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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 Spring 2019 session textbook information will be posted on  December 3rd, 2019*. 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 Brightspace                      ( (website for all of your Online Learning courses).                                
Step 4: Course Pursuit:            

Students will be able to log into their Spring  2019 online course(s) beginning on January 14,2019*. 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on and navigate each Brightspace course at least once on two different days within the first week of the term, will be withdrawn from the course and issued an NSW.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, fees and refunds.        

Example: John registered for an online course. The first day of Spring 2019 classes start on January 14, 2019. John logs on to on January 14, 2019 and downloads the course syllabus. On January 15, 2019John 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 Spring 2019 term beginning on January 14,2019*. Students may also complete any required Online Learning proctored exams at an offsite testing location.        

* Disclaimer: Dates are subject to change.