Online Learning Orientations

These free student orientations to Canvas are not mandatory, but they are highly recommended if you are new to online learning or Canvas.

Online Orientations

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 three business days in advance.

Fall 2019 Online Orientations & Q&A

Date Time
Monday, August 26


Wednesday, August 28


Saturday, August 31


Onsite Orientations

Prefer a face-to-face orientation, in person, at our various SWC campuses? We've got you covered... Orientations last 90 minutes. RSVP not required.

Fall 2019 On-Campus Orientations & Q&A

Date Location/Room Time
Tuesday, August 27

Chula Vista campus | Room L244

Wednesday, August 28 Chula Vista campus | Room L244 4pm
Tuesday, September 3 HEC - Otay Mesa | Room 4423 12pm
Tuesday, September 3 Chula Vista campus | Room L244 4pm
Wednesday, September 4 HEC - NC | Room 7208 12pm
Friday, September 6 HEC - San Ysidro | Room 5201 12pm

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!

Canvas Tutorials

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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:

  • a course announcement has been made in Canvas
  • your instructor has messaged you in Canvas
  • due dates change in your Canvas course
  • your Canvas work has been graded
  • your instructor has provided feedback to you in Canvas
  • and more!

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.