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Most online classes only meet online through Canvas. Typically online courses will start with the first day of the academic semester; however, please be sure to review the registration and course information for your course as the start date may be different. Some instructors will opt to have a face-to-face orientation session for their course or may require using testing services for examinations. If you are at a distance and unable to attend any face-to-face portion of an online course, please contact the course instructor.
These courses have section numbers 300-349. An online course uses a learning management system via the Internet to deliver content, facilitate communication (e.g. faculty-student and student-student), collect student work, and assess student performance. An online course may require trips to campus or a proctored test site.
These courses have section numbers 350-399. In a hybrid course, face-to-face class sessions are reduced by providing a significant portion of the instruction in a learning management system via the Internet. Hybrid courses have learning activities that must be completed via the Internet as well as class sessions that require on-campus attendance.
Most online courses are not easier than face-to-face courses. Online courses maintain the same academic rigor and standards of face-to-face courses and often will have similar requirements for assignments, examinations, and more. Online courses can often be harder for some individuals as it is up to them to properly manage their time to complete coursework.
You will have access in about an hour depending on the time of day. Enrollments in Canvas are updated hourly from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Overnight, all other registrations and drops are processed. For example, if it's 5:45 pm and you registered for a 6 p.m. course you should be in your Canvas course by 6 p.m.
Most materials needed for your online course can be purchased online through the Moraine Valley Bookstore. This helps ensure you are using the proper textbook and supplementary materials for your course. Please note that textbooks and materials can vary from instructors teaching the same type of course, so be sure to purchase the materials for your exact course.
Students who are well organized, self-motivated, independent, and have generally good time management skills tend to work well with online courses. Want to know if online learning is right for you? Try the Online Assessment System for Internet Students, specifically the sections on Study Skills and Learning Styles.
Typically, students lose access to their Canvas course six days after the end of the semester. Course availability is at the discretion of the instructor. If you have specific needs to access the content after the course(s) concludes you will need contact your instructor(s).