These free student orientations to Canvas are not mandatory, but they are highly recommended if you are new to online learning or Canvas.
No registration is required--just choose a date from the Online Learning Orientation Schedule (PDF).
Campus orientations are held in Room L244 on the Southwestern College Chula VIsta campus, across from the library entrance. If you aren't sure how to get to the SWC Library, check out the Southwestern College Campus Map.
Can't make it to campus? Attend an online orientation! These sessions will use ConferZoom videoconferencing. No account is needed; just go to the Zoom Orientation site a few minutes before your orientation's start time, download if prompted, and join the meeting. The ConferZoom Participants Guide (PDF) can walk you through how to get connected. To arrange live captioning, email SWCDistanceEd@swccd.edu three business days in advance.
Canvas Student Video Tour
If you aren't able to attend a live orientation, this video will take you through a sample course and show you what you need to know to get started. Give us ten minutes, and we will give you the grand tour!
Helpful Canvas Settings
Here are some helpful links to Canvas tutorials that can help you get up and running with Canvas in no time. Plus, they'll help you work smarter, not harder, as a student. Make Canvas work for you!
|User Settings & Profile Picture||
Learn how to update your Canvas settings, such as add a forwarding email or cell phone number to receive notifications on your mobile device, as well as add your profile picture.
Update your Canvas notifications to alert you when:
Canvas has an internal messaging system that allows instructors and students in a Canvas course to communicate with one another. The name of this messaging system has changed over the years from Conversations to Inbox. Regardless of the name, it's a great idea to get familiar with the useful Canvas messaging system.
Knowing when your Canvas course activities are due is a key part of being a successful student. Plan to check your Canvas Calendar often. Or, better yet, consider syncing your Canvas Calendar to your own personal online calendar.
|Canvas Student App||
Did you know there's a free Canvas mobile app? Yup! It works on both iOS and Android devices, allowing you to be able to stay connected to your course on the go. The Canvas Student App is super helpful in that you can easily access Canvas Announcements, Inbox messages, review course content, and check Grades. Download the Canvas Student App from your online app store.
|Sync Canvas to Your SWC Google Drive Account||
As a SWC student, you get free access to Google's G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps)! This includes cloud-based programs like Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, not to mention... free Google Drive storage for all of your school work. The best part? You can link your SWC Google Drive with Canvas so you can easily submit school work to your instructor.
NOTE: The MySWC Google Drive is separate from personal Google Drive and Gmail account info; Canvas will only link to your MySWC Google Drive account. And one more thing: only you can see what's in your MySWC Google Drive account. If you use Google Drive to submit course work, your instructor will only see the file you submit to them, not your entire Google Drive.