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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.

In a hurry? Here's a printable "checklist" of topics/tasks covered in the orientation(PDF).

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

VIDEO: Introduction to Online Learning. Topics include:

  • Online vs. Classroom
  • How Does it work?
  • Debunking Myths
  • Commom Myths

READ: How does an online/hybrid course work?

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?
  • Do I attend the meeting or login to Bb first?

STEP 2: Verify, update, or change your email address used with Blackboard


In order to receive email from your instructors, you must determine which email account you want to use for Blackboard. The default email address posted in Blackboard 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 3: When your class is scheduled to begin, login and navigate Blackboard


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 4: Tips for Success


The State of California’s Online Education Initiative (OEI) offers an innovative set of interactive tutorials and tools, which may increase your chances of success in any online course.

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 5: Know how/where 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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