Welcome to Semester 2 (Study Period 3 for OUA students), 2014, of Swinburne Astronomy Online!
The semester runs from 1 September to 22 November, with our introductory Week 0 commencing 25 August.
The University uses Swinburne Identity Management System (SIMS), which
allows you to synchronise passwords across commonly used applications. All new
SAO students will need to log on to the Current Students portal to set and synchronise your SIMS
password. (Re-enrolling students will be able to use their previous SIMS
To access Blackboard, which is the online software that hosts the SAO
classes, you will need your SIMS password.
To access your Unit(s) on Blackboard,
You should be able to see your Unit(s) under the "Swinburne My Units" area. Note: if you are having trouble logging on to Blackboard
or cannot access your unit from Blackboard, please email
(not Glen!) and explain exactly what the problem is.
The first time you log in to Blackboard, if you do not plan to use the
Swinburne mail client, be sure to
set your email forwarding. For details, click
For information about how to access the SAO course content, please
this link. All SAO course content is available online.
During Week 0 please visit your Unit's website and send a test
and introductory posting to the "Test Messages" and "Introductions"