Distance Education FAQ

This section will answer your frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Distance Education at George Brown College.

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  • What is distance education?
    Distance education refers to teaching and learning that takes place without the traditional campus classroom or on-site teacher. Many people choose to study in the comfort of their own homes, but distance education gives you the flexibility to learn wherever it is most convenient for you.
    How are distance education courses delivered?
    Continuing Education at George Brown College offers distance education courses in a variety of ways. Our courses are offered online (including OntarioLearn online) or as DVD-based distance with online support. Courses in our Technical Training certificate programs are offered as USB-based distance. Most distance education courses are offered online. For more information about the technology requirements for each mode of delivery, visit the Technology Requirements for Distance Education web page.
    Do I have any flexibility in terms of when I register for distance education courses?
    Some of our distance education courses are term-based. So, as with an in-class course, you need to register in advance of the course start date or shortly after the course starts. Other distance education courses are continuous intake. A continuous intake course allows you to register at any time throughout the term. You then have a set number of days to finish the course.
    What are OntarioLearn online courses?

    By partnering together, colleges can provide a greater number of online courses for their students. OntarioLearn is a partnership between 24 Ontario colleges that offers a broad selection of online courses. We have selected courses from the OntarioLearn course inventory that complement our existing distance education offerings. This means our students get access to a wider range of teacher-directed online courses while enjoying George Brown's high-quality registration and administrative support.

    The college responsible for developing a course and its content is called the “host college.” Although you register with and receive your grade from George Brown College, the teacher will be provided by the host college and all technical support will be provided by OntarioLearn.com. For more information, visit the OntarioLearn website or contact the Continuing Education Online Learning department at 416-415-5000, ext. 6543, or online_learning@georgebrown.ca.

    Note that OntarioLearn courses (with a few exceptions) are not equivalent to courses offered in class.