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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 2015 session book information will be posted on July 27, 2015*. 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 can begin to login to their Fall 2015 online course(s) on August 24, 2015*. Login to for syllabus information. This will be the first day you can login to your course(s).

Students registered in Online learning courses who fail to logon and navigate each Blackboard course at least once on two different days before the statistical reporting day (8/24/2015 to 9/2/2015 by 11:59 pm Chicago time)* of the term will be withdrawn from the course and issued an NSW. Absolutely no tuition or fee refunds or adjustments will be given after these dates.

Example: John registered for an online course. The first day of Fall 2015 classes start on August 24, 2015. John logs on to on August 24, 2015 and downloads the course syllabus. On August 25, 2015 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:

All online courses 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 2015 term beginning on August 24, 2015*. Students may also complete required Online Learning proctored exams at an offsite testing location.

* Disclaimer: Dates are subject to change.