Learning Technology at Continuing Education

Desire2Learn (D2L) is the learning management system used in all of our classroom and online courses. It is web-based, and provides access to course content, supplemental materials, and discussions. Anywhere you have a reliable Internet connection, you can access your course from any device at any time.

Every course has a space in D2L.

Course information is organized into modules and submodules.

Your course access is password-protected and private.

It's easy to use!

  Watch an Introduction to D2L

Online Course Formats

Online Synchronous

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.

Online Asynchronous

Online Asynchronous

There are three types of asynchronous courses:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 live interaction with the instructor and other students.

  3. Email Support – work at your own pace

    These type of courses offers you the flexibility to work progressively through the materials at your own pace, with the understanding that you will finish before the end date of the course. The course and materials are designed to walk you through a learning journey. You will not see pre-scheduled live online lessons in the course section notes at the time of registration.

    This delivery format does not have live interaction with the instructor or other students.


Guides and Tutorials

Getting Started

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...

Zoom

Zoom enables you to participate in online real-time sessions with your instructor and fellow students.

Technical Support

If the help you need isn't provided on this page, please contact Continuing Education Student Services during office hours.

Outside of regular hours, please connect with the IT Support Centre. Be sure to identify yourself as a Continuing Education student.

Zoom

Zoom enables you to participate in online real-time sessions with your instructor and fellow students. Instructors can share their presentations, enable collaboration with others, conduct small group activities, poll students and more, all from any device with an internet connection. A Zoom app is available for your mobile device.

Students do not require a Zoom account to participate in an online class. A headset with a microphone is recommended. Zoom sessions can also be recorded and shared in Desire2Learn (D2L) or by email.

Learn how to join a Zoom meeting in D2L.

View the Guidelines for Zoom.

For all Zoom tutorials visit elearn.ucalgary.ca/getting-started-with-zoom.

Library Services

For more information about online learning on campus go to the UCalgary e-Learning Website.

If the help you need isn't provided in the list above, please contact Continuing Education Student Services during office hours. Outside of regular hours, please connect with the IT Support Centre . Be sure to identify yourself as a Continuing Education student.

Required fields are indicated by .