Within online classes you will be using a variety of websites, media players, and
multimedia. You should plan to download Google's Chrome browser because it works best
with Canvas, the district's course management system.
Here is a list of the most common programs, browsers, plug-ins, and media players
used within online courses:
Free office suite:
Google Docs. Microsoft Office is quite useful, but Google Docs allows users to work on documents
(text, PowerPoint presentation, spreadsheet) through a web browser, allowing docs
to be shared with fewer user-based permission errors than with MS Office online. If
interested in Google Docs, please go to the following link Google Docs Training Tutorials.
Know how to access your course: All online courses have a common website starting
point of either Desire2learn or Canvas. To access your online course, you will enter your Insite Portal id and password.
Some online courses use book publisher content - which requires an access code. This
code is likely included with the books in the college bookstore.
Know where to find out if your class has a mandatory meeting: Some classes have mandatory
course meetings while others are entirely online. If on-campus meetings are required,
these dates/times will be listed in the college schedule with the course. In WebAdvisor/portal,
you may have to click on the course link to see this information.
If new to online learning, consider the following: