Step 1: Be Sure to Create your NetID Account
Your NetID account can be used to log in to your e-mail, campus computers, MyBC portal, online classes, and more. Helpful Link: NetID Management
Step 2: Purchase your Books
If you buy your books online, be sure to place your order in advance so your books arrive before the beginning of the quarter. Helpful Link: Bellevue College Bookstore
Step 3: Be Aware of BC Attendance Policy
- Log in to your Canvas class the first-day classes start.
- It is very important to attend all your classes on the very first day.
- Read your class syllabus and let your instructor know if you have questions.
- If you know ahead of time that you will miss class, it is critical that you contact your instructor before the quarter starts. Helpful Link: Employee Directory
- If you do not contact the instructor beforehand and you do not log in to an online/hybrid course within the first two days of the quarter, your instructor may request that you be automatically withdrawn from the class.
- If you are dropped, it will be no later than the fifth business day of the quarter and you will receive a 100% refund minus a drop-processing fee.
Step 4: Make Sure your Technology Works
At Bellevue College, we use Canvas, Bellevue College’s Learning Management System (LMS), to deliver online and hybrid classes. Students are expected to know how to use Canvas; your instructors will not be teaching you how to use Canvas.
- Read more about basic computer specifications for Canvas: Canvas Specifications
- Read more about which browsers Canvas supports: Browsers Supported by Canvas
If you are going to buy a computer, select something reliable, and more importantly, make sure that you have access to a fast Internet connection. Slow computers and a poor Internet connection can significantly increase the time it takes for you to access and complete the requirements for your online course.
If you struggle with a technical issue, the Information Technology Service Desk is here to support you. Helpful Link: Technical Support at Bellevue College
Step 5: Check out our Student Canvas Training Options
Canvas training is very important for your success in an online or a hybrid class. We have different options for you:
- Student Canvas Online Workshop: “How to use Canvas” are scheduled at the start of every quarter.
- Workshops are held over four consecutive half days and Faculty-led.
- Registration begins four weeks prior to the end of the current quarter.
- Read what students are saying about Online Workshops.
- Student Canvas Live Training sessions are held for the first five days of the quarter.
- Workshops are 60 minutes long.
- This is a brief introduction to Canvas plus a Q&A session.
- Log into our Zoom session each day at 11:00 am or 1:00 pm.
- Canvas Student Training Reference Short, targeted nuggets of information are listed in this Canvas Training Reference. This is designed to help our students learn how to use Canvas.
- Student Canvas Training all quarter long! Email us for answers to your Student Canvas Training questions and to arrange your Peer to Peer Canvas Training Q&A at email@example.com.
- Getting Started video series by ITS These five recordings cover: How to find the Canvas login page from the BC homepage, How to view your username or change your password, How to ensure that Canvas runs smoothly on your computer, where to get help if it does not, How to login to Canvas using your username and password, How the Canvas platform uses the Dashboard, handles Assignments, Quizzes, and the Discussions.
Step 6: Accessing your Online Course
Now that you have taken a Canvas workshop, it is time to access your online course. You can log-in after 8 a.m. on the first day of the quarter. Attend all your classes from the start of the quarter. If you do not attend the first two class sessions or log in to an online/hybrid course within the first two days of the quarter, your instructor may request that you be administratively withdrawn from the class. If you know ahead of time that you will miss class, it is critical that you contact your instructor before the quarter starts.
If you are having trouble with Canvas, take a look at our self-help guides below:
- Why can’t I see my course(s)?
- Having trouble logging in?
- Common error messages in Canvas.
- General troubleshooting in Canvas.
- Where can I get help with Canvas?
Step 7: Review the Student Central website
Student Central advisers support your success using a full-service approach for all the departments listed below. Working in consultation with you, our advisers resolve issues, answer questions, and provide information about your next best steps based on your individual needs.
Last Updated August 4, 2021