Students: Attending Central Piedmont During Coronavirus

What you need to know to complete your coursework and access Central Piedmont services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Campus services are available online. Contact services by phone or email to confirm availability.

Online Courses

If your courses are online, they may be delivered using Webex Meetings or through Blackboard. If you are unsure of your courses's format, log in to MyCollege to find your instructor's name in your course schedule and contact them for details.

Webex Meetings and Instant Messaging

With a Webex Meeting, your instructor schedules a live webinar at a set date and time. You "attend" and participate virtually by joining the webinar at the set time. You can use Webex Teams to chat and collaborate with your instructor and your classmates.


Your instructor sets up an online course environment, where you may participate in discussions, upload files, or take tests and/or quizzes. You usually do not "attend" class at a set time, but your assignments will likely still have set deadlines. Visit to log in to Blackboard.

  • Courses in Blackboard

    Your courses will not show up in Blackboard until the first day of the term. To learn how to use Blackboard, follow the steps in the "Using Blackboard for the First Time" section. Log in to Blackboard on the first day of the term.

    Academic calendar

  • Using Blackboard for the First Time

    If you are new to using Blackboard, follow these step-by-step instructions to access a resource that will help you learn how to navigate through a Blackboard course, access content, submit assignments, and post discussions.

    1. Visit to log in to Blackboard.
    2. Enter your Central Piedmont username and password when prompted to log in.
    3. Once you are logged in, select "Organizations." 
      Select orginazations from the menu.
    4. In the "Organization Search" box, enter "New to Blackboard" and select "Go." 
      In the Organization Search box, enter New to Blackboard and select Go.
    5. In the list of organization options, select "Org_Online_Learn_Intro_V2, New to Blackboard.” 
      In the list of organization options, select Org_Online_Learn_Intro_V2, New to Blackboard
    6. You will receive a message indicating you are not yet enrolled. Select "Click here to enroll" to complete the enrollment process. 
      You will receive a message indicating you are not yet enrolled. Select Click here to enroll to complete the enrollment process.
    7. You will receive a message saying "Access Denied." Ignore this message and select the "Enroll" link. 
      You will receive a message saying Access Denied. Ignore this message and select the Enroll link.
    8. You will receive a message asking for confirmation that you want to enroll in the "New to Blackboard" organization. Select the "Submit" button to finish enrolling. 
      You will receive a message asking for confirmation that you want to enroll in the New to Blackboard organization. Select the Submit button to finish enrolling.
    9. You will receive an "Action Successful" message to indicate you are successfully enrolled in the "New to Blackboard organization." Select "Ok" to continue.
    10. Read the Announcement and follow the directions to navigate through the content.
  • Tutorials

    Blackboard provides a full line of Blackboard video tutorials on their YouTube channel.

  • Supported Internet Browsers and Required Software

    You will need to access Blackboard using the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Review other technology requirements you need to make sure you have in order to use Blackboard.

    You may be required to submit documents in Microsoft Word, Rich Text File format, or Adobe PDF formats. As a Central Piedmont student, you can access Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) for free through the Central Piedmont Cloud.

  • Exams that Require You to Use Respondus LockDown and/or Monitor

    Your instructors may require you to take exams using tools called Respondus LockDown and/or Respondus Monitor.

    Respondus LockDown Browser is a customized internet browser that makes taking tests in Blackboard more secure. When you use the LockDown Browser to access an exam, you will be unable to print, copy, or access other webpages or applications. Once you start an assessment using LockDown Browser, you will be locked into the assessment (unable to leave it) until you submit it for grading. If a Blackboard test requires that you use LockDown Browser, you will not be able to take the test using a standard web browser (e.g., Chrome, Mozilla, etc.). You should only use LockDown Browser to take Blackboard tests, not when doing other things in Blackboard.

    Respondus Monitor is a companion application for the LockDown Browser. Respondus Monitor uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams.

Tools for Working, Collaborating, and Accessing Resources Online