Assignments can be completed at any time, making online and hybrid courses ideal for students who struggle with attending campus-based classes. However, distance education courses still require a weekly commitment. 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. Additionally, 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.

Canvas Student Orientation Course

The Canvas Student Orientation Course introduces Canvas. It is most applicable for online courses but will also benefit students taking hybrid and face-to-face courses. The orientation is completely online. You will learn technology requirements for Canvas, how to edit Canvas settings, steps for submitting assignments, time management tips, and much more. The course is free and does not count toward credit hours. Fill out the Online Student Orientation Course Form to register.

Canvas Guides

Students can visit the Canvas Student Guide to learn Canvas basics and review tutorials about submitting assignments, posting in discussions, reviewing instructor feedback, and more.

Tips for Success in an Online Course

  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