Online Course Formats
Online Synchronous (live videoconferencing)
Online Synchronous courses are hosted using Zoom video conferencing software. Classes are held online in real time, at specified times and dates. Please note that times are provided in Mountain Time (MT).
While participating in a Zoom class, students can interact directly with their instructor and classmates through live conversation, text chat, and screen sharing.
There are two types of asynchronous courses:
Instructor-led, with some live conferencing sessions
The instruction occurs through modules with course content to follow. All assignments have deadlines, but students can choose when to participate in discussions and work on assignments. There are a few pre-scheduled live Zoom online lessons. You will see these dates in the course section notes at the time of registration.
There is live interaction with the instructor and other students.
Instructor-led, with no live conferencing
These courses are less time-dependant. The instruction occurs through discussion boards, and modules with course content to follow. All assignments have deadlines, but students have time flexibility to participate in discussions and work on assignments. You will not see pre-scheduled live online lessons in the course section notes at the time of registration.
There is no live interaction with the instructor and other students.
Guides and Tutorials
Digital Skills for Learning Online
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All online courses, no matter how they are delivered, are accessed through Desire2Learn (D2L).
These guides will get you logged in and ready to go...
Learn how to use D2L to access your course materials and interact with your instructor and classmates.
- Create D2L discussion threads
- Reply to discussion topic threads
- Search discussion topics
- Save a draft D2L discussion thread
- Send email to an individual user
- Send email to selected users
- Send email to a group
- Send email to the entire class
- Submit Dropbox assignments through the Course Module shortcut
- Submit Dropbox assignments through the Assessments Dropbox tool
Zoom enables you to participate in online real-time sessions with your instructor and fellow students.