FRC Distance Education
Canvas: The New FRC Online Course Environment
During Summer 2016 FRC began using the Learning Management System "Canvas" for online courses. Almost all courses are expected to be using Canvas by Fall 2016 and all courses will be using Canvas by Spring 2017. This is part of the state-wide "Online Education Initiative." All California Community Colleges are moving to the Canvas platform over the next couple of years. Assume your course will be using Canvas for online support.
Our Canvas site is operational. All FRC courses will have a Canvas course area associated with it. When completed, you will login to Canvas with the same FRC username and password you use for your FRC email. You will automatically be taken to your Canvas dashboard where you should see all your courses that are using Canvas. All FRC courses will automatically have Canvas course areas available for instructors to use.. The use of the course area is optional if the course is not identified as an online course. Students will also use their email login and password for Canvas and will automatically be taken to their Canvas dashboard.
FRC Canvas Website: http://frc.instructure.com
No enrollment key or separate Canvas account will be necessary to access Canvas as they were for our Moodle site. Instructors will no longer need to request online course areas or add students to their courses. Adds and drops will automatically be reflected in the Canvas course areas (allow a few hours for the records to be updated after a change in a student's registration status).
What Happened to Moodle?
Moodle hasn't disappeared! "Moodle" is the name of the previous software we used to deliver online courses.) It will continue to be available through Fall 2016 as an archive and in case of difficulties moving course materials from Moodle to Canvas. To find out more about Moodle, click on "Canvas and Moodle" in the menu on the left. You can go directly to our Moodle site by clicking one of the links below or typing the address.
Students: If your course is still using Moodle...
You should be contacted by your instructor letting you know you will be using Moodle. However, after registering for your course, you should contact your instructor to make sure you receive information about joining your online course. A link to your instructor's email should appear in the Moodle listing of the course, on your official schedule, and when using our "Classes" search tool at the top of our web pages.This process is not necessary for courses that use Canvas, which includes nearly all FRC courses beginning Fall 2016.
Using Moodle requires you to create a Moodle account (it just takes a minute) and an enrollment key which you get from your instructor. You only need the enrollment key the first time you enter your online course. Information about how to create an account in Moodle and use the enrollment key are in the Frequently Asked Questions area on the upper left of the Moodle site.
To Use Our Course Search Tool to Find Online Courses
Click on the link on the top left called "Classes." First select a semester, then make your other search selections including the selection "online" in the "Session" menu. You can also look for courses identified as online in our printed schedule.
WARNING: There may be changes in the actual courses being offered after the print schedule is released, so use the online course search tool to verify current schedule information, or contact our Admissions office.
To Find Courses In Moodle
Go to the FRC Moodle home page and click on one of the subject areas in the middle of the page such as English or Anthropology. Look for the courses identified as being offered in the current semester. Make a note of the course name, number, and instructor and return to our main campus site and the MyFRC area to register for the course (the link is at the top of all pages). If you are new to FRC, you'll need to complete the application process first.
After you create an account in Moodle and login, you will be taken to your Moodle home page. It won't display your Moodle courses until you enter them the first time, so you may need to navigate back to the FRC Moodle home page to see the listing of all courses. Once you use your enrollment key your course should appear in your FRC Moodle home page.
Degree and Transfer Credit for Online Courses
Almost all online courses satisfy the same transfer requirements as on-campus courses. The exceptions are lab courses, courses with a lab component, or other performance courses such as public speaking that are taught entirely online (not currently offered fully online at FRC). FRC offers hybrid lab courses in which the lab portion is taught on campus and the lecture portion is taught online. These courses usually do transfer for full credit. Check with an adviser to make sure lab or other performance courses will meet the requirements you need for transfer.
Although FRC does not currently offer fully online degrees, it may be possible to take the majority of your courses at FRC online and complete the degree by taking courses at another college and applying them to your FRC degree. Check with an adviser for details.