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eLearn Course Development

As a full-service administrative computing technology unit, we provide help to instructors for the creation, development and support of eLearn courses. eLearning courses can be fully online (ONLN) or blended (BLEN) and provide students with unique formats to pursue their studies. We have collected some essential steps below to prepare for your eLearn courses.

Please email esohelp@yorku.ca if you are planning on developing an eLearn course and require assistance.


Step One

To get started please review our eLearning Resources

If you are new to teaching fully online, remote and blended courses, please ensure to review all the online resources and support information.


Step Two

Register for training

If you are teaching online for the first time you can contact us for one-on-one eClass support by emailing esohelp@yorku.ca.

Beyond this, we offer a wide variety of ongoing training sessions. Some key sessions that we recommend you are teaching online for the first time, or for the first time in a long time. Learn more about topics like assignments and grading, lecture recording, and more.

Check out our full list of available training sessions to find the right session for you!


Step Three

Submit your course outline

Please provide your course outline to your program staff so it can be updated at the public course outline system. By providing your course outline early you will be able to communicate course expectations and details to students. Program staff can upload your course outline prior to the start of term for students. Please ensure to also include your reading list as students learning at a distance from campus require time for purchasing and shipping.


Step Four

Share support resources with your students

Adjusting to remote learning in the university can be daunting for our students. We've put together some text to help share resources with students right away as they begin this process. Please feel free to copy and paste this text to share it with your students.

The university has put together a number of helpful resources to support you throughout your eLearning courses.

  • The eLearning website explains what eLearning is, how to get started, how to how to choose your fully online (ONLN) & blended (BLEN) course(s), and more.
  • The Student Guide to eLearning at York University will help you learn more what to expect and how to succeed as an online learner.
  • eClass:
    • Your eClass course website access will start within the first week of the term.
    • For late enrollees, it takes two business days from the time of your enrolment to access the eclass websites.
    • Course materials will be released on the course website during the first week of the semester.
    • Get familiar with eClass by reviewing the eClass Student Resources Page.
  • Most fully online courses have scheduled on campus in-person supervised exams.
    • Students located more than three hours away from the campus can apply to write supervised off-site exams.
  • Finding Support:

Step Five

Returning graded midterms & tests

Due to limited on-campus services to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the paper mid-term and test return service will not be offered at this time.


Step Six

Prepare for the final exam

Our office receives an influx of requests each year. To ensure that we are aware of your exam/test requirements for your online or blended course(s), please email the following to elearned@yorku.ca:

  • Subject: ATTN: Exam Dates [INSERT DATES]
  • Your name, Course ID and section
  • For exams: Dates, times, duration
  • For tests: Dates, times

Off-Site Exams

Let us know if you will be using alternate exam versions for students writing off-site. Keep in mind that we will be consulting with you regarding students writing in varying time zones and will need to confirm the off-site exam dates. For more off-site exam information, please visit our off-site exams page.


Step Seven

Conduct online course evaluations

York's ONCE system makes online course evaluations easy your for eLearning classes.

ONCE sends timely email communications and reminders are sent to students to complete their evaluations. Instructors get direct access to course result reports as soon the final grades are released to students. 

ONCE course evaluations are coordinated with staff designates from your school or department. Find out more about timelines, protocols and assistance on our Online Course Evaluation support page.

Reach Out

We look forward to helping you create and maintain an excellent eLearning course!