How to Get Started in Distance Education
To begin learning online, follow these Ten Steps to Success in Distance Education.
1. Take the Distance Education Readiness Self-Assessment
Am I Ready for Online Learning? - Use this self-assessment tool to determine whether distance learning is right for you.
2. Apply to Attend Cañada
The Cañada College Application for Admission is online at CCCApply. After applying, you will receive a "G Number, " which you will need to register on WebSmart and participate in your classes on WebAccess.
3. Apply for Financial Aid
4. Attend Orientation (Required)
The Orientation provides new students with a quick overview of college procedures and course scheduling, academic expectations, financial assistance, registration and assessment processes, and tips for student success.
You are exempt from the New Student Orientation program if you can show evidence of having completed 12 or more college applicable units at another accredited college or university in the United States.
To sign up for the online orientation or to submit documentation to request exemption for the New Student Orientation, contact Jeanne Stalker at 650-306-3334/3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Assess Your Skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (Required)
The Assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics is also required. To schedule an assessment on campus, call (650) 306-3452. Cañada will also accept assessment test results (COMPASS & Accuplacer) from other California community colleges.
You are exempt from taking the placement tests if you have taken the College Board Advanced Placement Test in English or in math and scored above a 3, have completed the EAP and have tested into transfer-level English and/or math or have completed the prerequisite coursework at an accredited college in the United States.
6. Attend a Counseling Session (Required)
Counseling services can be provided either through e-counseling or by setting up a half-hour phone appointment with one of our counselors through the Counseling Services office. (E-counseling services are available during the fall and spring semesters.) You are exempt from the Counseling component if you can show evidence of having completed 12 or more college-applicable units at another accredited college.
To make a phone appointment with a counselor or to submit documentation to request exemption for the Counseling component, contact our Welcome Center at 650-306-3452.
7. Register for Classes and Pay Fees (Required)
Use WebSchedule to find online classes. On the Advanced tab, select Cañada, the term you want to register for, and the type of class you want (online, hybrid, or web-assisted). Then click "Search for all classes."
Register using WebSmart on or after your assigned registration date. New students receive their registration appointment once they have completed the orientation, assessment and counseling session. Continuing students are notified by email of their WebSmart registration date.
8. Purchase or Rent Books (Required)
9. Log in to your online class before the first day of the semester. (Required)
10. Get involved and use support services.
- Keep up with your assignments each week and get to know your classmates through discussion forums, group projects, and other opportunities for interaction.
- Contact your instructor if you are uncertain about any course assignments.
- Make use of counseling and other Support Services for DE.