Online students work inside the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) on their computers or mobile devices to complete assignments and interact with instructors and classmates.
More information about working in Canvas is here.
There are due dates for course work, but students can log in to the LMS at their convenience. Online students communicate with their instructors and classmates through discussion boards, group assignments, live talks and office hours. Students often say the online environment allows them to learn as much from their classmates as they do from their instructors and assignments.
Students should have a reasonable knowledge of basic personal computing before they take an online course. Specifically, students should be able to:
- Navigate a web browser
- Compose and format documents in commonly used software programs
- Upload and download files
- Work within a file/folder structure on their computer
If you are taking a fully online course, you must have:
- A reliable Internet connection
- A reliable email service
- A good working knowledge of Microsoft Office
- To use Canvas we recommend using an updated version of Firefox or Chrome. Here is an in-depth Guide on Supported Browsers.
- We also recommend enabling third-party cookies on your browser for the best experience using Canvas.
IMPORTANT: Students will need administrative access to the machine(s) they will be using for their course work in order to download safe third-party software like RealPlayer, Adobe Connect, Adobe Reader, and Flash Player. Also, students should be aware of any firewalls or other restrictions associated with the machines and/or locations they plan to use for their studies before they begin their course work.