Distance Education Student Orientations @ VC


Types of Student Orientations

All courses are now taught solely in Canvas. If you sense a need for support with online learning or using Canvas, there are two types of orientations: the Self-paced online or a live consultation with one of our student workers.  After successfully completing the orientation, you will receive a certificate which may count towards class credit. Please contact your instructor for more information about whether completing the DE student orientation is required or not. We also offer the Quest for Success self reflection tool to self assess your readiness for online courses.


Orientation Type

Dates & Times

Self-Paced Online Orientation: This self-paced online tutorial is ideal for the student who is somewhat familiar with online instruction or is an independent self directed learner.  Students can take this course from any computer that has access to the Internet, and it is available 24/7.  We will be opening the Fall 2019 Session of the Orientation on August 5, 2019. 

The Orientation runs from August 5, 2019 to November 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Student Online Orientation Fall 2019


The Live DE Student Orientations: Live technical orientations in Canvas are hosted by our student specialists.   Please contact our VC DE Student Help Line to arrange a time to meet in the LRC BEACH computer area.  The live student orientations are roughly 90 minutes in length.  If you do not complete everything at that time, you can finish the tutorial online from anywhere.

To Schedule a Live Orientation, please contact us at


Note: Live orientations will only be offered during the time the
online orientation is being offered. (August 5 - November 4)

Is this your first online course? Are you wondering if you are ready to be an online student?  Do you need some advice on best practices as an online student?   Here is a great online workshop about being an online student.  It is called Quest for Success.

Quest for Success Fall 2019
Students, do you have a question about Canvas and/or your online class? Please contact Ventura College Distance Education Student Help.

VC Distance Education Student Help Desk