Online Resources

Learning through the World Wide Web!

Internet or Online Courses are a convenient and flexible alternative for obtaining college credit. Instead of attending classes on campus, students may take a college course from home, office or other convenient location using a computer with Internet access.

Students can access assignments, notes, class presentations and exams through the Internet at times that fit their schedules. Online courses are the same as on-campus classes in academic quality, credit hours, transferability and cost and taught by distance learning certified faculty members.

 Internet Course Orientation

Students must complete an orientation for each online course in which they are enrolled. Course orientation sessions provide an opportunity for students to obtain information about the instructor and the course, i.e., course syllabus and requirements, how to access assignments, what software may be needed, scheduled examinations, review sessions, etc. Students must complete an orientation for each class. See course listing for scheduled orientation times.

 Orientation to Online Learning

Orientation to Online Learning sessions are available at the start of each semester and cover how to use Canvas and its tools. The overview sessions cover how to log in, how to access the course content, how to use the communication tools such as Canvas conversations and discussion tools, how to take a quiz, and how to check your grades. The overview does not replace your class orientation. Check Distance Learning web site for the schedule of Orientation to Online Learning sessions.

 Online Course Requirements & Skills

Online courses provide an alternative course delivery mode for students. The successful distance learning student must be highly motivated, self-disciplined, goal-oriented, focused and self-directed. Students considering enrollment in an online course should be able to meet the following minimal technical requirements and skills.

  • Have access to the Internet
  • Possess basic Internet navigation skills
  • Have an email account and basic email skills
  • Have a working knowledge of the Windows or Mac computer environment

For further information regarding the above items, students may contact the instructor listed for each course. Additionally, students may also visit Northwest Vista College Distance Learning or email