Blackboard Student Orientations

STCC offers an on-campus instructor-led Online Learning Orientation at the beginning of each semester. Attending one of the orientation sessions is optional, but highly recommended for students new to taking online courses or using the Blackboard Learning System. Sessions are approximately 1.5 hours in length.

If you have any questions about the orientation program, please contact the STCC Online Learning Office at 413-755-4345 or

Orientation Topics

The orientation is designed to introduce students to the online course format, including relevant institutional policies, instructional methods, and academic support resources. Particular emphasis will be placed on accessing and using Blackboard Learn, the primary online course delivery system used at STCC.

Please note: course-specific software, such as MyLab and SAM, and are not covered in detail during the Online Learning Orientation. If you are a student and have questions about these topics, please contact your instructor.


After completing the orientation, participants will be able to:

  • identify the three types of online courses offered at STCC
  • obtain information about course textbooks and software requirements
  • estimate the time commitment and weekly participation requirements of an online course
  • seek out appropriate academic and technical support resources
  • log in to the STCC Blackboard system and resolve account access problems
  • access and navigate a typical Blackboard course website
  • locate and retrieve the syllabus and other course documents
  • turn in work using Blackboard's file submission Assignment tool
  • complete a timed assessment using Blackboard's Test/Quiz tool
  • communicate with instructors and classmates using the course Discussion Board
  • check grades and review assessment results using the Blackboard My Grades tool
2019 Fall Semester

Online Orientation

Open Enrollment (Processed every Monday and Thursday until semester start)

In-Person Orientation

Thursday, October 17th - 10:00 a.m.
Monday, October 21st - 1:00 p.m.


The Online Learning Orientation is optional, and each session will cover the same material. Attending one of the orientation sessions is highly recommended for students new to taking online courses or using the Blackboard Learning System.

Blackboard Orientation Fall Semester Registration Link


If accommodation for a disability is required please contact the Office of Disability Services at 413-755-4785, a minimum two weeks in advance of the date of the event.

Directions and Parking

Directions to campus and parking information are available at the STCC Parking & Transportation page. A campus map is also published on the website.

Other Important Dates
  • Fall 2 2019 Semester begins Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Online Learning Office
P: (413) 755-4345