Moodle/Distance Education

Moodle: The FRC Online Course Environment

"Moodle" is the name of the software we use to deliver online courses.  To find out more about Moodle, click on "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.

FRC Moodle Website        Address:

FRC is Moving from Moodle to Canvas!

Beginning Summer 2016 FRC will begin using the Learning Management System "Canvas" for some online courses. Most courses are expected to be using Canvas by Fall 2016 and all FRC 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. 

Students: Click here to find out more about Canvas and how to use it!

Instructors: Click here to find out about Canvas training

To Get Started With Your Moodle Online Course

After registering for your course, contact your instructor by email to verify that you can communicate by email, and to receive initial 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.

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.

It is highly recommended that all students use their free FRC email account.  Your messages may be filtered as spam by the college or your instructor's internet service, and you may not receive important messages from the college. Also, email accounts from Yahoo, Hotmail, or Google may not be accessible on all campus computers due to security restrictions. 

Use the link on the left of this page to "Taking Online Courses" to find out more about the skills and commitment necessary for success in online courses.

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.