Getting Started

Ready, Set, Go…

Blackboard Learn is NCCC’s 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 Online Learning 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.

Steps to get started!

Access to your 2019 Summer II courses will be given to you on the start date of the semester; Monday, July 8th, 2019. Access to your 2019 Fall Semester courses will be given to you on Monday, August 26th, 2019.  You will be able to see your courses in Blackboard Learn after 7 am.(Please remember Modular courses may have different start dates, so double check your course schedule in Banner Web for the specific start dates of all your courses)

Before the Official Start Date:

  • Know Your Technology Requirements: You are required to have access to a broadband connection and a desktop or laptop computer/MAC, using a tablet or other mobile device may not have the functionality required for the course.  Visit the Open SUNY help desk to check your browser compatibility or contact the Office of Online Learning at
  • Check your T-Wolves College email account and try to log into Blackboard Learn. (A link to Blackboard can be found on the NCCC’s website, at the bottom of the page under the “Students” column)
  • Participate in the NCCC Online Learning Student Orientation to learn how to use the tools in Blackboard Learn, especially if you are taking an online course for the first time. You can also find how-to videos and a recorded orientation to go over getting started in Blackboard, just find the “Online Learning & Blackboard Training/Assistance” module on the My Institution tab when you log in.

*Check your course schedule in Banner Web for course dates as MOD (module) courses start and end on different dates

Assess Your Readiness for Online Learning @ 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 fully online degree program, we recommend you go through the entire Open SUNY Readiness Guide.

Complete the NCCC Online Learning Student Orientation for Blackboard Learn.

Through the NCCC Online Learning 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. The orientation is not mandatory but very beneficial for new online students.

Blackboard Learn –­ The NCCC Online Learning Student Orientation is located on your Blackboard Learn home page.


On Campus Workshops for Students – If you still feel you need additional assistance you can attend one of the Online Learning face-to-face student workshops held on campus or an online webinar. The workshop schedule can be accessed through the menu above, under Workshops.

“Attend” Your Class Frequently.

Attendance Requirements for Online Courses – You are required to log in to your online course(s) at least three times per week from a computer or laptop. While logged into your course, you may need to post a question, respond in the discussion forums or submit an 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) from a computer or laptop the first day of class and participate in beginning course activities, that way your professor will know you have successfully accessed your course.

You are required to have access to a broadband connection and a desktop or laptop computer/MAC, using a tablet or other mobile device may not have the functionality required for the 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 course to see the course information and course schedule or view your course schedule in Banner Web for your course’s meeting times.

You can use this Time Management Calculator to assess how much time you should plan on spending on a weekly basis.

Getting Help

  • With logging into T-Wolves or Blackboard Learn (Usernames and Passwords)– contact the NCCC Office of Information Technology (OIT) T-Wolves helpline at 716-210-2505 or visit the help desk at (Room D-102A, Main Campus)
  • Navigating or Using Blackboard Learn – contact the Open SUNY Help Desk or call 1-844-673-6786.
  • If you want to learn more about Online Learning @ NCCC or need additional assistance, stop by the Office of Online Learning Student Success Center in the Learning Commons (Main campus) Room D-106D, or send an email to

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