Online Commons

First Time Online Students

Online Survival Guide - This survival guide contains information and links to online systems at San Juan College. This is a "must read" for first time students.

Getting Started Brochure - A two-page (legal-size 8.5x14) brochure version of the Online Survival Guide.

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Welcome to Online Learning at San Juan College! We are delighted to have you as a new online student. This letter will provide some steps that will help you get off to a great start!

You may be wondering, “I’m enrolled for classes, what do I do next?”

Step 1: New Student Orientation

One of the best ways to answer that question is to complete the New Student Orientation, if you have not already done so. This orientation contains information about important academic dates, tuition, technical support and the bookstore.

As you know, all of our online courses are taught via the Internet.

Step 2: Check your computer skills and technical requirements for online courses

Being successful in an online course is very similar to being successful in a traditional on-ground course. It never hurts to brush up your technical and time management skills. As an online student, you will need to have access to a fairly new computer with a reliable Internet connection.

San Juan Colleges delivers the majority of its online courses through a learning management system called Canvas (which is an acronym for A New Global Environment for Learning).

Step 3: How to use Canvas

Once you register for a course, you are automatically added to the Canvas course roster within 24 hours. San Juan College believes that Canvas is an easy to navigate and use tool. If you log into Canvas, you will see all of the courses you have registered for listed in the Courses nugget.

You may want to get in touch with your instructor before your online course starts.

Step 4: How to find and contact your instructor

EMAIL: Instructor names are listed in WebAdvisor and both the printed and online class schedules.

PHONE: You can call the SJC Main Switchboard at (505) 326-3311 or 1-800-247-6327, and ask for the instructor by name.

It is important that you log into Canvas early to make sure your username and password are working and that all of the courses you have registered for in WebAdvisor are listed.

Step 5: Getting started in your course

Remember, that most courses will not be open until the first day of the semester (or the posted start date in the schedule).

Once you enter the course, you will find specific information provided by your instructor on what to do next. It is best to follow those first day instructions exactly as the instructor has laid them out.

We love helping students succeed at San Juan College, so we have lots of ways to provide you with assistance.

Step 6: Getting help

The SJC Online Guide on the Side is the place to start – Marty Hill, our Coordinator for Online Student Support is your Online Guide on the Side. She will be glad to assist you in resolving any problem you may encounter with online learning. Feel free to contact Marty at any time during the application/advising/registration/first-day/in-course/end-of-course cycle. She will make sure that you get to the right person that can give you the correct information.

More detailed information on each of the 6 steps above can be found in both the brochure and the survival guide.

We are pleased that you have chosen to attend San Juan College as an online student, and are confident that you will be satisfied with your choice.