Explore Online Learning

Online learning is a flexible alternative to traditional, face-to-face learning. You can attend the online portion of a class whenever it's convenient for you, as long as you follow your instructor's schedule of assignments and due dates.  You choose the place--you can participate in your online class wherever you have access to a computer and the Internet. You'll get the same high-quality instruction, course content, and interaction with classmates, but without the challenges of scheduling, commuting, and parking.

In general, there are three types of courses at SWC that use Canvas: fully online, hybrid, and web-enhanced onsite courses.

  • Fully Online: An online course is conducted entirely online; there are no campus meetings. Instead, the class uses Canvas for instruction, discussion, activities, and assignments.
  • Hybrid: These classes offer a mix of online and campus meetings. Typically, hybrid classes meet half of the week on campus and half of the week online. Campus meeting times are published in the schedule of classes, and the online portion of the course also follows a predictable weekly pattern.
  • Web-Enhanced: Web-enhanced classes are not online classes. Instead, they are face-to-face courses that use Canvas to offer students access to class materials, grades, and resources outside of class. Instructors may also use Canvas to post announcements and send email.
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Online and hybrid courses are the same as face-to-face courses in terms of:

Tuition and fees are the same, regardless if the course is face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online.

Registration Dates

The registration, add, and drop dates for all SWC courses follow the schedule in WebAdvisor. These deadlines are based on the length of the course (full semester, fast-track, or intersession/summer), not the mode of delivery.

Syllabus and Course Outline

Your class will be designed around the department's course outline of record and customized by your instructor in the class syllabus, which is the "course contract" between instructor and student for any college course.


Your instructor will make clear when work needs to be submitted in your hybrid and/or fully online course, just as they do in face-to-face classes.


The syllabus and orientation materials for your online or hybrid course will explain participation requirements, as well as communication preferences and expected response times.


Ready to enroll in an online or hybrid class?

Whether you're at SWC to earn a few credits, earn a certificate, or earn a degree, you'll first want to make sure that your department offers online or hybrid courses, that these courses meet your educational plan, and are a good fit for your learning style.

Here's how to ensure that online and/or hybrid courses are right for you:

Step 2: Prep for an Online Course