COVID-19 Response and Reopening

Orientation for Online Classes at COCC

Is Online Learning right for me?

COCC offers various online and hybrid courses to meet the diverse needs of our students. However, it takes a different set of skills to be successful in online learning compared to traditional face-to-face classes. Students who want to register to take online credit courses must have successfully completed the required prerequisite course "Orientation for Online Classes at COCC".

Are you ready to take the orientation?

To begin taking this free orientation, click on the "Enroll Now!" button below. Online Orientation Selef-Enrollment Button

1. First, you will see the Error page. Click on the "+Enroll" link on the left course menu.

Error message page

On a mobile device, the course menu may be hidden. Tap on the left edge of your screen to display the course menu.

 Show course menu tab on the left edge of the screen

2. Follow the prompt to complete self-enrollment process.

3. You will be taken to the "Start Here!" page of the Orientation. Read the content carefully and complete five sections of the Orientation. 

If you cannot self-enroll, please fill out the online orientation request form. Our eLearning staff will respond to your request within one business day.

Orientation Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Orientation for Online Classes at COCC?

It is a self-paced online course that is designed to prepare students for basic skills and knowledge of the online learning environment at COCC.

Do I need to take the orientation before registering for online courses?

Yes, any student wanting to register to take online credit courses must successfully complete the Orientation for Online Classes at COCC course.

How do I sign up for the orientation course?

You can self-enroll using the eLearning tab in your COCC Blackboard account. Please watch the tutorial video located in Blackboard. If you cannot self-enroll, please fill out the online orientation request form. You will receive an email from with course access information within one business day following submission. We do not process enrollment requests over the weekends or on holidays.

How long does it take to complete the orientation?

The time it takes to complete the orientation varies based on an individual students ability to complete all of the required assignments. Please expect at least one to two hours of work if you are familiar with the Blackboard Learning Management System.

How long does it take to receive approval and how will I know that I am approved?

As soon as we confirm that you have met all the requirements, we will clear your online orientation prerequisite in the registration system and send a confirmation email to your COCC email address during the regular office hours. The orientation taken over the weekends or holidays will be processed in the morning of following business day.

What are the requirements to complete the orientation course?

Each section of the orientation consists with a quiz that assesses your understanding of the information. To be cleared from the orientation, you must have the score of 80% or higher for each quiz.

What happens if I do not score 80% or higher with one or more quizzes?

You may repeat each quiz until you score 80% or higher. Go back to the section where you did not meet the passing score and review the information carefully before you retake the quiz.

How will I know if I passed all of the required assessments?

Click on the View Grades link in the orientation course to view the list of assignments as well as your scores and feedback from the facilitator. You may also click on the "Completion Status" to see whether you have earned a completion badge for each section of the orientation.

I have taken this orientation in the past. Do I need to take it each term?

No. Once you complete the orientation course, you are not required to take it again.

Does the orientation course access expire?

No. Once you are enrolled in the course, the access will not expire whether or not you have completed the course.

What operating system/browser/system requirements will I need?

To ensure you are able to successfully access the orientation course, we recommend you use the most recent version of Firefox or Chrome. If your computer or tablet cannot access the orientation course, you will most likely have difficulty accessing most of online courses COCC offers. Use the Blackboard Browser Check tool to see if your browser is ready for the orientation course.

Do I need to be on campus for this orientation course?

No. You are not required to be on campus to complete the course. However, you are welcome to use any of our drop-in computer labs if you need access to a computer/internet.

Can I take the orientation course if I have not been accepted to COCC yet?

No. This orientation course is only offered to currently admitted COCC students. It is not available to the general public or to Continue Education program students. If you are in the process of applying to COCC, your Blackboard account will be accessible 1-2 days after the admission process is completed.




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