COVID-19 Information

DC is committed to providing students with a high-quality academic experience. For a full list of what is open on campus or operating virtually, please visit our COVID-19 fall semester page. For information about the upcoming winter semester and program delivery methods please visit our COVID-19 winter semester page.  
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Remote learning

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Fall semester: Remote and hybrid learning

2020 Fall Semester - What to expect

Learning Online Hub

Learning online has distinctive challenges and opportunities. You’re probably used to the format of in-person learning, and learning online may be a new experience. The Learning Online Hub covers some strategies and tools that will help you be successful learning online, including support with motivation, help using new technology, and techniques for effective studying.

Student Academic Learning Services

Durham College’s Student Academic Learning Services (SALS) is here to help students reach their academic goals. Watch the video or check out some of the resources available to you below.

Transitioning to online learning

Need more help? Head to the SALS section of our Student Supports tab for information on how to receive help, or chat live with someone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday at www.durhamcollege.ca/SALS.

CAFE resources

The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment offers full- and part-time faculty, as well as students, a number of resources to help them teach and learn in a remote and online learning environment.

For faculty

The CAFE launched a new workshop series focusing on teaching, engaging, and assessing students in a remote environment. Topics include planning remote delivery, facilitating discussions, assessments and rubrics, choosing appropriate educational technology tools, student collaboration, and ensuring online instructional presence.

Some of CAFE's new resource spotlights for faculty include:

  • Planning to Move Your Course Online Landing Page
  • New DC Connect Template
  • New DC Connect Course Exemplar
  • New Workshop Series: Teaching Remotely

For students

Students can also find a number of resources for online learning on the CAFE webpage. These resources provide students with information about how to access and use technology tools that they need to fully engage in online learning, ranging from joining online class communities to uploading assignments and/or projects.

Remote Learning FAQs

What does online course delivery mean?

Online courses offer learners an interactive and engaging student-centric experience. Courses are led by faculty who are committed to supporting students, enabling them to achieve their goals and be successful. All student-faculty and student-student interactions occur remotely, online.

Faculty will post course-related learning materials, assignments, and resources in DC Connect, the college’s learning management system. Faculty and students will interact using various technologies that may include, Microsoft Teams, DC Connect’s virtual classroom and Office 356. Courses will be delivered synchronously, asynchronously or using a blend of the two approaches.

What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous course delivery?
  • Synchronous – courses will have scheduled meeting, or class, times in a virtual classroom, using Microsoft Teams or DC Connect’s virtual classroom.
  • Asynchronous – where learning takes place at times and locations of the learner’s own choosing through online communications technologies. Instruction may occur through interactive discussion posts, content sharing, video recordings, etc. Learners are not expected to participate in any scheduled learning activities, but scheduled exams may be required.

Courses may also blend the two delivery approaches, combining elements of non-scheduled and scheduled activity.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MY COURSE TRANSITIONING TO AN ONLINE DELIVERY?

Effective Monday, March 23, DC has transitioned to online and remote course delivery. Students should regularly check DC Connect and DC Mail to access course outline addendums, class material and messages to support continuity of learning.

I’M new TO ONLINE LEARNING, WHAT CAN I DO TO BE SUCCESSFUL?
The Learning Online Hub covers some strategies and tools that will help you be successful learning online, including support with motivation, help using new technology, and techniques for effective studying. Below are some additional resources that should help: If you still need support reaching your academic goals through online learning, please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/SALS.
I AM STRUGGLING WITH ONLINE LEARNING; WHAT SUPPORTS ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?

To assist students during this time, most of DC’s support services remain operational virtually. Please refer to the Student Supports tab for more details.

Other supports that exist for students during the transition to online learning, include:

Mental health support

Students who are looking for health care or mental health support are encouraged to contact the Campus Health Centre, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 905.721.2000 ext. 3037 for help.

Support outside of those times is offered through the Good2Talk Helpline (24/7) at 1.866.925.5454 or I.M. Well Student Assistance Program at 1.877.554.6935.

We encourage students to stay connected and support one another, and to continue to follow the recommendations our government is sharing to stay well and keep our province safe.

IT support

Increasing the online components of classes may present new technical challenges. Please contact the IT Service Desk at 905.721.3333 or servicedesk@dc-uoit.ca with any technology-related questions.

I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET, HOW CAN I ACCESS MY ONLINE COURSES?

Please contact dccares@durhamcollege.ca with more information on the challenges you are experiencing in accessing online courses. These messages will be assessed and forwarded to the appropriate person within the college who can assist you.

What technology will I need if my program is delivered online?

It is recommended that students have access to a computer (desktop or laptop) and have reliable internet access. Students in laptop programs should review technical requirements for their program. Information is available on the program page on the college’s website.

I'm coming directly from high school and want to make sure I’m prepared for college; how will I be supported?

Should public schools not resume prior to the end of this academic year, rest assured that DC will offer academic support to students, ensuring they have the math, science and writing skills necessary to be successful in September. Academic support options will be available prior to the beginning of the semester and throughout the academic year.

What resources are available to me for developing my courses for the fall semester?

The Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment offers full- and part-time faculty a number of resources to help them teach in a remote and online learning environment.

The CAFE launched a new workshop series focusing on teaching, engaging, and assessing students in a remote environment. Topics include planning remote delivery, facilitating discussions, assessments and rubrics, choosing appropriate educational technology tools, student collaboration, and ensuring online instructional presence.

Some of CAFE's new resource spotlights for faculty include:

  • Planning to Move Your Course Online Landing Page
  • New DC Connect Template
  • New DC Connect Course Exemplar
  • New Workshop Series: Teaching Remotely