What are the typical features of an online course?

The School of Continuing Studies online courses are instructor-led and delivered primarily through an online course site using one or more collaborative, communication and/or social technologies. If the course you’re interested in is offered in multiple formats (in-class, online or hybrid) be assured that these formats use the same learning material and will allow you to achieve the same learning outcomes.

Three days before the course start date, you will receive an email with information and instructions on how to access your online course site. If you register less than five days before the course start, you will receive the access information three days after registration. The email may be filtered to your junk mail, so please check there as well. If you don’t receive the access information, please submit a help request, speak to use through our LiveHelp or give us a call.

Although you won’t attend a physical classroom in an online course, the courses still follow a schedule and the learning is organized around weekly modules or sessions. You will have a great deal of flexibility during each module to ready, study and prepare assignments based on your own schedule but you will need to keep pace with the modules week to week or session to session.

Some online courses include periodic live webinars where you’ll be able to go online at a specific date and time and attend these online meetings. Webinars usually last about an hour or and hour and a half but your instructor will provide you the specific details once the course starts. The course webpage may also have details about the webinar dates and times. If you’re unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to view a recording of the webinar on your own schedule. There may be other interactive or collaborative technologies used in this course format such as discussion boards, confidence quizes and/or email.


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