Holiday Closure

Bellingham Technical College will be closed from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, 2020 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

eLearning provides campus-wide training and support for Canvas, BTC's online Learning Management System (LMS), as well as for other instructional technologies, such as Panopto and Big Blue Button. eLearning supports student success through a commitment to the development and design of quality online learning and teaching environments.

Learning - Students Online at BTC

Bellingham Technical College supports the success of its students by providing flexible learning opportunities.

Online courses

Online courses are 100% available on the web. In online courses, students use the internet and technology to connect with instructors and classmates and to complete all coursework. Most of BTC's online courses are offered through Canvas, BTC's Learning Management System (LMS). Some online courses require students to come to campus for meetings or exams, so be sure to check the requirements for the course when you register.

Hybrid courses

Hybrid courses are a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching and learning, where at least 20% of instruction takes place online. The amount of online work depends on the course, so be sure to check the course description when you register.

Web-Enhanced courses

Web-Enhanced courses are face-to-face classes that meet like a traditional class, but some components of the class are available online.


Canvas is BTC's Learning Management System (LMS). Most online, hybrid and web-enhanced classes at BTC are available in Canvas. Take a look at Canvas 101 for a short tutorial that will introduce you to Canvas's basic features and technology requirements. Log in to Canvas.

Is Online Learning Right for Me?

Online learning offers flexibility for students who have busy schedules outside of school. Successful online students are comfortable using computers and basic internet technologies, are organized and motivated to work independently, and are willing to ask questions and connect with teachers and classmates online. Check out Learning to Learn Online, a short tutorial course, to find out how ready you are to be an online student.

Technology Requirements

You'll need access to a stable internet connection and a reliable, fairly modern computer or laptop for the best online learning experience. The Canvas app for mobile devices is a great supplemental learning tool, too, although most online courses cannot be completed via mobile access alone.

Some courses require a webcam or other accessories to participate in the course. Be sure to check course requirements when you register. Your course syllabus will contain this information, as well.

For specific details on technology requirements for Canvas, including recommended browsers and operating systems, take a look at the Canvas Student Guide.

Zero Week - What is it?

Zero Week is an orientation week for online courses. Courses are opened one week before the quarter begins so you can log in to Canvas and get comfortable with the online learning environment. You should be able to see all of your online or hybrid courses listed in Canvas during Zero week, although you may not be able to access anything inside them until the quarter officially begins.

Please be sure to read and follow your instructors' instructions on how to "show up" in each online class by the second day of the quarter to avoid being dropped.

Getting Help

If you have questions about your homework or course content, please contact your instructor via the contact information provided in your syllabus. If you have questions about using BTC student technologies, the BTC Library provides drop in student technology support on the third floor of the Campus Center building.

For questions about how Canvas features work, please consult the Canvas Student Guide, or click on the Help icon inside Canvas.

For other eLearning related questions, please contact the eLearning Department at 360.752.8555 or

eLearning Student Links

BTC Technology Camp
Canvas Login
Canvas 101 for Students
Canvas 101 for Instructors
Online Teaching Guide
Panopto Overview
Staff Workshops Schedule
Take A Class

Teaching - Instructors Online at BTC

Class Recordings Decisions Tree: ADA & FERPA

It is important to consider the accessibility and privacy rights of your students when you are planning to record instructional sessions. Download the Class Recordings Decision Tree which is also available in in the BTC Online Teaching Guide for help determining the best approach for your teaching.

Online Etiquette

There are formal and informal rules for communicating online. Faculty are encouraged to include a statement addressing online communication expectations for tone, civility, style, spelling, grammar and cultural sensitivity in their syllabi and/or course introductory content. Download and review The Core Rules of Netiquette which is also available in the BTC Online Teaching Guide.

Synchronous or Asynchronous Teaching?

To Zoom or not to Zoom? That is the question. As we move instruction online, it is tempting to try to recreate the physical classroom experience and require students to attend synchronous lectures and labs. However, one of the most significant benefits of online education is the flexibility it allows in accommodating the demands of family, work and other challenges.

If you plan to hold synchronous online class sessions, be sure to include that information in your course syllabus or calendar. Students who cannot participate synchronously will be able to drop the course and choose a class that better fits their needs without financial or other penalties.

eLearning offers the following suggestions:
  • Hold no more than one synchronous 1-1.5 hour meeting per week.
  • Make synchronous meetings optional or an opportunity for extra credit.
  • Record and post all synchronous online sessions in Canvas.
  • Use synchronous meetings to introduce (beginning of the week) or review (end of the week) unit or weekly content, followed by time for questions and discussion.
  • Provide supplemental Discussion Boards for additional interaction and follow up.


Canvas is BTC's Learning Management System (LMS). Most online, hybrid and web-enhanced classes at BTC are taught using Canvas.

Every course is created in Canvas every quarter and is automatically populated with your student rosters. The lead instructor of record for any Canvas course can add other teachers to their courses (check out this guide for instructions on how to add other teachers, or contact eLearning).

Take a look at Canvas 101 for Instructors for an introduction to Canvas's key features and technology requirements. For more in-depth Canvas training, eLearning provides group workshops for faculty and staff at the start of each quarter, and customized one-on-one training throughout the academic year, as needed. Please call, email or drop by eLearning to set up an appointment.


Panopto is a lecture recording system integrated into Canvas. Using Panopto, teachers can record an in-class lecture, or prepare an online presentation for students to watch at their convenience. Panopto is available inside every Canvas course.

For an overview of how to record a Panopto session for your Canvas course, take a look at this BTC Introduction to Panopto overview.

eLearning provides group trainings on Panopto for faculty and staff each quarter, and customized one-on-one training throughout the academic year, as needed. Please call, email or drop by eLearning to set up an appointment.

Online Teaching Guide

The first edition of Bellingham Technical College's Online Teaching Guide for faculty is now available! Whether you are brand new or an experienced veteran of online teaching, the guide will help you be successful as you design and deliver your courses at BTC.

eLearning Teacher Links

Canvas Login
Canvas 101 for Students
Canvas 101 for Instructors

BTC Online Teaching Guide

Panopto Overview
Professional Development
Staff Workshops Schedule

Take A Class

Hours & Contacts

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BTC is operating remotely - email and calls only
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