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Online & Hybrid Course

Online Courses
Online courses are designed to offer all instruction and traditional course interactions in an online environment via a learning management system. Online courses provide students the benefit of independent learning and a more flexible schedule. Online courses are not for every student. It is essential to have the self-discipline required of independent learning. Access to a computer is necessary for the success of the course.

Hybrid (Blended) Courses
Hybrid (Blended) courses are typically held on-campus for 50% of the course, while the other half of the course is held online via a learning management system. Hybrid courses are designed to give students the benefits of both the classroom setting and the independence of the online learning environment. Access to a computer necessary for the success of the course.

Here are some frequently asked questions about online learning

How do I know if an online or hybrid course is right for me?
Should I take more than one online or hybrid course per semester?
What do I need on my home computer to take an online course?
How do I access my Canvas course?

May I access my courses in Canvas before the first day of class?

What if I try to access Canvas, but I don’t see the enrolled course on my screen?
How do I contact my instructor?


1. How do I know if an online or hybrid course is right for me? Ask a counselor what is involved in an online course. Honestly reflect on your own level of self-motivation and self discipline. Determine your own ability to engage in self-directed reading and other assignments.
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2. Should I take more than one online or hybrid course per semester? This depends on your initial assessment of your self-motivation, as well as the time you have to devote to each course. Online classes are not designed to take up less time than an in-class course. They are designed to give you the flexibility to “attend” class when it is most convenient for you.
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3. What do I need on my home computer to take an online course? To access your SCCC online course you will need a high speed internet connection such as DSL, Cable, etc. You should also have access to Microsoft Powerpoint and Word, Adobe Acrobat, and the latest Shockwave and Flash Browser plugins. You will need to disable your popup blocker or set it to “always allow popups from the Canvas/SCCC address”. Your specific course may require other software, and you will need to check with your professor to find out what course related materials you will need.
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1. How do I access my Canvas course?
a. Log on to the Canvas site at https://sussexccc.instructure.com/login/canvas or click on one of the Canvas icons on our homepage.
b. Your Username and Password are the same as the SCCC Student Portal
c. The courses that you’re enrolled in will appear on the homepage the day they begin.
d. Send your instructor an e-mail via Canvas to let him/her know you have accessed the course. You may not be contacted by your instructor until s/he has received this email.
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2. May I access my courses in Canvas before the first day of class? No. Your course will not be available until the first day of class.
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3. What if I try to access Canvas, but I don’t see the enrolled course on my screen? If you can log-in to Canvas, and your course isn’t there, this means you have not been added into the class. Make sure that you e-mail your instructor, to let him/her know you are enrolled in the class.
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4. How do I contact my instructor? Leave a message for your instructor with the faculty secretary at 973-300-2165, or click here for the campus directory.
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Computer Requirements• Students must have a home computer with access to the Internet and an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, FireFox, or Safari. If you have a lower version, you may not be able to see all of the material or use the software appropriately.

• Depending on your course, you may need other programs such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Windows Media Player or a viewer for PowerPoint.

Support Information
If you have questions about the content of your course, directions, or requirements, send an e-mail to your instructor right away. Being online means you must be proactive in communicating with your instructor.

If you have trouble using Canvas: (logging on, submitting an assignment, responding to a forum post, submitting a test, or some other technical issue) please contact support@instructure.com, or call (844) 878-9257.

For additional information, please click the Online and Distance Learning Handbook.