Now that you’ve registered for an online course, you need to find that course and get started.
Although your online courses won’t show up until the first day of classes, Blackboard–where most online courses take place–is always accessible. You can log in through the MyCFCC portal (by clicking the “My Courses” link) or online.cfcc.edu. If you’ve never logged in before or your username and password are not working, follow the directions in the “Help” section.
Take the Student Tutorial
The Student Tutorial will help you become acquainted with the general layout of Blackboard courses and common setups for online courses. To access it, look under “My Courses” on the Blackboard front page, click “CFCC Blackboard Tutorial,” and follow the directions in the course.
On the First Day of Classes
Find your course(s) under “My Courses” and click to enter. Once inside, click around and get a feel for where to find critical course material like readings and assignments. As you explore the course, look for this information:
1) Most instructors include an announcement or clear link in the left hand menu that points you to the information you should read on your first day of classes.
2) Find the syllabus. It will give you a broad overview of the course and often include the due dates of major assignments.
3) Find out what you need to complete in the first week of class. Online courses start just as quickly as face-to-face courses. By the end of the first week you may have reading and writing assignments due. Make sure you know ahead of time what is expected of you.
4) Complete the Enrollment Verification activity to ensure you stay in the class past the 75% refund date. Instructors typically emphasize that this assignment must be completed by a specific date. Read the full details about Enrollment Verification on the “Help Page.”
If you’re having trouble with technology (videos not showing up, password not working, can’t submit a test), call the IT Student HelpDesk at 910-362-4357 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need some help learning to use tools in Blackboard (like the discussion board or tests), take a look at the Blackboard FAQ section of this site. If you still need assistance, call Online Learning at 910-362-7772 or email us through the “Contact Us” page.