Assignments can be completed at any time of day, making online and hybrid courses ideal for students who struggle with attending campus-based classes. However, distance education courses still require a weekly commitment to meet deadlines. You will need to create and maintain a regular schedule for reviewing course materials, completing activities, and submitting assignments. Students who are successful in distance education courses are generally independent, self-motivated learners and comfortable with technology.

Online Learning Self-Assessment

Consider taking our Online Learning Self-Assessment to determine if online courses are a good fit for you. If possible, we recommend easing into online learning by starting with one course. You can add more courses in future terms as you become comfortable with online learning.


  • Student Orientation Course

    The Canvas Student Orientation Course is completely online and will benefit all students, even those just using Canvas in face-to-face courses. You will learn technology requirements, how to edit settings, steps for submitting assignments, time management tips, and much more. The course is free and does not count toward credit hours for your certificate or degree.

    To enroll in the Orientation Course, you must be registered for at least one course at Cisco College.

    1. Log in to Canvas to activate your account. For login instructions, visit the Canvas page on our website.
    2. Click on the Orientation Course in Canvas.
    3. Follow the prompts to enroll in the course.
  • Guide

    Students can visit the Canvas Student Guide to review written tutorials about submitting assignments, posting in discussions, reviewing instructor feedback, and additional Canvas features.

  • Video Guide

    Canvas also offers a Student Video Guide with overviews of Canvas features and tools.

Learning Tools

Success Resources

  • Online Student Checklist
    1. Get Ready - Purchase course materials and identify your login credentials
    2. Get Set - Learn Canvas and prepare your technology
    3. Go - Log in to your class the first day of the term and participate weekly throughout the semester

    Download our checklist for more detailed success tips:

    Online Student Checklist

  • Online Tutoring

    Need help studying but can't make it to campus? Try our free online tutoring available through Upswing. Visit the online tutoring page on our website for more information.