Getting Started in Your Online Courses

Getting Started

Online courses involve some of the same elements of traditional seated courses including assignments, tests and quizzes, and assigned readings.  Some online courses also include prerecorded video lectures, online live sessions, discussion board activities, and/or group work...to name a few possibilities.  Follow the steps below to get on the correct path to find success.

  1. Make sure that you are able to log-in to your MySVCC page that will give you access to Blackboard, the Student Information System, your student email account, etc.  You need a user name and password to access that page.  Please keep in mind that if you are a brand new student, although you will be able to access your MySVCC page, you will not have access to Blackboard until the semester begins.  Here is a link to an overview of the MySVCC page and it has information on how to look up your user name and set-your password.  If you are unable to look up your user name or set your password, you will need to go through the college MySVCC Help Desk at (434) 736-2059.    MySVCC Overview
  2. Participate in an orientation to online learning.  You have two options for completing this orientation.
    • Option 1 (Recommended):  Complete the Hoonuit video course (approx 1 hour) "How Do I Succeed in an Online Class?" If you are not logged in to Blackboard, you will need to use your Blackboard username and password to access.  
    • Option 2:  (Recommended) Complete the self-paced course for online readiness: ROLL - Ready for Online Learning. To access the course, please email blackboard@southsid.edu and in the subject line type "Access to ROLL" and you Blackboard user ID