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 Orientation to Online Learning (Self-Paced)

Welcome to Online Learning at Chabot College! Below is a self-paced orientation intended for students who are interested or enrolled in an online or hybrid course. The orientation can be completed/revisited at any time and consists of video demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. Completion of the Orientation may take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. You may also be interested in an on-campus, drop-in assistance.

STEP 1: Review the details of your course(s) in the class schedule

Check/verify the schedule notes for your online/hybrid class(es) in CLASS-Web. Make sure that you find out:

  • Which day does the class begin?
  • Is this a late-start class?
  • Does my course require on-campus meetings?
  • What is the name of my instructor? Many instructors will send their students an email prior to the start of the class. If you have questions, you can locate your instructor's contact information in the College Directory.

STEP 2: Online Student Readiness Tutorials

What is online learning?

Online Student Readiness Tutorials. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Online Learning
  • Getting Tech Ready
  • Organizing for Online Success
  • Online Study Skills and Managing Time
  • Communication Skills for Online Learning
  • Online Reading Strategies

STEP 3: Verify, update, or change your email address

Zonemail and Zone

The default email address posted is your Zonemail, but you have the option to forward email or use a personal email address. Either way, you'll want to make sure that you are accessing whichever email address you plan to use so that you receive any important information from your instructors.

STEP 4: Login to Canvas or Blackboard

(Not sure which system your course(s) is in? View a of list of courses offered in Canvas  
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NEW: During the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Chabot College will be moving from Blackboard to Canvas as our online learning management system. Canvas offers Chabot students all of the same functions – access to syllabi and lectures, discussions boards and assignments, tracking of grades, and more.

As our college begins the transition to Canvas, many courses will continue to be offered in Blackboard through spring 2018. On the day that your course is scheduled to begin, you should be able to access your online course by logging into Blackboard. Please note that not all instructors use all of the Blackboard tools below.


STEP 5: Know how to get help


A variety of online support services are available to you throughout the duration of your online/hybrid course experience.

If you have a question about an online course or logging into Blackboard, click on the green "Need Help" button and submit the online form with the requested information. One of our Online Learning Student Support staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Requests are usually answered within a matter of hours, no more than 24 hours (weekends and holidays excluded).







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