Aero Online Courses - Course Format, Course Materials, Technical Requirements

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Aerospace Short Course Online Programs

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Course Format, Course Materials and Technical Requirements

Course Format

KU Aerospace online short courses are live, interactive classes. Courses will meet either daily for 3-5 days or 2-4 times per week over several weeks. All live sessions are recorded and made available the following day. Some courses may require you to complete coursework outside of the live class sessions (readings, small assignments, etc.). The amount of time you can expect to spend outside of class combined with the live class meeting hours will not exceed the total classroom/instructional hours listed for the course.

Course Meetings Online via Zoom

All live course sessions will be held via Zoom, which combines video conferencing, online meetings and group chat into one easy-to-use tool that is ideal for online class use. Instructions for how to access the live class Zoom meetings, including links to join, meeting IDs and passcodes, will be provided with the online course materials in Blackboard (more below).

Course Materials

Course materials vary by course, but all courses will have materials available via Blackboard, the University of Kansas Online Learning Management System. Your Blackboard Course will be where you access course outlines, notebooks, readings, videos, resources and recordings of past meetings you may have missed.

Some courses may also have textbooks that need to be purchased separately. Information about any required textbooks is listed on the course registration page. Click on the “Learn more and Register” link for the course to access course materials details.

Blackboard Online Course Access

Once you complete your online course registration, you will receive a PDF confirmation letter via email, which will contain your Blackboard username and login instructions to access the course at Blackboard.

When you sign in, be sure to choose the Special User link, as shown below, since you do not have a regular KU Online ID. Be sure to include the underscore in the username you are provided ("kuce_username" or “_kuce123username”) with your password.
NOTE: Your Blackboard password should be the same password you set in your profile when you registered for the course. If you forgot your password or need to reset it, you can do so at:

Blackboard screen showing the Special User link

Once you are logged in, you will see the course under the “My Courses” section of your Blackboard home screen. Click on the course title to enter the course, and then go to "Start Here" to learn how to get started and prepare for the course.


System Requirements

Zoom System Requirements

NOTE: If you are concerned your system may not meet these requirements, we can work with you. Please contact us at

KU Aerospace Short Courses online are live and interactive. All students will be expected to participate in discussions and, in some cases, small group activities or assignments in order to fully learn the material being presented.

Video: Use of a web camera during each meeting will be expected in order to provide both students and instructors with an optimal educational experience as well as to facilitate taking attendance for issuing CEUs for the course.

Audio: A headset with a microphone will allow you to hear and be heard more clearly during discussions.

For the best class experience, you are encouraged to download the Zoom Client for Meetings. If you are unable to use the Zoom Client, you will want to connect to Zoom via a Chrome browser, where you will be able to access most (but not all) of Zoom's features utilized in the online course.

Once you register for the course, you need to test your Zoom setup before the first class session – especially your audio and video device settings – at

Blackboard System Requirements

Chrome, Firefox and Safari are the recommended browsers. On the login page at, Blackboard will automatically run a compatibility check for your browser to confirm it will function correctly.

Screenshot of Blackboard Compatibility test page

Do you have questions about online classes? Please email us at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email or call 785-864-6779 at least four weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you to contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.