Once you’ve registered for your courses, follow these ten steps to help you prepare for online learning this fall.

Number 1

Your MC1 Account

Activate your MyCarletonOne (MC1) account so that you can access your Carleton email and Carleton’s learning management system — cuLearn.

Number 2

Types of Online Courses

Learn about the types of online courses so you can best understand how to participate in yours.

Number 3

Technical Specifications for Online Learning

Review the minimum technical specifications for online learning, as well as Information Technology Services’ getting started guides for undergraduate and graduate students.

Number 4

Web-Conferencing Tools and Guidelines

Familiarize yourself with the different web-conferencing tools — like Zoom, BigBlueButton (BBB), and Microsoft Teams — that will be used to deliver synchronous activities in courses.

Number 5

VOD Service

Check if your course has the Video On Demand (VOD) service, where you can watch prerecorded lectures through the VOD portal.

Number 6

Start Practicing Online Learning

Practice online learning in a low-stakes environment like eCarleton, Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, and LinkedIn Learning. Many are available for free!

Number 7

Online Learning Resources

Check out our Online Learning Resources page to find out more about overcoming common problems unique to online learning.

Number 8


Educate yourself on netiquette — the rules that guide behaviour in the virtual domain.

Number 9

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Review the seven student rights and responsibilities, which apply in both face-to-face and virtual settings.

Number 10

The Online Learning Orientation Course

Complete the Online Learning Orientation in cuLearn. Whether or not you have completed an online course before, consider completing this orientation to explore cuLearn, then attend one of our webinars to get practice using BigBlueButton.