How much time should I spend on one class every week?
A three credit course is offered over one semester. You should set aside 15 - 20 hours a week to read, work on assignments, do research, participate in online discussions, watch videos, and study for tests.
How do I access my online/distance education course?
Laurentian Online uses the learning management system Desire2Learn (D2L). You will have access to your course(s) on the first day of term.
Are textbooks included?
All the material for your online course(s) except for required textbook(s) can be found online. You may order the required text(s) and case packages from the online Bookstore.
Are there weekly class times?
Laurentian Online courses are geared towards asynchronous learning. Meaning there are no scheduled weekly class meetings, however course professors may chose to schedule a videoconference once or more during the semester.
Do I have a specific time frame in which I must complete a course?
You must complete a course within its assigned academic semester.
How many semesters are offered each year?
Courses are delivered in four terms annually: fall (F), fall/winter (FW), winter (W) and spring (SP). You can consult the Important Dates calendar to learn the “start” and “end” date of each semester. https://laurentian.ca/important-dates-0
Will I have to come on campus?
You will not be required to come on campus to complete an online/distance course.
Will I have to write a final exam?
Your course may contain a final in person exam. Note that every effort will be made to provide an examination location that is within 100 km for students residing in Canada. However, you will be required to find an invigilator for your invigilated exam if:
- You are located more than 100km from one of our listed test centres; or
- You are registered with Accessibility Services and writing outside of Sudbury; or
- You are writing your exam outside of Canada
If you selected an exam centre, the exam location address, room information and allowable examination room materials will be provided to you seven days prior to the examination period.
Can online students apply for financial assistance?
Yes, Online students can apply for financial assistance. Grants, awards, bursaries, and loans are available to part-time and full-time students who qualify.
What services are available to online learners?
There are many services available to online learners. Online learners can benefit from Accessibility Services, Academic Advising, Library, Counseling, Indigenous Student Affairs as well as many more.
How much is tuition?
Based on several factors, your university fees consist of tuition, incidental and administrative fees. The Fees and Financing section of our website will provide you with the information to help you organize and prepare your finances.
How do I pay my fees?
You can use one of the following methods to pay your tuition fees:
Interac® debit card
In person at the bank
Paying your tuition fees online is the easiest and fastest way. You can pay your tuition fees online if your financial institution is on the following list: CIBC Bank, Bank of Montreal, National Bank, Royal Bank, Scotiabank, Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Caisses Desjardins, Credit Union.
The only way to pay your fees by credit card would be through a third-party service provider. For further information regarding payment methods: https://laurentian.ca/fees-financing/payment-options#how-to-pay
What do I need to know about Online Learning?
In an online course, everything you need is found on the D2L Brightspace platform except for your textbooks and/or select reading packages which you will need to purchase from the Laurentian Bookstore. The benefits of online courses are that they are more interactive and contain built-in communication features such as the discussion board. You can therefore connect with other students and your instructor easily.
All Laurentian Online courses are completed via a learning management system. Depending on the course, you may be required to work independently or with a group. Working online does have its challenges, but it also comes with many benefits. The majority of the Laurentian Online courses are delivered in an asynchronous format, meaning students have the flexibility to read, do coursework, and go online at their convenience rather than be at a specific place at a designated time. Assignments however will have set deadline dates throughout the semester.