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Center for Distance Learning (CDL) Getting Started

Getting Started (Fall 2014)

Step 1: CDL Orientation:        

Attend/view online New Student Orientation Session.        

Step 2: TextBooks: 

The Fall 2014 session book information will be posted on August1, 2014*. Students are not to order any course materials prior to that date. Click to read more information on textbooks.    

Step 3: Broadcasts (Section TW courses only):        

Fall 2014 term broadcasts will begin airing September 1, 2014* on public broadcasting Channel 20. Click here to view broadcast schedule.    


Step 4: Retrieve username:       


Go to and follow the steps to activate your student username and password that allows you to login into ( (your official class information), Student Email ( (required for all CDL courses) and Blackboard ( (website for all of your CDL courses).        

Step 5: Course Pursuit:       

Students can begin to login to their Fall 2014 online course(s) on August 25, 2014*. Login to for syllabus information. This will be the first day you can login to your course(s).     


Students registered in distance learning courses who fail to logon and navigate each Blackboard course at least once on two different days before the statistical reporting day (8/25/2014 to 9/3/2014 by 11:59 pm)* of the term will be withdrawn from the course and issued an NSW. Absolutely no tuition or fee refunds or adjustments will be given after these dates.   

Example: John registered for a CDL class. The first day of Fall 2014 classes start on August 25, 2014. John logs on to on August 25, 2014 and downloads the course syllabus. On August 26, 2014 John logs on to again and views what assignments are due for the week and any new announcements the instructor may have posted.     


Step 6: Student Email:    

Check your student email account at for any new messages you might have from your instructor.       

Step 7: Exams/Testing:       

All CDL courses require a minimum of one proctored exam. Students can schedule proctored exams and view testing times at each City Colleges Testing Center for the Fall 2014 term beginning on August 25, 2014*. Students may also complete required CDL proctored exams at an offsite testing location.     

* Disclaimer: Dates are subject to change.