Take a look at these helpful resources for your transition to online learning.    
Florida Atlantic University proudly partners with Barnes and Noble to provide for all of your bookstore related needs. From textbooks to spirit apparel and technology to tissues, you can find everything you need at one of the three on-campus FAU bookstore locations or shop on-line and have your purchases delivered to your front door. Don’t want to own new books..http://www.fau.edu/business-services/retail-services/owl-wear.php. buy used books or rent them. Do you prefer digital to traditional books? Check out E-textbooks with the all new Nook study, available exclusively from Barnes and Noble.  You may call the Bookstore at 561-297-3720.

The Division of Student Affairs publishes an online student handbook for every academic calendar where students can find the latest services, resources web pages, campus contact information, coupons and more. Here to find the latest online student handbook.
The University Ombuds works to solve problems, to allay frustration, and to advise those requesting help, either before or after existing processes are used. The Ombuds is a neutral party. Depending on the nature of a problem, and prior attempts at resolution, the Ombuds offers guidance, advice, interpretation, and review. 
Ask the Ombuds a question

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is glad you have joined our university community. We hope the information technology resources and services you learn about here will help you get started — in the very best of ways — with IT@FAU.

FAU has agreements with various vendors to provide discounted licenses for FAU students. For Microsoft products please visit the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for more information. OIT has also partnered with JourneyEd.com to provide our students with discounts on software and hardware. Some colleges may provide software based on your major that are required for your courses. Please contact your college for a list of software available to you.

Review the Academic Calendar for important dates of the academic year and the Advance Registration schedule.

Need assistance in locating distance learning courses using the new course search tools? Check out this video

Register for courses:

  • Log into MyFAU
  • Click on FAU Self Service
  • Check for registration holds
    • Under the Student Services tab, click on View Holds
    • Here is a list of the Holds code and their department’s contact information
    • Proceed to register if all holds have been cleared
  • Click on Student Services tab and then on Registration
    • Click on Add or Drop Classes
    • Select the appropriate registration term.
    • You will be presented with the Add Classes Worksheet page. If you know the CRN (available on the Departmental Course Schedule) for the classes you want, enter the CRN here and then click the Submit Changes button to add the class.
    • If you don’t know the CRN, use the Class Search button to find them. When you get the list of classes, there will be a small box to the left of classes that are available for adding. You can click in the box to select it, and then, at the bottom of the page, click the Register
    • To print out your course schedule, click on Return to Menu in the top right and then click on the My Schedule link from the “Registration” menu.
Transfer students with 30 or more credits and Second Bachelor’s students do not complete OARS. You will be advised through the college of your intended major. Also, you will meet with an advisor at Orientation.

First-year students with 60 or more credits will also complete OARS but may also be advised through the college of their intended major. Attendance at Freshman Orientation is required. Please contact University Advising Services (advisingservices@fau.edu) if you have questions about the completion of your Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP).

Flight Plans by majors are also available.

OARS = https://oars.fau.edu/login/login
Flight plans = http://www.fau.edu/uas/curriculum.php

Major KnOWLedge is an online resource developed by career counselors at the FAU Career Center to help FAU students identify personal interests and their relationships to FAU majors as well as occupations.
Major KnOWLedge = https://fau.kuder.com/landing-page
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) collaborates with the institution’s diverse community to ensure that all aspects of campus life — learning, working and living — are universally accessible. The center provides the institution with resources, education, and direct services so that individuals with disabilities may have a greater opportunity to achieve equity and excellence in education.

Students will need to register with SAS. You must be an accepted student at FAU which then allows you to log into SAS register for services using your FAU Net ID and password to complete the online Application for Academic Accommodation, and click submit at the bottom when complete.

Application for Academic Accommodation = https://clockwork.fau.edu/ClockWork/user/intake/login.aspx

Safe Computing

Security is one of those things that we all hear about and think is a good thing, but then we tend to let someone else worry about it. Although FAU has taken many steps to make its data and network secure, you need to be aware that what you do can put yourself, or at least your computer, at risk. A little bit of forethought on your part can go a very long way.


  • Never give out personal information (Social Security number, birthday, driver’s license, any account number or password, etc.) to anyone who asks for it online, especially via e-mail. It is very easy for people to send e-mail that appears to be from a bank or other institution as a means of getting sensitive information. This kind of activity is called phishing. (**Note**FAU offices will never send you an email asking you to verify your personal information (ID, Password, Z-number, etc. )
  • Never put your personal information, even your birthday, on any online site, such as Facebook or MySpace.
  • Never give your passwords to anyone or allow someone to log onto your account.
  • Never write your password and leave it in a place where someone will find it (such as taped to the bottom of your keyboard, computer, or monitor).


  • Use anti-virus software to protect your computer from viruses and other harmful programs (known as malware).
  • Use pop-up blockers in your web browser to help protect your computer from spyware (but be sure to allow pop-ups from the FAU domain since MyFAU and Blackboard both use them).

Safe Tips

  • Social Networking Tips – Social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn have become extremely popular in recent years, both with kids and adults. They’re a great way to keep family and friends updated on your life, but you should be wary about how much personal information you post. Follow these tips to enjoy your social networking sites safely (College Xpress).
  • Cyber Security Tips – Check out the latest in Cyber Security tips to be Smart and Secure Online.

Quick Links



The OWL Card is a gateway to retail and services at Florida Atlantic University. All students are required to obtain one, as it serves as your official photo identification, debit card, Owl Bucks card, library card and your ticket to many FAU events. You will need to present your OWL card to receive the benefits of the many services offered at FAU.

Distance Learning Student – Owl Card ApplicationThis form is ONLY for those students enrolled in online classes and are not able to come to campus to have their OWL CARD issued.

As an eLearning student, you will be required to have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, Microsoft Office (free to students), and a webcam; for the best online learning experience and the recommended system requirements. Computers running Windows XP may not work well in an online proctoring environment.
The University Ombuds works to solve problems, to allay frustration, and to advise those requesting help, either before or after existing processes are used. The Ombuds is a neutral party. Depending on the nature of a problem, and prior attempts at resolution, the Ombuds offers guidance, advice, interpretation, and review. 
Ask the Ombuds a question

FAU has agreements with various vendors to provide discounted licenses for FAU students. For Microsoft products please visit the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for more information. OIT has also partnered with JourneyEd.com to provide our students with discounts on software and hardware. Some colleges may provide software based on your major that are required for your courses. Please contact your college for a list of software available to you.
The Math Learning Center (MLC) was created to help FAU students develop their math problem-solving skills so they have the confidence and ability to solve math problems on their own. The MLC also offers online “eTutoring” services for some courses. Check the schedule for dates, times and URLs.
TAs are available online to assist students enrolled in selected introductory Computer Science classes with computer programming and other questions. Enroll to participate in Online Programming Labs. Request one-on-one assistance or WebEx sessions at scheduled times. Share your screen to demonstrate the challenges you are experiencing while completing assignments.

Sign up! (https://canvas.fau.edu/enroll/LTF9P3)

This semester TAs are available to help you through online lab sessions.Open the attached document with instructions for students on accessing WebEx for TA sessions.Sign up for the Online Lab help at: https://canvas.fau.edu/enroll/LTF9P3

At scheduled times, students can join a WebEx session to get one-on-one help with programming related questions.

TAs will use audio conference and students can share their screen in breakout rooms to describe their problems.

The University Center for Excellence in Writing supports and promotes writing for all members of the FAU community:

  • undergraduate
  • graduate students
  • staff
  • faculty
  • visiting scholars

The center’s consultants are informed and sensitive readers who help writers become more reflective readers and more self-sufficient crafters of their written work. Consultants help students at any point in the writing process (i.e., brainstorming, drafting, revising) and with papers for courses, senior or master theses, dissertations, job applications, applications for graduate school, articles for publication, grant proposals and other documents.

If you have issues with your instructor, problems navigating the online classroom, general questions about online learning, or need assistance during your distance learning program, we encourage you to contact your advocate.
The eSuccess team fosters a climate of student success for distance learning classes. Check out the eSuccess Tips for distance learners and the FAQ for online learners.

Contact: Patrick Dempsey, eLearning Success Coordinator pdempse2@fau.edu 561-297-3590 for other assistance.

CLASS eTutoring

Taking a difficult class? Check out the eTutoring schedule for live online and recorded tutoring sessions to improve your grades!

Canvas Tier 1 support is available 24×7, 365 days a year. There are multiple ways to get support for Canvas-related issues or questions. Call the toll-free number (855) 691 7827 or call the FAU Help Desk at 561.297.3999 and choose Option 3.

If you are logged into Canvas, click on the Help icon at the bottom left corner, under the global menu. You will be able to chat with a Canvas representative by clicking on “Chat with Canvas Support” or you can choose to “Report a Problem,” which will submit a ticket to Canvas Support.

You can also search the Canvas guides or visit the Canvas Community and ask a question.

Taking online exams is very different from taking exams on campus. Watch this video to properly prepare for taking an online exam.

Additional information about the different online proctoring tools used at FAU:

The APA Boot Camp LibGuide contains videos, handouts, guides, links and more! It’s a great resouce for learning the APA citation style.

Using Citation Machine is a way to learn how to reference sources by generating citations like MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and thousands more! Please note: the author of any document is ultimately responsible for checking their citations for accuracy.

Document your sources in scholarly writing with the MLA style system.

Create Your Library Experience

The FAU Library can help you …

  • Find the right scholarly sources
  • Borrow materials from other libraries
  • Advance your research

The library puts a high priority to support online students. Below are great resources that will assist you in navigating the library from where you are.

General Library Information for Online Students

Useful video tutorials to assist you as an Online Owl

The Distance Learning Libguide

Download the MyFAU Mobile app to access FAU Library’s online and printed library collections.

Research, Collaborate and Create at FAU’s Wimberly Library

The OIT Help Desk can provide technology support during operational hours. Canvas support is offered 24/7. You can call 561-297-3999, search the knowledge base or Submit a Ticket online.
The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to offer a comprehensive financial aid program that attempts to meet the financial needs of all University students. This office utilizes aid programs from all sources for which students are believed to be eligible. In addition, this office uses these programs in ways to assist students in achieving a quality education by supporting their academic and vocational objectives.

Financial Aid 101 FAQs

Tip Sheets to Help Students with Unique Circumstances Apply for Financial Aid

The Career Development Center is a centralized operation geared to assist all FAU students with their career management needs. The office is a full-function career planning center serving all FAU students from freshman year through graduation.

Stay Connected!
There’s A LOT going on at FAU and the Division of Student Affairs offers a great way to keep track of all the excitement. Visit a comprehensive list of FAU social sites employed by the various departments within FAU.

The Center for eLearning also has social pages that reach out to FAU online students with helpful ideas, latest online opportunities and news. Visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

FAU has partnered CBSi Advanced Media to listen live to games, weekly updates, and promo reels.
Cheer on and follow the FAU Owls live or previously recorded games and a list of upcoming live multimedia events.
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) serves as a centralized support office for students and faculty who are engaged in undergraduate research and inquiry. We offer university-wide programs such as undergraduate research grants, the annual undergraduate research symposium, and the undergraduate research journal. We also support departments and all colleges in their undergraduate research and inquiry initiatives. OURI presents a Monthly Student Spotlight of the Undergraduate Research Symposium participants. With the FAU Center for eLearning we created some great student experience videos that herald our student’s oral presentations and posters.
All services at the Career Center are available for online students after hours and through Skype. Talk with a career counselor or practice for a job interview and much more at


The Counseling and Psychological Services have put together resources that are specifically for FAU Online students that continue to grow.

Self-Guidance Resources

Smoking Cessations (Groups available around the state)

Think you need to talk with someone? The Counseling and Psychological Services are here for you. Call the CAPS Crisis Line at 561-297-3540


Join form anywhere the FAU iLead Conference a Catalyst for Change
You can serve in your community and build your leadership skills as well. Be recognized by earning your service cord. For more details go to http://www.fau.edu/leadandserve/volunteer/volunteerservicecord.php
Would you like a mentor? Would you like to be a mentor?

What a great way to learn the ropes at FAU online or to demonstrate your leadership. During your academic career at FAU, you can do both! Make an OWL Connection!

Yes, online students can be a part of the honor society. Are you eligible?


Yes, Online Owls can get involved. Join one of our many student organizations!


Take your first step towards your future.

Florida Atlantic University’s Center for eLearning is committed to student success and has developed a variety of resources to support you in every step of your online educational journey. On this student support portal, you will find more information on the different areas of FAU’s online student support.