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Getting Started

Just getting started with your online classes? Please check the class start dates to see when your classes start and the computer requirements to make sure your computer is prepared for your online classes.


Looking for directions on how to login to Canvas? You can log in through your TCC Student Portal useing the Quick Link.


TCC eLearning has implemented a policy called "Week Zero" that requires TCC Full Online and Hybrid classes to be open 1 week before instruction begins. The Week Zero page has tutorials for students to work through before the quarter starts.

Class Start Dates

Spring 2014Washington Online (WAOL)Tacoma Community College
Registration BeginsJanuary 29, 2014February 18, 2014
Classroom OpensMarch 20, 2014March 24, 2014
(for Full Online and Hybrid Week Zero)
Registration EndsMarch 27, 2014April 2, 2014 without instructor signature
April 11, 2014 with instructor signature
Instruction BeginsMarch 27, 2014March 31, 2014

Computer Requirements


  • PC: Ability to run Vista(32 bit and not 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 and 64bit), and Windows 8 (32 and 64 bit).
    Mac: Ability to run Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
    Linux: Ability to run latest version of Mozilla Firefox
  • RAM: 2Gb minimum
  • Internet Connection: Broadband (Cable, DSL, 3G, 4G) highly recommended
  • Browsers: Mozilla Firefox highly recommended, Internet Explorer is okay
  • Recommended Peripherals: Speakers, microphone, webcam


For a list of free software, including links to the required software, go to our Free Software page.



  • Anti-spyware, anti-malware, and anti-virus programs. A full list of recommendations are on this page.

Canvas Orientation Workshops

We will be hosting orientation workshops for students during week zero (the week before the quarter starts) and the first week of the Spring 14 quarter. You can attend in person or online, please use this link for the online Orientation:

We will be recording all of the online workshops and if you are unable to attend any of the workshops, you are welcome to view the recordings. Just use this link to view the recordings:

Canvas Face-to-Face Workshop

March 26, 20141:00 PM16-108
April 2, 20142:00 PM16-108

Canvas Live Online Workshop

March 24, 201410:00 AM
March 31, 201410:00 AM
April 4, 20145:00 PM


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