All first-time online and hybrid/online students should complete orientation, which is conducted online in Blackboard. 

All credit students are automatically enrolled in a Blackboard course " Student Bb Orientation."From this Blackboard course, students can access the online student orientation and other helpful information to get started in their online course. Credit students can view the Student Online Orientation from their list of courses.

Note: The orientation course is not graded or required. However, it is highly recommended.

Some instructors also conduct mandatory instructor-led orientation sessions. Your instructor will contact you via email with further instructions on how and when to access their orientation.

Orientation contains information on:

  • The basics of online learning and your online course(s)
  • Requirements for online students
  • Online student responsibilities
  • How to determine if your computer has the minimum hardware and software requirements
  • The learning and technical skills you will need to be a successful online student
  • How to log in and use Blackboard
  • The virtual campus and resources available to online students


View Your Course Dates and Details

Go to the online class schedules for information about course dates and details. Be sure to note your course’s start date and the name of your instructor so that you are prepared to start learning.


Set up your Owl Mail account

You must set up your Owl Mail account immediately if you have not already done so. Once your course begins, the ONLY way the College and your instructor are allowed to communicate with you is through your Owl Mail account, and all email sent through Blackboard goes to your Owl Mail account. Activate your Owl Mail account here.


Get Started Checklist


I've registered for an online class - now what? The online classroom is different from attending a class on campus. Complete the following tasks to get started in your Online, Hybrid/Online, or Accelerated Online course.

Important Dates

  • August 20: Fall 2020 courses starting on August 24th become available in Blackboard to students
  • August 24: First day of the Fall 2020 semester
  • August 24: First day of Fall 2020 online and remote courses

Full Semester Courses

Full semester (15-week courses) begin for the Fall 2020 semester on August 24th. If your course starts after this date, it is considered an Accelerated Course.

Accelerated Courses

All courses that begin after the beginning of the semester (August 24, 2020) or end before the official end of the semester are Accelerated Online courses. Students registered for an Accelerated Online course will have access to the Blackboard course site 4 calendar days (during the summerfall, and winter sessions), and 5 calendar days (during the spring sessions) prior to the start date of the course.

For example:

- If (during the summer session), the course start date is on June 16, students will be able to access their course on June 12 (4 calendar days before).

 - If (during the spring session), the course start date is on January 21, students will be able to access their course on January 16 (5 calendar days before).


Your Course Start Date
Date Your Course is
Available in Blackboard
August 24
August 20
August 25
August 21
August 26
August 22


Unsure what day your course starts? Check individual course start dates here. Don't see your course listed? Check here.

Get Started Checklist


Start Your Course

Once you have registered and paid for your course, follow these steps to get started:

  • Set up your Owl Mail email account
  • Access your Online Classroom (as soon as it is open)

How to access your online course is determined by the course and delivery format of your course. Once you have determined this information continue and click the link below to start your course. 

Credit Courses 

Noncredit Courses