Center For Teaching, Learning, and Educational Technologies

Center For Teaching, Learning, and Educational Technologies

Getting Started with Online Learning

The first few steps to start your first online course.

As you will not meet your professor and classmates in classrooms in an online course, all teaching and learning activities and communications in the course are mediated via technology.  It is very important that you complete these steps before the semester starts.

  1. Make sure that your York email is activated and check it often.  Your professor will use your York email to communicate with you.  It is also the place where all College official communications come to you.

    To activate or re-activate your York email account, go to the Student Email page.

  2. Make sure that you activate your CUNYfirst account with which you can access your Blackboard course site.

    To activate your CUNYfirst account, go to: the Account Activation page and follow the screen instructions.
    If you already activated your CUNYfirst account but forget your password, you can reset your password on the Forget Password page.

  3. Go to Blackboard for Students page for self-paced tutorials on how to use Blackboard.

Once you are in the Blackboard course site, follow the instructions from your professor.

If you have question or need help with your York email, CUNYfirst account, please contact the helpdesk at 718.262.5300 or email For Blackboard issues, please email

Online/Hybrid Course Information

Blackboard for Students main page

Center for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies (CTLET) home page