Online Learning

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SWC online learning students

Welcome to Online Learning at SWC!

Online learning is a dynamic 21st-century part of the college experience. Over 20% of Southwestern College's courses are offered in fully online or hybrid formats, and that number is growing each term. Many of our face-to-face classes use our learning management system to supplement classroom instruction, so online learning technology is fast becoming a key component of onsite coursework as well.

The Online Learning Center at SWC is here to help you navigate the how-to of online learning. We provide training, answer questions, and offer helpful resources that can assist you with mastering Canvas, our learning management system. We're glad you've chosen to take classes at SWC and want you to succeed in the online environment.

 Get Started with Online Learning

1) Explore Online Learning

New to online learning? Read more about:

  • what hybrid and fully online classes are and how these classes differ from face-to-face classes held on campus
  • how to search for online and hybrid classes in WebAdvisor

2) Prep for Online Learning 

You've signed up for an online class at SWC . . . now what?

  • check your online readiness
  • read more about Canvas student orientations
  • take a tour of Canvas, SWC's learning management system, and customize your Canvas settings

3) Start Your Online Class

Learn what to expect from your online classes:

  • before the term starts
  • the first day of class
  • the first week of class

4) Help & Common Questions

Everyone needs help with their online courses at some point. Let's get you the support you need!

  • how to log in to MySWC to access Canvas
  • how to change your MySWC password
  • how to get Canvas support

Canvas Orientations

There are several ways to get Canvas-ready at SWC. Take your pick!


Have general questions about your SWC classes or MySWC account access? Admissions is your go-to contact for all questions related to:

  • MySWC password, login, and account issues
  • transcripts and educational plans
  • course credit

Contact Admissions at (619) 421-6700 x5215 or