Welcome to Online Spring Quarter!
Classes Begin April 5, 2021
What's On This Page?
Extended Deadlines for Pass/No Pass, Excused Withdrawals
The deadlines for requesting Pass/No Pass or an Excused Withdrawal have been extended, in consideration of the disruptions caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- Pass/No Pass: You can request Pass/No Pass for classes taken in the 2021 spring quarter or retroactively for classes taken in winter 2021 or winter, spring, summer or fall of 2020.
- Excused Withdrawals: You can request an Excused Withdrawal for classes taken in the 2021 spring quarter up to the last day of the quarter, which is June 25. (Requests for excused withdrawals for past quarters will not be considered without documentation of extenuating circumstances.)
Before choosing Pass/No Pass, you should know that some transfer universities may not accept Pass grades for certain requirements. To learn more about these important considerations and how to submit a request, visit our Special Rules for Pass/No Pass and Excused Withdrawals webpage. (Updated April 12, 2021)
Graduation Will Be Online in 2021
De Anza's graduation celebration will be held online for 2021, as it was last year, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Be sure to check for updates and information about how you can participate at deanza.edu/graduation.
Grade Policy for COVID-19
In consideration of the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the college adopted a temporary policy for grades earned in the winter, spring, summer and fall of 2020:
- A grade of F earned for any 2020 term will not be counted in calculating earned units or Grade Point Averages.
- Grades of D-plus, D and D-minus earned for any 2020 term will not be counted in calculating Grade Point Averages.
The college had planned to extend this policy for winter 2021, based on guidance from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. However, because other colleges and universities have applied different policies, De Anza College has decided to resume counting D and F grades for winter 2021 and future quarters. If you believe this will create a significant hardship for you, please contact the Admissions and Records Office for assistance. (Updated March 25, 2021)
Drop-In Services Without an Appointment
Did you know that you can drop in for assistance at a number of Student Services offices, without coming to campus – and without an appointment? These offices have created virtual help desks, with office hours on Zoom at scheduled times each week.
You'll find the office hours and Zoom links for each program by clicking these links
Video: Online Learning Tips for Success
Your instructor will let you know about specific arrangements for each class. If you have questions, please check the syllabus for the best way to contact your instructor.
Resources for Students
Online Education Center
- Student Resource Hub: Visit this site for tips, guides and answers to your questions about using Canvas, Zoom and other online learning tools that your classes may be adopting.
- Staying Organized: This webpage has advice for planning and staying on top of your online coursework.
- Canvas Help: Need technical support with Canvas? This page has information on how to get help.
- More Student Resources: Visit this page for more links and tips.
- Get Ready for Online Learning: This website has videos about getting "tech ready," managing your time, communicating with instructors and more.
Library, Reference and Technical Support
- Many Library resources are available online. Visit the Library website to learn more.
- Need reference help? You can chat online with a librarian, during designated hours. Visit the Library website and look for the red button.
- Need technical support? You can get assistance with Canvas, Zoom, MyPortal and other online learning tools or software, from the Library West Computer Lab's expert technicians. Use the form on the Computer Lab's webpage to request help via live chat – available Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – or to request a response by email.
LEAD Student Guide to Online Learning
Students in the LEAD Learning Community put together a printable set of flyers with useful tips for studying online – including advice for studying at home, creating online communities and self-care while sheltering at home.
For Faculty Members
Resources for Faculty Members
Resource Hub: Visit the Online Ed Center's Faculty Resource Hub to find webinars, online labs and instructional guides for using Zoom, Canvas and other online teaching tools.
Need Assistance? You can reach the Online Education Center team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
California Virtual Campus: The CVC's Online Education Initiative offers plenty of resources to help instructors plan and prepare for online teaching – including tips on organizing course content, communicating with students and supporting them.
- Remember to tell your students about the resources on this webpage
- How Faculty Members Can Support Students in Traumatic Times (Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Strategies for Maintaining a Harassment-Free Virtual Learning Environment (Nova Southeastern University)
- Students in the LEAD Learning Community developed a set of printable flyers with helpful tips for supporting students while teaching online – including tips on building community, organizing Canvas lessons and encouraging student engagement online and on Zoom.
Working at Home
- How Parents Can Work at Home – And Get Stuff Done (Care.com)
- Why Working From Home is Exhausting – And How to Reinvigorate (Forbes)
Tips on Zoom Security
- How to Prevent “Zoom-Bombing” in a Few Easy Steps (New York Times)
- Settings for Preventing "Zoom-Bombing” (UC Berkeley Information Security Office)
Student Services Available Online and By PhoneMost campus offices – including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and academic counselors – are available to talk and provide services by email, Zoom video and other formats. Please see the websites for individual programs or check our list of contact information for online student services.
- Planetarium: While the college has canceled or postponed most on-campus events, the De Anza Planetarium is hosting virtual field trips.
- See the Messages and Updates webpage for relevant communications sent by De Anza College and the Foothill-De Anza Community College District to students, faculty members and classified professionals.