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Student Online Learning Orientation (SOLO)

Student Online Learning Orientation (SOLO)

All students taking a Distance Learning course are encouraged to participate in SOLO prior to beginning their course(s), and SOLO completion is required by several DL programs.


SOLO is designed to prepare students for some of the challenges associated with distance learning.The orientation specifically addresses effective learning strategies for an online student and orients the student to the technologies used in an online course.

Course Objectives

SOLO is self-paced and can be completed in less than five hours.


Based on student feedback, SOLO is regularly updated and redesigned to support its purpose.


SOLO Course Objectives include:

  • Troubleshooting technology issues
  • Describing the characteristics of a successful online learner
  • Constructing a personal planner
  • Uploading assignments in a variety of formats
  • Posting to a discussion forum
  • Viewing announcements
  • Locating resources for learning how to use Canvas



Students are provided access to SOLO upon registering for their first DL course. Students receive notifications from UNF Online with detailed instructions. Students can view My UNF Communications in myWings. Some faculty and programs require you to complete this orientation in order to remain in their DL courses. Look for an email or announcement in each of your DL courses to determine if this orientation is required by your instructor.

Self-enrollment in Canvas SOLO: Students are notified to self-enroll in SOLO in Canvas at the time they register for their first distance learning course at UNF. Students will remain in Canvas SOLO until they un-enroll.


To access SOLO at any time after the course, login to Canvas from myWings or, and select the "Student Online Learning Orientation" in Courses (on the left menu).**


Solo Credential: Once the orientation is completed, the SOLO credential remains valid for five years and students will not have to repeat SOLO each time they register for a distance learning course.


Orientation Resources: Once completed, students have access to orientation resources used in SOLO.


Petition Process: Students may petition to be exempt from the SOLO requirement if there are significant personal circumstances which make this requirement unnecessary. More information is available on the SOLO Petition page.


Faculty are able to view a SOLO status roster for each of their distance learning courses in Faculty Self-Service.


Students will receive an email with information on how to access SOLO, but the email does not contain information indicating whether the orientation is required for a class or program. Faculty and Programs can choose to enforce completion of the orientation. If SOLO is required by a class or program, communication must come directly from the faculty.


For faculty and programs that want to enforce completion of the orientation, it is recommended that the requirement and due date be reflected in the course syllabus and communicated to students via email from the instructor prior to the beginning of the term.


Until the last day of Drop/Add, faculty can choose to enforce completion of the orientation by requesting an administrative drop for students who have not completed SOLO. The administrative drop process can be utilized at any time during Drop/Add. Faculty are encouraged to complete requests for administrative drops by noon of the last day of drop/add to allow for processing. Utilize the administrative drop procedures determined by the department/college.