Distance education classes offer flexibility but 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 classes are generally independent and self-motivated learners and comfortable with technology.

Consider taking our Online Learning Self-Assessment to determine if this method of learning is right for you. If possible, we recommend starting with just one class. You can add more classes in future semesters as you become comfortable with the format.


  • 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 classes. 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 credit 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.
  • Student 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.

  • Student Video Guide

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

Learning Tools


  • Online Student Checklist
    1. Get Ready - Purchase textbooks and identify your login credentials
    2. Get Set - Learn Canvas and prepare your technology
    3. Go - Log in to your class on the first day and participate multiple days each week throughout the semester

    Download our checklist for more detailed success tips.

  • 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.

  • Video Resources

    As part of Cisco College's Quality Enhancement Plan 2020, Making Connections, we're creating Video Resources for students. These videos will help connect you to the information and resources you need to navigate the College and succeed in your courses!