Online Course Registration Information

How Online Classes Work
The Pacific Oaks online program uses the Canvas platform. The program is Web-based, meaning you must be connected to the Internet in order to read and respond. You may connect at any time of the day or night that is convenient for you, usually three to six times per week, depending on the class format. The program stores messages in a way that allows all Pacific Oaks onliners to communicate and interact with each other asynchronously (from different locations and at different times).

Allow at least two weeks to become fully acquainted with the Canvas platform, more if this is your first online learning experience. Be sure to note the starting dates for your courses and plan your time so you will be finished with Orientation well before your first class begins. Logging in promptly after receiving your login note is recommended since the Community Center gives students access to additional class information and resources prior to class.

Note: Orientation is separate from (and in addition to) any pre-class coursework assigned by the instructors of your upcoming online courses. Most Pacific Oaks online courses require reading and some assignments to be completed prior to the first day of class.

Obtaining a Login and Password
Password and login information for Canvas will be sent to your Pacific Oaks student email as soon as your registration is processed. Log in via the link provided in the email and follow the directions for finding the Student Orientation Tutorial and the POC Community Center.


The Service Desk is available 24/7 by phone 800-747-8367 or 312-467-8300.

Course Format Definitions

  • Online - Online students enroll exclusively in online courses. 
  • Hybrid - Hybrid students enroll in a combination of online and on-site courses. 

Technical Requirements
Most users will be able to readily connect to the website without adjustments. For more information, please contact the Service Desk or read the Canvas compatibility information.