Welcome New Online Students!

If you've just registered for an online class, you may be wondering what happens next. The guide below will help you.

Confirm your Registration & Course Start Date

The term dates for online courses are the same as the term dates for our face-to-face courses. However, some of our online courses are 6-weeks rather than 12 and start later in the quarter. You can confirm your registration and the start date for your class in MyPortal under the Student tab.

Learn about Course Access

Be prepared for your first day of the term by making sure you have the correct software to run Canvas. Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers (Internet Explorer is no longer supported):

  • Chrome 75 and 76
  • Firefox 67 and 68 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Edge 44 (Windows only)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 11 and 12 (Macintosh only)

You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. Your browser will notify you if there is a new version available.

Your instructor will email you as the term approaches and let you know when the course is published and ready for viewing in Canvas. Your will be able to access your course sometime between the Friday before the quarter begins to Monday, the first day of the quarter. This access is at the descretion of your instructor. 

You can click on Canvas via MyPortal, via the Canvas link found in the top menu bar of the De Anza College website.

If you do not have access to your online course by noon on the first day of the quarter, please contact onlineeducation@deanza.edu

Explore the Online Ed Website

This website contains information and resources about staying organized in your online course.

Explore our Canvas Resource Library

Our Canvas Resource Library is a public course available in the Help Menu in Canvas that you can access. You can learn more about how to be successful in your online classes and experiment with different tools in Canvas by visiting our Sample Canvas Course.

Read Your Syllabus

Your instructor may send your syllabus before you have access to Canvas. You should read this syllabus thoroughly as it will inform you of Student Learning Outcomes for the course and important policies that your instructor sets regarding assignments, quizzes and exams. You should make note of these policies as each class you take will be different.

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