Within online classes you will be using a variety of websites, media players, and
multimedia. You should plan to download Google's Chrome browser because it works best
with Canvas, the district's course management system.
Here is a list of the most common programs, browsers, plug-ins, and media players
used within online courses:
Free office suite:
Google Docs. Microsoft Office is quite useful, but Google Docs allows users to work on documents
(text, PowerPoint presentation, spreadsheet) through a web browser, allowing docs
to be shared with fewer user-based permission errors than with MS Office online. If
interested in Google Docs, please go to the following linkGoogle Docs Training Tutorials.
Know how to access your course: All online courses have a common website starting
point of either Desire2learn orCanvas. To access your online course, you will enter your Insite Portal id and password.
Some online courses use book publisher content - which requires an access code. This
code is likely included with the books in the college bookstore.
Know where to find out if your class has a mandatory meeting: Some classes have mandatory
course meetings while others are entirely online. If on-campus meetings are required,
these dates/times will be listed in the college schedule with the course. In Insite
portal, you may have to click on the course link to see this information.
If new to online learning, consider the following: