Login to MySWC and select the Canvas link in Campus Apps section at the top. You will be taken directly
to the Canvas dashboard.
To enroll in an online class you must follow the College class registration process.
For new and returning students, you must complete a Southwestern College online application.
You will be asked to complete the steps to student success (see class schedule page).
Admissions will give you a date to complete registration by WebAdvisor.
After you registration on WebAdvisor, you will be automatically enrolled into your
online class. It may take up to four hours for you course to appear on your dashboard.
For continuing students, please refer to the class schedule to select a course and
follow the same WebAdvisor registration process as face to face courses. For assistance
or specific questions with the registration process, please contact Admissions.
To add or crash your online class you will need to contact your instructor before the class begins or within the first two weeks of class. The instructor must
provide you with an add code, which you can use on WebAdvisor to enroll in the class.
You can then add the class through WebAdvisor. See the class schedule for important deadlines and dates located on the Academic Calendar.
To drop your online class, you will need to drop the class by the withdrawal dates
listed in the class schedule or Academic Calendar. Remember to drop yourself from the class on WebAdvisor by the withdrawal deadline date. Failure to withdraw from the course in a timely
manner may result in your being given an unsatisfactory grade in the course.
Visit this page to determine what computer system requirements are needed for Canvas.
It is necessary to have access to an Internet connection to attend Southwestern College
online or hybrid classes; however, Southwestern College does not recommend specific
Internet Service Providers.
Your online class may meet the same length of time as on-campus classes. If there
are special meeting times (i.e. short session courses), the dates will be listed in
the class schedule. Contact your instructor if you need more information.
Course length and any campus meetings will be listed for your course in the schedule
of classes. Consult with your instructor to determine if there are any additional requirements.
One of the key benefits of your online class is that it's ALWAYS available.The Internet
is available 24 hours a day and so is your online class. This does not mean you will be able to complete the semesters worth of work in one
week, or a full week worth of work into one day.Your instructor will determine the pace of your course. This simply means your instructor may make
tests, assignments and projects available only for a certain length of time. This
allows you and your classmates to work through the course together and it promotes
interaction with your classmates and your instructor.
Your online courses may require a textbook. Your instructor will list the textbooks
that will be used in your online class in the course syllabus or will inform you of
the textbook requirement by email. Your textbook(s) can be purchased at the Southwestern College Bookstore.
Course assignments will be delivered and submitted within your course. Be sure to
calendar due dates so that your work is submitted on time.
It will depend on the specific class that you are enrolled. Some classes (such as
English) will probably require you to write a research paper. Your instructor will include assignments, exams, quizzes, labs, and/or research paper requirements
in the class syllabus.
Students often have the misconception that online classes will not be as challenging
as face to face classes. In fact, the opposite is true. Online classes are simply
more convenient for many students, fitting into their busy schedules and providing
a slightly more flexible schedule.
Although online classes do not take place in a traditional classroom, you should expect
to spend as much, if not more time and energy to successfully complete an online class.
Just like the traditional classroom, you are expected to complete assignments, take
exams, write papers and participate in discussions.
You will be graded much like face to face classes. You will be evaluated on various
assignments, tests, quizzes, labs, papers and projects that are required by your instructor.
The grading policy for your online class will be outlined in the instructor's syllabus,
or communicated to you by email.
There are several ways you can find answers to your questions. You will have access
to your instructor's e-mail address and/or Canvas Inbox, which will allow you to ask questions privately. Another common
option is a "Q&A" discussion board, where you can ask your classmates and instructor
about course materials, assignments, etc. The important lesson that successful online
students learn is to ASK questions!
You can contact your instructor by locating him or her on Faculty & Staff Directory. The course syllabus will also provide contact information and your instructor will
let you know the method they prefer.
No. Your SWC e-mail account will be used for your online class. It is important to
check your SWC email regularly for important campus-wide announcements and course
By default, your Canvas courses will link to your SWC email account. Once you become
enrolled and begin to take classes in Canvas, you can contact Canvas to ask about
adding an alternate contact email and making this your preferred method of contact.