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Pre-Class Checklist

To ensure a suc​cessful start to your online course, we encourage you to complete the online orientation along with the following steps:

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NOTE: Even if you cannot yet access your syllabus, you can find textbook information and/or order your textbooks at MBS Direct.

Access Your CMU E-mail Account

Important CMU communications are sent to students’ CMU e-mail accounts once students are fully admitted to CMU. This is the only e-mail account CMU communicates to its students through; therefore it is vital that you access this account frequently to receive important information from your instructor and the university. Accessing your CMU e-mail account is done through CentralLink and then to “Webmail”. Your CMU e-mail address is [your global ID]

Other Helpful Tips

10 Tech Steps to Getting Ready for Class

10 Tech Steps to Getting Ready for Class

Preview An Online Course

If you’re not familiar with Blackboard, you can preview an online course. Go to Blackboard and enter in the user ID and password of ‘onlinepreview’. Click "Online Preview Class" link under "My Courses". Experiment with the various course features (online quizzes, discussion boards, etc.) in a practice environment.

Blackboard Tutorials

Tutorials will provide you with a step-by-step guide and screen shots on the features and capabilities of Blackboard.

Research Help

Save time and effort by working with a librarian to find resources for your paper.

Free Writing Assistance

Free assistance for paper writing is available to you through the CMU Writing Center.

Free Math Assistance

Students may obtain tutoring in mathematics and statistics through the CMU Mathematics Assistance Center.

CMU Help Desk

Assists students with Blackboard access and features, computer problems, password resets, etc. (800) 950-1144 ext. 3662

CMU Online Staff

Assists students with proctor/exam/withdrawal or general administrative questions. (800) 688-4268 E-mail: