Learn Anywhere

Step 1: Listen to Your Instructor

Your primary contact for your course(s) will be your instructor. Check your email and make sure that you have notifications turned on in Canvas. You can do this by: 

  • Logging into your Bruinmail email account (Log In)

  • Log into Canvas (How-to guide)

    • Check Announcements (How-to guide) to see if your instructor has posted their plan for the new online version of your class.

  • Setting up your Canvas notifications (How-to guide) to receive the latest information from your instructor.

Step 2: Succeed in Virtual Learning Environment 

You can do this! Online and livestream learning is a bit different than what you have experienced in face-to-face classes, but we have created a resource that gives some tips for success. 

Please visit our Getting Started Online Guide that provides information about online classes and what academic and technology skills are needed.  

  • But most importantly, ask questions, ask questions, and ask more questions! Your instructor can answer specific questions related to your class. Reach out to them. 

Step 3: Learn How to Use Canvas

Your experience in Canvas may be very limited or you might be used to taking fully online classes. Whatever your comfort level, we’re here to give you some pro-tips to take your Canvas abilities to the next level.  

**Note: Don’t fret with any issues that you have in Canvas. Whenever you have a question, check the Canvas guides below and if you still can’t find an answer please call the 24/7 Canvas Support hotline. They will walk you through any issues that you may be having.**

So, let’s begin with an overview of Canvas and setting up your profile and notifications.

Now let's jump into specific features of Canvas:

This is a brief summary of some of the most commonly used features in Canvas. There are a lot more. So, if you run into a topic that you want to know more about, take a look at the following resources provided by Canvas:

Step 4: Learn How to Use Audio and Video Conferencing

You may have signed up for a Livestream class and your instructor will use an online audio and video conferencing tool like Zoom or Teams to meet with you at a specific time each week. These tools are something like a group version of Skype/FaceTime/Facebook Messenger video calls. You can look at these resources for help when video conferencing. 

Step 5: You May Want Additional Resources—We’ve Got You Covered!

**Note: If you cannot get your question answered above or below, do not worry! Let us know if there is a general question that is not answered here and you think it should be. Email us at slcconline@slcc.edu. Be sure to mention “Learn Anywhere” in your email.** 

Some places to look to answer additional questions


There are numerous questions that you might have that we have not answered above. Here are some of the ones that we have received in the past.


  • Attendance—What happens to my attendance/participation grade?

    • If you signed up for a livestream course, your attendance will be required for synchronous virtual class meetings. If you are taking an online course, attendance usually takes the form of participation that requires you to log in to your course and complete assignments each week. 

  • Class Time—Will I need specific times set aside?
    • You will only need to set aside a specific time to meet if you signed up for a livestream class. This is designated in the course schedule that you used to register for classes. 
  • “Classroom”—What does “class” look like virtually?

    • Livestream courses may look similar to face-to-face classes with the exception of meeting over video and having assignments in Canvas. That means that you might be using Zoom or Conferences to listen to your instructor, see their PowerPoints, or have in-class discussions in small groups. You can pretty much do everything you can do in a face-to-face class except for handshakes! 

    • In online classes, your classroom is in Canvas. You will be using Canvas pages to listen to lectures, view PowerPoints, and use online discussion boards. 
    • Exams
  • Respondus Monitor—My instructor said that we’re going to use Respondus Monitor for exams. What is that? (How-to guide)

  • Testing Centers—I was told that I still need to take an exam at a testing center. What are my options? Contact SLCC’s Testing Center

  • Canvas Exams—My class’s tests will be in Canvas. How do I take a test in Canvas? Take a look at the Canvas How-to guide 


  • No Internet or slow internet at home—If I can’t get internet at home, or if my internet at home is too slow to run the web conferencing tool, what can I do?

    • The campus has free Wi-Fi for all students in each of the campus buildings and even out into the amphitheater at Redwood campus. Go enjoy class in the sun! 
    • Currently enrolled students can check out hotspots from the libraries. These hotspots allow you to access the internet on any of your devices for free. See the library's Wi-Fi Hotspots FAQ for more information. 
  • Bad Internet—I have internet at home, but it is too slow to run the web conferencing tool. 

    • Consider coming into campus to use our free Wi-Fi.

    • Let your faculty know. They may be able to record the lecture and let you watch it later. There may be other alternatives to help you out as well that may be specific to your class’s situation.

**Note: If you didn’t get your question answered above, do not worry. Let us know if there is a general question that is not answered here and you think it should be. Email us at slcconline@slcc.edu. Be sure to mention “Learn Anywhere.”** 

REV EZ 08/16/21