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Online Learning

Resources and tips about online learning for students.



Moodle 3.5 is our Learning or Course Management System at Emily Carr. Every course will have an accompanying Moodle course site where you will find all of your course information as well as your course activities.

You can access your course Moodle sites all through a central dashboard at
You probably want to bookmark this site.

  • Login with your Emily Carr email username and password.
  • You can use any of the following browsers with Moodle:
    • Mac: recent versions of Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome
    • PC: recent versions of Firefox or Google Chrome
  • Once you have accessed the course, visit “My home” page, fill out your profile, including uploading a picture or avatar.
  • Plan to log into this site by or before your first day of classes.

The following short videos introduce some of the basic functions in Moodle:


Classes can meet "face to face” online via Zoom. Not all classes will have real-time meetings, but those that do will use Zoom.

Your instructor will share a link for your class meeting, either through email or through your course Moodle site. All you need to do to attend is click that link to attend the meeting.

This short video gives an overview of how to join a meeting in Zoom: 

You will have a better experience if you download the app:

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The Zoom app has low-bandwidth options for participating in meetings, including phone access. See the help centres for more support: 

Student Zoom accounts

ECU Zoom account is available to all current degree and full-time Continuing Studies students. This account will remain valid so long as students remain enrolled.

Having an ECU Zoom account will allow students to create and host their own Zoom meetings. Please note that a Zoom account is not required in order to participate in others’ Zoom meetings, such as a class run on Zoom by faculty.

For details on setting up your account, see the Community Update.


Etiquette for video meetings

(these tips were developed by students in one of our summer courses)

  • If you are eating, mute your video and sound.
  • Be considerate and respectful.
  • Recognize that time delays make it hard to know when someone is finished speaking; try not to talk over somebody else.
  • Do your best to participate.
  • Don’t smoke on screen.
  • Be fully dressed when your video is on.
  • Always join the call on time.
  • Leave your mic on mute if you are not speaking.
  • Don’t use your phone while in (virtual) class.
  • Be attentive and active (don’t let yourself get distracted).

Instructors may include other technologies to enrich your class learning experience. Please be aware of the privacy considerations of these apps and do your best to protect your personal information. These are some of the most commonly used applications used in course teaching at Emily Carr.


Slack allows users to communicate and collaborate on projects through chats, file sharing, teleconferencing and more. Slack is hosted with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and are currently using data centers hosted in the United States and Europe.


YouTube is a video sharing platform owned by Google and therefore user-data is tracked, shared and sold to third parties. Data is stored in the US and elsewhere.


Vimeo collects data about you and allows third parties to collect information about you when you use their services. Their data is stored in the US and other countries. They also collect biometric facial information of people visible in videos uploaded to their servers.


Mattermost is an open source communication app much like Slack. It can be hosted entirely behind a local secure firewall, but since we currently do not subscribe or support it, expect data to be stored abroad and that it is shared with other third-party vendors in other countries.

Google Docs

Google offers amazing free tools that can make it easier to collaborate on projects, communicate and share large files. However, Google tracks user data and shares and sells it to third parties, and all data is stored in the US or servers abroad.


WeChat offers free encrypted instant messaging, (SMS) text messages and file sharing. Servers are located in Ontario and Hong Kong, but with other data centres around the world that can access user data.       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC