Technological skills needed to take online/hybrid courses

Technology accounts and skills you should obtain before taking an online or a hybrid course.

The accounts you need:

  • CUNYfirst (click the link to activate your CUNYfirst account)
  • Blackboard - a learning management system used in CUNY where you can access your course materials if your professors use it. You need your CUNYfirst account to logon to Blackboard: go to York College website > "Current Students" > Blackboard (under "Online Services")
  • York Email - you will receive all communications related to your courses and other academic matters through this email. (What is my York Email?)
  • York network account. This account enables you to access the College computing resources such as using computers in computer labs and library, accessing wifi on campus, printing from campus computers, logging in to the College network from home via VPN. To activate your York network account, contact the IT help desk by walking in to AC-3G01, or emailing them at
  • Other digital systems or applications required by your course instructor. See the course syllabus for detailed description.

Software applications:

  • MS-Word, Excel, or Powerpoint depending on your course(s)
  • Office 365 which includes online Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other MS applications
  • Web browsers and the skills to use the internet to search and evaluate information
  • Other applications required by your course instructor

Self-paced tutorials on how to use various technology platforms and applications:

  • Blackboard
  • Library how-tos
  • To learn how to use MS-Office, Office 365 and other technology applications as well as how to evaluate internet resources, log in to Lynda's site - York College Website > "Current Students" > (under Resources on the right). 

Attending workshops on Blackboard: