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eLearning offers you the convenience of taking your course fully online or partially online in our learning management system (LMS) called Canvas. Canvas is a Web-based online and collaboration portal that enables educators to create, add and manage course materials and communicate with students.

Canvas allows students to engage with the material, other students, the instructor and submit assignments and take quizzes online. Canvas is used by K-12, colleges, and universities. At North Seattle College we use Canvas for most classes: fully online, hybrid and campus face to face classes.

The classes are not easier than traditional on-campus classes. Often they require additional self-motivation and discipline. However, we will provide you with guidance through the eLearning aspects of your experience.

The number and requirement of on-campus meetings varies by course and is indicated under the class description; some eLearning courses have at least one on-campus meeting per quarter that is usually a recommended orientation meeting. Some courses may include proctored exams which can be taken on the North's campus or at another institution with the prior consent of the instructor.

Tuition rates are based/calculated on student’s status. Please refer to Tuition and Fees page. In addition, there are different fees apply to different type of class. Please refer to Fee Table page.

No. Unless the instructor grants you permission to participate in the course. If so, you can forward the email with instructor’s permission to eLearning along with your SID, full name, course name and coure item number. We can manually add you in the course in Canvas. However, it is still student’s responsibility to follow through the enrollment/registration process.

If you are eligible for WA State Employee Tuition Waiver, you can get a permission from your course instructor to add you in to the class before you can officially register. Once you obtain the permission from the instructor, please forward the email to eLearning with your SID, full name, course name and course item number. We can add add you in the class manually so that you can participate the course.

• Online courses are completed entirely online via Canvas, our learning management system.

*Note: some classes may require proctored exams.

• Hybrid courses are part online and part on campus. The rest of your work is completed online via Canvas.

• Web enhanced courses are taught entirely on campus but still using Canvas as a learning platform. It is depends on how much the course instructors would like to use features in Canvas.

Online courses are assigned an item number ranging from 9000 to 9999 in the online schedule. And, it is also followed with a D as distance learning.

When you click to see the course detail, the “Days” information in the “Class Meets” section is indicated “Online”. Course sections abbreviated as H are hybrid. Those classes have some required face-to-face meetings and some online components.

When you click to see the course detail, the “Days” and “Time” are indicated clearly for certain day(s) and time for the hybrid course. Since it is partial in campus, the location is mentioned as well.

eLearning courses require access to computers and Internet connections. Students at North also have the option of coming to campus to use the two computer labs that are available. Students must have a current “MySeattleColleges Login” to use these labs.

All online and hybrid courses take place within the standard quarter time frame as regular campus classes.

Yes. Optional or mandatory campus meetings are listed under the class description.

It is recommended that you log-in at least once a day for the first week at a time that is convenient for you. After the first week, you should get a feel for how much time you will actually have to be logged-in to the class site verses how much time you will spend doing work off line, i.e. reading the text book, etc. In this case, you can log in when it is convenient for you, as long as you meet all assignment and testing deadlines. Some instructors may hold a live session and information in Canvas.

Most of the tests will be given online. If you instructor requires a proctored exam, you can either come to campus at the scheduled time if you are able or the instructor should have information in the syllabus about how to find a proctor in your local area. It is always a great idea to communicate with the course instructor in advance regarding a proctored exam somewhere else.

All the lab classes use some type of “virtual” lab so you can do the assignments at a distance. Some may require a field trip in your local area. You can check the syllabus on the first day of class for more details.

We recommend approximately 2 hours per day for every 5 credit course. Online courses are just as demanding, if not more demanding that on-campus courses. Log-in on the first day of class, read the syllabus, get started information and get familiar with the course site—then get started with the class.

There are two ways to contact your course instructor. One is via Canvas Inbox and one is locating the instructor’s contact in the People section on North Seattle College website.

The college does not accept applications for registration in online courses for students currently residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Kansas or Utah.

It is available for student to access on the Monday prior to the quarter begins. For example: If fall quarter starts on Monday, 9/24; then, Canvas account for individuals to log in is the Monday, 9/17.