Starting Your eLearning Class

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Starting Your eLearning Class

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.

Definitions of eLearning Classes:

A course where all required instruction occurs online asynchronously (without a set time to attend) and/or synchronously (with a set time required) using web-based tools. However, instructor teaching asynchronously may choose to offer optional synchronous sessions for office hours and other class meetings where attendance is not required.

A course where a portion of class meetings take place on campus at specific dates and times as noted in the class schedule (attendance required). The remainder of the class instruction is held online asynchronously (without a set time to attend) and/or synchronously (with a set time to attend) using web-based tools.

How Hybrid Courses Work

  • Hybrid courses take advantage of the best features of face to face and online instruction.
  • Class meets on–campus for a few hours every week throughout the quarter. For example, a Saturday hybrid meets for 2–3 hours each week.
  • Online coursework gives you more schedule flexibility during the week.
  • Hybrid courses replace some physical seat time with substantive interaction online. 
  • Registration for hybrid courses is the same as other classes.
  • These courses will be designated on the class schedule with sections H (hybrid)

Benefits of Hybrid Courses

  • Designed for busy students, hybrid courses are flexible and accommodating for work–life demands.
  • Whether you want to register for one course or enroll full–time through hybrid courses, these courses are open and accessible every quarter to all students.
  • Hybrid courses make it easier for you to earn a degree by offering options in both required courses and electives.
  • Choose from a variety of topics, including English, Biology, Humanities, Computer Science, Math and more, all of which can easily transfer to a four–year college or university.

A course where 100% of class meetings take place on campus at specific dates and times noted in the class schedule (attendance required).

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 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 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. You can contact your instructor if you have any questions.

Test Proctoring

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.