Learning Support Resources

Need a hand with remote learning? OCC can help.

We all can use a helping hand during these trying times and OCC is here to lend a hand. The College offers students a number of free and low cost resources to support learning remotely or online. We are committed to helping our students succeed.

Free Programs to Support Remote and Online Learning

  • D2L
    • Your instructor may be using D2L to deliver/share course materials during this remote teaching period. If you are unsure, check with your instructor first. Students can log into D2L using their OCC credentials.
    • D2L’s technical support number and links can found in the D2L Support widget found on the D2L My Home page when you log into D2L.
  • Office 365
    • Microsoft gives students, with a valid school email address, free access to Office 365. Office 365 for Education, includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams*, plus additional classroom tools. For more information, visit OCC’s Office 365 information page. (* Please note: Office365 is for student personal use in support of their learning experience. The Microsoft Teams platform is not intended for instructor-student interaction - D2L and Zoom are offered for this purpose. Please contact your instructor for details).
  • Discounted rates on additional software are available to students enrolled in specific courses. Additional need-based technology assistance is available. Students should inform their instructor if technology issues stand in the way of their success in the classroom.

Free Online Learning Materials, Tutoring and More

  • OCC Libraries are available to students 24/7 and want to connect with you. Visit Library Services for Online Users to see the many resources and services available.
    • Some instructors may assign an OER (Open textbooks with free online learning materials). Check with your instructor to see if they will be using an OER. If you would like to learn more about OER’s, visit OER (Open Educational Resources).
  • Academic Support Centers (ASCs) are still here to help you succeed. Free tutoring appointments are available utilizing Google Hangouts. Please check the ASC website for schedules.
  • ACCESS departments are available remotely Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please contact them for disability related questions, comments, concerns and to set up accommodations for the remote summer semester.

Internet Access, Phone Services and Computer Resources

  • OCC Student Internet Access
    OCC has designated the areas below on each of its five campuses where all currently enrolled OCC students who need Internet access can use the College’s Wi-Fi network between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Students will need to follow the College's health and safety guidelines, including taking a health screening, before coming to campus.
    • Auburn Hills | Bldg. B 2nd Floor walkway leading to Bldg. C
    • Highland Lakes | Levinson Hall Commons
    • Orchard Ridge | Student Center lower Bldg. J
    • Royal Oak | Atrium
    • Southfield | Student Lounge A122 (next to the Marketplace)
  • OCC Student Wi-Fi Printer Access
    Wi-Fi printers are also available to currently enrolled OCC students between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, in the areas below.
    • Auburn Hills | Bldg. G 1st Floor across from the Raider’s Store (Bookstore)
    • Highland Lakes | South Woodland Hall near the Raider’s Store (Bookstore) entrance
    • Orchard Ridge | Student Center lower Bldg. J across from the Raider’s Store (Bookstore)
    • Royal Oak | Atrium across from the Student Services area
    • Southfield | Near the entrance to Bldg. A across from Financial Resources
  • Comcast
    • As a Coronavirus support measure, Comcast is offering 2 months of free Internet service for qualified individual/families. It is part of their Internet Essentials program.
  • Xfinity
    • Xfinit WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
  • AT&T
  • Cell Phone Services
  • Computers

The Michigan Public Service Commission and Connect Michigan, in cooperation with other organizations has published an interactive map of free drive up hotspots in Michigan.

As always, students should use safe internet practices when using hotspots or public Wi-Fi.