Flexible learning

Online courses that fit your lifestyle: learn anywhere, any time

Online courses are flexible, convenient, interactive, and allow you to work around other commitments. Build your course timetable around work and family obligations. Save money and time by not commuting to campus and working from the comfort of your own home. You will still be able to connect and engage with your instructor and classmates through online course learning systems. The best part? You're getting the same great education you'd expect from UFV. 

Student Rachel Tait shares three great things she loves about online learning. 

Online learning: tips for students, from students

Starting university is a new experience. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help alleviate some of your fears and make your semester easier, more enjoyable and succesful. Some questions you may be thinking about:

  • What does UFV learning managment software look like and what method of course instruction will I receive?
  • How can I manage and commit my time to my studies; find study guides and resources; participate and contribute in class discussions; and showcase my skills as a learner through various assessment methods?
  • How do I access internet, wi-fi, remote software programs and computer labs; and get tech support for my phone, laptop, or tablet if needed?
  • Where can I learn about on-campus health and safety procedures?
  • How can I keep connecting and staying motivated during stressful periods?

Join UFV Student Ambassadors (Claire, Jofson and Kylie) as they tell you how to participate in online classes, manage your time while learning remotely this fall, and where to get the support you need, when you need it.

Need help getting started?

The Academic Success Centre (ASC) offers FREE tutoring, workshops, resources, and support programs to help you develop your academic skills and knowledge. You can also book a one-on-one appointment with a peer tutor to get an introduction to online learning at UFV.

Watch Vaibhav Kharbuanda, Student Peer Tutor with ASC, offering a few tips to get you on your way to a successful semester.

Engage with the online world of learning at UFV

UFV is going online for the fall semester but methods of instruction can vary from one online course to another. Here is a quick overview of these four instructional methods:

A learner-centred approach, delivered online with no meeting times. Professors will provide course materials that can be accessed at any time via Blackboard. Students learn independently and at their own pace, with the support of their professor.

A group-learning approach, delivered online and in remote means, with scheduled meeting times. Professors will provide course materials and schedule lectures via Blackboard. Students learn in real-time and in collaboration with their peers.

Delivered using a mix of in-person and online learning — either through asynchronous or synchronous instruction. Meeting times will be listed on the timetable and course syllabus. Course materials will be provided in-class and on Blackboard.

Delivered on campus in a classroom, studio, shop, or lab with social distancing protocols in place. Scheduled meeting times will be listed on the timetable and course syllabus. Course materials will be provided in-class and on Blackboard.

What learning management is UFV using?

UFV formats and delivers its online courses through a learning management system called Blackboard Learn and a video conferencing tool called Collaborate Ultra. As of September, Zoom will be added to the tools used for online instruction. UFV faculty also use a variety of course software applications to supplement their courses. Vist Teaching and Learning for a list of their popular tech tools and apps.

Ready to give it a try?

If you've been admitted to UFV and have your student number and password, you can work through one of our online library assignments to familiarize yourself with some of the tools you will be using during your studies. Once completed, you can request a copy of your results as this assignment serves as a general tutorial on using basic search strategies and tools in a number of first-year courses.

Complete the online library assignment

Wondering what you'll need to start your online education at UFV?

We've put together some resources to get you started on the right track. Find technology and tools to help you make the most of your studies, watch video tutorials, download an online learning technical requirement checklist, and access various academic resources for successful online learning.

View your online education toolkit

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The only way I could complete a Bachelor’s degree was by taking online classes. This gave me the flexibility to stay at work and to complete the requirements of the course at home.

If this is your first time in online studies, get to know your instructor and the other students using the discussion forums. One of the best things I did was to include group chats for group projects—we created bonds that lasted throughout the program.

  • – Kyle Kronebusch
  •    Adult Education, 2020 graduate

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