First Time Online Student
To get started with your Online Course:
Note* Students out of the state of Texas are not eligible to enroll in online courses at Trinity Valley Community College.
1. Determine your Online Readiness
Online classes offer students convienience and flexibility to particpate in higher education. TVCC values the online environment to ensure online students are afforded the same opportunities as students on a TVCC campus. Certain characteristics are valuable for online students. Complete the TVCC Online Readiness survey and determine if the online environment is right for you, what skills you can improve to do better in the online environment, or if you should wait and start in a face-to-face or hybrid course first.
2. Enroll in TVCC Courses
View the steps for Application and Admissions.
3. Activate your Cardinal ID
Before you can log into Canvas and access your course(s) you will need to activate your Cardinal ID. You can do this at Activate My Cardinal ID
4. Login to Canvas
To log into Canvas go to the Canvas Login Page. Online courses are made availalbe at 8 a.m. the first day of each semester.
Login using your Cardinal ID and Cardinal ID password (same as your TVCC email and computer login). Your username is your Cardinal ID (ex: last name, first initial, 3 numbers that were assigned to you). You can find your Cardinal ID on your printed schedule. If you do not know your Cardinal ID, you will need to visit Activate My Cardinal ID
5. Download your Canvas APP
The Canvas Student APP is a great resource to stay connected when you do not have access to a computer. You can download the APP for Android and iOS devices.
6. Access courses early and consistently.
The first day of classes, login to each course and read your Getting Started Modules. Each Getting Started Module provides specific information about each course to help you be successful. Utilize your Q&A discussion boards to get aquainted with your class community.
7. Create a Calendar
Determine the times you will devote, during each week of the semester, to your online classes to learn, study, collaborate, and create.
8. Information to Save
Bookmark the eCourses Login Page and the Distance Learning webpage.