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What is eLearning?

When you enrol in an eLearning course you are signing up for the opportunity to complete some, or all of that course online. eLearning can be a great option that builds flexibility and variation into your schedule as courses count towards your degree or certificate program in exactly the same way as in-class courses. Our online, blended and hyflex courses also use the same textbooks and materials and cover the same course content as in-class sections, this material is simply presented online! Read on to find out more and decide if eLearning is right for you.


Online courses are delivered virtually with some exceptions to on campus assessment components.

  1. Fully Online (ONLN) courses are delivered fully online including all learning and assessments.
  2. Online, with on campus assessments and/or final exams (ONCA) courses are delivered mostly online with required on-campus assessments and/or examinations.


Blended courses combine the best of both worlds of a mix of online and in-person instruction.

Blended (BLEN) courses are organized with approximately 20-80 percent online instruction and classroom visits are reduced. The course instructor will inform you of the mandatory on-campus class schedule and the online component at the beginning of the term.


A Hyflex course model provides students the flexibility to attend a course in person or synchronously online.

Hyflex (HYFX) courses concurrent both in-person and virtual synchronous. In the Hyflex classroom there is technology that enables remote students to seamlessly participate in a course that is delivered on campus. The technology installed in the classrooms ensures the two-way engagement of all participants.

Teaching online is rewarding! It allows you to connect with students you wouldn’t have ordinarily had the opportunity to teach. While it’s true that you don’t get to know them very well, you do see a huge diversity of thought — some of it quite enriching — in papers and on discussion boards. The accessibility of online education is responsible for the vigour that comes with including people who are often marginalized. Shift workers, single parents, consumer-survivors, students in rural areas, all of whom would struggle with the expectations of a traditional classroom for various reasons, are provided with an opportunity to participate. That alone makes it all worthwhile.

— William Woolrich, Professor of Social Work

Frequently Asked Questions

Compared to in class instruction, online learning is quite different. Consider speaking with an academic advisor first to help you decide.

There is no limit on how many fully online courses you can take as long as they count towards your program.

Please note that specific online course availability may be limited as programs may offer online courses on a rotational basis and also there are courses that are offered by “in class only.” You can get in touch with an academic advisor to help you to navigate this process and find the right options for your situation.

Staying focused and motivated while eLearning can take different skills than in classes that are fully in the classroom. can be challenging. To help, we have put together resources to help you manage stress and reach your academic goals.

All currently enrolled York students can search for eLearning courses when selecting their classes each year. We have brought together all the details you need on our eLearning courses, how to find them, and how to enrol.

If you are note currently a student, to apply to a degree or certificate program, or as a visiting student, you may refer to the York University Admissions website, where you will find detailed admissions information and online application procedures. Once you are admitted, you may enrol for courses by using the online Registration and Enrolment Module. The York University course timetable and enrolment guide are also available on this website.