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 class on the first day of the term to avoid being dropped.
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.
Make sure your computer and internet are compatible with your eLearning course.
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.
Your Canvas login information is different than your old Moodle login information.
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.
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.
You can purchase your textbooks online or in person at the Clark College Bookstore.
Make sure you pay your tuition by the deadline to avoid being dropped from the course.
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:
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 metting. If you log into Canvas and do not see the hybrid course you may want to email the instructor for clarification.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FINANCIAL AID RECIPIENTS: Students taking an online class or classes and receiving Financial Aid (grants and/or loans) are required to complete an academic activity in each online class the first week of the term. Students who do not complete the activity will jeopardize their funding. Please see the Financial Aid department for further information.
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:
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.
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.
Clark College offers many resources to guide you in your continued success.