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How Courses Are Structured

How Courses Are Structured

Online courses at Cedarville are individually designed to provide you with the best learning experience. As an online student, you will use a web-based learning management system called CU Learn (Canvas), which is also used by some on-campus courses. The sections below provide some of the basics of CU Learn (Canvas).

Online courses are asynchronous (no set meeting time). Your online course learning activities may include online videos, assigned readings, quizzes, exams, essays, group assignments or discussion board posts.

You will submit your assignments in CU Learn (Canvas) for the professor to review and assess. CU Learn (Canvas) also provides you with access to the course content and assignment instructions, including the course syllabus. Key areas and links in your course include the following:

  • Information section – Located at the top of your course page, you will find basic class information, your professor’s name and contact information, and a link to the syllabus.

  • Modules/Units section – Located below the Information section, you will find the modules/units and the assignments that you will need to complete for each module/unit.

  • CU Learn (Canvas) Profile – Located at the top of your screen in the blue menu bar, click on your name and/or photo to access or update your CU Learn (Canvas) profile.

  • Grades – Located in the Administration section on the right (e.g., laptop or tablet) or the bottom (e.g., mobile phone) of your screen, click on the grades link to view your grades.

Preview Week

Spring and Fall online courses have a preview period that begins at least one week before the course start date. The preview period allows you to review the syllabus and acquire any additional resources before course activities are due.

  1. Verify your CU Learn (Canvas) access by logging in.

  2. Read the welcome email from your course professor in your CU email account.

  3. Access CU Learn (Canvas) and select your course from the course list.

  4. Review the course syllabus (near the top of the page) and assignments (in the assignment section of the syllabus).

  5. Complete any introductory activities outlined for the course.

Where to Find Additional Resources

Cedarville Information Technology has compiled an extensive set of resources and tutorials for students on how to use CU Learn (Canvas). They are located here in the computer help pages. You can also always contact your professor or advisor with CU Learn (Canvas) questions if you need further assistance.