Are you interested in or currently enrolled in an online, hybrid, or in-person class (see Types of Classes for further descriptions)? If so, you will use Canvas as your online learning environment. Use the resources on this page for useful tips to be successful in your class.
Phoenix College’s learning management system (LMS) is Canvas. Online learning can include any or all of the following:
- Communication with your instructors through messages and viewing announcements for important course activities and due dates.
- Accessing the course syllabus and course materials (which may include publisher-provided content).
- Participating in discussions, submitting course assignments, or taking online quizzes and exams.
- Tracking your course grades.
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Assess your readiness for online learning by taking the 10-15 minute SmarterMeasure assessment. When you complete the assessment, you will be provided valuable feedback showing your strengths and weaknesses related to online learning.
It is recommended that you enroll in and complete the Getting Started with Canvas Student Orientation to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of Canvas. The course takes approximately one hour to complete and is the best way to get started. You can earn a digital badge for completion.
Did you know many online students outperform those who take face-to-face courses?
Sounds great, right? So why do some students become discouraged after enrolling in online courses? Well, some students did not receive proper and adequate orientation to prepare themselves for these courses. Without proper guidance, the sense of isolation in an online course and the desperation for help can be daunting. Yes, you need to learn to learn online, and this resource will help you identify the best strategies for being a successful online student.
A list of how-to's and guides on basic Canvas and Computer Skills that will help you get started in your courses.
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Canvas Student Support
Maricopa offers a 24-hour-a-day help desk that can be reached by phone and online.
- Contact the Help Desk at 1-888-994-4433.
- Visit the Canvas Student Support Site.
Have computer problems, questions about using Maricopa Gmail, or other technology issues? Visit the Student Technology Support page to find all the answers you need to get you back to learning.
Did you know you can access up to 5 hours of online tutoring for FREE each semester with class registration?
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