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Online Enrollment Process

Eastern Florida Online (EFO) offers 100% online college credit degrees and certificates and more than 250 online courses every term. Online programs are as rigorous as their on-campus counterparts.

If you decide to study online, you should be prepared to spend 5-12 hours a week per course and 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 and exams based on designated due dates; EFO courses are not self-paced courses.

All online classes take place in EFSC's Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). As part of the enrollment process, first-time students must complete the Canvas Student Orientation described below before full online course access is available.

How to get started as an Eastern Florida Online student

Is online learning for you? Gauge your interest with our free quiz.

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 also referred to as distance learning. This short exercise will help determine if you have the necessary study skills and habits to be a successful distance learner.

Take the Online Learning Interest Quiz

Apply to Eastern Florida State College

EFO does not have a separate admissions process — it's the same application and enrollment process that all students follow before they can register for classes.

As a student who plans to complete an associate, bachelor, or certificate program 100% online, you want to review the list of fully online programs as you begin the process of applying. Make sure your program is available completely online and contact an EFSC academic advisor if you have questions about a specific program.

Use the button to access the EFSC Admissions section where you'll find custom application steps based on the type of student you are, including information for bachelor students.

EFSC Admissions Process

Out-of-state student information

Eastern Florida Online 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.

shield logo with participating institution and NC-SARA textEastern Florida State College has been approved to participate in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA): an agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for intersate postsecondary distance education 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.

Visit EFSC's out-of-state student information page for more details.

Registering for online classes

Once you've been accepted to EFSC, browse the Schedule of Courses using the website's Class Schedule Search tool to see a complete list of offerings for the term. The tool includes the ability to search for only e-Learning online courses using the Course Type filter.

Select courses of interest and click the Title of each course to view course description, term schedule, and applicable prerequisite information.

Make a list of the courses you want to take to include course name, CRN and section number — pay special attention to the section number for each course as Eastern Florida Online courses have the letter "Z" at the end of that number. Plus the number itself lets you know the term length. Sections ending in 01Z-19Z are 16-week online courses. Sections ending in 20Z-29Z are 12-week online courses. The EFSC Academic Calendar lists start and end course dates each term.

Having that information written down will make it easier to register through the online system.

Register online via the myEFSC Portal and consult with your academic advisor as needed. Your advisor is listed inside myEFSC and you can use the Navigate icon in the portal to schedule advising appointments. 

Know the Details: After you've enrolled in an online course

Courses are not immediately available in Canvas after registration. Courses will be open to students in Canvas by 8 AM on the first day of class. Schedule changes you make during the add/drop period at the start of a term may take up to 24 hours to update in Canvas.

Verify your class schedule inside the myEFSC Portal and know your course section information so you may start your class on time. Remember that some online courses last 16 weeks and some only 12 weeks and that will determine the start date each term. Your schedule will list the course start and end dates and you can check the Academic Calendar for other key deadlines.

Check you Student Accounts area inside the Portal and be sure to pay the associated tuition and fees online, in person, or by mail by the deadlines so you are not dropped from a course.

Textbooks and online content access code information are available through the EFSC Bookstore. You can use the bookstore's Course Materials Search Tool to find the official list of required materials. Online courses are also part of EFSC's Titan First Day Ready course materials affodability initiative.

Be sure you review and follow the Class Participation guidance a couple of rows down in the accordion.

Canvas Orientation and 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 or tap the Canvas icon to open Canvas
>Search Dashboard to locate PLT 6007 Canvas Orientation
>Click or tap 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.

Need help with Canvas technical questions? Contact the IT Technical Support Desk at 321-433-7600 or submit a ticket through the online IT Support System. Support Desk hours are 7AM to midnight, seven days a week.

Class Participation Guidance

View Eastern Florida’s Class Participation Guidelines

Additional information for students taking online classes:

Online students within the Census Reporting period must complete an academic activity such as submit an assignment, take an assessment or quiz, post to a discussion board, or initiate contact with the instructor to explain circumstances if unable to complete such activities to maintain active classroom participation for census reporting as specified in the instructor’s syllabus. Logging in and out of an online course does not constitute active participation.

Students who have not actively participated during the Census Reporting period will be withdrawn for non-participation by the Office of the Registrar. After the Census Reporting date has passed, students will not be withdrawn by instructors outside of the Disruptive Student Behavior or Academic Violations policy. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from a course if they no longer want to continue in the course. At the completion of the withdrawal process, students will no longer have access to the Canvas classroom.

Minimum System Requirements for Online Classes

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

  • Canvas (online course management system) computer requirements and supported browsers.
  • Internet Connection: DSL or higher connectivity (512 kbps). 
  • 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 some integrated course material.
Review the FERPA Access Restrictions and Parent Information

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.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, better known as FERPA, governs this Canvas access issue and other topics related to student records.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. However, these rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level at any age, such as a dual enrolled student.

Visit the Parent FERPA Information page to learn more and better understand access at the College level.

For general FERPA information for students, visit the Registrar's Office section on FERPA and how it's applied.