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 with the Orientation to Online Learning (OLRN), Canvas, ACES Email, Basic MS Office Skills, BioSig, BrainFuse Tutoring, Office 365/OneDrive and assist with updating mobile devices. Link to more resources. An open computer lab is provided for students to access their classes in SLC 213. 

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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.

Orientation to Online Learning (OLRN) - Open Now

  • OLRN 0001-006 > CRN# 27953
  • OLRN 0001-007 > CRN# 27955
  • OLRN 0001-016 > CRN# 29717
  • OLRN 0001-020 > CRN# 21174

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

MLK Campus
Sutton Learning Center
(SLC) 212

Center for Distance Learning

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