Center for Distance Learning

We are located in the Sutton Learning Center (SLC), Room 212.

Center for Distance Learning Statement of Commitment

The Center for Distance Learning provides support services for students and faculty engaged in a variety of distance learning formats, including online and hybrid courses, to ensure opportunities for student success.

Our goal is to help students succeed in their online courses.  We provide assistance in the following areas;

  • Assist students with completion of the “Orientation to Online Learning” (OLRN) Course
  • Provide Academic Support with Canvas
  • Assist with ACES Portal (registration, view grades, and email)
  • Provide student assistance by e-mail, phone, walk-ins or Zoom Conferencing
  • Open Computer Lab in Sutton Learning Center, SLC 213
  • Assist with accessing in MS Office 365 and OneDrive (ACES Portal)
  • Provide basic assistance with accessing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Troubleshoot issues with BioSig-ID Online ID Authentication
 

Online Degrees and Certificates

We offer several degrees and certificates online at St. Philip's College. Contact the Center for Distance Learning so that we can help you get started with your online education.  For information on getting started, see the Admissions website.

Programs Available 100% Online

Orientation to Online Learning (OLRN)

To get a successful start with your online classes, first-time online students are required to complete the Orientation to Online Learning (OLRN 0001) course. This free, non-credit course familiarizes students with navigating through the online system for a successful start.

Register for the self-paced, fully online OLRN course the same way as any other course. Students can come in for assistance to complete the OLRN course. Office hours are Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m in SLC 212.  Students are also able to contact the Center for Distance Learning at 210-486-2239 or email spc-distance@alamo.edu.

How to Register for the Orientation to Online Learning-OLRN


The following are the CRN to register for the course:

Summer 2020

  • OLRN-0001.001 CRN# 15794 - Closed
  • OLRN-0001.002 CRN# 15795 - Open

Fall 2020

  • OLRN-0001.001 CRN# 20457 - Open
  • OLRN-0001.002 CRN# 20941 - Open
  • OLRN-0001.004 CRN# 29320 - Open
  • OLRN-0001.005 CRN# 29321 - Open
 

Remote Ready Boot Camp (RRBC)

The Remote Ready Boot Camp provides students with important information to prepare them to become remote learners. The required training course is free, non-credit and will take the students 1-2 hour to complete. Use the same procedure above for registering for the OLRN. Students are also able to contact the Center for Distance Learning at 210-486-2239 or email spc-distance@alamo.edu. 

Summer 2020

  • RRBC-0001-001 CRN# 17664 - Open

Fall 2020

  • RRBC-0001-001 CRN# 43194 - Open

 

Student Online Resources

Respondus LockDown Browser

Respondus LockDown Browser™ is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Instructure Canvas. When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. Respondus is available for both Windows and Mac.

Repondus LockDown Browser Installation

Brainfuse - 24/7 online tutoring

With Brainfuse, students experience online tutoring that is simple, fast and always available. Students connect to live educators from any computer that has Internet access, with no special software installation or equipment required. Students work one-on-one, in real-time with a tutor, communicating using a virtual whiteboard technology.  
  
In your Canvas Course:
          Open your course
          Click on the Brainfuse OnlineTutoring Link on the left-hand side.

Creating your BioSig-ID profile

Recent Federal legislation requires that all online courses have a system implemented to verify students. St. Philip's College is committed to preserving the academic integrity of its courses and has implemented a unique technology from a company called Biometric Signature ID (BSI).
 
Protecting your security and preventing identity theft are very important.

Click: BioSig Video Link  to view the BioSig ID process. If the video does not appear or will not play, check to see if your browser is blocking the content.

Access to the BioSig signature is available in your Canvas courses and in the Orientation to Online Learning (OLRN) course.

Check your computer

For more information go to Canvas Browser Check.

Distance Education Learners Support

Contact Information

Location: 
MLK Campus
Sutton Learning Center
(SLC) 212
spc-distance@alamo.edu

Center for Distance Learning
210-486-2239

Out of Town (TOLL FREE): 
866-493-3947

 

Support Central Helpdesk: 
210-485-0555

St. Philip's College Helpdesk:
210-486-2777