Office of Continuing Studies
Military Outreach

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Military Outreach

Once You're Admitted


You’ve been accepted; what now?  In your acceptance letter, you should receive your Pirate ID and ECU (Banner) ID.  With this information, you are able to successfully enter your ECU email account and start the process of registration. Your Pirate ID and passphrase will allow access to your ECU email, Blackboard (or other course management system) and the ECU OneStop.


As an online student, your primary channel of communication with your professors, fellow students, advisers and means of assistance is via your ECU email (Piratemail) account. Check your email frequently at the beginning of the semester.


Course information will appear sometime during the first week of the semester. Some faculty will contact students via the ECU email system prior to or on the first day of class with instructions on how to proceed.  You should check both your ECU email account and Blackboard to get information from your instructor.  If you are unable to access course information, email your professor.  To obtain your professor’s name and email address, go to and login using your PirateID and Passphrase (same as email).  Under the TOOLS menu, choose Banner Self Service. A pop-up window will appear, so turn off your pop-up blocker to access this window. Choose the Student and Financial Aid link, Registration, Student Detail Schedule. You will see a list of your courses; click the envelope next to the instructor’s name to send an email to your instructor.



Blackboard (Bb) is a course management tool that allows professors a way to provide course materials online in a user-friendly environment.  Exams, assignments, discussion boards, virtual chat rooms and other forms of contact for all class participants and instructors can be found once the student logs in. 


If you registered for an online course that is being supported by Blackboard software, you can go to the Blackboard site at to access your Blackboard course and to familiarize yourself with how the system works. Your PirateID and passphrase are used to access your Blackboard course.



The ECU OneStop allows you to view a list of online courses, locate your class schedule and grades, plus access a lot more resources to assist you. 


Information and tutorials about Blackboard and OneStop can be found on the Options website (


In addition to the above recommendations and tutorials, we suggest that students become familiar with:


Your adviser (advisor listings)

ECU departments (department listings)

Finding Technical Assistance (Help Desk)


We wanted to share some important information to help you prepare for your online courses:


Characteristics for successful on-line students


Tips for on-line success


Computer Skills


On-line course etiquette


Test taking


Internet Course Contingency Plan



Library services and materials are available to all students who enroll in online or off-campus courses, including access to electronic resources, reference services, and library collections. Electronic resources include indexes, article databases, catalogs, subject guides, and the virtual reference desk. Students may borrow books from other UNC campuses directly and request items not owned by ECU via interlibrary loan. Students who live outside of Pitt County are eligible for home delivery. To learn more about these resources and services, go to: Joyner Library  and the  Laupus Health Sciences Library