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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 2017 session textbook information will be posted on December 1st 2016*. 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 Spring 2017 online course(s) beginning on January 17, 2017*. Students should go to and enter each course that they are enrolled and review their course 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days before the statistical reporting day (1/17/2017 to 1/24/2017 by 11:59 pm central time)* of the term will be withdrawn from the course and issued an NSW.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 Spring 2017 classes start on January 17,2017. John logs  on to on January 17, 2017 and downloads the course syllabus. On January 18th ,2017 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 Spring 2017 term beginning on January 17, 2017*. Students may also complete required Online Learning proctored exams at an offsite testing location.

* Disclaimer: Dates are subject to change.