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New Student Experience Exercises

The following exercises are used to help orient new students to JCC. Due to the recent switch to Brightspace, the changeover of the Campus Bookstore to Barnes and Noble and the inability to get to Connect4Success from Brightspace, some sections have their links disabled until new exercises are created.

Faculty are encouraged to direct students new to the campus or those needing assistance with basic technology skills to these self-paced, hands-on exercises. They provide introductions to a variety of campus technology tools, information, and academic resources. Detailed directions with screenshots from JCC's tools and resources are provided.

Students are free to complete and consult these exercises on their own as well - they are simply a resource to help students succeed.

If you have any questions about the exercises, please feel free to contact Beverly Scarpulla, Assistant Librarian ( or John Thomas, Library Director (

Exercise 1: Connections, Your Advisor, Your Schedule in SOAR and More
This exercise provides instructions and screenshots that will help you navigate to and access MyJCC, learn the name of your advisor, view your current class schedule, and access and use your JCC CannonMail email account. Along the way you will be exposed to some essential technology information and tips, including background information on browsers, copy and paste functions, and more.


Exercise 2: Brightspace and More
How do you succeed in college, especially with coursework that is primarily online? This exercise will help set you up to succeed in all of your classes, especially those that are online and/or have an online component. 

Exercise 3: Textbooks at Barnes and Noble College (BNC) at JCC Bookstore
Students will learn about the various options for accessing and/or acquiring textbooks in this exercise. Related tips include an introduction to selecting search terms and using a search engine to locate information on the Internet.

Exercise 4: JCC Software - Free Access

This fairly extensive exercise introduces a wide range of information, most especially how to access and use Office 365 as provided by the college. Some basic word processing skills are shared, as well as an introduction to the use of style guides for formatting papers. The need to backup files is covered and detailed directions to use USB drives and OneDrive to do that are provided.


Exercise 5: CannonMail (Outlook) Calendar - Essential Appointments
This exercise will guide students through the process of organizing their class meetings and other reminders in their email calendar. Students will also learn their JCC (CannonMail) email address.


Exercise 6: Connect4Success

This exercise will guide students through the process of setting up Connect4Success, another tool to help you successfully complete your courses and graduate.


Exercise 7: Welcome to YOUR Library
A virtual “Welcome to the Library” exercise which includes navigation to the library site, how to ask for help, some introductory information on evaluating information based on authority, and searching for and accessing articles using Primo, the library’s discovery research tool.