What do I need to know about Online Learning?

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    How do I know if an online / distance education class is for me?

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    Click HERE to view a series of Introduction to Online Learning  Tutorials provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

    • Introduction to Online Learning
    • Online vs. Classroom
    • How Does it Work?
    • Debunking Myths
    • Common Myths

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    Click HERE to view a series of Online Student Readiness Tutorials provided by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

    • Introduction to Online Learning
    • Getting Tech Ready
    • Organizing for Online Success
    • Communication Skills for Online Learning
    • Online Reading Strategies ... and more!

    Click here to print a copy of the information below.

    Successful Students are

    • great at time management. They plan to spend about 3 hours per credit per week (9-12 hrs per week for a 3 credit course) on their classwork. This will include the online activities, study, assignment/papers, and research time.
    • self motivated. Successful online students tend to be self-starters and are self-motivated to learn the subject.
    • independent learners. They need very little supervision and are able to stay on task without a great deal of classroom interaction. They understand that the instructor cannot see their facial expressions or read their body language which might suggest they do not understand a concept or point. They know they must let their instructor know when they need help or more explanation.
    • comfortable using this technology. Successful students have good computer skills and knowledge.  They are comfortable navigating the internet; downloading files and plugins; using email including sending attachments; opening and saving files; installing software; troubleshooting problems with their computer, browser or internet connection; uploading files; changing software settings and launching programs.

    Do I need anything special?

    • You will need to provide your own computer with the following operating systems:  Windows 7 and newer, Mac OSX 10.6 and newer, Linux chromeOS.  Apps are available for Android and iOS mobile devices. Click HERE for more information.
    • You will need to use Microsoft Word for your papers and assignments to be compatible with our college.  Our instructors will not be able to access your papers properly if submitted in other formats.  The Foundation for California Community Colleges offers student discounts: Foundation for California Community Colleges - College Buys.  We have found that the products from OpenOffice.org work well.  And in most cases if you save your document in Rich Text Format or .rtf our instructors are able to open your document.
    • You will need to have reliable internet access and an updated browser.  Click HERE for the most up to date Browser information including settings.
    We highly recommend that you clean up your computer before class starts for best performance. Run a thorough virus scan of your hard drive. Using your “system tools” run a disk cleanup - be sure to remove cookies and temporary files which take up lots of space and slow you down. Finally, de-frag your hard drive.

    I've registered for an online class.  Now what?

    You will be able to log into your class the first day of the semester.  Students must complete substantive work in their online class the first week (or first day during summer session) or you may be dropped from class.

    View the 8 minute Student Canvas Overview below:

    View the Canvas Student Tour Videos:

    Here you will find a series of videos.  It will take about 35 minutes view all the videos.

    Click HERE to enter the Canvas Student Tour.

    How to log into Canvas - our NEW online learning management system:

    MyCMC_Logo2 Single login through MyCMC.  Log in to MyCMC and look for the Online Learning section/box.  You will find a link to Canvas that will take you directly in. 

    • This bookmark link will appear in MyCMC just before the start of the semester.
    • If your instructor has their Canvas class open, your class will show on your dashboard.
    • You will need to have reliable internet access and an updated browser.  Click HERE for the most up to date Browser information including settings.
    • Once logged into Canvas you can update your settings and profile.  Your courses will show on your dashboard when your instructor has opened the class to the students.
    To log out of Canvas click on "Account" found on the left side of your screen and click on "logout".
    Always remember to log out of Canvas & MyCMC. 

    Completely close your browser when using a public computer!

    Problems logging into MyCMC?

    Username:  first initial, middle initial, last name

    Password (default) Last 6 digits of your Social Security Number

    Call:  760-366-3791 ext. 4236 or Email: help@cmccd.edu

    I've registered for a regular (face-to-face or f2f) class but my instructor is also using Canvas.  How do I access the information?

    Your instructor will let you know when you will be able to access the Canvas portion of your class.

    Online Education: A Hands on Canvas Orientation

    This is an opportunity to navigate a class in Canvas at the CMC Main Campus.

    Sign up today! Space is limited.

    Summer & Fall 2016:
    DAY of the Week
     TIME of day
     Main Campus Room
    June 09, 2016
    August 09, 2016

    To sign-up please call 760-366-3791 extension 5911 or email onlinehelp@cmccd.edu and specify which date you would like to attend.

    Copper Mountain College
    6162 Rotary Way
    Joshua Tree, California 92252
    (760) 366-3791 ext. 5911