Distance Education FAQs


Q: What courses does Cañada College offer in Distance Education?

A: We have a variety of general education (GE) courses as well as major class offerings associated with each program of study. Our Distance Education (DE) courses fulfill the general education requirements for the associate degree and many may be used for transfer requirements to satisfy the University of California or California State University lower division general education requirements. Your academic counselor can help you with your Student Education Plan and offer suggestions for online courses.

For information about degrees and certificates offered at College of San Mateo, Cañada College and Skyline College, please visit the District Distance Education Gateway.  

For a current view of courses available, go the WebSchedule. Here you can search for specific course types and subjects.

Q: How do I add a distance education after the semester has started?

A: If you were unable to complete your application and register before the first day of classes, contact the course instructor to obtain a 4-digit authorization code. 
Only an instructor is able to issue you an authorization code if there is room in the class. Once you have obtained the authorization code, you will need to go to WebSmart to enroll in the class and apply the authorization code to register. 

Q: How do I contact the instructor?

A: To contact your instructor, search for the instructor's information in the San Mateo County Community College District Directory by entering the instructor's name. Please allow time for your instructor to respond to you as they may be inundated with emails from other students who are trying to add the course. 

Q: Once I enroll in Distance Education courses, how do I get started? When is my first day of class?

A: To get started you will need to visit the SMCCD Canvas portal to connect to course content. Canvas will be the primary portal for DE courses, so you should log into this account often to locate information regarding your class(es).

Should you log into your Canvas account a few weeks prior to the start date of the course(s) and not see your class listed, it could be that your instructor may not have made the course(s) available to students. If you have any issues with, please contact Canvas Support. Also, registration information and emails from instructors will be sent to your my.smccd.edu student email account. You can expect to receive communication about your DE course(s) before the first day of school.

Q: How do I access my student email (@my.smccd.edu) account?

A: If you know your username and password, you can access your student email account by going to my.smccd.edu. If you don't know your email account information, you can always find it in WebSmart. Follow the SMCCD Accessing and Resetting Student Email tutorial for more information.

Once you log-in to our my.smccd.edu email account for the first time, we recommend setting up forwarding to have your school email sent to your personal email.

Q: What kind of support is available for distance education students?

A: Distance Education Student Support Services can be found on the Cañada DE Website.