Distance Learning


After Registering for an Online Class

If you are new to online learning, you may have concerns about what you need to do before the semester begins. Complete the steps below to ensure that you will be prepared for a successful learning experience.

Check your computer for compatibility with Blackboard 9.1
Purchase textbooks
Log in to the My Bb 9.1 page

Consider your testing options
Find the support resources you need
Access the course content

Step 1: Check your computer for compatibility with Blackboard 9.1.

As soon as possible after registering you should determine whether the computer you will be using for your online courses is compatible with Blackboard 9.1, the course management system adopted by CCBC. Review the matrix of supported browsers and operating systems to confirm that your system is compatible with Blackboard 9.1. Also note the requirement for the latest version of Java (Sun JRE 6).

Step 2: Purchase textbooks and other required materials.

Textbooks and other required materials can be purchased from the CCBC Bookstore. Most texts are available for purchase approximately one month prior to the semester or session. You can purchase texts either online or in person at any of the three main campus locations.

Whether you're shopping online or in person, be sure to:

* Have your class schedule with you when you order or shop.
* Know the campus from which you course originates. Look at the section code; Catonsville-based courses have a section code beginning with WC, Dundalk-based with WD and Essex-based with WE. Each campus bookstore stocks several copies of all texts for all online classes; however, if you're shopping in person at a campus other than where your course originates, the bookstore may have to order it for you.
* Shop early!

MOL Students: If you are a student enrolled at another community college but taking an online class from CCBC through Maryland Online (MOL), the correct text should be available in your home college bookstore. If it is not, please contact your instructor.

Step 3: Log in to the My Bb 9.1 page.

Click on the MyCCBC tab on the CCBC Home Page and enter your CCBC username and password in the login screen. If you have not retrieved your CCBC username and created a password, there is a link to a self-help application that will guide you through the process. You need only complete this process once.

After retrieving your CCBC username and password you may log in to your personal MyCCBC page. On the MyCCBC page click on the Blackboard 9.1 link. Log in using your CCBC username and password to access your personal My Bb9.1 page.

PLEASE NOTE: Your courses will not appear on your My Bb 9.1 page until the first day of each semester or session unless your instructor chooses to allow access earlier. Contact your instructor if the course content is not visible by the first day of the semester or session.

Step 4: Consider your testing options.

CCBC policy states that 30% of a student's final grade in all online courses must be based on proctored, authenticated assessment. In most cases this means that you will have to come to a testing center for one or more exams. (Exams for blended courses are usually administered during a scheduled classroom session.) The course syllabus will outline testing dates and requirements. Testing Centers are located on each of the three CCBC main campuses as well as at the Hunt Valley, Owings Mills and Randallstown Centers; more information can be found on the CCBC Testing Centers page.

If you plan to be outside of Baltimore County during the semester, you may request approval to have your exams proctored at an institution near your location; local colleges, public libraries and commercial education centers such as Prometric will often provide this service. Some may charge a fee. Arrangements for out-of-county testing should be made before the course begins, if possible. A set of CCBC Proctor Guidelines and a Proctor Request Form can be found on the Support Services page at http://www.ccbcmd.edu/distance/support.html.

Step 5: Get help with any questions or problems that arise.

Be sure to take advantage of the Online Tutorials that are linked from the Academics tab on the MyCCBC page.

If you have any problems, questions or concerns about your login or other technical issues, click here to go to the CCBC 24x7 Support Services. Here you will find solutions to most of the frequently asked questions, or you may submit an electronic ticket to request assistance..

Use the CCBC 24x7 Support Services to troubleshoot any WebCT/Blackboard problems you may encounter. If you cannot find a solution for a technical issue, such as login failure or WebCT tools that are not working properly, contact the CCBC Help Desk or call 443-840-4357.

Step 6: On the first day of the semester or session, enter the password-protected course content.

Log in to the My Bb 9.1 page. In the Course List, click on the course title to enter the actual course content.

Once you have successfully entered a course, should you have any questions or concerns about the content or how to navigate it, please contact your instructor.

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