laptop that reads DVC and a mobile phoneOnline Learning Training Guides

Taking an online class?  Check out tips for online learning tips and support guides.

Quick Tips

TIP 1: Check your email.
TIP 2: Check your technology.
  • checkmarkAlthough some courses have mobile-friendly content and the Canvas app is useful, you will likely want to work on a laptop or desktop for many of your online learning experiences.
  • Make sure your web browser is up-to-date.  Chrome, Firefox, and Safari all work well with Canvas, (though some Canvas tools like Proctorio will require Chrome and Chrome extensions).
  • You may wish to brush up on your basic tech skills with our Technology Basics for Students printable guide.
TIP 3: Get Your Canvas and Online Success Badges.
TIP 4: Log into Canvas on the first day of the term.
  • alarm clock ringingLog into Canvas the first day of the semester.  There may be assignments for you to complete early in the week, and some instructors may drop students who don't complete work as "no shows."  
  • If your online course has required synchronous meetings, you will find information about accessing those meetings in Canvas. (Typically these are hosted through Zoom.) For help understanding if and when your online course has required meeting days and times, see the Student Scheduling Guide.
TIP 5: Take advantage of support services.
  • student profiles on computerYou may be learning online, but you still have a dedicated DVC instructor in each of your classes that wants you to succeed.  Reach out to your instructors when questions pop up and take advantage of virtual office hours.
  • Learn about online counseling and student support services.
  • Take advantage of online tutoring!
  • Connect with peers virtually.  Learn more at DVC Sync.

Online learning tools


Our online classes take place through Canvas. 

  • canvas logoLearn how to navigate Canvas by getting your Canvas Launch Badge.
  • Find help in the Canvas Student Guides and FAQ.
  • Download the Canvas Student via apple or google play for convenient access to Canvas.  (Please note, while the app is convenient and students can manage much of their coursework from a mobile device, some Canvas features only function on a laptop or desktop computer.) 
InSite app
  • insite logoDownload the InSite app via apple or google play for convenient access to DVC course scheduling, email, and more.
Online Tutoring 
  • profile shadows on computerAll DVC students have free access to tutoring. From the course navigation menu of your Canvas classes, click DVC Tutoring to access campus tutors during typical business hours, or NetTutor to connect to additional tutors with extended hours.  Learn more about DVC Tutoring or NetTutor.
Zoom/TechConnect Zoom (video conference)

conferzoom logoZoom - or "ConferZoom" within Canvas - is a video-conferencing tool that instructors may use for hosting remote lectures, small group sessions, or for online office hours.  This tool allows for screen-sharing, live discussion, live chat and more.  Get familiar with Zoom:

Ally (accessibility and alternative formats)
  • accessibility iconAlly is now integrated into Canvas to improve your learning experience.  By clicking the downward facing arrow next to files in your Canvas courses, you can choose an alternative format that best fits your learning needs. Formats include tagged PDFs, audio, electronic braille, BeeLine Reader, and more.  Explore the benefits of these options at Ally: Alternative Formats or watch Ally in Canvas to learn more.
Immersive Reader
Proctorio (secure exam proctoring)
Hypothesis (digital annotation)
  • hypothesis logoMany instructors use Hypothesis for social, digital annotation of readings within Canvas.  Learn how to annotate with Hypothesis if your instructor uses this tool.
Folio (resume builder)

All DVC student's have free access to Folio, a virtual resume building tool that allows you to create an e-portfolio connecting your skills and course work to employer-facing job boards.  Learn how to set up your Folio.

Online Success Badge

online success badge

Want to explore more about learning online?  Get your Online Success Badge by self-enrolling in our Online Success Canvas training.  This optional, self-paced Canvas training walks you through strategies for online learning.

Let's Go: Enroll to get your Online Success Badge (use your InSite username and password if prompted to log in)

*Did you know?  Many of our online education graphics have been designed by DVC students!