Welcome to the Online Learning page. Here at SAU Tech, we use Brightspace to host all of our courses.  Even if you are not taking online classes with us, you will still use Brightspace to view your course syllabus.  The Center for Online Learning is here to help if you ever encounter issues with Brightspace. You can contact us by phone at 870-574-4453 or we are located on the top floor of the Administration building. We are honored that you have chosen to study with us at SAU Tech. We hope that you have a wonderful semester. 

Students with laptops

Students Taking Online Courses

If you are taking online courses with us for the first time, you are required to take Learning Strategies before gaining access to your semester courses.  This quick training gives students hands-on practice using Brightspace and exposes students to some of the online services available at SAU Tech. Students will gain access to Brightspace 2 weeks before courses begin to complete this 30-minute training.  If you need further assistance, please contact the Center for Online Learning for additional support. 


Technical Requirements for Brightspace

Students are responsible for having the technology required to complete online coursework.  The following is required to have the best experience with our online courses:

Browser Requirements:

  • Chrome or Safari (latest versions)

Internet Requirements:

Computer Requirement:

  • Operating Systems - Windows 10 or OSX 10.13+
  • JavaScript: Enabled
  • Cookies: Enabled
  • Popups: Enabled
  • Memory – 4GB RAM
  • 120GB of Hard Drive space
  • CPU: 2.5+ GHz/multi-core
  • Display: 1366 x 768
  • Graphics: DirectX, 64+ MB
  • Sound 
  • Webcam

System check for Brightspace:


System check for courses using Cengage:


Accessing Brightspace

  • Visit https://sautech.brightspace.com
  • We recommend completing a system check before logging in. Select the system check link at the top of the login page.  A screen will display showing the results of the browser check.  Items that passed the check will show a checkmark to the left of the item.  Items failing the check will be marked with a red "x."  Instructions will be provided for correcting the problems so that your browser will function properly.  The system check should be performed on ALL computers you use when taking your online course(s).  Brightspace tends to work best with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. 
  • Enter your username. last name (first letter capitalized)+first letter of first name (capitalized)+last four digits of student ID
  • Enter your password: Saut+last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • For example, the last four digits of Jane Smith’s student ID are 1234 and the last four digits of her SSN are 6789. Jane’s username would be SmithJ1234.  Her password would be Saut6789. 
  • Don’t forget to bookmark Brightspace in your web browser for easy access.

For tutorial videos of how to navigate Brightspace, visit the Brightspace Tutorials channel on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/hrjmklv.

Brightspace Help

For assistance with Brightspace, use one of the following methods to reach out for support:

  1. If you are logged in to Brightspace, click on the Brightspace Help link located at the top navigation bar.
  2. You can contact the Center for Online Learning at 870-574-4453. If you are on or close to campus, we are located on the top floor of the Administration building.

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm - Friday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am (During Fall and Spring Semester only.)