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Is Online Learning for You?

Welcome to Online Learning at Humber College!

Interested in online learning? As an online student, you will need to participate in a variety of interactive and creative learning activities. To find out if online learning is for you, browse through the tools and resources below.

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The Open Learning Centre (OLC)

Dedicated online support team that is available 6 days a week to help support online students.


Online courses are similar to face-to-face courses as they cover the same learning outcomes and course content. However, they will differ in terms of content delivery and assessments. For example, the majority of our online courses are a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous moments; which means you might be working on your own or with a group, digesting course content, and then you might be attending a virtual office hours with your instructor. You will most likely not be experiencing full-fledged 3 hour online lectures – although some courses require this mode of delivery. The critical path will give you a better understanding of course expectations and a better sense of what parts of the course are asynchronous and what parts are synchronous.

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.

You can pay for your online course very easily in a few different ways:  by yourself online by using MyHumber or by web-banking. The MyHumber page also includes step by step instructions on how to register or you can call the Registration Office at (416) 675-3111 for help.

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. We also have the welcome letter available on this site for the different online offerings under the Online journey & support section. Once you have access to your course site that is where you’ll be able to find out all about your course and find things like a course outline or what textbooks are required.

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.

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.

Once you enroll 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/textbooks 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. Textbooks required will be mentioned in the course outline for the course.

Our online courses use a variety of evaluation methods, and in some cases, include a final assessment. Final assessments, where applicable, may use a variety of delivery methods.  Your instructor will at some point indicate that delivery and how it may be completed.

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.

Be Patient

  • You have access to your course site at all times of the day, however, keep in mind that 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.

Be Organized

  • 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.

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