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Online Learning

Canvas student orientation

The Canvas student orientations are optional. You do NOT have to take one to use Canvas, however, if you have never used Canvas you might consider taking either an online orientation or one in person.

Video Tour of Canvas

Watch this short video to get a quick tour of Canvas from one of your fellow students!

Self-Paced Online Orientations

Not sure how to use Canvas? Step through an online orientation on how to use Canvas as a student.

Canvas Student Orientation course - Self enroll in this self-paced Canvas course to learn how to use Canvas as a student. At the end you'll earn a digital badge!

Canvas Student Videos - Series of short videos (~5 mins) designed to help you learn how to use Canvas.

Live Orientation on Zoom

Join us for a FREE zoom orientation to Canvas, the software that Foothill instructors use to teach online and hybrid classes. No registration is required.

If you are registered, have your Student ID handy so you can log into Canvas and follow along during the session!

Students are NOT required to attend live Zoom Canvas orientations.

Live Orientation Date

Tuesday, September 27 @ 11:00 a.m. - Noon.


~ OR ~
Tuesday, April 9 @ Noon


Wednesday, April 10 @ Noon

(Select a session that is convenient for you)



Wednesday, January 5 @ 3:00 pm

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Topics covered

Canvas Anatomy & General Use
  • How to login to & logout from Canvas
  • General parts of the Canvas Dashboard
  • Global Canvas menus
  • Ensure student’s correct email is registered in Account Settings
  • Setup Notifications, Announcements, and Conversation messages as desired
  • “To Do” list on far-right side
  • “Coming Up” list on far-right side
  • What to do if your class(es) are not displayed on the Dashboard
  • Canvas Inbox
  • Pronto
Navigating & Participating in Your Course(s)
  • Course tiles on the Dashboard
  • Getting into a Course – What to do first?
  • Course Menus
  • Overview the Common Parts of a Course
  • Syllabus
  • Modules
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Quizzes
  • Studio
  • Grades
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