minimum Hardware & Software Requirements for WebEx available HERE
PDFs: The free Adobe Reader DC application is needed to view PDFs and is available for download HERE.

Macintosh

OS: 10.9 (Mavericks) or later
RAM: 4GB or better
Hard Drive: 2GB of free space
Modem: Broadband
Browser: Apple Safari 7.0 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 38 or newer
Browser Settings: Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.8.0_51 or newer & Cookies enabled
Word Processor: Microsoft Word or alternative word processor that can save to the Rich-Text format
E-mail: Browser, Mobile Device
Communication: Webcam, Microphone (usually integrated with the Webcam)
WebEx: Please see Cisco Minimum Hardware & Software Requirements for WebEx available HERE
PDFs: The free Adobe Reader DC application is needed to view PDFs and is available for download HERE.

Wireless Connections

To connect to the NSU network with a wireless connection you will need the following:

  • A computer running Microsoft Windows 7 or newer / Mac OS X 10.6 or newer
  • A mobile device running iOS 5.0, Android 4.0 or Windows Phone 8.0
  • A wireless network card that supports Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security
  • An active myNSU student account

Wireless Setup Instructions

Windows 7 or newer Wireless Setup
Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or newer Wireless Setup
Apple iOS 5.0 or higher
Google Android 4.0 or higher
Windows Phone 8.0 or higher

myMail
Please download the free Outlook app from your mobile device’s app store to access your student email account.

The NSU Office of the Registrar provides access to both current and archived University Catalogs here.
Watson Memorial Library in Natchitoches houses our main book, journal and document collection, the Cammie G. Henry Research Center, libraries central services, and administration.

EMAIL reference questions: [email protected]

Text reference questions: (318) 228-5150

Schedule Library Instruction: call 318 357-4574 or email [email protected]

Webex is a free to use tool that allows for effective online training and courses. Teachers use Webex to conduct live class sessions with online students to create a more interactive learning environment.

Northwestern State University has a Webex specifically for the courses and workshops offered from campus. Be sure when seeking out your online course, that you are on nsula.webex.com.

Click here for an overview of Webex Basics (PDF)

Course Offerings by Term

Moodle Orientation/Tutorials

How do I Login to Moodle – Video | PDF

How do I Post to a Forum – Video | PDF

How do I Reply to a Forum – Video | PDF

How do I Submit an Assignment – Text  – Video | PDF

How do I Submit an Assignment – File Upload  – Video | PDF

How do I Complete a Quiz  – Video | PDF

How do I View my Grades – Video | PDF

Respondus LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor Student Quick Star Guide – Link