Getting Started for Students

New to online learning at Camosun?  Here are some resources to get you started:

Five Tips to Prepare Yourself to be an Online Learner (opens a PDF in a new window)

Online Exam Tips for Students (created by CETL at Camosun)

Logging into D2L Tutorial (opens a PDF in a new window)

D2L Tutorials for Students

Kaltura (My Media) Tutorials for Students

Collaborate Tutorials for Students

Student Learning Success Guides at Camosun (opens in a new window)

Student Success Guide for Remote & Online Learning (opens in new window)

Online Learning at Camosun College (opens in a new window)

COVID-19 Library Services & Resources (opens in a new window)

Student Technical Support (for technology other than D2L, Kaltura, and Collaborate) (opens in a new window) – you can chat with Tech Support through a link at the bottom of this page.

Office 365 for Students (opens in a new window)

Student Affairs at Camosun College (opens in a new window)

Camosun College Quick Guide to Student Supports (opens a PDF in a new window)

Centre for Accessible Learning (opens in a new wind0w)

Academic Integrity Policy at Camosun (opens in a new window)

Getting Help

Need help getting started with our online tools (D2L, Kaltura, Collaborate)?  Check the relevant tabs on the navigation bar.

During your course, if you have any technical difficulties with D2L, Kaltura, or Collaborate, you can contact the eLearning Support team by going to our Team Dynamix Support portal and clicking the appropriate Category to submit a ticket. eLearning Support is staffed from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Mondays to Fridays.

Additional Resources Outside of Camosun

Learning to Learn Online:  For Students, By Students (eCampus Ontario)

Learning to Learn Online (Kawntlen Polytechnic University)

BBAlly in D2L

ALLY is a new tool you will find in all of your D2L course sites. ALLY allows you to pick an alternative format to files your instructor has posted to this Content section; you choose the type of file that best suits your current task or situation.

If a course content file was shared in one of the following formats:

  • PDF,
  • DOC, DOCX,
  • PPT, PPTX, or
  • HTML

You can ask ALLY to convert the file to one of the available alternate formats for your own personal use only. Among the alternative formats that ALLY can produce for you are:

  1. OCRed PDF. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) can make a PDF that was created through photocopy-scanning more readable.
  2. Tagged PDF. “Tagging” means components of the file (e.g. headings, bullets, form-fields, etc.) are clearly labelled as such and will be identified by assistive technologies like screen-readers.
  3. HTML. Provides a web-based version of the document for easier access on mobile devices.
  4. ePub. A format designed for access on e-book readers.
  5. Electronic braille. Also known as “refreshable braille”
  6. Audio. Download the text material as an MP3 (audio) file for off-line listening.
  7. BeeLine Reader. Adds colour at start/end of lines to guide reader’s eyes through text more easily.