Welcome to PVCC’s Online Briefing!
Taking online courses can be very convenient for many people. However, before you enroll in your first online course, you want to make sure you are ready. Online learning does require time management skills, self-discipline, will power, and strong motivation, as it may be challenging for online learners to successfully complete their online courses.
You will want to ask yourself some important questions:
- Do online courses need more, less or the same level of commitment as face-to-face interaction courses?
- What are the best strategies for studying in an online learning environment?
- Where will I get additional support if I need it?
In order to help you answer these questions and prepare yourself for your first online learning experience, we have created a course that will help you determine if online learning is best suited for you.
The name of our online classroom is Canvas, and there you will have access to your syllabus, lessons and assignments, turn in your homework, see your grades, communicate with your instructor and other students in the class, and much more.
ONLINE STUDENTS: Canvas will literally be your virtual classroom from beginning to end, and most everything you would do in a traditional class, you’ll be able to do in Canvas.
HYBRID STUDENTS: You will spend about half of your time in a physical classroom and the other half in Canvas and will also need to know how to navigate within the site.
Once you register for an online or hybrid course, you will be added to Canvas within 24 hours. You will receive an email with access instructions and this Online Briefing. You will have access to this Online Briefing, but access to your actual course will be the first day of class. Here are some tips to consider:
Prior to class starting, check your student email for instructions.
Login to Canvas using your MEID and password.
The tutorial we created for you is in the form of a short practice course within Canvas itself, so you can learn in a hands-on way how to navigate the system.
You do NOT need to do the assignments in this practice course, they are only there for you to get an idea of what to expect when your real class is ready.
THE ALL-IMPORTANT START AND END DATES
Many online classes begin the first day of the semester, but we also offer late-start classes. Find your course in the Class Schedule to confirm your official Start Date.
Online students MUST begin their class by logging into their Canvas class on the first day in order to not be dropped, as this is equivalent to attendance on the first day.
Hybrid students will begin their course in the physical classroom, and the instructor will give more information at that time about logging into Canvas.
The Start Date will be the basis for any refunds should you withdraw from the class.
Your distance learning class, including the final exam, will be completed by the Official End Date.
In order to succeed, students need to have the required level of computer skills, motivation, and a commitment to learn and work at a more flexible pace. A student taking a distance learning class should consider these responsibilities.
Read your syllabus and instructional materials to determine assignment due dates and course completion requirements.
Schedule your time to meet course requirements.
Start work immediately, submit assignments on time as indicated by your instructor.
Communicate with your instructor on a regular basis.
On to the Online Briefing tutorial! Please click the Online Briefing button below to begin.
Enjoy your training and your future classes!