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About Online Learning

Southern State uses MyCanvas to offer online courses. Students enrolled in an online course log on to their MyCanvas virtual classroom several times a week to communicate with their instructor and classmates, obtain course materials, participate in a variety of learning activities and submit assignments or take tests.

Is Online Learning for You?

You should consider the following questions before deciding to take online courses.

Do I have the time?

An online course worth three credit hours requires an average time commitment of nine to 12 hours a week. Many students report that online courses take more time than classroom courses.

Do I have the skills?

Online learning requires self-discipline, focus and the ability to prioritize your own workload. You should be able to learn from reading as well as follow written instructions.

Do I have the computer skills?

In order to succeed in an online course, you should have good keyboarding skills, know how to create, save and manage files, be familiar with file extensions, know how to use attachments and upload/download files, be able to run any computer application required for the course, be able to install software and be comfortable using a web browser.

Do I have the minimum computer requirements?

Check the MyCanvas Technical Information to make sure you have the required platform technologies. You will also need the following minimum requirements:

  • Reliable internet service provider (dial-up connection will work but DSL or cable is preferred)
  • Reputable anti-virus program (be sure to regularly update your anti-virus program and visit Microsoft Windows Update to be sure you have the latest protection against viruses)

Some MyCanvas courses use browser plugins. To view portions of these sites, you may need one or more of the following plugins (browsers will generally automatically download any plugin required by a particular page):

  • Adobe Reader – view, navigate and print Adobe PDF files across all major computing platforms
  • Flash – view interactive quizzes, animations and activities
  • Java plug-in – run applications and applets that use Java technology
  • QuickTime – view videos
  • Real Player – play video and audio files
  • Shockwave – view interactive quizzes, animations and activities
  • Windows Media Player – play video and audio files

Are you ready for Online Classes?

Read the following questions to see if taking online classes is right for you.
  • Are you self-motivated and self-disciplined?
  • Are you a good time-manager?
  • Are you comfortable with e-mail and word processing?
  • Are you comfortable with reading a lot of materials?
  • Can you set your sights on an end result, and can you usually achieve it?
  • Are you confident in your academic abilities?
  • Are you able to not give up easily, even when confronted with obstacles?
  • Do you believe you are responsible for your own education?
  • Do you have conflicts with work, athletics, child care, and school activities?
  • Do you have convenient and frequent access to a computer with an Internet connection?
  • Are you willing to express your thoughts and opinions in writing?
  • Are you willing to work independently?

Post-Question Evaluation

Did you say yes to all or most of these questions?

Congratulations! You may be ready to take online classes!

Did you say no to all or most of these questions? Were your answers mixed? Are you still unsure about taking online classes?

You may want to rethink your reasons for wanting to enroll in an online course. You may not feel comfortable with this style of instruction and may not be capable of learning this way.

Online Instructor Requirements

Online instructors may require students to have access to specific programs or other resources and may also require the student to complete an orientation at the beginning of the semester. Find out what your instructor requires at:


Online instructors expect students to have required textbooks in hand on the first day of the semester. Textbooks for online courses are only available at the Central Campus Bookstore or the Online Bookstore If ordered online you can choose "store pick-up" or "ship to residence or business." If you are ordering from the Online Hillsboro store and requesting store pick-up, you will be prompted to choose on which campus you will be picking up your books.

Contact the Bookstore for more information on obtaining textbooks.

Online Success Workshops

Student Canvas Orientation

The Student Canvas Orientation is designed to give you the information and tools you need to be successful in your online and hybrid courses, is self-paced, and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. Even if you have taken an online course before, be sure to take advantage of the resources and support available.

Fall 2020 Student Canvas Orientation CRDW 1100
  • All new students are placed in CRDW 1100 Student Canvas Orientation

If you have any questions please email

Success in the Digital Age

Taking your first online course? Do you have the skills for it? The Tutoring Center has a workshop for that! The Success in the Digital Age Workshop is designed to help students to become familiar with the basics computer skills needed to be successful in an online class. We will walk you through logging in to the system for the first time, setting up your password reset, SSCC alerts, how to create word documents, how to create PowerPoints, a demonstration on MyLibrary, a demonstration on MyTechSupport, and insure you are able to log-onto MyCanvas.

Fall 2020 Success in the Digital Age CRDW 0099
  • CRDW 0099 C01 & C02 | Mon, Aug. 10 | Central Campus, Rm. 101 | 9am - 12pm & 1 - 4pm
  • CRDW 0099 W01 & W02 | Tues, Aug. 11 | Fayette Campus, Rm. 125 | 9am - 12pm & 1 - 4pm
  • CRDW 0099 S01 & S02 | Wed, Aug. 12 | Brown Campus, Rm. 207 | 9am - 12pm & 1 - 4pm

Contact the Tutoring Center at 937.393.3431 x2825 or x2882 for more information.