How to Navigate the New eClass

Written by Deea Deb

Hey Lions! The fall/winter term is right around the corner, so this is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the new eClass layout and get organized. The platform may look different to you if you have used it before, but worry not, we’re here to help you navigate it like a pro. 

If you are new to York, eClass is a platform where you can access all your coursework, readings, syllabi, assignments and deadlines. You can also contact your classmates and instructors through eClass. Usually, instructors make the courses accessible to students a few days before or on the first day of class. So, if you don’t see your courses yet, hang tight! 

Pro tip: While you wait for your courses to show up on eClass, you can always reach out to the instructors by email, introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have in the meantime.  Asking questions shows the instructor that you are proactive and want to do well in their course. 

Having said that, here’s how eClass can help you get organized for the new term. 

One of the best features of the new eClass layout is that it is completely customizable. Once you log in with your Passport York, you will land on your dashboard. If you are logging in for the first time this page may look different for you, but you can organize the platform in a way that suits you. Here is a video that shows how you can customize the platform. 

My eClass is minimal because I am easily distracted. I like to have my current courses up top for easy visibility. Your course pages will be the most used feature in eClass, so make sure they’re easily accessible to you. 

I also keep the monthly calendar on my dashboard so I can see all my deadlines at a glance. This helps me keep track of submissions and request assignment extensions if I need any.  

Pro tip: You can also add new events to this calendar. Add your social and cocurricular commitments to keep everything in one place! 

eClass also offers many resources that you may need during your time at York. Click on the red arrow on the right side of the screen to view them. My favourite resources are the librarian, Writing Centre, Learning Skills Services, important dates page and the mental health and wellness page.  

Staying organized at university is the best thing you can do to manage your time and stay on top of your tasks. eClass is a great organizational tool to help you do that.  

Happy editing, folks!