Online FAQ

What is an online course?

An online course is a recognized college class delivered completely over the Internet. By accessing a password protected web site you receive directions for proceeding through the course. To see if you have the skills needed for an online course, see our FAQ entitled Is Online Learning Right for You?


What is Canvas?

Online courses at EAC use the Canvas Course Management system to provide a password-protected internet site where your course content is presented, assignments are completed and tests are taken. It is a secure, easy to use environment that makes online learning as easy as possible.


What will happen after registering for an online course?

Shortly before the semester begins, you should receive course-specific information from the instructor. Any communication from your instructor will be sent to your official email address. See our Monster ID page if you don't know what user name and password to use.


When will my course be available?

You will be able to log in to your course three days before the on-campus semester begins. This will give you a chance to get in early and make sure your computer is configured correctly, check that you know your login information, and let you get familiar with the structure and schedule of your course. Your course will also be available for five days after the end of the semester so that you can check your grades or make any final communication with your instructor. You must login to your course by, or on, the start date of the course OR contact your instructor by the first week of classes if there are concerns OR you may be dropped from your course. Depending upon the instructor, there may also be first week assignments that must be completed the first week to avoid being dropped.


When do I do my work?

The short answer is: whenever it works best for you. Most online courses give students a series of assignments and deadlines, but the actual scheduling of your study and completion of assignments and tests is accomplished at your own pace. For example, an online course can be "attended" before work, after your children are in bed, or entirely on the weekend.


Is my home computer strong enough to handle an online course?

Most home computers, laptops, and desktops manufactured within the last 5-7 years are typically capable of handling online courses on Canvas, our Learning Management System (LMS). However, it's important to ensure that your device meets the minimum system requirements for the best learning experience. See the following information for complete requirements: What are the browser and computer requirements for Instructure products?

Please note that some courses may have additional software or hardware requirements specific to their content.  Additionally, while Canvas offers mobile apps for iOS and Android, a laptop or desktop computer may be necessary for most online classes to ensure optimal functionality and ease of use.

How are tests handled?

Some instructors deliver all of their tests completely online within Canvas. Others require at least some of their tests to be proctored (you may have to make arrangements for a local librarian, clergy member, high school counselor or military commanding officer to verify your identity and oversee your tests). The information provided by your instructor will contain specifics about the course's test policies.