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Getting Technology Ready

Student Readiness and Technology Requirements

Knowing the technology requirements and getting the basic skills ready prior to the term is essential for your successful learning experience.

Review the following basic technology aptitudes and skills to succeed in COCC's web-enhanced in-person classes, hybrid, remote, and online classes which use the eLearning platform provided by the College. Follow the steps below and prepare for the term!

 Preparatory Timeline for Students - Use this matrix as a guideline for your preparation

1 Activate your account


Set up or reactivate your COCC account by resetting your password. In order to protect your account, the password must be reset every six (6) months.

2 Access your COCC Email account


Frequently check your email account for timely communication, this is your responsibility as a COCC student. Use your COCC email address and avoid using your personal email for academic communication.

3 Use Microsoft Office 365


COCC uses Microsoft Office applications for course work. Assignments submitted by other file format, i.e. Pages, Open Office, Google Docs, are not accepted. The essential applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and others) are available to COCC students for free. How to install Microsoft Office applications to your computer

4 Learn to use Blackboard prior to the term


Blackboard is the Learning Management System for students at Central Oregon Community College. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with access to course materials, communication tools, online assessments, grades and the ability to submit assignments electronically.

5 Prepare for Zoom class meetings


Zoom is a video conferencing system that COCC uses for remote classes, virtual office hours and/or online events. Install the Zoom app on your computer device in advance and know the tips for successful Zoom experience.

6 Contact for support and resources


Student technical support staff members are available in-person, via email and phone (541-383-7716). Do not struggle on your own - please reach out for help!