Getting Started with e-Learning

Getting Started with Your E-Learning Course

Once you have registered for an e-Learning course visit the online GRC Class Finder or e-Learning Class Schedule for information about your Instructor and the type of course.

Canvas classes will be available by noon on the first day of the quarter unless otherwise indicated in the class schedule or by the instructor.

Both Hybrid and Online classes—

  • Include class fees you will pay as part of registration.
  • May require textbooks – to check if your class has required texts, note the Section letter(s) of the course and look up your class using the Paper Tree Bookstore’s online search.
    • You can borrow some textbooks to use at Holman Library for short periods- search your class short name (ex: “ENGL 101”) or textbook title in the library catalog to see if your text is available.

How to Tell if You Have a Hybrid Class

The example below is from GRC's online Class Finder:

Screenshot of the GRC Class Finder with the status field noting a Hybrid Class

A hybrid course section ID will start with the letters “DE.” It will also list a location and the days of the week you will attend on-campus class meetings. You will see the note “Hybrid” under “Class Status” as well as any notes about special start or end dates.

Typically in a hybrid class, you will attend the first class meeting in-person and the instructor will introduce you to what online learning system(s) you will be using in the class as well as when assignments—in person and online—will generally be due.

How to Tell if You Have an Online Class

The example below is from GRC's online Class Finder:

Screenshot of the GRC Class Finder with the location field noting an online class.

An online course section ID will start with the letters “DE.” It will say “Online” or “ARR” under the “Day(s)” column, and the “Location” column will be empty or also say “ARR” (for “arranged”). Read through the class description text for any software requirements and class prerequisites. Check the “Class Status” column for special start or end dates.

Online classes will open by noon on the first day of the quarter unless otherwise noted.*

*Washington Online (WAOL) classes generally open earlier so be sure to check the e-Learning Class Schedule for the start dates for WAOL classes.

You will need to log in to your online class to begin your coursework. If you are not sure if your class is using Canvas or another online platform, check the e-Learning Class Schedule for notes on where to log in. Online classes have a schedule they will follow throughout the quarter – they are generally not self-paced – so make sure to sign in early and check back often for new content and assignments.