At Chaffey, online education offers a flexible learning environment with on-demand embedded supports.
We use Canvas as our learning management platform, which connects you to your online course(s), instructor(s), and fellow classmates! From within Canvas you will be able to access and complete coursework, engage in discussion forums, participate in real-time meetings, and so much more!
Distance education, also known as online education, gives you a chance to take classes from home or wherever else you have access to a computer. Not everyone has the ability to make it to classes in person at specific times due to various other commitments.
With distance education, you complete your coursework at times that fit into your schedule. Despite the added flexibility, you’ll still be expected to fulfill requirements of in-person courses such as completing assignments, online activities such as quizzes and tests and interact with the instructor and other students.
Click through each tab in the section below to find information regarding registration
technical requirements, and other distance education basics.
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Getting Started With Online Education
Steps to Register and Enroll
Caffey College has one process for registering and enrolling in all classes at the college. The process is the same for online, hybrid, or face-tio-face classes. Please visit the college's Admissions and Records page for more information on enrlling in classes at Chaffey College.
Once you've completed all the registration requirements, you will be ready to start enrolling for onine education courses!
Register for your course(s) via MyChaffey
Need help registering for the courses you already chose? Reach out to an Admissions and Records Staff Member
Preparation before the term starts
Navigate through our Intro to Canvas course. This is a self-paced course that contains tutorials and instructions to prepare students for using Canvas at Chaffey College.
Two weeks before the term starts, access Canvas and the Student Support Hub. Students will have access to Canvas two weeks prior to their registered course(s) start date. This does not mean you will be able to access your course(s), it will allow you to see your course(s) in your future course list and access the Student Hub for immeditate online support.
Check your Panther email! Important communication from the college and your intructors will be sent to your college email. You can access your panther email by logging into your MyChaffey portal and selecting the Gmail icon.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are online education courses taught?
- Canvas - All distance education courses at Chaffey College are taught using Canvas, the college's learning management system.
- Online - Online classes are attended exclusively on the Internet. There are no regular on-campus meetings. However, some online classes do require specific dates or times or interactive Internet class activities. Instructors provide details of these and other requirements in the class syllabus. Students should log on to the college course management system after noon on the first scheduled day of the class.
- Hybrid - Hybrid classes are a combination of online and classroom instruction. Students meet with the instructor at the designated location on the stated days and times throughout the term. The first face-to-face meeting will take place the first scheduled week of the class. Students should refer to the schedule of classes for the class meeting dates, times and location.
How do I access my online course?
- Log in to your MyChaffey portal
- Select the Canvas link on the launch pad
- Start participating in your course by selecting the desired course card off your Canvas dashboard
What do I do if I can’t log in?
Don't panic, we are here to help! There may be a few reasons you cannot log in:
- You may be accessing too early. You may be attempting to access Canvas too soon. Students don't have access to Canvas until the course start date.
- You added a distance education course via an add code within the last 24 hours during a business day (Monday-Friday). Students who add a distance education course via an add code are uploaded into Canvas after one full business day.
If none of the reasons apply to you, please make sure to contact our help desk at (909) 652-6975.
Are there any scheduled days and times that online courses meet?
Online classes are attended exclusively on the Internet; there are no regular on-campus meetings. However, many online classes do require specific meeting dates and times for specific online activities. Instructors provide details of these and other requirements in the class syllabus.
If you are enrolled in a hybrid course, there are required meeting dates. Please check your course schedule, for information on meeting times and location.
How do I waitlist or add a distance education course?
Online Class Waitlist
The waitlist process for online classes, prior to the beginning of the semester, is the same as for face-to-face classes.
Online Class Add Process
Students wishing to add an online class after registration closes or after the class start date should email the instructor as soon as possible. The email to the instructor should include the following information: student’s full name, student ID number, position on waitlist (if applicable), and the name and section number of the course.
Faculty email addresses can be found on the employee directory page of the Chaffey College website.
Hybrid Waistlist and Add Process
Students wishing to add a hybrid course should attend the first class meeting on the day, time and location listed in the schedule of classes and on our online course list.
I received an “add code.” How do I use it?
If you have received an add code from an instructor, please be sure to use it as soon as possible. You would register through MyChaffey using the "Add Code Registration" link. If you have trouble registering using a valid add code, please contact one of our GPS Centers.
Is there an attendance policy for courses?
Attendance for an online course is established by your instructor. Make sure to read through your course syllabus to understand the course attendance policy. If you have questions about your attendance, please contact your instructor for more information.
Can I get dropped from a course because of attendance?
Attendance can be a factor for an instructor to initiate a drop. It is important to log in to your course as soon as possible on the course start date, read over the syllabus and complete any required "check-in" activity. First day attendance should be addressed somewhere in the course and/or within your course syllabus. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please contact your course instructor.
How do I learn more about preparing for online education?
California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative (OEI) has developed the online student readiness tutorials, a series of interactive multimedia tutorials that address the real challenges experienced by online students, new and experienced, while pursuing success in online classes.
The goal of these tutorials is to assist California community college students with developing the skills required to be successful in an online course. These tutorials are excellent resources for all students taking online, hybrid or enhanced courses.
There are eleven courses in the series with the longest one being 12 minutes. The link to the information page and videos can be found by selecting the following: Online Student Readiness Tutorials.
Need Canvas Technical Assistance?
There is 24/7 Canvas help available! Please call 1-844-589-3856 to receive assistance.
Need to speak with a staff member?
Contact our Online Eduation Help Desk at (909) 652-6975 or email email@example.com