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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 fully 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.

Fully Online

The course work for fully online eLearning courses will take place 100% online.

Students enrolled in these courses will be expected to keep up with course discussions and assignments by specific due dates and write supervised formal examinations.

Fully Online (ONLN) courses are offered through remote/online delivery and are have no specified meeting times.


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 opportunity to attend a course in person or attend synchronously online. This model is designed to offer students flexibility.

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, a part-time 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.

eLearning around the world can mean that you are in a different time zone than your professor or classmates. Don't worry, we have solutions to support your remote studies in a different time zone, even for synchronous classes.

If you are an international student studying in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies from your home country, you may be eligible for a time zone accommodation. This is an arrangement between you and your instructor that would allow you to complete course requirements during regular daytime hours in your country of residence.

If you have a course where you are expected to attend a lecture or tutorial at the same time each week, you may follow the following steps to request a time zone accommodation from your instructor.

  1. Contact your instructor as early in the course as you can to request accommodation. Write your instructor a professional email that allows them to consider your request for a time zone accommodation. Your email should include the following:
    • A clear subject line; and
    • A clearly stated problem and request for help.
  2. Wait for your instructor to respond. Your instructor will let you know if your request has been accepted or not.

If you need an example, please review our Sample Email (DOCX) for crafting your own email. You will need to fill in the blanks of the template (e.g., everything in square brackets), and add your own specific requests.

If you require accommodations for other reasons, including health, family status or disability, please contact Student Accessibility Services. They will assist you in ensuring your needs as a York student are met in each of your classes.

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.