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. Eastern Florida Online 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 Eastern Florida Online policies, including mandatory Canvas Student Orientation, by clicking the choices below.

Eastern Florida Online Enrollment & Policy Info

To enroll in an Eastern Florida Online Course

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

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.

circular blue approved institution logo with text National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity AgreementsEastern Florida State College 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.

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.

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.

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.

Class Participation

Click here to view Eastern Florida’s Class Participation guidelines.

Additional information for students taking online classes:

Eastern Florida Online students must complete an academic activity such as submit an assignment, take an assessment or quiz or post to the discussion board to maintain active classroom participation. Logging in and out of an online course does not constitute active participation.

Instructors have the option to administratively withdraw students for not adhering to the participation policies in their syllabus. Students who are withdrawn from online courses will have their access to the Canvas classroom blocked. Students wishing to appeal for reinstatement following an administrative withdrawal must contact their instructor to discuss. If the issue is not resolved, the online student can file a formal student appeal and include documentation to support reinstatement with the Titusville/eLearning Associate Provost Office for online classes.

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:

  • Canvas (online course management system) computer requirements
  • Canvas - supported browsers
  • 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 some integrated course material.
    • RealPlayer  -- Needed to hear music or watch streamed media animations in some courses.
    • Flash -- Needed to improve viewing of high-fidelity web sites.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader -- Needed to view online CourseCompass guides and other PDF documents.


FERPA Access Restrictions & 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.