Distance Learning Online and Hybrid Classes
Contact Distance Learning
  • LR 132
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring
    M-Th: 7:30am - 4:00pm
    F: 7:30am - 12:00pm
  • (916) 660-7250
Cynthia Birdsong Distance Learning Support Specialist
  • LR 130
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
Aimee Colvin Production Technician
  • LR 135
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
Suzanne Davenport Distance Learning Coordinator
  • LR 134
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
Chris Poling Distance Learning Support Specialist
  • LR 128
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677


Canvas FAQs


What is Canvas?

Canvas is Sierra College's new learning management system which replaced Blackboard in the Spring Semester of 2013.


Why can’t I log into Canvas?

Your password is the same as your mySierra password. Fill our this form to reset your password. This will change both your Canvas and mySierra password.


Why can’t I see my classes in Canvas?

Courses in Canvas are not available until the first day of the semester. Once the semester has started and you register for a course you will immediately have access to it through your Canvas account.

General FAQs


What are the computer requirements for taking an online class?

A computer with an internet connection and web browser is required, as well as a word processing program that will create.doc or .rtf files. You can download a free word processing application from www.openoffice.org if you don't own one. Any additional software will be specified in the course description.

Please refer to the list of supported web browsers.


What are the minimum computer skills required?

  • Have easy access to the Internet
  • Understanding of basic computer software; ability to perform computer operations, such as:
  • Using keyboard and mouse
  • Managing files: save, name, copy, move, backup, rename, delete, check properties
  • Software installation
  • Be comfortable uploading and downloading saved files
  • Using applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and email

Will I be required to come to campus?

This depends on your professor and whether they want you to come to the testing center to take their tests.  This will be outlined in their syllabus.

Is financial aid available for online classes?

Yes! Please visit the financial aid website for more information.

For all other questions please visit the canvas website and search the Canvas Guides to view other FAQs.