Your Guide to Succeeding as an Online Student

You've just discovered your course is being transitioned from an in-person course to an online format. You are probably feeling a bit anxious about how online learning works, and what skills and technology requirements you'll need to learn. The first thing to keep in mind is that we will do our best to support you in your learning. You will, for the most part, be doing the same things you already do, just doing them differently. Yes, you'll need to get familiar with new technology, but you will have support with that. The first step is to get you set-up with your new technologies in both Canvas and Zoom.

The tutorials and resources below are designed to provide you with the resources and support to succeed as an online student.

Our online programs are specifically designed to provide you with a flexible, engaging and high-quality learning experience.

Getting Started


Our learning management system, Canvas, is the primary platform for our online courses. Through a variety of interactive tools, it connects you with your instructor and colleagues in an academic online space.


Zoom is a user-friendly video conferencing platform for students and instructors to engage in real-time learning. It’s perfect for facilitating live group learning, sharing visuals and engaging in small or large group activities.

Learn the basic features of Zoom:

If you have any questions, please contact us at or (530) 757-8777.

Basic Guidelines for Learning in Extraordinary Circumstances

  • There may be circumstances where you are unable to make timely progress on your class work (no access to power or internet, need to care for children whose schools are closed, etc.). Check to see if your instructor has sent you any guidance for these situations, either on their syllabus or via email. If no accommodation is mentioned or you’re unsure if the existing accommodation is appropriate for your situation, contact your instructor directly.
  • Instructors will likely make changes to the course syllabi as a result of the transition to online learning. They’ll communicate any changes in a timely manner so you can plan accordingly.
  • This is a change for both you and our instructors. Please be patient, supportive and communicative (tell them what’s working for you as well as what isn’t) as they adjust their teaching style for online learning.
  • If you have disability-related concerns with participating in an online class or need special accommodations, please contact Tina Ehrke, (530) 757-8727.