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Moving To Online Learning - Students

Online Classes for Spring 2020

All courses transitioning to an online format will be using Canvas.  Please log on to see if your course is active.  Instructors will be sending out announcements and emails to you via Canvas.  If you have not yet received anything, you may need to update for notifications. How do I log on?

Basics on Canvas

1. Is Canvas new to you?
2. Are you new to online learning?
3. Getting Started: What do I need?
4. Accessing Class Content
5. Submitting Assignments
6. Checking on Your Grades
7. Canvas Student Guide for ConferZoom
8. FAQ- Frequently asked questions:

1. Is Canvas new to you?

The Mission College—Canvas Student Training Guide and the “Official” Canvas Student Guide might get a few of your questions answered quickly.

2. Are you new to online learning?

The Student FAQs are the top frequently asked questions from online learning students.

Maybe you need to—

Quick Guides for Students

3. Getting Started: What do I need?

Computer and Technical Requirements
A desktop or laptop computer is recommended in order to effectively use Canvas. However, Canvas has an app for use on mobile devices (smartphone, tablet). Full functionality of Canvas tools is optimized on a desktop/laptop.

4. Accessing Class Content

Most Canvas courses are organized into Canvas Modules, where the modules are like folders that organize the course materials by week, chapters or topics.

For example, a course on crocheting may be set up either by

  • Weeks (Week 1: Introduction to Crochet and Week 2: Basic Tools, etc.);
  • or by Chapters (Chapters 1-2: Introduction to Crochet, Chapter 3: Basic Tools, etc.);
  • or by Topics (for ex., Module 1: Introduction to Crochet, Module 2: Basic Tools in Crocheting, etc.)

Each module may include Canvas Pages (documents created in Canvas), Word files, Excel files, and/or PowerPoint slides/presentations posted by your professor. The module may also include videos, audio podcasts and/or links to other materials relevant to your learning the module’s topic and contents.

5. Submitting Assignments

As part of your learning, the instructor may give you assignments to complete. These assignments may mirror an activity or assignment that would have taken place in the face-to-face classroom.

There are several ways in which the professor may accept your assignment submission. For ex., they may ask for an essay (text entry), a file upload, a website URL, or a media recording.

An instructor might request you to submit a screenshot for an assignment or within a discussion. Do you need the steps necessary to create a Screenshot across a variety of platforms? This site, Take-a-Screenshot.org, might have your answers. Look across the tabs to locate your current platform (Windows, Mac, iPhone, etc.) and follow the guides from there.

6. Checking on Your Grades

Professors have been encouraged to use the Canvas Gradebook to provide you, the student, with information on your standing in the class. It may take them time to update the gradebook during this transition.

7. Canvas Student Guide for ConferZoom
  1. Overview of ConferZoom in Canvas
  2. Landing Page Overview
  3. Appointment Booking
 8. FAQ- Frequently asked questions:
  1. Do I need a webcam and microphone to participate? No, in most cases faculty do not need to see your face or hear your voice.  Some courses may want you to have one for various assignments, but you can view material without one. You can also participate via the chat window to the class or privately to the instructor.

  2. What if I can't participate at the same time as my class? Instructors will be recording their sessions and you will be able to watch it later.  It may take up to 3 hours before the recording is available in Canvas. 

  3. Can I connect with my mobile device? YES!
    You will need to first download the student Canvas application on your phone.
    From the Canvas Student app, choose your Course > ConferZoom > then find the correct meeting and Choose the blue “Join” button to begin. If you do not have the video application, it will prompt you to download and it will automatically launch the meeting for you.  After the video conference connects you may choose to connect with video on/off or audio only.
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