Welcome to online learning!
Most fully online, hybrid and campus classes use Canvas, our Learning Management System or a publishers website. eLearning courses require active participation and if you are taking an online or hybrid course, login to your courses on the first day of the quarter. This alerts the instructor that you are participating and ready to learn. This will avoid the possibility of getting behind or being dropped from the course.
Never assume you are automatically dropped from your courses. If you do not want to take a class you have registered for, please go to online registration and officially drop. This will insure that there will be no impact on your grades or financial aid.
Modes of Study:
Fully online classes do not require campus visits and utilize Canvas to deliver instruction. There are assignments with due dates, exams and collaborative work that happens online. It is important to log into the course the first day of the quarter. Read the syllabus to familiarize yourself with the expectations, due dates and structure of your online course.
A few online courses may require exams taken on campus or proctored elsewhere with pre-approval. If there are any meetings on campus, the campus meetings will be listed in the course description.
Hybrid courses are part online and part on campus. Hybrid courses combine online instruction and interaction with reduced face-to-face campus class time. Some hybrid classes meet face-to-fact on weekends or evenings. If your campus meeting is later in the week, it is important to log into your hybrid course the first day of the quarter. There may be assignments online that need to be completed before your first campus class. Be pro-active, log in and read the syllabus to familiarize yourself with the hybrid course expectations and structure.
Attend class on the first day of the class/quarter.
Web enhanced courses are taught entirely on campus and use Canvas as a learning platform. Course instructors will utilize different features such as posting the syllabus and using the gradebook. On the first day of the quarter, log into Canvas to view your course. If the course title is gray, the instructor may not be using Canvas or may be adding content later in the quarter.
Publisher’s Websites for Courses
In addition to Canvas some courses use publisher’s websites. If your class uses a publisher’s web site other than Canvas, your instructor will give you any required web site or login information.
Technical Support for Publisher’s sites
The publisher’s sites are not maintained or accessible by the north eLearning department. Your best resource for technical help or log in information will be your instructor and the technical help the instructor and publisher provide. Please read the syllabus and any email the instructor may send you for specific information for these courses. They will be able to assist you in gaining access to the site as well as helping you with other technical issues.
To obtain your textbooks on line or in person:
Visit the North Seattle Virtual Bookstore for more information or visit the bookstore on campus. The campus bookstore will have eLearning texts and other materials. Please call the bookstore to confirm if your required text is in stock. Be prepared to supply them with the course item number and name for your class (ie. 9555 HUM 110). You may also be able to find your text online at one of the online book sellers. When purchasing books or instructional materials online it is important to confirm the shipping dates and to insure that you will receive your text books in a timely manner.
If your course uses an e-book, (online) the registration for the course includes the fee for the book. After you have registered and paid your fees contact your instructor for password and login information on how to access this e-book online.
Please note: by purchase of the e-book a student is granted the rights to one and only one copy, which can be read on-line, downloaded to one computer, captured on one CD, or printed onetime. The computer labs at NSC charge a fee for copies printed on the lab printers. If you need to print please visit the library or computer labs.
If a student is unable to come to campus for an exam, the student needs to contact the instructor early in the quarter to confirm that an exam can be proctored off campus or on campus at the testing center.
To arrange a different time or place for exam please follow the instructions below.
1. Communicate with your instructor that you need a different time and day to take your exam or you need to have the exam proctored off campus.
- If you are taking the exam on campus, contact Testing Center to set up an appointment time.
- If you are taking the exam OFF CAMPUS, you will need to find a proctor. Follow the steps below for an off campus proctored exam.
The proctor must be pre-approved by your instructor. Neighbors, friends, family members, workplace supervisors, and ministers may not proctor the exam.
1. Download the Proctor Pre-approval or contact the eLearning office to request the form.
2. Locate a proctor.
3. The proposed proctor completes the proctor pre-approval request and sends the form and their business card to the eLearning Office.
4. Once the pre-approval request form is received at the eLearning office, a copy of it will be sent to the instructor.
5. Instructor completes their part of the Certification of Exam form.
6. If the proctor is approved, the student contacts the proctor and makes an appointment to take the exam.
The instructor will include instructions to the proctor on the Certification of Exam form and will include what materials can or cannot be used. If the exam is online, the instructions will contain the details on how to access the exam. The student does not receive this form.
7. Student takes the exam.
8. At the end of the exam, the proctor completes the Certification of Exam signs it and sends the form by postal mail to the instructor for her/his records.
Exams can be electronic or hardcopy. Students need to provide envelope and postage if the exam needs to be mailed to the instructor.