How Online Learning Works
As an online student, you'll participate in a variety of interactive and creative learning activities.
Some Common Questions
We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive about how online learning works.
Are online courses similar to in-class courses?
Online and in-class courses have similarities and differences. In place of physically attending a live class on-campus, online learning allows students to access course lectures, participate in online discussions, and submit quizzes or assignment anytime, anywhere, through a course site.
I want to take an online course, where do I start?
Once you've decided to take an online course, you can browse through our program and course offerings. You can take our Readiness Quiz and read about what online learning entails so that you're prepared for the experience.
How do I pay for my online course?
You can pay for your online course very easily in a few different ways: over the phone, in-person or by yourself online. Click here for step by step instructions on how to register for your online course.
How do I access my course?
Your online course will use a virtual classroom to facilitate learning. Once you have registered for an online course, you will received a welcome email with details on the type of learning platform the online course will be using. It is in your course site where you'll be able to find out all about your course.
Are courses self-paced? May I start and finish when I please?
Our online courses are available in a variety of different formats to suit the needs of learners. Many online courses do have firm start and end dates, however. While you can access your course material anytime, students are expected to complete the course requirements as per the schedule outlined by their teacher in the critical path.
Will I need to attend Humber for my classes at any point?
All of the course content, materials and assignments will be available within your course site. Depending on the course, you may need to complete a final assessment in a proctored environment on campus, off-campus or virtually. You can click here for more information.
How do I get my required course material?
Once you enrol in an online course and gain access to your course site, you will find that the course materials take a variety of different forms. Any reading materials that your course requires, will be listed in your course outline within your course site. Textbooks and supplies are an additional cost and are not included in course fees.
Will there be exams?
Our online courses use a variety of evaluation methods, and in some cases, include a final assessment. Final assessments, where applicable, are conducted at Humber College campus. If you are unable to write the final exam under your instructors' direct supervision on campus, there are a variety of options to accommodate you. Click here for more information.
How can I be successful in an online course?
There are a number of strategies you can employ to be a successful student and we have a number of online resources to assist you. Here are a few quick tips:
- Stay in contact with your teacher and your classmates through the discussion board and other activities. Participation often contributes to your final grade.
Know Your Deadlines
- Look for a critical path or a table of deadlines when you first login to your course site.
- If you feel you can’t meet a deadline, let your teacher know as soon as possible – don’t wait until the last minute as it is often harder to accommodate your request then.
- You have access to your course site at all times of the day, however, keep in mind that you your teacher and classmates are not sitting at the other end waiting for your email or discussion posting. Give them time to reply. Usually, you can expect a response within 48 hours or sooner.
- Manage your time appropriately. As a guideline, you should give yourself about 2-3 hours per week to work through the course content and another 3-4 hours per week to complete assignments and participate in discussions and online activities.
- It is very easy to skim information on the web, but it is important that you read through the material in your course site to ensure a positive learning experience.
Are You Ready?
Take this quiz to find out if online learning is right for you.
How can I register?
You can register for an online course in just a few simple steps.