What is the difference between online learning and distance learning?

The primary difference between Online and Distance PDF (Self-Study) is the level of interactivity between the instructor and the students, and also among classmates. For instance, discussion groups allow students to post questions that can be debated between classmates; a very useful tool not available to our distance students.


  • Assignments are in PDF format, and are posted on the U of T online host server called “Blackboard”.
  • Registered students are emailed with log-in access (username, password) to Blackboard.
  • When students log-in, they will see categories for Course Notes, Course Assignments, and Examination Application (I believe there is also a link to instructions).
  • Clicking on these categories will open up PDF documents that they can view or print.
  • Students submit assignments by email directly to instructors.
  • Instructors return marked assignments to students by email.
  • Examinations take place in proctored examination centres.
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