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 Founders 131/131 A 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 2015 New Online Students

Summer Courses Starting May 26th (Session I & Session III)
Middletown, Wheaton Hall 308
Tuesday, May 26, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, May 26, 5:30 pm –  7:00 pm
Wednesday, May 27, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Wednesday, May 27, 2:00 pm – 3:30pm
Thursday, May 28, 10:00 am – 11:30 am – for students taking Spanish online courses

Summer Courses Starting June 15th (Session IV)
Middletown, Wheaton Hall 308
Monday, June 15, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, June 16, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Summer Courses Starting July 6th (Session II)
Middletown, Wheaton Hall 308
Monday, July 6th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 7th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

For Fall 2015 Online Students

Middletown, Library Computer Classroom
Monday, August 31, 3:00 pm –  4:30 pm
Tuesday, September 1, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 2, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Thursday, September 3, 3:00 pm -4:30 pm

Meriden Campus, Room TBA
Tuesday, September 3, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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 – Login (.pdf)
Blackboard and Success Tips (.pdf)

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