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Online Learning

Resources and tips about online learning for students.

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Types of Online Learning


Synchronous activities help to build a sense of community and structure in class, as you are all present and participating at the same time. Some examples of synchronous activities include:

  • Participating in class meeting via BlueJeans / Zoom or other video-conferencing program
  • Viewing a live video lecture or demo via video-conferencing
  • Attending your instructor's office hours via video-conferencing
  • Viewing a film with your class through Netflix Party
  • Participating in a live chat session in Moodle, Slack or other discussion program


Asynchronous activities make learning more accessible - even if you have terrible wifi or live in a different time zone, you can still fully participage in the class. Some examples of asynchronous delivery include:

  • Viewing a pre-recorded lecture or video to Moodle
  • Viewing PowerPoint slides or transcripts made available after a live lecture
  • Posting images or text to a discussion forum on Moodle
  • Participating in a discussion via forum posts on Moodle
  • Participating in a discussion or critique via audio recordings
  • Uploading images to a blog that documents the progress of your project 
  • Working on and completing projects on your own time, uploading documentation of the completed work to Moodle or a blog
  • Reviewing links to readings, videos, podcasts or other materials on your own time, by the assigned due dates

Used together, asynchronous and synchronous activities can create online learning experience that rival any face-to-face learning environment.

Hybrid Delivery

Hybrid courses take place partially online and partially in a face to face environment like a classroom or studio. The balance between online and face to face activities can change from course to course, but for the Fall 2020 term, no hybrid class will have more than 30% face to face requirements.  

FAQs about Online Learning

Education is going to be universally different—and probably a little weird—this fall. But why be afraid of that? We embrace different. We love weird. Whatever happens, we’re glad to be in this together and look forward to your collaboration as we build a future full of possibilities.

-- statement of welcome to new students, California College of the Arts


You probably have a lot of questions about what your online classes will look like this fall. This online resource has a lot of the answers!

Privacy in Online Classes

About privacy and personal information

Privacy is the right for individuals to control their own personal information. Personal information is recorded information about an identifiable individual which is not otherwise publicly available, such as:

  • name
  • personal address and telephone
  • SIN
  • personal email address
  • gender
  • age
  • student number
  • education history (e.g. courses taken, grades, evaluations)
  • financial data (e.g. credit card information)

For current students, all information pertaining to their academic history is considered to be personal information and is treated as confidential by the University.

Privacy in educational tools

While online educational tools and services (e.g., Google Docs, Dropbox, social media platforms) may be innovative, readily accessible, and available at little or no cost, their use may pose privacy risks to students and the University.

You have the right to refuse the use of any technology that you feel compromises your privacy. You also have the right to choose how you will participate in technologies that don't protect your privacy.

Questions or requests for advice on information and privacy issues should be referred to the university Privacy Office:       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC