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Getting Started with Online Learning

Getting Started

Step 1: Attend Online Student Orientation:                      

Visit the New Student Orientation Session           

Step 2: Textbooks:                  

The Fall 2018 session textbook information will be posted on July 16th ,2018*. Students are not to order any course materials prior to that date. Click to read more information on textbooks.     


Step 3: Retrieve username (New Students):                     

Go to and follow the steps to activate your student username and password that allows you to login into ( (your official class information), Student Email (required for all Online Learning courses) and Blackboard ( (website for all of your Online  Learning courses).                               
Step 4: Course Pursuit:         

Students will be able to log into their Fall 2018 online course(s) beginning on August 27,2018*. Students should go to  and enter each course that they are enrolled and review their course syllabus. This will be the first day you can login to your course(s).  

Students registered in Online learning courses who fail to log on and navigate each Blackboard course at least once on two different days within the first week of the term, will be withdrawn from the course and issued an NSW. Refer to the student policy manual and your financial aid office for withdrawal information and refunds.       

Example: John registered for an online course. The first day of Fall 2018 classes start on August 27,2018. John logs  on to on  on August 27, 2018 and downloads the course syllabus. On August 28, 2018 John logs on to again and views what assignments are due for the week and any new announcements the instructor may have posted.  

 Step 5: Student Email:   

Check your student email account at​ for any new messages you might have from your instructor.         

Step 6: Exams/Testing:         

Some online courses may require a minimum of one proctored exam. Students can schedule proctored exams and view testing times at each City Colleges Testing Center for the Fall 2018 term beginning on August 27th, 2018*. Students may also complete any required Online Learning proctored exams at an offsite testing location.      

* Disclaimer: Dates are subject to change.