Getting Started

Ready, Set, Go…

Blackboard Learn is the new SUNY preferred Learning Management System, and will be used to support online courses and programs at NCCC. You must first register for T-Wolves Mail. If you have not yet done so please click on the Bb Log On Instructions link under eLearning Links in the sidebar. These instructions will step you through the sign up procedure and give you valuable contact information should you have any problems.

Get started before the official first day of class.

Access to your Fall 2014 online course(s) will be given on Tuesday, August 26th, which is one week prior to to the official fall semester start date.

We provide you access to your course prior to the semester start date so that you can:

  • log in to your course(s);
  • participate in the online student orientation to learn how to use the tools in Blackboard Learn;
  • complete your course work and get acclimated to the online learning environment;
  • view the course syllabus and textbook requirements

Once logged into Blackboard Learn, select your course from the course section and read the course announcement. The announcement will provide you getting started instructions, as well as information on when and where your course will meet on campus.

*Check your course schedule in Banner Web for course dates as mod courses start and end on different dates

Complete the Open SUNY Student Orientation for Blackboard Learn.

Through the Open SUNY student orientation you will learn how to use various features and what to expect when taking an online, hybrid, or web enhanced course using the Blackboard Learning Management System. If this is your first time using Blackboard Learn or your first online class you need to go through the orientation as your instructor will not be teaching you how to navigate and complete these tasks.

Blackboard Learn -­ The Open SUNY Student Orientation is located on your Blackboard Learn home page.

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On Campus Workshops for Students

If you still feel you need additional assistance you can attend one of the eLearning face-to-face student workshops held on campus in D303 (3rd floor of the library, or via an online webinar. The Fall 2014 Workshop schedule can be accessed through the sidebar menu under Fall Workshops.

Assess Your Readiness for eLearning @NCCC.

This is important. Online courses are not for everyone. Please complete the self-assessment to make sure this mode of learning is right for you. If you are matriculated in a full online degree program, we recommend you go through the entire Open SUNY Readiness Guide.  

“Attend” your class frequently.

Attendance Requirements for Online Courses – Your are required to log in to your online course(s) at least three times per week. While logged into your course, you must post a question, respond in the discussion forums or submit as assignment as proof of attendance. When you make a submission or posting, the professor will know you are “in class” and you will not be dropped for non-participation, which can affect your financial aid. Since the online program is not bound by specific class times, students are responsible for budgeting their time. Make sure you log into your online course(s) the first day of class and participate in beginning course activities, that way your professor will know you have successfully accessed your course.

Attendance Requirements for Hybrid Courses – You will be required to attend class in person on certain days and complete online activities outside of class. Log into your coursed to see the course information and course schedule.

You can use this calculator to assess how much time you should plan on spending on weekly basis.

Getting Help

  • With logging into T-Wolves or Blackboard Learn- contact the NCCC OIT TWolves help line at 716-210-2505 or visit the help desk at (D-163)
  • Navigating or Using Blackboard Learn – contact the Open SUNY Help Desk or call 1-800-875-6269.
  • If you want to learn more about eLearning@NCCC or need additional assistance, stop by the eLearning offices on the 4th floor of the library, or send an email to: elearning@niagaracc.suny.edu,

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