eLearning training and support

Explore the world of online learning at Whatcom Community College! A variety of high-quality academic courses are available online to meet your needs. The eLearning pages connect you to resources and tools that will make your online learning experience a rewarding one.

Orientation to online learning

Click here for the schedule of on-campus orientation sessions for the upcoming quarter.

Getting-started messages

Are you taking an online or hybrid class? Each quarter the Student Help Desk sends a series of getting-started email messages about using Canvas and other computing resources. If you didn't get the messages or didn't save them, click below to view them online.

#1: You're registered in an online or hybrid class! [Click here for text-only version]

Important dates; A note about hybrid classes; Logging into your class; For your eyes only; Using a mobile device; Computer skills you'll need; Canvas Student Guide

#2: Your fall quarter online or hybrid class gets underway soon!  [Click here for text-only version]

Important dates; A note about hybrid classes; Logging into your class; For your eyes only; How's your class going?; Canvas Student Guide

#3: Get off to a strong start in your online or hybrid class!  [Click here for text-only version]

Important dates; Logging into your class; How's your class going?; Using a mobile device; Your student network account; Canvas Student Guide

#4: Survive and thrive in your online or hybrid class!  [Click here for text-only version]

How's your class going?; Anti-procrastination strategies; Remote access with VMware; Canvas Student Guide

#5: Be a standout in your online or hybrid class!  [Click here for text-only version]

Your reaction, please; How's your class going?; More information about resources; If you need to withdraw from your class

Keep your courses secure!

Avoid giving anyone else access to your Canvas, WAMAP, or other online coursework accidentally or on purpose.

  • After you log in for the first time, change your password.  If you change it to your student network account password, it'll be easier to remember. 
  • Protect your username and password.  That unique combination lets you -- and only you -- access your courses.
  • If you use a campus computer, log out of your course before you leave.
  • Some courses, particularly math courses, may require in-person testing where we'll ask you to verify your identity.
  • Remember that the student code of conduct, including the section on academic integrity, applies to you no matter what the format of your courses.

WCC eLearning inclement weather procedure

In the event of inclement weather, all online courses, including the online portion of hybrid courses, will be conducted as scheduled. Closures or delays announced for the Whatcom Community College campus will not apply to online instruction. However, a closure or delay may affect an on-campus proctored exam for an online course. In such a case, the instructor will notify the students of the revised exam time and location.

A student whose normal access to the internet is interrupted by inclement weather (for example, because of a power outage) is expected to make an effort to meet course deadlines by going to another location with internet access. However, individuals must make decisions to protect their own health and safety if conditions make it unsafe to travel. A student who cannot reach a location with internet access should contact the instructor as soon as possible. 

Have a question about eLearning or need more information?

Contact the Student Help Desk for technology questions; Advising and Career Services for all other types of questions.