Online Learning:

Getting Started


Now that you’ve enrolled in an online class, it’s important to get off to a good start. To help you do that, here are some things you need to know – and do – in advance.

  1. First, and most important, check the start date of your online course(s). To do so, log in to MySPC. At the bottom of the page, click on Print schedule & fees. This will show you the start date for your course(s).
  2. Familiarize yourself with the MyCourses system. MyCourses is the application in which online courses are delivered. Blended courses and face-to-face courses use MyCourses too, so this is your entry page for all of your courses. NOTE: It is also strongly recommended that you run the “System Check”, which is located on the MyCourses login page, to ensure that your computer meets all of the technical requirements. Go to MyCourses.
  3. The following resources are available to help you become more acquainted with MyCourses:
    1. Introduction to MyCourses: The “Introduction to MyCourses” course is located within the MyCourses system and is available to all students, faculty, and staff. The goal of this course is to provide students with an overview of the MyCourses environment as well as a chance to interact with some of its most commonly used tools. This course consists of five modules. Each module covers a specific topic related to student success and using online learning tools. In each module, students will also find additional resources related to the module in the optional resources folder. Instructions for accessing the Introduction to MyCourses.
    2. MyCourses Student Support page: This page contains a number of Quick Guides and Video Tutorials. Access the MyCourses Student Support page.
  4. It is important that you obtain the textbooks for your course prior to the first day of class. After you register for classes on MySPC, you can see the required and recommended textbooks you need. The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is provided so you get the exact educational content you need, no matter where you shop. More information about textbooks is available here.
  5. Many online courses require proctored testing for midterms or finals. Check the course syllabus to see if a proctored test is required. Testing at our four designated Pinellas County proctor sites is free of charge for SPC students. Additional fees may apply if you would like to have your test proctored online or if you need to test outside of Pinellas County. Fees vary according to the outside proctor’s fee schedule. Click here for more information about Proctored Testing.

  6. Get a jump start on your classes, with early access! Online courses are made available to students the Friday before the class is scheduled to begin. This provides you with an opportunity to review the course syllabus and become familiar with the course.

If this is your first online class, you will soon discover that it is a very different experience from a traditional classroom. Here are some helpful hints that will help you adjust to online learning:

  • Keep up: One of the benefits of online learning is flexibility, but one of the dangers is that you can fall behind quickly if you’re not careful.
  • Speak up: If you are confused about something in the class, email your instructor right away using the email in MyCourses.
  • Get help: If you are unable to login or can’t see your course or course content, you should contact Technical Support by phone at (727) 341-4357, by an email to, or via chat on their Technical Support Chat page.


Want to learn more about how you can be a successful online student? Check out this list of 7 helpful tips.