Orientations for fully online students are offered in the beginning of a semester. The campus orientations will also be available via WebEx online for students who cannot travel to MxCC campuses. Students taking hybrid courses will receive an orientation at the first meeting of your course. The schedule posted below are for fully online students. The orientation will help you get familiar with online course interface, learn basic features, and obtain online learning success tips. First time fully online students at MxCC are highly recommended to attend an orientation. Your NetID and the password for myCommNet are needed at the orientation.

Before coming to an orientation, you need to know your NetID and test your password. If you do not know your NetID, click here to find out. If your initial password does not work, click here for password reset or come to Distance Learning offices in Chapman 703 at least 30 minutes before an orientation session to have it reset.

Online orientation is available for those who are not able to attend a campus orientation for new online students.

Campus Orientations for Online Students – No seat reservation

For Summer 2017 New Online Students

For Summer Courses Starting May 30th

Middletown, Wheaton 308
Tuesday, May 30, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Wednesday, May 31, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Thursday, June 1, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

For Summer Courses Starting July 5th

Middletown, Wheaton 308
Wednesday, July 5, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursday, July 6, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

For Summer Courses Starting July 31st

Middletown, Wheaton 308
Monday, July 31, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

For Fall 2017 New Online Students

For Fall Courses Starting on August 29th

Tuesday, August 29, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Chapman 629
Wednesday, August 30, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Library Computer Classroom
Thursday, August 31, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Chapman 629
Friday, September 1, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm, Library Computer Classroom

All sessions are accessible online via WebEx for students who cannot travel to our campus. Please email to mxccdistance@mxcc.commnet.edu to obtain information about how to log on.


(1) Log on to Blackboard
(2) Navigation in Blackboard
(3) Basic tools: Announcement, Discussions, Mail, Assessment (online tests), and Assignments (drop boxes).
(4) Success tips in online learning
(5) Trouble-shooting tips and help contact

Introduction – Log On (.pdf)
Blackboard and Success Tips (.pdf)

Those who can not make the campus orientation should go over the online orientation.