Online Learning at SVCC

Often students are unable to attend courses on campus and need to complete course work through an online environment.  At Southside Virginia Community College, we strive to provide a variety of options for students in regards to the course formats that we offer. 

Types of Courses

  • SVCC Online Courses:  The course work for these classes can be completed anywhere, as long as you have a computer and reliable internet connection.  Most courses are taught through Canvas, but they can include the use of other websites, software, and email to present material and collect assessments.     SVCC Online Course Offerings 
  • Hybrid Courses:  These courses are a combination of face-to-face and electronic delivery where 50-99% of the course content is delivered online.  Since a portion of the course is completed outside of the classroom, students can benefit from the increased flexibility, but also have the advantages that come from face-to-face interaction with the instructor since there is a classroom component.
  • Shared Distance Learning Courses: Southside Virginia Community College continues to expand their course offerings through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College. These online courses are coordinated through NOVA’s (Northern Virginia Community College) Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and are offered through Southside VA Community College’s course catalog.  Through this unique arrangement, an SVCC student can take online classes from other community college partners without having to transfer credits or apply to other institutions. These Shared Service Distance Learning (SSDL) courses become part of the Southside Virginia Community College curriculum.  Shared Distance Learning Courses Information Page

Other Resources for Distance Student

Getting Started In Your Online Courses

Online courses involve some of the same elements of traditional seated courses including assignments, tests and quizzes, and assigned readings.  Some online courses also include prerecorded video lectures, online live sessions, discussion board activities, and/or group name a few possibilities.  Follow the steps below to get on the correct path to find success.

  1. Make sure that you are able to log-in to your MySVCC page that will give you access to Canvas, the Student Information System, your student email account, etc.  You need a user name and password to access that page.  Please keep in mind that if you are a brand new student, beginning February 2020, you will not have access to student gmail until a financial commitment is made to the college. You will, however, be able to access Canvas and the Student Information System. Note that courses are not made available in Canvas until the start of the semester; thus, enrollment does not mean that the courses immediately show on your Canvas Dashboard. Here is a link to an overview of the MySVCC page and it has information on how to look up your user name and set-your password.  If you are unable to look up your user name or set your password, you will need to go through the college MySVCC Help Desk at (434) 949-1010.    MySVCC Overview
  2. Participate in an orientation to online learning.  We recommend that you complete the Hoonuit video course (approx 1 hour) "How Do I Succeed in an Online Class?" If you are not logged in to Canvas, you will need to use your Canvas/MySVCC username and password to access.  

Canvas and Canvas Mobile


Canvas is very friendly with mobile devices, IF you use Canvas' own apps, which can be downloaded free of charge. 

Students, there is a student app for both iOS and Android products ... just search for Canvas Student and look for the logo:         

Canvas Guide to the Student App

Instructors: there is a teacher app for Canvas as well that is extremely functional, even to the point of allowing you to grade work within the app on your phone or tablet as you are on the go. As with the student app, it is available for both iOS and Android, just search Canvas Teacher.

Canvas Guide to the Teacher App


  • Student Orientation to Online Learning

    Welcome to online learning at Southside Virginia Community College!  We are glad to have you, and our goal in this orientation is to prepare you for online education at SVCC.   At this time, the best option to choose from to complete this orientation is:

    • Take the 1 hour Hoonuit video course entitled "How Do I Succeed in an Online Class?". If you are not logged in to Canvas, you may need to log in using your Canvas/MySVCC user ID and password.

    Start Orientation

  • Student Grievance Process Policy & Procedure

    SVCC’s Student Grievance Policy and Procedure is described in our catalog. SVCC strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available. However, if a conflict does arise, our efforts are meant to resolve your grievances, complaints, and concerns in an expeditious, fair, and amicable manner. Students should follow carefully the steps outlined in our catalog to ensure proper and timely resolution of their complaint.Complaints must follow the college's customary resolution procedure prior to being referred SCHEV. SCHEV Student Complaint Process