Virtual Help Sessions

FREE, LIVE, ZOOM Series
June 12 - June 18

Online learning can be tough.  If this is your first time taking a fully online course, stop by our VIRTUAL HELP SESSIONS to pick up tips and tricks for success in online learning.  There will be time to discuss your questions and help you get prepped for success in the virtual classroom..  

Ohlone College is committed to providing students with the support they need to be successful. While most of your contact will be with your instructors after your courses begin, you can still find resources here that will help you stay organized and be successful in your online course.

CANVAS SUPPORT

24/7 Canvas support
Ohlone Students: 1-844-243-8410

    

Steps to register for an online course

WebAdvisor gives students and the general public access to apply for admission, view the online schedule of classes, and to apply for financial aid. Set up a free online account through WebAdvisor to access these services.

  • To begin your road to success, read the Steps to Admission and Enrollment first.
  • Continuing students: Go directly to WebAdvisor and register.
  • Watch your Ohlone email for a Welcome letter from your instructor and enjoy the class!  
  • For students adding during the semester, you can login to Canvas and begin your course 24 business hours after you have registered for a course.
  • See you in Canvas @ ohlone.instructure.com.

What to expect in an online course 

  • Time and work load is similar to face-to-face courses. 
  • Our courses are not self-paced.  You will have activities and assignments to do multiple times a week.  
  • Instructor will be present in each course and will provide timely and specific feedback on your work.   

Tips for being a successful online student 

  • Effective time management is probably the biggest key to your success - stay up-to-date with readings and activities.  
  • Set a time 3-4 times a week to "go to" your online course.  Add the course to your weekly schedule.    
  • Create a space where you won't be distracted to study and work in your online course. 
  • Use a timer to focus on your coursework.  Set it for 30-40 minutes and then reward yourself with a break.   
  • Put your phone away and turn off notifications on your computer to maintain your focus on your work.  
  • Reading and writing skills are prominent in online courses, but be prepared to also hand in audio and video assignments.  
  • Watch your Ohlone.edu email inbox for messages a week or more before the course is scheduled to open. 
  • Ask questions when you have them – it's likely someone else will have the question as well.  Our online courses are designed for students to engage with one another.

Tools used in an online course 

  • Device to get online  
    • Computer is best for reading and writing. 
    • Tablet will also work, and yes,
    • Canvas mobile app is also an option.  
  • Reliable Internet access
  • Software
    • Wordprocessing (MS Word, MAC Pages, Google Suite). 
    • Ohlone students have access to free downloads of MS Office 365 suite.  You also have free file storage through MS OneDrive. Use your Ohlone.edu email address and password.  
    • Document reader (Adobe pdf reader, Preview).  
    • Headset or speakers compatible with your computer, tablet, or mobile device.  
    • Microphone or mobile device with recording capability.   
  • Positive attitude and desire to learn!

How to Change Display Name in Canvas

Click here to view the steps to change Display Name in Canvas.

Additional resources

Take advantage of the resources that are available for new and returning students:

  • Not sure if online courses are for you?  Browse this video series provided by California Community Colleges. 
  • Canvas not working for you the way it is for your peers:  Check your system to be sure that all the features in Canvas work as intended.  
    • Canvas works best with native browsers: Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.  
  • Need help getting around in Canvas?
    • Bookmark the Canvas Student Guide for quick reference when you're in class. 
    • Or call 24/7 Canvas support: 844-243-8410
  • Want to see what courses are currently offered fully online?  Search our quick reference list of online courses.
  • Need help finding references for a paper?  Use Ohlone's Digital Library Resources.
    • As students you can access digital library resources from off-campus for academic research by using your Student ID and Last Name. You can also get student support from a librarian on how to find the best sources for your research paper. To make an appointment, or ask a question, please click on Ask A Librarian. This will allow you to contact the librarians by email, chat, phone, or text-message.
  • Interested in a particular degree, unsure about what courses to take?  Get your questions answered via our online counselors - academic advisors.
    • Counselors meet with students individually, in small groups, workshops, and in classes to help students in achieving their academic goals and personal growth.

Ohlone student 24 HOUR CANVAS SUPPORT: Please call 844-243-8410.