Your Education: Anytime & Anywhere
Your college degree begins in just a few clicks. With Copper Mountain College online classes, you can earn your degree with amazing convenience. We use an easy-to-access system, Canvas, to deliver outstanding instruction, and we offer top-notch online support services.
Must Haves: PC, Internet & Word
To successfully complete online classes, you need:
- A personal computer with an up-to-date operating system;
- Microsoft Word (the Foundation for California Community College offers student discounts for this program) or OpenOffice.org products;
- Reliable internet access and an up-to-date internet browser, such as Google Chrome; and
- The ability to download free plug-ins like Adobe Reader.
MyCMC > Distance Education > Canvas
You’ll get to your online classes through Canvas, and you get to Canvas through MyCMC. How do you get into MyCMC? After you apply to CMC, you’ll receive emails with your student ID number and your MyCMC account information.
To enter Canvas, access your MyCMC portal and look for the Distance Education box. Click the Canvas button. (Canvas access opens at 8 a.m. on the first day of the semester.)
Each time you access Canvas, you agree that you are:
- The student registered for the class(es);
- Solely responsible for all assignments, including tests; and
- Agreeing to regulations in the Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Procedures/Electronic Media Use Guidelines for Students.
Independence & Time Management
Online learning calls on different strengths than classroom learning. You know your goals and you know why you’ve chosen to learn online. Use that motivation to build up the daily habits and personal characteristics that help online students succeed:
- Time management: Plan to spend 9-12 hours per week on classwork for each 3-credit course (3 hours per credit). Find your best times to study, write, complete assignments, read, and prep for tests.
- Self-starting: Know why you’re doing this and how what you do today leads toward your goals. You get it done.
- Independent learning: Persevere. Stay on task without a lot of social interaction. Be proactive in asking for more explanation—your instructor cannot see your face or read your body language.
- Comfortable with the tech: Navigating the internet, downloading files and plugins, sending email attachments, troubleshooting software or connection problems.
We’re Here to Help
If you need more help, reach out:
Guides & Tutorials
Our detailed FAQ guide answers your Canvas questions, from assignments to chat to quizzes. It will walk you through the process of starting a course, checking grades, participating in discussions, and more.
Succeeding as an Online Learner
In a face-to-face class, you have lots of chances to ask questions, trade tips for making it work, and see the many ways that different people succeed as students.
Online programs can feel like you’re on your own. You’re not—and you’re not the first person to have to figure this out.
Lean on the wisdom of the California Community College system. Their interactive tutorials and tools cover study skills, online discussions, career planning, time management, even money management.
- Count on CMC