Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Why aren’t my classes appearing on Canvas?
Answer: There are several possibilities. Canvas courses are generally available to students on the first day of the semester, but may be open the week before classes begin or possibly earlier if the instructor is allowing early access to their courses. If the semester has started and you don’t see your Canvas courses, please contact the Online Learning/Canvas Helpdesk as soon as possible. Also keep in mind that if you do not pay your tuition by the required date, you will be dropped from your courses-this includes your Canvas courses! Please bear in mind that not every course you enroll in will have a Canvas component. If your course has a web designation (i.e. web enhanced, hybrid, or online) then it will likely have a Canvas course component.
Question: What kind of software will I need to complete my Canvas course?
Answer: Basic applications such as word processors, web browsers (these are free), web media players and plugins (i.e. Flash, Adobe Reader, free PowerPoint viewer, etc…free as well) are recommended. Although, a word processor such as Microsoft Word is recommended, any word processor that allows you to save files in Rich Text Format (RTF) shoud work, as these files are readable by virtually all word processors. Specific information on required Canvas course software can be obtained from your instructor.
Question: What if I’ve been dropped from my Canvas course for non-payment or due to attendance issues or lack of participation? I did a significant amount of work-I plan to re-enroll-will I lose my work?
Answer: Any work you completed in Canvas before you were dropped will return once you officially re-enroll in the course.
Question: Can I just re-enroll by calling the Online Learning/Canvas Helpdesk?
Answer: No. You will need to officially re-enroll in your courses to be added back to any courses you have dropped or any new courses. Online Learning/Canvas Helpdesk staff DO NOT enroll students. The Registration Office can help you with the enrollment process (636-584-6901).
Question: Do I have to come to an orientation? How can I tell?
Answer: Some web online and hybrid courses require students to come to campus for course specific orientations. Other courses may utilize online orientations. This is decided by your instructor and can be found by viewing the specific course information in the online course schedule (http://www.eastcentral.edu/common/classes/). If you have concerns or questions about the orientation be sure to contact your instructor as they can provide you with detailed information.
Question: I need some help using Canvas?
Answer: Use the Canvas Online Orientation and view the student tutorials and help files to familiarize yourself with Canvas and Canvas related tasks. You can also call the Online Learning/Canvas Helpdesk (636-584-6609) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about Canvas or online learning in general.
Question: Why does ECC require proctored assessments for web online courses and how much are they worth?
Answer: The main reason for this requirement is to ensure academic integrity through identity verification. Our accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, asks us “How do you know the person on the roster is the person completing the work in an online class?” The best way to answer that question is to require at least one proctored assessment for which student identity may be verified. Please note that for most courses the value of proctored assessments is roughly 30% of the course grade. That value may be dispersed among several proctored assessments or based on a proctored final exam. For specific information concerning proctored exams in a particular course please consult the course instructor.
Question: Where can I take my proctored assessments?
Question: What if I am unable to come to a physical location to take an exam and I must take my exam from home?
Question: How long do I have to complete the proctored assessment?
Question: What happens when I come to one of the testing centers to take a test?
Question: Can instructors proctor their own assessments?
Question: Are proctored exams required for web hybrid courses?
Question: Is there a cost or fee for proctored testing?
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