Frequently Asked Questions

  • With rare exceptions, the links do not appear in Canvas until the official start date.
  • If the semester has already begun, double check the date of course on the searchable schedule - it may be a 6, 8, or 10 week class that begins later in the semester.
  • If you are registered AND the course start date has passed, please contact us.

Online classes require:

  • a specified amount of time ("Hrs/Wk arr" in the searchable schedule) spent inside Canvas per week (this is your "in class" time)
  • additional time spent reading, studying, and completing assignments (just like traditional courses)

Prepare yourself for the first day of your class:

  1. Go through our Online Success and Canvas tutorials.
  2. Purchase your book from the GWC Bookstore.
  3. Download and install Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome - these are the best browsers to use with Canvas.
    (During installation - be sure to import NOTHING from Internet Explorer.)
  4. Make sure you can log in to Canvas (even though you won't see your course yet).

When your course link appears on the first day of class:

  1. Log in and click the link to enter your course.
  2. Read the course syllabus thoroughly.
  3. Familiarize yourself with all course due dates.

If you know your student ID and your MyGWC password, you can find your MyGWC username by doing the following:

  1. Log in to with your Student ID and password.
  2. Click the Gmail link on the right.
  3. Look to the upper right.
  4. You will see

If you need an authorization code to register for an online course:

  • Email your instructor (see: Searchable Online Directory).
  • Include your name, student ID number, and the CRN of the course.
  • Expect to receive a code via email (if the instructor can add you) during the first two weeks of class.
  • If you do not receive a reply in the first two weeks of class, the instructor was unable to add you.

Most online courses do require a textbook.

To view the required materials for your class:

  1. Visit the Golden West College Bookstore website.
  2. Search using the CRN of the section you are enrolled in.

If you will be required to come on campus for any in-person meetings, the dates/times will be indicated on the official schedule, and you will see this information before registering. You can check your Web Schedule Bill on the MyGWC website for specific information about the course.

  • Some courses contain publisher content that requires an access code as payment.
  • Ifone is needed, an access codes will usually come packaged with new textook, when purchased at the Golden West College Bookstore.
  • Not recommended: If you purchase your textbook used, or from another bookstore, you will need to contact the publisher to purchase the access code separately.

Our office does not handle password or account issues.

To reset your password and/or reactivate your account, please fill out the Coast Password Reset form.

Sometimes students are dropped from a class, either by the instructor (for not logging in or participating) or by Admissions and Records for a financial or technical reason.

  1. Check your Web Schedule Bill on the MyGWC website to confirm the drop
  2. If you would like to be reinstated in the course, contact your instructor (see: Searchable Online Directory).
  3. If you have further questions about the drop, contact Admissions & Records at 714-895-8306.


Still have questions? Contact us.