Online Course Registration Instructions

Online Course Registration Instructions




Current students of Colorado School of Mines may enroll in online courses through Trailhead and the instructions are as follows. New Mines students must follow the application process.

Step 1: Review and Select Online Courses

You can find the complete list of currently available classes on the Online Courses page. 

Step 2: Register in Trailhead

  1. Log in to Trailhead
  2. Select the Self Service button in the upper right corner
  3. Click on the Student tab
  4. Select the Registration link
  5. Select the Add/Drop link
  6. Select the term (you may be asked for you alternate PIN, which is provided by your advisor)
  7. Enter the CRN (course registration number) for each desired course. If you don’t have the CRN you can search for in Trailhead or by using Dynamic Schedule
  8. Click submit
  9. If you receive an error message, please visit the registration error message page for additional information
  10. Review your schedule

Step 3: Access Canvas for Online Course Material


Your online learning environment, Canvas, will be used for all your courses, both face-to-face and online. Canvas is the place you go to access your courses, submit assignments, and communicate with your instructors and peers.


To obtain information about how to access Canvas and update/change a password, visit the eLearning Resources page. Please note that you will need to claim your account prior to accessing Canvas.

Guide to Online Learning

This Guide to Online Learning (self-enroll) was designed to give you a sample experience of an online course offered in the online learning environment. This online preview includes information on the online environment (i.e. Canvas), online tools, as well as resources and tips for being a better student at Mines regardless of whether you choose to take online courses. This is only a sample, once you start taking online courses, you will notice that every course is a little different. Differences in courses are due to the different instructor expertise and course design. For example, courses in Computer Science department will look different from those in the Space Resources department.

This course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Work with many of the common tools used in the online environment
  • Explore common areas found in an online classroom
  • Understand and correct many of the issues new students face when entering the online environment for the first time
  • Familiarize yourself with the online environment prior to beginning your online courses
  • Earn a Helluva Online Student badge

General Resources

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Tutoring, Writing Center, Library, bookstore, software access and more.

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Tech help, Disability Services, Career Services, Veteran Services, Blastercard, counseling and more.

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Online student organizations, alumni connections, Dean of Students and more.