eStarkState Orientation

Stark State College uses the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) for all online course delivery.  The Quickstart Guide, listed below, will help you become familiar with Blackboard.

Web Students (W2, W3, W4) only:

You are joining more than 4,000 Stark State College students participating in online classes.

Students enrolled in a Web 2, 3 or 4 course MUST complete the SUCCEEDING ONLINE ORIENTATION course in Blackboard. This orientation course includes an Online Student Agreement. The orientation and agreement must be completed before you will be permitted to enter your course(s). The orientation course and the agreement (which are packaged together in SUCCEEDING ONLINE REQUIRED ORIENTATION course) will be available prior to the start of every semester.

You will NOT be able to access your Web 2, 3 or 4 courses until the online orientation has been completed. The orientation needs to be completed before you take your first online course.  Once you complete the orientation, you do not have to do it again.

Computer Novice? 

The College offers FREE workshops to assist students who need to build their computer skills. If you are a new computer user, you may need help:

  • Logging into mystarkstate and Blackboard
  • File management (Saving & finding files)
  • Uploading files to dropboxes (Blackboard)
  • Taking tests online

If you feel that you will need assistance with any or all of these skills, contact Lydia Lee, COMPASS & Computer Basics Training Specialist at 330-494-6170 Ext. 4977 or email her at to schedule your workshop date and time.

To access the orientation course, login to Blackboard and locate the course titled “SUCCEEDING ONLINE (Required Orientation)”. If you need assistance locating or completing the orientation, please contact the Help Desk ( or 330-494-6170, Ext. HELP – 4357).