Student Orientation for Canvas

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Get Ready

The ICCOC utilizes Canvas by Instructure as our learning management system for all of our online and blended courses.  We hope that students will enjoy the clean, easy and flexible environment that Canvas will offer during your learning experience.

Canvas Overview Video 

Welcome to ICCOC Online Learning

Take a sneak peek at Canvas...see how it looks, get a feel for its navigation and learn how to use the features located within it.  Click on the button below.
Welcome to ICCOC Online Learning

Accessing Your Online Class

Students will access their online courses through their college's portal and will use the login credentials provided to them by their college.

Students enrolled through Southwestern Community College will access their online courses through the ICCOC Canvas portal at or .

Specific college information that has been provided can be found in the Welcome to ICCOC Online Learning resource on this page .
If you cannot access your online courses, please contact your home college's help desk  for assistance.  
Canvas Basic Computer Requirements
Canvas Supported Browsers

Canvas Dashboard

After you log in through your college portal, you will see your Canvas Dashboard.  The Dashboard helps you see what is happening in all your courses and allows you to figure out what to do next.
On your Dashboard, you will find:
  • Course Cards for all of your current courses (i.e. the term has started) or current courses you have "starred;" All courses (including courses that have not yet started) can be seen under Courses > All Courses
  • Global announcements (for all students)
  • Global activity stream that shows recent activity in all of your courses
  • Link to your calendar

Account Settings & Notification Preferences

In Canvas, you will be able to do the following:

  • Upload a picture or avatar to your profile
  • Add additional email addresses
  • Add your cell phone number to receive text messages
  • Set your notification preferences

For more information, check out the Welcome to ICCOC Online Learning resource.

It is very important that you set your Notification Preferences .  This should be one of the first things that you do when you access Canvas as well as update your contact information under Account Settings .

Student Ethics

All students agree to abide by the ICCOC Student Ethics Agreement .  At the beginning of each term in which you are enrolled, you will be asked to read and agree to the ICCOC Student Ethics & Usage Statement before you begin your online courses.

Proper Communication

Please remember to use proper written communication skills when sending email messages to faculty and staff:
  • Use complete sentences, capitalization and punctuation
  • Reference the course in which you are enrolled
  • "Sign" your messages with your first and last name

Concerns About Your Instructor

The ICCOC's process for handling sudents' concerns about instructors is as follows: 
  1. Communicate with your instructor to try and resolve the issue.
  2. If you are not satisfied with the instructor's decision or response, contact the Dean or Director of Distance Learning  at your home college to express your concern.
  3. The Dean or Director of Distance Learning  at your home college will contact the instructor or the instructor's Dean/Director of   Distance Learning. 
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