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Congratulations! You have enrolled in an online class at Bishop State. What's next? This page is your reference to the resources and information you will find helpful as you take online classes. Credit for online courses applies toward associate and certificate degrees.


Once you are enrolled in Canvas, your User ID will be your student number, and your password will be your 6-digit date of birth plus the last 4 digits of your SSN. If this does not work, click the “Forget Password?” link and follow the steps to have it sent to you. Do not share your User ID and Password with anyone.

Online Orientation Handout

Rights and Responsibilities of Students in Distance Education Courses

You can also access Canvas on mobile devices (Android and iOS) via the Canvas app or your mobile device’s web browser. Test-taking on mobile devices is NOT recommended.

You may contact Canvas for technical support 24 hours a day via phone at (844) 690-9179 or by clicking the Help button in Canvas.

Applicants to Bishop State Community College online courses must follow the same admission requirements as all college students. Students should contact the Office of Admissions and Records for information about admissions and registration.

You can also visit the following pages for additional information:

If you are in need of help, and you don’t know where to go (or you aren’t finding an answer), feel free to contact Robert McWilliams at rmcwilliams@bishop.edu or (251) 405-7144 (available during the college’s normal hours of operation).


Additional Information

All distance education courses include a proctored assessment that is worth at least 25 % of each student’s final grade. Students must provide valid photo identification (student ID, state-issued driver’s license/ID, military ID, or passport).

The proctored assessment may be administered in one of the following ways:

  1. On-campus assessment: An assessment will be given during a published proctored assessment meeting.
  2. Off-campus, proctored assessment: Students who live more than 50 miles from the Main campus may use a proctor who has been approved by the instructor of the course, following the appropriate proctoring guidelines. Completed proctor forms must be submitted to faculty by midterm of the semester. All costs (if any) associated with procuring a proctor fall upon the student. The College may use Respondus Monitor through Canvas to administer the exam. Respondus Monitor activates a student’s webcam and records video and audio of the student taking the exam so it can be proctored remotely. Thus, the student is responsible for procuring a computer with a webcam and microphone that is compatible with Canvas and Respondus.

Please refer to the Rights and Responsibilities of Students Enrolled in Distance Education link for more information.


Video Resources

1. Online Orientation (how to login & maneuver) - Part I


2. Online Orientation (technical requirements) - Part 2


3. Rights and Responsibilities of Students Video


4. Library Online Resources