Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take an online course?  Try this self-assessment

Answer the following questions, selecting how often the statement is true for you: Choose the number that best describes your habits. Click the radio button for your response. Your answers will be evaluated when you click on "Submit" at the bottom of the page.:

  • My need to take this course now is:
    1. High - I need it immediately for a degree, job or other important reason.
    2. Moderate - I could take it on campus later or substitute another course.
    3. Low - It's a personal interest that could be postponed.
  • Feeling that I am part of a class is:
    1. Not particularly necessary to me.
    2. Somewhat important to me.
    3. Very important to me.
  • I would classify myself as someone who:
    1. Often gets things done ahead of time.
    2. Needs reminding to get things done on time.
    3. Puts things off until the last minute.
  • Classroom discussion is:
    1. Rarely helpful to me.
    2. Sometimes helpful to me.
    3. Almost always helpful to me.
  • When an instructor hands out directions for an assignment, I prefer:
    1. Figuring out the instructions myself.
    2. Trying to follow the directions on my own, then asking for help as needed..
    3. Having the instructions explained to me.
  • I need faculty comments on my assignments:
    1. Within a few weeks, so I can review what I did.
    2. Within a few days, or I forget what I did.
    3. Right away, or I get very frustrated.
  • Considering my professional and personal schedule, the amount of time I have to work on a distance education course is:
    1. More than enough for a campus class or a distance education course.
    2. The same as for a class on campus.
    3. Less than for a class on campus.
  • When I am asked to use VCRs, computers, email, or other technologies new to me:
    1. I look forward to learning new skills.
    2. I feel apprehensive, but try anyway.
    3. I put it off or try to avoid it.
  • As a reader, I would classify myself as:
    1. Good - I usually understand the text without help.
    2. Average - I sometimes need help to understand the text.
    3. Slower than average.
  • If I have to go to campus to take exams or complete work:
    1. I can go to campus anytime.
    2. I might miss some lab assignments or exam deadlines if campus labs are not open       evenings and weekends.
    3. I will have difficulty getting to the campus, even in the evenings and on weekends.
  • The VCR, TV, or computer equipment required for the class:
    1. Is at home, at work or somewhere else which is readily available to me.
    2. May be difficult at times to locate.
    3. Is not readily available to me
  • When it comes to the organization of the class material:
    1. I can learn even if the class is not highly structured.
    2. I like some structure in the course.
    3. I have difficulty learning when a class is not highly structured.
For our recommendation about your taking a distance learning class,

[This self-test was adapted from one used at Palm Beach Community College
South Campus, Boca Raton, FL 33431-6490 ]


What equipment do you need to take an online course?

  • Any computer on campus (at the IT Center, at the Library, in various classroom buildings) will do.
  • Any computer in your local library with a connection to the Internet will do.
  • You own home computer with an Internet connection.A dial-up connection is OK, DSL or Cable is better.

What software will I need?

  • A web browser (Netscape 4.01 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher). Please note that Blackboard does not work with AOL's web browser. NOTE: To use these browsers with AOL, log on to AOL as you normally do. Once signed on, go into a chat room so that you will not be auto-logged off, then minimize the screen; AOL will continue running. Open Netscape or Internet Explorer and use it to access any URL you wish.
  • Programs recommended or required by your instructor (for example, Microsoft Word, Excel).
  • An e-mail account, provided either by the College or by an independent Internet Provider.  You can get a free Email account at MSN-Hotmail or Yahoo.  

Summary of computer requirements for online courses

Minimum Recommended
Pentium II-class processor
Windows 98 or higher, Macintosh users - System 7
56 Kbps modem
A connection to the Internet
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
An Email account
A word processor with the capability to save files in the Microsoft Word 6.0 (or higher) file format
Pentium 3 or 4
Windows 98, 2000, or XP
Macintosh users - System 9 or OS X
128-512 MB RAM
DSL or Cable connection to the Internet
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
An Email account
MS-Office 2000 or XP


  • You get to Blackboard via the CUNY Portal: DO NOT USE the old Lehman Blackboard username, password, and location!
  • Go to www.cuny.edu the CUNY Portal and click on “Log-in” (left side)

If you have not activated your CUNY Portal account, click on “Register now!”:

Click on Student, and then fill in the Last Name, Social Security Number (no hyphens), Birth Date (mm/dd/yyyy), click NEXT, CONFIRM the information.

You will get a USERNAME and you will be asked for a PASSWORD.  Make a note of the USERNAME and keep a note of the PASSWORD you create.  If you forget these it is complicated to reenter your account!

If you receive an error message (like “One or more fields below did not exactly match the data we have in our records. Please try again.”), try again.

Enter your USERNAME and PASSWORD, and click on Log In to get to your own CUNY Portal page – My Page.

On My Page, click on Blackboard, which will bring up the “Check In to Blackboard” Page 

You may have to reenter your USERNAME and PASSWORD again;

This Verification page can be accessed directly (without accessing the CUNY Portal): go to https://blackboard-doorway.cuny.edu/

On the “Check In to Blackboard” Page, click on Student on the Lehman College line

This will bring up your Lehman College opening Blackboard page:

-You should find your current semester classes listed

-All your classes are listed, for all of 2004, beginning with spring semester.  They are alphabetical by Course Alpha Code, e.g. ENG, POL, SOC. 

-If the class has been activated you can click on the title to go to that course.  Courses that are NOT activated are followed by the comment (unavailable).

-Your instructor will activate the Blackboard site for your course, if it is to be used.


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