Training for Online Students

Training for Online Students


We are excited that you're joining us to get familiar with online learning at the San Diego Community College District. To start your online student training we have created a video tutorial to help you prepare for your online courses. You can start watching by clicking here.



Check out our video tutorial here: Get Ready.

It's never too early to begin preparing for your online class. There are several resources available to get you ready for online learning at the San Diego Community College District.

Readiness Assessment

Click here for a quick video tutorial of the Readiness Assessment.
Enroll in Quest for Online Success to find out if online learning is right for you. It's a great way to prepare yourself for online learning. 



Check out our video tutorial here: Succeed.

Tips for Success

 Check out our Online Student Tips for Success (pdf) for some helpful advice to being successful online.

Netiquette Guidelines

An online class is different from other websites. Professional and courteous behavior is expected, even if you aren't meeting with your class in person. Read through the Netiquette Guidelines for Online Students to find out more about proper behavior in the online setting.

Student Code of Conduct

All students should be familiar with the College Policies - Student Code of Conduct at the San Diego Community College District. 

Technical Support Services

 For technical assistance, our helpdesk staff are standing by 24/7 to assist you. Canvas Support Chat



Check out our video tutorial here: Explore.

Canvas is the Learning Management System at the San Diego Community College District. The resources on this page help you to begin exploring Canvas. And you'll find a link to the Online Student Tutorials page, where you'll find several more tutorials for online students. 

Logging into Canvas

You won't be able to login and access your course until the first day that the course starts. On the first day of class, you can use the information on this page to login to Canvas.

  • Go to the Canvas Login Page.
  • Type your Username : 10-digit College Student Identification (ID) number
  • Type your Password: mmddyyyy (birthdate with no hyphens, slashes, or spaces) 
  • For example: 0009010101 (ID number used at registration) 
                          06031980 (password for birthdate June 3, 1980)

Are you a returning student? Your password may no longer be set to your birthdate if you logged in during a previous semester and changed your password. If you need to reset a lost password, please access How to reset your password .

Course Navigation

Check out our video tutorial here: Canvas Demo.

How to navigate a course and an overview of Canvas tools (video tutorial).
This video tutorial will take you through a sample course on Canvas. Students get basic navigation instructions inside a Canvas course and an overview of the Canvas tools that are commonly used in online courses.

Update Your Email Address

How to update your email address in Canvas
This video tutorial shows students how to update their email address on Canvas. This is an important step to preparing for success online. Many system notifications and instructor announcements get forwarded to en external email address. It's imperative that students use a current email address and check it often.

Looking for more tutorials? There are several more tutorials available for our online students at SDCCD. Be sure to check out the entire list of student tutorials on our Online Student Tutorials page.



If you're looking for more practice using Canvas or a chance to familiarize yourself with an online Canvas Course you can self enroll into the SDCCD's Online Student Practice Course. The Practice course will take the student through a series of modules where they will learn the rules and expectations of online classes as they progress through the interactive assignments of course. The Student Practice Course will show students how to use Canvas and what they can do to maximize their success in an online course. 


5. Finish

Congratulations on completing this training.