WELCOME NEW ONLINE STUDENTS!
Welcome to the Online Orientation for Douglas Education Center! You will be asked to watch a series of short videos. These videos are designed to help you get off to a great start on your education career here at DEC.
DEC’s Online Orientation introduces you to the DEC campus, website, departments, and procedures / policies. It will also teach you how to use Portal as well as Canvas, DEC’s Learning Management System (LMS). All hybrid / online students are enrolled in Orientation prior to the start of their first online course. Just like an online class, Orientation can be completed in one sitting or over the course of several visits, and is available to view through the duration of your time at DEC. The videos guide you through the Orientation process and direct you to the appropriate person to answer any questions about resources, technology, or instructor expectations.
Orientation consists of three (3) series:
- 1. Introduction to DEC and Email
- 2. Introduction to Portal
- 3. Introduction to Canvas
Each series has a specific focus and provides you with instructions to help you be successful in DEC’s online and hybrid courses. Activities include: meeting and interacting in an online discussion, updating notification preferences, keeping track of due dates, submitting assignments, checking grades, using mobile devise to access course content, setting up messaging and email, etc.
Students who are registered for online or hybrid courses are required to complete the Online Orientation before the end of the first online academic week of their first online course to become familiarized with the technology and requirements of the online learning environment and DEC’s LMS.