Video tutorials online learning

The two primary tools used for online learning are Canvas and Zoom.


Canvas is Porterville College's learning management system; it is where you will find your online courses (go to insidePC, login, and under tools, click on “Canvas”).

Zoom is a web conferencing software that is integrated into Canvas.

How to Use Canvas (Students) Videos:

How to View and Submit Assignments on Canvas Videos:

How to Complete Quizzes on Canvas Videos:

How to Use Various Features on Canvas Videos:

How to Use Canvas on a Mobile Device (Cell Phone):

Canvas Student App Overview:

Canvas Student App


Mobile Guide (Links to an external site.)

Mobile features by device


Android All Users (Links to an external site.)

iOS All Users

How to Use Zoom:

Try to find a quieter place with fewer distractions. Do what you can to ensure you have good internet or cell signal. (If your bandwidth is low, trying turning off your video.)

  1. Download the Zoom software at
  2. and check your internet connection, audio, and video. (If the audio isn't working, make sure your computer volume is turned up and your microphone is on.)
  3. Go to your course's Canvas site. (For a quick refresher on Canvas, see this video overview.)
  4. Click on the ConferZoom link in the left navigation of your course.
  5. Close tabs and applications you won't need, particularly those with notifications.
  6. Turn your camera on (if needed).
  7. Mute your mic (bottom left corner).

Other Zoom notes

Zoom has several tools that your instructor might use. These include the ability to Raise Hand, Chat, and Breakout Rooms. Get familiar with them.

If Zoom freezes on you, give it a couple of seconds to reconnect.

  • Reach out by Chat to see if it's a temporary glitch.
  • If you don't hear or see anything, exit the meeting and try to re-connect.
  • If it's slow or choppy, try turning off your camera (click "Start Video" in the bottom left corner until it's crossed out).
  • If you're still having trouble, join by phone.
  • For further assistance, contact PC Tech Navigators (hyperlink to page)

Google Docs Videos:

Microsoft Videos:

Getting Technology Ready: