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SLCC will always take your safety seriously. In the event of a campus disruption, SLCC may choose to move instruction to a remote environment. If courses move to a remote environment, we have created this resource to help you continue to get the most out of your education.

**Note: This page will not cover every situation. You should listen to your instructor for more information about what they will be doing with each of your individual courses.**

Step 1: Listen to Your Instructor

Your primary source of contact for changes to your course(s) will be your instructor. Check your email, make sure that you have notifications turned on in Canvas, and guarantee that you have done the following:

  • Log into your Bruinmail email account (How-to guide)

  • Log into Canvas (How-to guide)

    • Check Announcements (How-to guide) to see if your instructor has posted their plan for the new online version of your class.

  • Set up your Canvas notifications (How-to guide) to receive the latest information.

Step 2: Succeed in a Remote Learning Environment

You can do this! Remote learning is a bit different than what you have experienced in face-to-face class, but we have created a resource that gives some tips for success.

You can use the links below to go to specific parts of the resource or you can just go straight to the Getting Started with Remote Learning course to access all of the information. 

Ask questions, ask questions, and ask more questions! Your instructor can answer specific questions related to your class. Reach out to them.

Step 3: Learn How to Use Canvas

Your experience in Canvas may be very limited or you might be used to taking fully online classes. Whatever your comfort level, we’re here to give you some pro-tips to take your Canvas abilities to the next level. 

**Note: Don’t fret with any issues that you have in Canvas. Whenever you have a question, check the Canvas guides below and if you still can’t find an answer please call the 24/7 Canvas Support hotline. They will walk you through any issues that you may be having.**

So, let’s begin with an overview of Canvas and setting up your profile and notifications.

Now let's jump into specific features of Canvas:

This is a brief summary of some of the most commonly used features in Canvas. There are a lot more. So, if you run into a topic that you want to know more about, take a look at the following resources provided by Canvas:

Step 4: Learn How to Use Audio and Video Conferencing

Instead of meeting in a physical classroom, your instructor may decide that the most efficient way to change to a remote learning situation is to use an online audio and video conferencing tool (i.e. something like a group version of Skype/FaceTime/Facebook Messenger video calls). Your instructor may have chosen a different tool based on the needs of your class. However, the two most common conferencing tools used for remote instruction at SLCC are:

Step 5: You May Want Additional Resources—We’ve Got You Covered!

**Note: If you can’t get your question answered above or below, do not worry! As the transition to remote education continues we will continue to add resources to help you out. We can do this, and you can help! Let us know if there is a general question that is not answered here and you think it should be. Email us at Be sure to mention “Learn Anywhere: Learn in Canvas During a Prolonged Campus Closure” in your email.**

Some places to look to answer additional questions


There are numerous questions that you might have that we have not answered above. Here are some of the ones that we have received in the past.


  • Attendance—What happens to my attendance/participation grade?

    • Your attendance may be required for synchronous class meetings. So, attendance may work exactly like it had been working in the face-to-face version of your course.

  • Class Time—Will I need specific times set aside?

    • It is possible that you may have the exact same class time that you had when you were meeting face-to-face. Each class will adapt to remote learning in a different way. So, be sure to ask your instructor for more details.

  • “Classroom”—What does “class” look like now?

    • Class may look pretty much the same with the exception of meeting remotely. That means that you might be using Zoom or Conferences to listen to your instructor, see their PowerPoints, or have in-class discussions in small groups. You can pretty much do everything you can do in a face-to-face class except for handshakes!

    • It is also possible that your class will not be meeting at the same time, and you will be using Canvas pages to listen to lectures, view PowerPoints, and use online discussion boards. Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible, but some changes are inevitable. Your education comes first.

  • Course Assignments—Do I still have to do things for my courses?

    • Yes, but what you have to do may change. We strongly encourage you to contact your instructor for a list of what has changed. Just be mindful that this is a difficult time for your instructor as well. So, their answer may be that they are not sure yet.


  • Proctorio—My instructor said that we’re going to use Proctorio for exams. What is that? (How-to guide)

  • Testing Centers—I was told that I still need to take an exam at a testing center. What are my options? Contact SLCC’s Testing Center

  • Canvas Exams—My class’s tests will now be in Canvas. How do I take a test in Canvas? Take a look at the Canvas How-to guide


  • No Internet or slow internet at home—If I can’t get internet at home, or if my internet at home is too slow to run the web conferencing tool, what can I do?

    • Campus is still open, and we have free Wi-Fi for students. We encourage you to maintain your own safety, but we provide free internet access for all students in each of the campus buildings and even out into the amphitheatre at Redwood campus. Go enjoy class in the sun!

    • Would you like to use your smart phone as a hotspot for Internet connectivity (having unlimited data through your cell service provider is recommended)? Currently enrolled students can check out a hotspot from the libraries. See the library's Wi-Fi Hotspots FAQ for more information.

  • Bad Internet—I have internet at home, but it is too slow to run the web conferencing tool. 

    • Consider coming into campus to use our free Wi-Fi.

    • Let your faculty know. They may be able to record the lecture and let you watch it later. There may be other alternatives to help you out as well that may be specific to your class’s situation.

**Note: If you didn’t get your question answered above, do not worry. We’re all going through a rough transition. We can do this, and you can help! Let us know if there is a general question that is not answered here and you think it should be. Email us at Be sure to mention “Learn Anywhere: Learn in Canvas During a Prolonged Campus Closure.”**

REV EZ 08/16/21