Orientation to Online Learning

Notice! The following orientations are specific to online learning and are separate from the Sheridan College Online Orientation.

NWCCD offers three (3) options for you to choose from depending on your experience and comfort level with online learning and the Blackboard learning management system.

Self-paced Online
Learning Orientation
Live Orientation
on campus and online!
Intro to Online
Learning ( 1cr. hr. )



Self-paced Online Learning Orientation

The Self-paced Online Learning Orientation can be completed at anytime. Going through the four modules will take around two hours to complete. The online orientation should be completed before your first online course begins. Click here to begin.




Live Orientations

One hour orientation sessions are held in real-time on campus and online using Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. The on-campus sessions is an opportunity for those living within reasonable driving distance to Sheridan, Gillette, or Buffalo to have an instructor-led introduction to online learning. The live sessions in Collaborate also provide real-time instructor-led orientations with the benefit of participating wherever you have an Internet connection.

Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) and learn tips and tricks for being successful as an online student.

Spring 2014 Orientation Options
Date Time Location Building/Room #
January 20 6:00-7:00 pm Sheridan College W154
January 20 7:00-8:00 pm Online Web Conference Click for Details
January 21 3:00-4:00 pm Gillette College TEC 136D
January 21 6:00-7:00 pm Gillette College TEC 136D
January 21 7:00-8:00 pm Online Web Conference Click for Details


Intro to Online Learning ( 1 cr. hr.)

This one (1) credit hour class is designed for students new to online learning or NWCCD’s learning management system (currently Blackboard 9.1). Topics include: analyzing the online learning experience; ensuring adequate knowledge of and access to technology necessary for successful online learning; and demonstrating effective use of learning management system tools such as logging into a course, navigating an online course, communicating with instructors and other students, locating and submitting assignments, completing quizzes, and checking grades.

Spring 2014

HMDV*1025*03 Intro to Online Learning Gaddy, S. 3/17 – 3/28