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by following these steps

Find out all of the steps you need to take to get registered for online classes.

NOTE: If you are new to Foothill College or if you were not registered last quarter then you must apply before you may register for classes.

Before registering you must submit an application to Foothill College. Visit the Foothill website for other important dates.
  1. Apply Online
    After you apply you must wait until your application has been processed before you can register for classes.
    The wait is usually about a day during registration.
  2. Contact Counseling - Academic advising help
  3. Financial Aid - Learn more at the Foothill website
  4. Online Degrees & Certificates - Browse fully online degrees and certificates
  5. View Online Course Descriptions - Decide which courses to take
  6. Registration
    • Add Codes - How and when to request an add code
  7. International Student Registration

Fully Online vs. Hybrid?

Look at the end of the section number for your class to find out if it is fully online or hybrid. Visit Online Course Information for the schedule.

Fully Online: If you see a W, then the class is fully online and takes place almost completely via the Internet. For example:

ACTG 001A.08W (ACTG F001A08W) is a fully online class because there is a "W" at the end of the section number.

Hybrid: If you see a Y, then the class is hybrid and takes place via the Internet AND on campus. For details, contact the instructor, Campus Directory.

Welcome to online learning

If you are new to online learning then step through the reality check to see if you are ready to be an online learner.

Reality Check

Complete our Reality Check to see if you are ready to be an online learner.

Step 1:

Take our Readiness self-assessment questionnaire now!

This questionnaire will give you an idea whether or not you have the personality traits, learning aptitude, technical knowledge, hardware and software, and study skills for online learning.

Step 2:

Complete the Online Student Readiness tutorials

Whether this is your first time taking online classes, or you have taken a few online courses in the past; you will find that these resources are tailored to your needs and are focused on enhancing the academic and technical skills needed for success in the online learning environment.

Additional Online Learning Resources

Do you need to sharpen some basic academic, professional, and personal skills?

Understanding College and College Life

U101: Understanding College and College Life - free online, Coursera, course by University of Washington

Describes how colleges and universities operate, describes what faculty are looking for in college-level academic work, lists effective study strategies and suggests ways to select a major, among other topics.

Public Speaking

Introduction to Public Speaking - free online, Coursera, course by University of Washington

Covers unique traits of oral versus written communication in order to help students prepare speeches that are easier to deliver orally and understand aurally. Focuses on understanding the key parts of an argument and drafting clear and concise arguments translates directly to other academic assignments. Study of the principles of argumentation and arrangement; critically examine our own speeches and the speeches of others. Academy

Canvas is your online classroom

Before the quarter starts

Canvas is the learning management software (LMS) that is used to access your online course.

After you registered for your course, you were given a Canvas account at Foothill if you did not already have one. You can log in to Canvas but you may NOT be able to access your course because most instructors do not grant access to their courses until the first day of the quarter.

How do I log in to Canvas? - Log in using your Student ID and password (same as MyPortal)

Be sure to check for email from your instructor at the email account that you provided when you applied for admission to Foothill College.

After the quarter starts

Please notify your instructor immediately if you are having problems accessing course materials. Do not put it off or quit logging on because if you don't "show up" for any length of time you may be dropped from the course. Please refer to the instructor's syllabus for "attendance and withdrawal" policy.

Use the Faculty Directory to find contact information for your instructor.

Learn how to use Canvas
Attend an orientation on campus or step through the online Student Canvas Orientation.
Last Updated July 10, 2017
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