Getting Started?

If you are new to the eLearning experience or just need a refresher, the following resources are provided to help you succeed. Preparing yourself prior to the term will aid in a smoother start in your eLearning course.

Remember... You must log into your class on the first day of the term to avoid being dropped.


Before the Term Begins  |  First Day of the Term  |  Throughout the Quarter


Before the Term Begins

Self Assessment

Even if you have already registered for an eLearning course it is a good idea to know your strengths and weaknesses and whether eLearning is a good fit for you

Technical Requirements

Make sure your computer and internet are compatible with your eLearning course.

Complete an Orientation

Whether this is your first eLearning class or you just need a refresher we offer both face-to-face and online orientation options that will prepare you for your upcoming class.

Determine your Canvas Username and Password

Your Canvas login information is different than your old Moodle login information.

Activate your Student Email Account

Not only is your Canvas account tied to your student email account but many important Clark College communications happen through this email account. Make sure you are checking it regularly.

Check your Waitlist Status

If you are on a waitlist for a class you will not have access to it in Canvas until you are fully registered for the course. Waitlists end the Wednesday prior to the start of the term so if you have not been fully registered by that time you will need to either contact the instructor regarding permission to register

Get your Textbooks

You can purchase your textbooks online or in person at the Clark College Bookstore.

Pay your Tuition

Make sure you pay your tuition by the deadline to avoid being dropped from the course.

Determine your Backup Plan

Technology, like everything else in life, is not perfect. Things happen–your internet connection goes down, your computer crashes, the power goes out. It is a good idea to have a backup plan in place in case something happens. While many instructors choose to be flexible if something goes wrong, in the end a failure in technology may not be a viable excuse for not getting your work completed. We recommend the following steps to protect yourself:




First Day of the Term

 The first day of the term is considered your first day of class for the majority of eLearning courses. You will need to log into Canvas on that day and complete any preliminary assignments your instructor may have for you. If you do not it is just like not showing up to the first day of an on-campus class and the instructor may drop you for non-attendance.  NOTE: Some hybrids may not be available until after your first on-campus meeting. If you log into Canvas and do not see the hybrid course you may want to email the instructor for clarification.

 As you begin your first day of class please keep the following in mind:



Throughout the Term

 As you move through the term in your eLearning course it is a good idea to keep the following in mind for your continued success:

Manage your Time

Depending on how you learn eLearning classes may take more or less time for you to complete all of your work. A rough guideline is each credit requires 1 hour of "in-class" time and 2 hours of "homework time" per week so a 5 credit class would be 5 hours of "in-class" time and 10 hours of "homework time" = 15 hours/week of work. Get a firm grasp of how much time you realistically need to put into your coursework and don't save everything until the last minute. Deadlines are strict in Canvas and you will lose your submission link once a deadline has passed.

Keep Track of Due Dates

Use your syllabus, schedule, or Modules to keep track of what needs to be done when. You don't want to find yourself in the position of having missed an assignment because you didn't notice it was due.


Because your instructor is not seeing you every day they do not know if you are confused or having a problem unless you tell them. If you have questions, ask. If you are confused, seek clarification.

Utilize your Resources

Clark College offers many resources to guide you in your continued success.