Preparation before Class
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Skills for Success

Get ready for your online classes and enhance the academic and technical skills you need for success in the online learning environment!

The State of California's Online Education Initiative (OEI) has developed an innovative set of interactive tutorials and tools, which may increase your chances of success in an online course.

Whether this is your first time taking online classes, or you have taken a few online courses in the past, these tutorials are interactive, helpful, and tailored to your need to help you prepare for online classes!

  1. Make sure that you can access your El Camino College (ECC) email. Important announcements from the campus and instructors are usually sent to your ECC email.  For assistance with your ECC email, you may chat with technical support or call Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk at (310) 660-6571.
  2. Know and take advantage of the academic resources provided by El Camino College
  3. Learn Student Readiness Tutorials
  4. The Learning Management System (LMS) used in your class is Canvas, and the college-supported LMS used by all instructors. Make sure your Canvas login works. Once logged in, you may not see your class(es) yet. This is not a problem; most instructors do not publish their classes until the first day of class. Having the correct Canvas username and password is what's important at this point. 
  5. On the First Day of Class
    • Login to your course
    • Navigate the site and get familiar with the structure of the course
    • Read the Syllabus, Announcements and Assignments
    • Contact your instructor if you have questions regarding the class 


Online Readiness and Success

Preparing for Online Classes
Readiness and Success Tutorial
How to Acclimate to Learning Online



Technology Requirements

In an online and hybrid class most of your readings and assignments will be in ECC’s Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, so you need to make certain that you will have access to a computer and Internet often enough to complete your course. (You’ll usually need to log in every day or two). If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use the On-Campus Computer Labs.

What technology do I need to take an online course?


It is best to have a desktop/laptop computer (or other device — iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, smartphone) that is less than three years old and have one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 and newer
  • Mac OSX 10.10 and newer
  • Linux - chromeOS

This is a list of basic computer system requirements to use Canvas. It is always recommended to use the most up-to-date versions and better connections. Canvas will still run with the minimum specifications, but you may experience slower loading times.


A satellite, cable, or DSL connection is faster than dial-up service and will not cause you major stress while waiting for data and pages to load.


Because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release. We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plug-in.

Click here to learn more about browser requirements


For some courses, you may be required to have one or more plug-in application programs such as:

Generally, plug-in software is already present on your computer. Your instructor should give you the minimum plug in requirements for your class.