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Getting Started with Canvas and Online Learning

Are you ready for your Online / Hybrid Classes? Find out here!

What is Canvas?
Moreno Valley College, Norco College and Riverside City College have made the switch to Canvas from Blackboard. Canvas is a Learning Management System, very much like Blackboard, that is used to deliver your Online, Hybrid or Web Enhanced courses. All courses will be taught in Canvas starting the Winter 2019 term.

How do I log in to Canvas?

    For the current term: if you recently registered, you may need to wait up to 4 hours before you will be able to access.
    If you are a new student, or the term has not yet started: you will not be able to access until 2 weeks prior to the scheduled start date. Check your start date!
  • Before logging into Canvas, be sure that your browser & system have met the requirements listed on
    the Canvas system requirements page
  • Go to the Canvas login. All distance education courses are accessed from the Distance Education webpage.
  • Your username is the same as your RCCD issued student email address.
    Examples for an RCCD student email address with the name of John Doe might be:
  • New students using Canvas: your default Password is "newstudent" (all lowercase, no quotes).
    Returning students using Canvas: your Password has not changed from what you last used.  
  • Once logged into Canvas, you will see a list of your classes on the Dashboard or Courses link.
  • Be sure to vist the Getting Started with Canvas shell for more information, how to get help, tutorials and more!

What if I need help?
Support and help are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week because we want you to have help when you need it. Contact Canvas Support toll free by calling (844) 603-4264.
You can also click the Report a Problem link from Help & More link on the main login screen, or within the global Canvas Navigation.

Is online learning for me?
The online environment is not for everyone. Unfortunately, some people may have an unrealistic impression or the incorrect idea that taking online classes is the "easy" route. Although you might not have to attend classes, you will still have to:

  • read your textbooks and other materials
  • write papers
  • engage in class discussions with classmates/teachers by posting to discussion boards
  • complete activities, tests or other assessments
  • participate in individual and group projects
  • spend as much time on your online class as you would if attending on campus

In many ways, online courses can be more difficult than their traditional on-campus counterparts. To get a good idea of your chances for success as an online student, take the survey to find out if online learning is the answer for you.

You can also view the Online Student Readiness Tutorials.

How do I know what courses are available through Distance Education?
The schedule of classes includes a list of courses that are available fully online and courses that combine online and face-to-face instruction. See the course schedules for Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Norco.

Is there a list of courses, certificates or degrees that are offered through Distance Education?
Faculty determine which courses will be offered as fully online or as hybrids. Not every course is available through distance education. Each year the list grows and, as a result, many certificates and degrees are offered 50% or more through distance education:

What if I need help with WebAdvisor?
Information and login tutorials are available at

Can I order my textbooks online?
Order your textbooks online for delivery or reserve them for pickup on-campus:

I live in another state, why am I having problems enrolling in a Distance Education class?
Federal regulations require RCCD to ask for authorization from other states to offer distance education to students who live outside California. More information about the regulation, board policy and grievance contact information can be found on the Student Resources page.