Get ready for your online courses by reviewing some tips and general information provided below.

1. Review important course information!
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 can also look-up course details using the Search for Course Information link.

2. Gather materials
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.

3. Prepare your computer before the term begins
You need access to a computer (desktop or laptop) and the internet to get into your courses. See the basic computer specifications for Canvas and information about which browsers Canvas supports.

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.

Optionally, Canvas has a “Canvas Student” app available for Android and iOS that helps students stay connected to their courses on the go. See the Canvas Guides – Canvas Student page for more information.

4. Learn how to use Canvas, our learning management system
Users that are new to Canvas should login to Canvas and 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 in Canvas. To learn even more about Canvas, please see the Canvas Guides and videos.

5. Access Canvas and your Course
Once your semester begins, login to Canvas and go to your course. Be sure to read the instructor’s welcome message, which contains information on getting started, read through all course policies in the syllabus, and view the course schedule. Note, every online course is unique as each instructor designs your learning experience.