Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (DLIT)


Whether you’re just interested in taking some classes, or interested in pursuing a degree, Distance Learning can help you achieve your goal!

Programs available either completely online or with minimal face-to-face contact.

  • Administration of Justice AAS
  • Administrative Support Technology AAS
  • Accounting AA&S
  • Business Administration AA&S
  • Business Management AAS
  • Computed Tomography CSC
  • Cybersecurity CSC
  • Early Childhood Development AA&S
  • Early Childhood Education CSC
  • Early Childhood Infant & Toddler CSC
  • Electronic Medical Records Specialist CSC
  • Emergency Management & Preparedness AAS | Administration of Justice Specialization
  • General Education Certificate
  • General Studies AA&S
  • Health Sciences Certificate
  • Information Systems Technology  AAS
  • Insurance AAS
  • Legal Studies Certificate
  • Liberal Arts AA&S | General Studies Specialization
  • Management Specialist CSC
  • Network Administration Certificate
  • Psychology AA&S | General Studies Specialization


online programs touchOnce you have accessed your course through Canvas, familiarize yourself with the course page to locate your syllabus and course due dates. Your course may incorporate streaming media, which contains videos where you will gain information similar to if you were listening to a lecture in a face-to-face classroom. If you do not have dependable internet access, most of the course videos are available on DVD in the Distance Learning & Instructional (DLIT) Technology department. In addition, the Canvas course page will also indicate if you are required to contact the Distance Learning office to obtain any supplemental materials.

Come and see us if you need help learning how to use Canvas, or have any questions about what is expected of you in your distance courses.

ready for onlineUse this Online Readiness Survey to get an idea of your readiness for Distance Learning courses.


testing Proctored testing is available in Dellinger Hall, room 107 on the main campus.  If you need to take supervised tests at another location, please review guidelines and instructions for completion of the Proctor Form.

!!Please review the
Testing Information page for  all guidelines on proctored testing, including Certiport tests!!

Problems with a Course?

Remember that instructors have until the first day of class to make the course available to students, so be patient.
If it is past the first day of class and you still cannot see the Canvas content, remember that it may take up to 2 days from your registration until the cours
READ MORE e will show in your class list. YOU CAN: Verify that you are registered correctly in the course by checking your class list in MYSouthwest, and then checking with the instructor by looking up their contact information on the Faculty Employee Directory online
During the course, if you have any technical difficulties, the first thing to do is notify your instructor. In addition, contact the Distance Learning office to obtain assistance and make sure that you do not fall behind in your coursework. Contact hours and information for our offices is listed on this page.

Helpful Distance Course Tips

*Before enrolling in an online course, you should first assess your readiness for stepping into the online learning environment. Use this Online Readiness Survey to get an idea of your readiness for Distance Learning course READ MORE s.
*Watching video lectures does not take the place of reading assigned texts – make sure to complete assignments in both areas.
*Take notes while watching video segments, just like you would in a regular classroom.
*Get on a schedule!  It is very easy to get behind because of the flexibility of a Distance Learning course.
*Frequent the Canvas page for your course for announcements, study guides or other supplemental materials.
*Take advantage of the Student Resources that are available to help you.

communicate with ddlWE’RE HERE FOR YOU!

Communicate with your instructor and/or the Distance Learning staff regularly, and at the earliest sign of trouble. Access immediate help either through online chat with one of our Virtual Advisers, or through the latest in posted information on the MYSouthwest Helpdesk. If you are getting behind, or need help, let us know as soon as possible so we can work with you. Our goal is to help you succeed in any way we can. Distance Learning at Southwest is READY WHEN YOU ARE!