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Getting Ready For Your Online Course


You need to have completed the following checklist before the first day of classes. Each of these steps is necessary to successfully complete your course! If you have any questions, call the Distance Learning office at (781) 477-2172.

1. If you haven't used Blackboard Learn, complete the online orientation to Blackboard Learn.

You can find instructions here.

2. Complete your course orientation online or on-campus.

Your course may have an online orientation, an on-campus orientation, or both. You can find instructions for accessing orientations here.

3. Get your books at the NSCC bookstore.

You need to pick up your books at the Lynn or Danvers Bookstore. You can also arrange to have books shipped to you by calling (978) 762-4046.

4. Find out if you have the computer equipment and skills you need.

To take an online course, you must have access to a computer with Internet access and email. You will also need to know some basic computer skills. Some courses also have additional software requirements. Please check the details on our requirements page to make sure you're prepared.

5. Make sure online learning is right for you.

Online courses are flexible and convenient, but they are not for everyone. They require self-discipline, self-motivation, and some technical know-how. If you enjoy working independently, you will probably succeed. Please take our short quiz to help you decide if an online course is a good choice for you.

6. If you have questions, please contact us.

You can contact us at (781) 477-2172 or by email at distance@northshore.edu.

7. Begin your course on the first day of classes.

You are responsible for beginning your class on time. Please note that most courses are NOT available to students until the first official day of classes. Too access Blackboard Learn:

  • Go to the NSCC website homepage.
  • Click the Pipeline link.
  • Enter your username and password.
  • Click the My Courses tab.
  • Click the Blackboard link available in the My Courses module.

NOTE: If you are using the direct URL to Blackboard Learn, be sure to enter the system through the NSCC Central Authentication hyperlink. You will then be asked to provide your Pipeline credentials.

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