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Best Practices for Success with Canvas

At Mission College most instructors use Canvas Learning Management System for their online and hybrid courses and most also use it in their face-to-face courses, therefore, it is very important that you become familiar with this system.

  • Click Canvas Login and Bookmark that page.
  • Review then Bookmark CanvasTraining (Student).
  • Start the Course with Realistic Expectations

    Online courses are not easier than face-to-face courses. In fact, online courses are often more difficult and time intensive. Online courses provide a tremendous amount of flexibility, but they are not self-paced. Therefore, it is crucial that you be self-motivated, self-disciplined, self-directed and very organized.

    You need to devote a minimum of three hours per week for each unit of credit. For example, if a course is three units, you should expect to dedicate at least nine hours per week to that one course. Note that if you do not have the advisories for the course, or English is your second language, it may take you longer.

    Once the course begins, check Canvas a minimum of twice a week, but preferably more often. Realize that interaction with your instructor and other students in an online course are different from interaction in a face-to-face course; therefore, you have to be highly aware of netiquette.

    Determine to become an engaged participant in your online course, and to communicate with your instructor on a regular basis. When taking an online course you must take the initiative to ask your instructor questions if you do not understand the material.

  • Become Familiar with Your Canvas Courses

    The best way to become comfortable in Canvas is to log into each of your courses and familiarize yourself with the course format. The format for all Canvas courses are basically the same, but each instructor usually customizes the look and feel of their course.

  • Find and Review the Course Syllabus

    The syllabus is your course contract. It is your responsibility to read and understand it. If you do not understand it, it is your responsibility to ask your instructor questions.

  • Understand that Technology Can Fail

    There are no computer excuses in an online course. Make a contingency plan in case something happens to your computer and complete assignments early enough to take into account any problems that may occur.

  • Browser Problems

    Contact for technical assistance if you experience problems with Canvas.