FRC Distance Education
FRC Online Courses
You register for FRC online courses the same way you register for any other course at FRC. There is no difference in cost, requirements that courses satisfy, nor can you expect online courses to be easier. In fact they often require more self-discipline and time. The main advantage is the flexibility of time you have to complete your assignments. However, online course assignments do have deadlines the same as on campus courses. You may find that online courses encourage more interaction with other students and your instructor than some on campus courses, and that online courses use more ways to present the material.
Canvas: The FRC Online Course Environment
Canvas is the online software used to deliver online course materials and instruction at FRC. All FRC courses have a Canvas course area associated with it, whether or not they are online courses. Instructors teaching courses that are not scheduled to be partially or fully online have the option to use Canvas. Other online material such as videos, websites, or learning materials provided by text book companies will be accessed through Canvas.
Getting into Canvas: You must have an FRC email account to access Canvas. Canvas uses the same username and password you use for your FRC email and campus computers. Shortly after you register for a course at FRC you will have a Canvas account automatically created for you.
Getting an FRC Email/Network Account: FRC email and network accounts are free for students registered for FRC courses. The same account is used to access lab computers on campus. Please use the "Request FRC Email Account" link on the bottom of the right menu to request an account. This same form can also be used to reset an account. You can also request an account or email help using the help links on the Canvas login page. (24/7 phone help using Canvas is available by calling the phone number in the Canvas help area. The link is on the lower left of Canvas pages. Canvas cannot help with FRC email accounts or registration issues.)
Login to Canvas using your FRC email username and password. You will automatically be taken to your Canvas dashboard where you should see all your courses.
Email and Canvas Help
- For FRC Email and Canvas Login Issues: Use the "Request FRC Email Account" form on the right of this page, or links found next to the login box for canvas: "Forgot your password?" or "Need Help?" Be sure to select the topic of your request in the form so the form will be sent to the proper staff. Or cut and paste the address to the help forms into your browser: http://frc.hesk.com.
- Help with Using Canvas After Logging In: Click the "?" at the bottom left on all Canvas pages. You'll see links to Canvas guides, a form to report a problem if Canvas isn't working correctly, and a Canvas Support Hotline number. Phone support for Canvas is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays.
Email and Canvas Account Username and Passwords
Student and Instructor usernames are the first part of your FRC email address (before the @). Instructor passwords are first initial+last 4 digits of social security number+last initial, small letters.
Student passwords are the first initial+last 4 digits of the student ID+last initial, small letters. Some exceptions include students who would have identical email addresses as someone else in which case a number is usually added, and in some cases the Canvas username and password will be different if the student has multiple middle names or a hyphenated name.
To Use Our Course Search Tool to Find Online Courses
Click on the link on the bottom left of the FRC website 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.