Get ready for your online courses with some tips and general information in our Online Student Preparation Checklist.

Prepare your computer before the term begins by reviewing the learning management system requirements.

You will receive a course information email for each online class. This is sent to your Moraine Valley student email address. Save this message and read it carefully. It contains instructor information, course login instructions, testing procedures, and a login link to your course site.

You need access to a computer (desktop or laptop) and the internet to get into your courses. You need access to a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs in order to create your papers or other type of assignments. You have free access to Office 365 through your Moraine Valley student email. In email, in the top left corner click on “Office 365” and download the full version.

Most online courses require text materials that are sold at the Moraine Valley bookstore.  You need your registration information to find the materials for the correct section. Text information is also available on your course syllabus, but early information can be found on the Moraine Valley Bookstore website. Getting things done early is a good strategy for success.

Every online course is unique as each instructor designs your learning experience. To begin your course, be sure to read the instructor’s welcome message, which contains information on getting started.

Once your semester begins, login to Canvas, our learning management system, and go to your course and read through all course policies in the syllabus; and calendar.

Users that are new to Canvas should also join our “Student: Canvas Training and Resources” course to learn how to use Canvas. You can access this class by clicking the “Join course now!” link at the top of the Dashboard page. To learn even more about Canvas, please see the Canvas Guides and Videos.

Successful completion of course-work requires a minimum of GPA of 2.0 across all your courses.

Students should expect to spend six to nine hours per week for a three credit course. It is important that students plan out time during the week to complete required reading and assignments.