SWFC Technical Training Manual

SWFC Academic Policies Manual

Online Technical Training Video

Policy Overview Video


Below are a few of the more commonly used resources from the printables webpage to help facilitate in your transition to distance learning.

Here you will find links to outside resources such as the SWFC homepage, a direct link to the Distance Education site, and other pages as well.

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Additional quick links for the SWFC Portal System.


If you're a current student, please enter your User ID and Password to go to your course(s).

Trouble Logging In?

If you are having difficulty logging into your online course, please refer to the training documentation or contact the Distance Education Department for assistance. For a reminder, click here.


Summer 2014
Below you can find some important dates for the current term.

June 19, 2014
Early Access Granted

June 23, 2014
Official Start of Term

July 28, 2014
Midterm Week Starts

July 31, 2014
Early Access-Mini-Term

August 3, 2014
Midterm Week Ends

August 4, 2014
Official Mini-Term Start

August 6, 2014
Midterm Exams Close

August 22, 2014
Final Exams Open

September 1, 2014
Finals Week

Friday, September 5, 2014
Last Day of the Summer Term


Additional quick links for the Google Apps Student Email System.

Email Links

Student Email

Student Email
(alternative link)

Google Apps Help Email


Welcome to the Training Site for Southwest Florida College's Distance Education Program. The navigational links on the left and at the top of this page will provide you with the resources you will need to begin your online experience. In addition to a detailed User Guide, which you can obtain from your nearest campus' ASC/LRC, this site also contains an orientation training video, a campus newsblog, as well as a timeline of dates for the upcoming and current terms.

How to Navigate this Site for Online Orientation

Before you begin taking an online course at Southwest Florida College, you are required to do the following:
  1. Download the Technical Training and the Academic Policies and Procedures Manuals from the left-hand navigation bars on this page or the 'Printables' tab above.
  2. Watch the video tutorials by clicking-on the 'Videos' tab above. There is a built-in quiz in the first video and both videos should take you no more than 20-30 minutes to complete.
  3. Download, save, fill-out, and email the confirmation form to let us know you have completed your orientation.


Online M (mobile) Site

In our efforts to continuously provide you with the latest advances from the digital age, we are pleased to announce the mobile (smart device) access for online courses is available for use.

The new "m site" (or mobile site) allows you to see upcoming due dates, view recent course activity, use filters if you have multiple classes or view all course activity at once, and even post discussion responses from your mobile smart devices.

You can access the mobile site by typing m.swfconline.org into your smart device browser. You will login with the same user credentials, and will be able to keep up with your courses while you may be on the move.

Here are some videos to help you make the transition:

Student Intro: http://epmedia.ecollege.com/media/eteach/atctrain/studentintro.html
Discussions: http://epmedia.ecollege.com/media/eteach/atctrain/discussions.html

Stay tuned for more upcoming initiatives to make your online experience more rich and robust!


Social Course Home Beta

In a few select courses and the Online Academic Success Center (ASC), we are beta testing a new social course home. If you happen to be in a course that is testing this, you may notice that the Course Home screen looks different and interactive. Since this is a beta, there will be bugs and fixes that happen along the way. We have been told that the least buggy browser is Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), though, many of us at SWFC have found FireFox to be less buggy. Keep in mind all browsers will contain a certain degree of issues.

Known issues include slow loading and chat features can become glitchy at times. We are also aware that announcements may not load every time.

To see how it all works, and how to set up some of the new features, visit: http://epmedia.ecollege.com/media/eteach/atctrain/SCH-student.html

If you come across other issues, please email your instructor or the Distance Education Team so we can submit our findings to our online vendor.

We hope you enjoy all the wonderful advancements we are and will be making to make your online learning more enjoyable.