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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 2019 session textbook information will be available July 15, 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 portal), 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 Fall 2019 online course(s) beginning on August 26, 2019*. Students should go to Brightspace 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 classes will be issued a no-show withdrawal (NSW) if they do not pursue academic activities within the online environment of the course on at least two separate days prior to the statistical (STAT) reporting day of the class (see No-Show Withdrawals (NSW) & Refunds for information about the NSW refund policy).  

Academic activities may include, but are not limited to, the completion of assignments, exams and quizzes or participation in online discussions. Academic activities do not include merely logging onto the course site (or learning management system – LMS, see Learning Management System), or acknowledging that you have read the syllabus. 

Students who have been issued an NSW by the instructor may, at the request of the instructor, be reinstated (RNS) into the class. See the Student Policy Manual for more information.

Example: John registered for an online course. The first day of Fall 2019 classes start on August 26, 2019. John logs on to Brightspace on August 26, 2019 and downloads the course syllabus. On August 26th, 2019John logs on to Brightspace again and completes all of the first week assignments.
 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 2019 term beginning on August 26, 2019*. Students may also complete any required Online Learning proctored exams at an offsite testing location.        

* Disclaimer: Dates are subject to change.