Distance education courses offer flexibility but require a weekly commitment to meet deadlines. You must create and maintain a regular schedule for reviewing course materials, completing activities, submitting assignments, and reviewing instructor communication and feedback. Students who are successful in distance education courses are generally independent and self-motivated learners and comfortable with technology.
Consider completing our Online Learning Self-Assessment to determine if this learning method suits you. If you are uncertain, we recommend starting with just one course. As you become comfortable with the format, you can add more courses in future semesters.
The Canvas Student Orientation Course is entirely online and will benefit all students, even those only using Canvas for in-person courses. You will learn to navigate the platform, communicate with your instructor and peers, submit assessments, and review feedback. The free course does not count toward credit hours for your certificate or degree. Instructors and dual credit facilitators may also use this orientation to experience a student's perspective and extend their support.
To enroll in the Orientation Course, you must be registered for at least one credit course at Cisco College.
Students can visit the Canvas Student Guides to review written tutorials about submitting assignments, posting in discussions, reviewing instructor feedback, and additional Canvas features.
Student Video Guides
Canvas also offers Student Video Guides with overviews of Canvas features and tools.
VidGrid is a video capture application that is available in Canvas. Most of your instructors will provide videos they've recorded using VidGrid. Some may require that you create your own for introductions, presentations, or other assignments. VidGrid has created several tutorials about recording a video, accessing VidGrid from the Canvas Rich Text Editor, sharing a video, and recording for a Canvas assignment.
Zoom is a video and chat app that your instructor may use to communicate with you and your peers. This video from Zoom explains how to download the Zoom app to your device and join a meeting. You'll also want to review Student Tips for Participating in Online Learning with Zoom.
- Get Ready - Purchase textbooks and identify your login credentials
- Get Set - Learn Canvas and prepare your technology
- Go - Log in to your class on the first day and participate multiple days each week throughout the semester
Download our checklist for more details.
Check out these resources for additional tips:
Additional resources such as the Writing Center, Math Center, Food Pantry, Library, Career Services, and more can be accessed via Support Services in Canvas (must be logged in).