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Canvas LMS Orientation Tips
Eastern Florida State College uses Canvas as its Learning Management System (LMS), which means all online courses and some content of campus-based courses will be in Canvas. For this reason, EFSC offers a tuition-free Canvas Student Orientation course to assist first-time Canvas users in becoming familiar with the Canvas learning environment. First-time Canvas users can access their new Canvas accounts two weeks before the term begins so they can complete the Canvas Student Orientation.
EFSC students must login to the myEFSC portal and select the Canvas icon to access Canvas. Once students access Canvas, students should scroll their Dashboard to find PLT 6007 Canvas Orientation in their list of courses, and select PLT 6007 to open the orientation course. Students should read the Welcome page to begin orientation.
Upon completion of Canvas Student Orientation, students will be able to:
- Navigate with Canvas and customize settings
- Communicate effectively using the Canvas communication tools
- Post to the discussion board
- Turn in an assignment, take a quiz/assessment
- Use the grade book
- Access EFSC student resources online
First-time Canvas users are advised to complete the orientation at least 3-5 days before the term starts. The early start is encouraged so first-time users may work sequentially through the orientation modules to become familiar with Canvas and to allow time to take the assessment. First-time Canvas users must pass the Canvas assessment at the end of the orientation with a score of 70% or higher to unlock access to course materials on the first day of class.
For specific questions or information on the Canvas Student Orientation, eLearning students may contact:
- Corina Christensen at 321-433-5078
- Dr. Sharon Cronk-Raby at 321-433-5014
- Dr. Phil Simpson at 321-433-5078
Students can also visit the eLearning website for more information about the online course experience.
The IT Help Desk is available to assist with technical problems with Canvas, please call 321-433-7600, Option 2.
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The Academic Appeals Process
Students with a question or concern about anything to do with a course (issues with instructors, classmates, course content, content delivery or grades) should speak with the course instructor to see if the question can be answered or the issue resolved. If it is not resolved with the instructor, students should speak with the Department Chair. That communication can be in person, by phone or email if necessary. Quite often issues can be resolved at that stage of the process. If the question/issue is still not resolved, students always have the right to file an appeal with their Associate Provost’s Office.