Beginning with the Spring 2016 semester, all students who register for an online course for the first time will be required to complete the Online Student Readiness course (COMPUB 798). This course provides skill development on a number of topics that are essential to online learning success, including Blackboard, INFOnline, MyMATC, Gmail, time management and online learning best practices. It is self-paced, takes between 41/2 to 5 hours to complete, does not have to be completed in one session, costs $4.50, and is eligible for financial aid.
Before you start working in your online courses, please review the information in the modules below.
Your MATC Gmail account is your primary means of communication between the school, your teacher, and you. Also, through your school Gmail account, you have access to Google Drive, a suite of free tools you can use to create documents and store files.
Resources to Help You Get Started
MATC uses the Rave Alert system to notify students in the event of an emergency and/or school closing. Although all students are automatically added to the system, you must update your desired contact methods (Phone numbers, Email addresses, SMS Text numbers). You may specify multiple contact methods.
No log-in is required to access the Online Blackboard Orientation. If you prefer, you may attend an in-person Blackboard Orientation at your local campus. Live orientation sessions are offered throughout the first few weeks of every semester. View the Spring in-person schedule.
Take the Technical Skills Self Assessment to determine if you have the skills needed for online coursework. We also recommend reviewing these guides to prepare your computer:
Please be sure you are able to log into Blackboard so that problems can be resolved prior to the start of the semester.
Because your course syllabus may not be available until the first day of class, we recommend visiting the MATC Bookstore website to see what books and supplies you may need for your classes.
The Student Blackboard Support Site is your source for how-to guides and troubleshooting tips. You can find this site by clicking the "Student Support" tab in Blackboard. We recommend viewing these basic activities: