The online course enrollment process at EFSC

Many students feel comfortable using technology for information exchange in the online learning environment; others prefer face-to-face learning in a traditional classroom. Which are you? You should take the online quiz "Is Distance Learning for Me?" to ensure you are ready for the rigors of online learning.

Access the free quiz: "Is Distance Learning for Me?"

This short exercise will help determine if you have the necessary study skills and habits to be a successful distance learner. EFSC offers 100% online college credit certificates and degrees and more than 200 online courses every term. Online courses are rigorous. If you decide to study online, you should be prepared to spend 5-12 hours a week per course. You will need access to a computer 4-5 times per week. EFSC's online courses are structured in 16-week and 12-week formats. Students submit course work and take tests/exams based on designated due dates; online courses are not self-paced courses. 

EFSC's learning management system (LMS) is Canvas. All online courses are taught using Canvas. All first-time online students must complete the Canvas Student Orientation before full access is available to online courses. Visit the Canvas web page for more details.

Please be aware students must be admitted to Eastern Florida State College before they can register for online classes. Additional information regarding the admission process is available at our admission and enrollment steps. All students register for online courses according to the standard EFSC academic calendar and can pay the associated tuition and fees to the EFSC cashier by mail, in person or online. 

Before starting an online course, familiarize yourself with important eLearning policies, including mandatory Canvas Student Orientation, by clicking the choices below.

Enroll in an eLearning Course

To enroll in an eLearning Course

    • Pay special attention to the section number for each course. Section number signifies class start date.

Out-of-State Student Information

Eastern Florida State College is pleased to offer our eLearning programs to out-of-state students as part of a consortium that makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by higher education institutions based in another state.

circular blue approved institution logo with text National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity AgreementsEFSC has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA): a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is a national initiative to provide more access to online courses while maintaining compliance standards with state regulatory agencies.

Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states and in the case of EFSC that includes all U.S. states except for California and Massachusetts − plus students in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are also eligible under SARA.

SARA participation ensures compliance with Federal Regulations 34 CFR Section 600.9 and 34 CFR 668.43 related to distance learning.

Out-of-state students wishing to enroll in an EFSC online course, degree or certificate program should coordinate their admission and enrollment through an EFSC advisor and can also email with questions.

After you enroll in an online course

  • Courses are not immediately available in Canvas after registration.
  • Verify your class schedule and know your course section information so you may start your class on time. Sections ending in 01Z-19Z are 16 week Session 1 online courses. Sections ending in 20Z-29Z are 12 week Session 2 online courses. You may check the Academic Calendar for specific dates.
  • Courses will be open to students in Canvas by 8 AM on the first day of class.
  • Course Schedule changes during add/drop period may take up to 24 hours to update in Canvas.
  • Weekly submission of assignments and discussion posts are required for attendance purposes in the online course.
  • Need help with Canvas technical questions? Contact the IT Technical Support Desk at 321-433-7600 or Support Desk hours are 7AM to midnight, seven days a week.

Orientation/Training Requirements

EFSC students who are new users of the Canvas Learning Management System must complete Canvas Student Orientation prior to starting their course.

The orientation is designed as an online course to assist students in learning how to navigate the online learning environment in Canvas. The orientation is comprised of two modules and one final assessment.

Students must score a 70% or higher on the assessment to pass the orientation and unlock access to their courses. New users are given access to the orientation two weeks before the term starts.

To open and begin Canvas Student Orientation students must login to myEFSC
>click Canvas icon to open Canvas
>search Dashboard to locate PLT 6007 Canvas Orientation
>click PLT 6007 Canvas Orientation

Upon successful completion of the orientation, access to Canvas courses will be available to students by 8AM on the first day of class. Please refer to Minimum System Requirements below in the accordion for more information about web browsers.

Attendance Policy

The eLearning department has a strict attendance policy that must be adhered to by all online students.

  • 3-Day Initial Attendance Policy: Students should enter their online class to complete the initial attendance activity within each online course within the first 3 days of the semester. Students should ensure that they check with the instructor as to what are the 3-Day initial attendance activities.
  • Regular Attendance Policy: Students must maintain acceptable attendance in online course(s). Just logging into an online course does not constitute attendance. Students must complete a required activity. Failing to complete two consecutive weeks of required work in online course(s) may result in instructors reporting students as Stopped Attending and the college will withdraw those reported students for nonattendance (W7) from the course.
  • If for some reason students believe they will miss an assignment, they should obtain prior approval or permission from their instructors. Students should not assume that they can ask for forgiveness or an extension after the fact. Documentation may be required by the instructor.

Important: If students decide not to attend their class(es), they should not assume that non-payment will result in being "dropped" from the class(es). There are many factors that will prevent students for being dropped for non-payment. It is the students' responsibility to review their account to ensure they are dropped for non-payment from the class(es). The students are responsible for any charges on their account, even if they did not attend, and outstanding charges will be sent to a collection agency to recover monies owed to the College.

Minimum System Requirements

Before you enroll in an online course, make sure you have access to a computer and Internet connection that meet the following requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3 and newer
    Mac OSX 10.6 and newer
    Linux - chromeOS
  • Browser: PC - Internet Explorer 11 and Edge
    Chrome 50 and 51
    Safari 8 and 9
    Firefox 46 and 47 (extended releases are not supported)
    Flash 20 and 21 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)
  • Computer Speed and Processor:
    Use a computer 5 years old or newer when possible
    1GB of RAM
    2GHz processor 
    Some online math courses are computer-based classes using software that will not work on Macintosh computers without Virtual PC. Check out this website for system requirements: MathXL.
  • Internet Connection: DSL or higher connectivity (512 kbps). Internet Service Provider. Note: AOL subscribers must use another browser.
    • Plug-Ins: A plug-in is a small computer program that  interacts with another program to provide a specific  function.  Plug-ins are used to play audio, video and simulations. Plug-ins that EFSC most commonly uses in online programs include
    • Java Plug-In -- Needed to view the eLearning Classroom and Chat sessions in Course Compass.
    • RealPlayer  -- Needed to hear music or watch streamed media animations in some courses.
    • Flash -- Needed to improve viewing of high-fidelity web sites.
    • Shockwave
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader -- Needed to view online CourseCompass guides and other PDF documents.
    • Apple Quick Time

Additional requirements for using the Canvas LMS can be found on the Canvas guides.

FERPA Access Restrictions

IMPORTANT Academic Integrity Requirement: If it is determined that persons other than the student are accessing a student's records in the Canvas classroom, the student will be removed from the class and receive a final grade of "F." While students may have provided written consent for a third party to receive information regarding their educational records, that consent does not permit any other person besides the student to complete or access coursework within the classroom or online setting.

For more information on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), please navigate to the College's FERPA page.