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Online Education

Skip the commute! El Camino College meets you where you are. Our Online Education programs help you advance your career or education while balancing work and family – and you’ll get the same one-on-one mentoring and support as if you were on campus.

How It Works

Online learning is all about flexibility and convenience. Instead of commuting to campus, you’ll learn from the same professors and the same course materials through an interactive system called CANVAS.

  • You’ll have regular lessons each week.
  • Instructors post course materials, assignments, and announcements online.
  • You’ll listen to class lectures, complete assignments, participate in group activities, and do exams all online.

There’s a lot of fun too! Your professors will use the latest technology and multimedia tools to keep lectures engaging, and you’ll get to know your classmates in a unique learning community.


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Online Vs. Hybrid Courses

  • Online courses are completed fully online —there are no on-campus meetings.
  • Hybrid courses are partially online — there are some on-campus meetings. If you enroll in a hybrid course, check Canvas or the footnote in the Schedule of Classes for on-campus meeting dates and time.
  • A laptop or computer newer than 3 years old, that has one of the following operating systems: Windows 10 or newer, Mac OSX 10.10 or newer, Linux (ChromeOS)
  • At least one of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari
  • Built-in or external microphone and webcam
  • Headphones
  • Stable internet connection
  • A laptop or computer newer than 3 years old, that has one of the following operating systems: Windows 10 or newer, Mac OSX 10.10 or newer, Linux (ChromeOS)
  • At least one of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari
  • Built-in or external microphone and webcam
  • Headphones
  • Stable internet connection

 

Fast Facts About Distance Learning

  • The same learning objectives are used for all ECC classes whether it’s fully online, hybrid or on-campus.
  • Online and hybrid classes cost the same as traditional classes.
  • Distance learning courses fulfill the same educational requirements as traditional on-campus classes.
  • All ECC distance education classes are transferrable to four-year colleges and university

What to Expect

Distance learning requires self-motivation and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision – disciplines you’ll need for nearly every job out there.

Surprisingly, distance education courses require as much – if not more — work and time as traditional classes. Class assignments often require a lot of interaction and deep inquiry.

But even though online classes can be demanding, you’ll have the flexibility to work in your pajamas at home if you wish!

Frequently Asked Questions

At this time, if you do not physically live in California you are not permitted to take fully online courses from El Camino College.

ECC does not have the required permission for students from other states to take courses at ECC. This permission is required to maintain eligibility for students of that state to receive federal financial aid.

Until further notice, ECC is not filing for authorization to operate in other states. We recommend that if you are seeking community college courses look for classes offered from an institution in your own state.

Some instructors require students to be online at a particular time to take quizzes or exams, or to participate in chat sessions. You’ll find details in the class syllabus in Canvas.

You may – your professor will provide information about the text materials you’ll need via Canvas and on the first day of class.

Books and other materials may be available in the El Camino College Bookstore. They can ship your items to your home or you can pick them up in the store on campus.

Assistance with Canvas is available through the “Ask Us About Canvas” slide-out chat to the right.

We’re online to answer your questions Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If we miss your chat request, we’ll follow up the next morning.

It’s very important to contact your instructor as soon as possible if you’re having trouble. They’re available by phone or email, and all full-time professors hold weekly office hours. You’ll find contact information in Canvas and your class syllabus.

If you find you need help with the course material, check out the free tutoring options available from the ECC Learning Resources Center (LRC). We’ll help you prepare for tests, learn new concepts, improve study techniques, and answer questions about assignments.

Support for Success

Yes, but in order to receive a “W” (Withdrawal), you must withdraw before the deadline. Check MyECC or the ECC Schedule of Classes for the current semester’s deadline dates.

Remember that dropping a course is your responsibility—your instructor is not responsible for dropping you from your course!

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