What to Expect in an Online Class

Online classes are not self-paced. You are required to participate regularly. As with face-to-face classes, online sections have assignments, quizzes, and exams. You must meet deadlines, and the class follows the regular semester schedule. The primary difference between online and face-to-face instruction is that online classes occur within a learning management system (LMS). CCSF uses a system called Canvas for most of its online instruction.

Find an Online Class

Online Schedule

Click on the button above to search for an online course. We have already filtered the search for online classes.

When you first search the online schedule, verify that you are searching in the current term. Under Location, select Online Learning. All online learning classes are part of CityOnline. Adjust any other filters you want to use, click the Search button, and find your class.

While searching, we recommend you note the CRN (e.g., 78720) and the Subject and Course Number (e.g., ENGL 1A) for the online class you are interested in.

Select Term and Select Online are noted in the screenshot for searching for online classes.


Steps to Success in an Online Class

  • Check to see if you have to email the instructor on the first day of class. Sometimes that is how instructors know that you are truly enrolled.

  • If the class has an orientation, be sure to take it! Some orientations are face-to-face, and failing to attend can cause you to be dropped from the class. To find orientation and meeting specifics, click the link to the instructor's website in the online listing for your class.

  • Check to see if there are mandatory on-campus meetings that might conflict with a face-to-face class that you are in.

  • Be prepared to communicate regularly throughout the semester.

Contacting the Instructor

Find instructors' email addresses through their website link on the Schedule's Online Course Listing or in the Employee Directory.