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Getting Started with Online Learning

If you're interested in the idea of online learning, but you still aren't sure if it is really for you, think about what it offers. Online learning is convenient and provides flexibility to complete your coursework any time day or night. But, you may be wondering if online learning is different from taking the same course in a traditional classroom. Online courses are not for everyone. They require at least as much time and commitment as traditional courses. Before you consider taking an online course, make sure you have time to focus on your coursework, feel competent using computers, and have good reading and writing communication skills. Take the survey and visit the sample class before making your decision.

What should I do first?
View Online Student Readiness Tutorials.

How do I get started with Canvas?
Find out how to get started with Canvas.

What are the Canvas system and software requirements for my computer for?
A computer (PC or MAC) is recommended. There may be some issues accessing via a mobile device.
Find out more about mobile device support.
Find out about Canvas browser & system requirements.

Where can I find the schedule of Distance Education classes?
The schedule of classes includes a list of courses that are available fully online and courses that combine online and face-to-face instruction. See the course schedules for Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Norco.

How do I log into my Canvas classes?
Find out how to log into Canvas.

How can I get help?
Support and help are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week because we want you to have help when you need it. Contact Canvas Support toll free - Canvas help is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week by calling (844) 603-4264.
You can also click the Report a Problem link from Help & More link on the main login screen, or within the global Canvas Navigation.

What if I need help with WebAdvisor?
Information and login tutorials are available at

Can I order my textbooks online?
Order your textbooks online for delivery or reserve them for pickup on-campus:

I live in another state, why am I having problems enrolling in a Distance Education class?
Federal regulations require RCCD to ask for authorization from other states to offer distance education to students who live outside California. More information about the regulation, board policy and grievance contact information can be found on the Student Resources page.