Getting Started with Online Learning
Columbia College currently uses the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Course Management System. We will be moving to a new Course Management System, Canvas. By summer 2017 all courses will be in Canvas. Many of your instructors may be using a course management system as an enhancement in their face to face classes. Check the schedule to see what Course Management System your course will be taught in.
If your course is being taught in Canvas check out the Canvas Resource page for log in information. Each fall, spring and summer semesters the Instructional Technology Center will host Canvas drop-in training.
Check out these Online Readiness Tutorials! These are interactive tutorials from online learning success to financial planning.
Check out the "Need to Know" Technology Skills Tutorials
- Saving Files in Different File Formats (video tutorial)
- Resizing An Image for Your Profile (written tutorial)
- Saving a RTF file (video tutorial)
- Academic Achievement Center - The Academic Achievement Center serves the entire Columbia College student body. Their primary goal is to assist students in becoming more independent, efficient, and effective learners. They are here to help students improve their academic skills and aid in their academic success.
- College Buys - College Buys at http://www.collegebuys.org/ offers deep discounts on software, hardware and online & DVD training. As a faculty and student member, you are eligible for discounts on industry-leading software and technology to high quality office and classroom furniture.
- College Online Learning Help Desk - It is important to know who to contact for technical help and assistance for your online classes. The Online Learning Help Desk (shared with MJC) is available for technical assistance. Contact your instructor if you have non-technical class related questions.
- Computer and Browser Compatibility Requirements - It is important to ensure your browser is up to date and compatible with Blackboard and Canvas for maximized functionality. Check out the computer browser requirements for Canvas.
- Instructional Technology Center - If you are new to online learning, each semester we offer face to face orientations. The Instructional Technology Center is also available for faculty, staff and students to drop or call in for help.
- NetTutor - Online tutoring for evenings and weekends. This online tutoring service is available within your Canvas Courses or sign up for Skills Dev 410. For more information check out the AAC Online Tutoring Web page.
- Office 365 and Email - Office 365 is available for free to all Columbia College students. You can access office applications for PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Windows tablets and iPad®. Log into your YCCD email to get started!
- Online Counseling - Check out the online counseling services if you are an online student and would like to talk with a counselor.
- Online Student Success - There are a variety of resources available to help you become a successful online student. If you would like to know more, check out the Online Student Handbook available for you to find out what skills and technical requirements are typically required to become a successful online student.
- Waitlists for Online Classes - On the first day of the semester with the exception of late starting classes, if you are on the waitlist you will need to go to the E-Add Card - Adding an Online Class web page, locate the class and instructor, send them a request to be added and wait for a response. The instructor must provide you with a 4 digit add code in order to enroll in the class. Instructors are not obligated to take every student on the waitlist.
Other Student Support Resources
- Academic Integrity Information
- Disabled Students Programs and Services
- Columbia College Bookstore