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Student Resources for Online Classes

The resources listed on this page will provide you with information to help you get ready for taking online courses, and determine if online learning is right for you.
caption:A student receiving help for their online course.

Live Remote Academic Advisement Assistance will  be available Monday-Friday beginning at 8AM with the last request at 4:40PM.

Types of Online Courses

  • Online-100% of course work is done online
  • Hybrid- 50% of coursework is done online and 50% is done face-to-face in the classroom
  • Blended- 51%-99% of coursework is done online; courses require some on campus sessions

CNM Virtual Lab

The CNM Virtual Lab will help students gain the skills necessary to successfully complete distance learning classes. The lab will introduce students to the tools to access course materials, communicate with classmates and instructors, submit homework, take tests, and check your grades.

We encourage students to self enroll in the Virtual Lab before they start their distance learning classes.

How to self enroll


  • In the "Course Catalog" box there is a link called " DL Virtual Lab ," click on the link.


  • Then at the bottom of the next page you will see " Virtual Lab " with a pull down arrow. Click on the arrow.


  • Then click on the word, " Enroll ."


Visual Assistance (Screen Shots)

Virtual Lab Enrollment - Screen Shots

Login to Bb and then click on the " Courses " tab.

Virtual Lab Enrollment Instructions

• In the " Course Catalog " box there is a link called " DL Virtual Lab. " Click on the link.

Virtual Lab Enrollment Instructions

• Then at the bottom of the next page you will see " Virtual Lab " with a pull down arrow. Click on the arrow.

Virtual Lab Enrollment Instructions

• Then click on the word, " Enroll ."

• Then click, " Submit ."

Virtual Lab Enrollment Instructions

Return to Self Enroll

Helpful Tutorials, Documents and Information

The resources listed below provide tutorials, documents, and resources that may be helpful to you in your online courses.
  • Blackboard Tutorials- Blackboard On-Demand videos provide you with information on how to use the different tools within your online courses.
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser- Some of your courses may require that you download the Respondus Lockdown browser (Review the information your instructor has provided to you within your CNM Learn course shell)
  • Web-Browsers for Online Classes- This list provides information on supported web-browsers.
  • Creating Documents Using Google- This document will provide you information on using Google to create documents compatible with Microsoft Office.
  • Viewing Graded Inline Assignments- This document provides you with information on viewing comments and feedback that instructors have provided you on your assignments.

Mobile Learning

The term mobile learning refers to the ability to learn, access content, and interact through a mobile device at any place and any time. With your mobile device there are many learning opportunities that are available to you! The information provided below contains a variety of resources and links that are accessible to you through your mobile device.

Blackboard Mobile Learn

As a Distance Learning student the Blackboard Mobile App can provide you with the opportunity to access content within your online courses including viewing announcements, checking grades, and participating in blogs and discussions from anywhere!  The following link will provide you with additional information on what you can do with Blackboard Mobile Learn. As a student Blackboard Mobile Learn will provide you with opportunities for viewing and participating in your courses.  Please note it is not recommended to take tests, quizzes, upload documents or submit assignments.

Download Blackboard Mobile Learn

To get started and access to your course download the Blackboard Mobile Learn App! The following links will take you to iTunes, Google Play, and BlackBerry. You can also scan the QR code provided below.  This app is free! Once you download the app search for Central New Mexico Community college and log-in. 




Google Play




Backboard Mobile Demos- The following videos provide demos for the different mobile devices Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPod Touch, and iPad. There are both Flash and QuickTime videos.

Blackboard Mobile Help- If you are having a problem with the Blackboard Mobile the website can provide you with assistance.


Distance Learning Success Tips

Establish a Routine

Do your best to establish a routine. This will help you avoid procrastination. Stick to the course deadlines by downloading a copy of the assignment schedule and/or write down the deadlines in your calendar.

  • Set aside time each day to complete the course readings, activities and/or assignments.
  • Check your messages on Blackboard and your myCNM email account. Your instructors will let you know how they want you to communicate in their courses.
  • If required, keep up with the class discussions and respond to your classmate’s postings throughout the week.

As you settle into your routine you will feel more comfortable and confident. You will also notice that the better you get at navigating your class, the less time you will need to spend online.

Communicate Clearly

Communicating effectively and professionally in your class is very important. Your instructor may give you instructions and/or a rubric that outlines how to interact and respond in class. Following the recommendations and instructions closely should help you get started. These best practices are often referred to as online “netiquette.”

  • Write clear and concisely. Use complete sentences, including proper grammar and spelling. Avoid “chat” type text shortcuts.
  • Avoid misunderstandings. Take the time to organize your ideas before sharing them with the class. Also, maintain your personality when expressing your opinions. Find ways to add humor, empathy and/or your own experiences.
  • Create drafts. When composing long messages, emails and/or discussion responses you might want to create them off-line first. You can also take advantage of spell and grammar checks when drafting your messages off-line.
  • Avoid plagiarism. Always express yourself using your own words. When using someone else’s words to help describe or support your point, use quotes and/or credit your source.
  • Email properly. Always check with your instructors regarding how and where they would like you to send email messages. In addition, always include a “subject” in the Subject line and sign your name at the end of your email message.

Learn more information about the Core Rules of Netiquette.

Participate and Stay Connected

Some students mistake the concept of learning "anytime and anywhere" for not having to participate or interact with the class. Students who develop meaningful connections with the instructor and classmates typically receive and give more support. In addition, these connections can translate to academic networking opportunities.

As a distance learning student you will be required to have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection. That may not always be easy, particularly if you do not own a computer or have an internet service provider at home. However, there are so many places to connect to the Internet such as CNM's computer labs, the public libraries and businesses that offer free Wi-Fi to customers.

Find locations and hours of operation for CNM's open computer labs.

If you are having difficulty finding an internet connection, don't give up! Contact the CNM Distance Learning Achievement Coach, Michelle Rentería, (505) 224-3320.

Get Help and Ask Questions

If you need help with tutoring; selecting what classes to take; paying for classes; buying a text book; or computer technical assistance, CNM offers these services online:

Additional student resources and their contact information can be found on CNM's web page at:

Remember your instructor is available to answer your questions. Check your course syllabus for your instructor's online office hours. 

Be Flexible and Patient

Online instruction is dependent on technology, which can be unpredictable; therefore, you will most likely encounter some bumps along the way. For instance, your internet connection may be dropped unexpectedly; your browser won’t display information correctly; or an important web-site may no longer be available. No matter what, stay on your toes, know when and who to ask questions and you'll be okay.

In addition, "online" does not mean "instantaneous". Some web-based tools take longer to load and some documents may need more time to display. Try to keep your cool and have some patience. Note: Clicking too many times to accomplish the same task can have an adverse effect on what you are trying to do. For example, clicking an item more than once may result in the item downloading several times and therefore taking a longer time to open.

Be Open Minded

When learning online, the possibilities for your potential are limitless! Students are no longer confined to learning only within a certain classroom, at a certain time or in a particular building. They can now go online, on their own time and review materials, take  exams, complete assignments, interact with students and so much more! Of course, learning in this way takes some getting used to and requires an open mind and curiosity. In the process, you may also learn more about yourself and how you prefer to learn.

Many colleges and universities publish tips for being a successful online learner. If you are interested in finding additional tips, type in "Characteristics of a Successful Online Learner" in a search engine. Some sites even have fun online surveys and quizzes that can help you rate your characteristics and preferred learning styles.

Be Honest

Central New Mexico Community College requires all students online and in the classroom, to conduct themselves with a high level of academic honesty and integrity.

Cheating, falsifying work or plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students committing these offenses are subject to penalties ranging from a “0” on the assignment and/or test, to an “F” in the course. All incidents will be reported to the CNM Dean of Students.

Watch a message about Academic Dishonesty from the CNM Dean of Students, Dr. Rudy Garcia.