Before You Start
with Online Learning
Is online learning for you?To be a successful in this learning environment, you need to:
- Have access to a computer with a fast Internet connection (see below for more information)
- Have basic computer skills to work within Windows applications, save files, attach files to emails, participate in online discussion groups and, depending on your course, install software, create spreadsheets and use multi-media
- Be able to work independently, set goals and manage time appropriately
- Expect a significant amount of reading and writing to complete exercises and assignments (you can expect to spend four to eight hours/week per course; some courses may require more time)
- Convey your ideas well in English and in writing
- Be comfortable with sharing your ideas actively and respectfully in online discussions
Are these online courses easier than taking a subject in class?
No. These are college-level, accredited, full-length courses. Thousands of students across Ontario successfully complete their online courses each month, but studying in a web-based environment can bring additional challenges. While choosing your own hours and not having to travel are not just conveniences but also necessities for many students, you do need to be able to use your computer confidently, you must have several hours each week of undisturbed time for each course, and you must have the self-discipline to complete assignments within a scheduled timeline.
- Most of today's home computers are sufficient for any OntarioLearn courses. At minimum, however, you should have a Pentium II PC with the Windows operating system, OR comparable Macintosh system. Some courses may require audio capabilities (speakers, microphone).
- We recommend that you use a PC desktop or laptop computer. Some courses will not work well with a Mac, and some are not designed at all for that operating system.
- While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, such as reading messages and articles, they are not guaranteed to work in all areas.
- You may have to disable pop-up blockers.
- You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection with High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL).
- If you plan to complete your online course on your workplace computer, please check with your IT department as some companies have security in place to prevent installations by users.
- Some courses and all online testing will NOT work on open WiFi networks. A secure connection is required.
- A recent version graphical browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. For programming and computer courses, you may need to provide additional software.
- Most courses require word processing software. Individual courses may have additional technical and/or software requirements. Accounting courses may require you to upload spreadsheets and computer courses may involve specialized software. The cost of your course does not include software but some courses offer free or trial software.
- Email. We here at the College as well as your instructor communicate about OntarioLearn matters via email. When registering, please make sure that we have your most current email address. Once you log into your course, you must also update your course profile with your preferred email address. Do not skip this step as your instructor will use it to communicate with you.
No computer? No problem!
As a registered Fleming College student, you will be able to use our "Learning Resource Commons" which are shared computer labs at the Brealey Drive and Lindsay Campus locations. Contact us for more information.
You can also take advantage of the eLearn Network. Visit www.elearnnetwork.ca and learn more about their services and locations.
You should be able to confidently access the Internet and be familiar with your Windows software. You will need to be comfortable using a word processing package so that you may prepare your assignments. Some accounting programs require the use of a spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel). You should be able to save and locate files on your computer and attach them to an email. Many course designs include online discussion groups where you can post questions and assignments to share with the rest of your class. You must have sufficient English-language skills to communicate with your instructor and classmates, complete extensive readings, tests and assignments.
Technical assistance is available 24/7 if your course requires you to install software or adjust your system settings.
- Technical assistance is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. If you have technical difficulties, please visit the OntarioLearn help page for an extensive system of FAQ and troubleshooting tips, enter into a live chat with their support staff via Technical Assistance, or just give them a call.
- For questions regarding your course content, assignments, tests, please contact your instructor.
- If you have administrative questions about registration, your student account and marks you should contact us here at the college.
Many, but not all, courses are supported by printed course material. To find out the required books for your course, delivery time and prices, contact the Fleming College bookstore at 1-866-353-6464 ext 1654. They will need the exact name or course code for your course. If you live out of town your books can be shipped directly to you. Please inquire about these books as early as possible to ensure delivery before your course begins.
You can also acquire your books elsewhere such as Amazon or textnet.ca but please assure that you have the correct book information and edition number. We do not recommend used books for computer subjects as many of their originals may contain sample software.
Finding the right Course for You
Currently available courses are listed at our main College web site, under Online Learning
The list will show only those courses that have not yet begun. Courses running in upcoming semesters will appear as that semester approaches.
If you are unsure of what course you should take, you can contact us to request a copy of the full-length course outline or to discuss your personal needs. We offer certification in several subject areas that require you to take certain courses in order.
If you are a post secondary student who wishes to take an online course to supplement or substitute a course that is part of your program, please consult your program coordinator before registering.
Once you know which courses you need, you can then register with us.
- By phone: Call 1-888-269-6929 to register with a credit card (VISA or MasterCard). We will need your personal information, a current email address and the name and start date for your course.
- Online: Visit our course inventory page at our Fleming College web site to locate the course of your choice. Click on the title of your course to get to its information page where you can click on the "Add to Cart" icon to begin the online registration process. We will need your personal information, current email address and payment information (VISA or MasterCard). You will receive a confirmation that your registration has been received and a receipt will be mailed to you.
- In person: Visit any of our campus locations to pay by VISA, MasterCard, Cheque, Cash or Debit.
You will be able to access your course on or after the official start date for your course. If you registered late, it may take about 24 hours before your account is active. Visit our Get Started page to find out your login information.
Unlike our regular part-time courses, you have ten business days after your course begins to withdraw and still qualify for a refund (however, a $25 administration fee applies). There is no refund after that date. If you drop your course without officially withdrawing, your final mark will be an F (failed) rather than a W (withdrawn).
We will receive your final mark from your instructor approximately four weeks after your course has ended (it may be longer for courses ending in December). Once we have your mark you will be able to view it on your student portal at www.flemingcollege.ca.
See this page for for instructions about your Fleming student portal
If you are completing a certificate program we will mail a final transcript showing all of your marks and your certificate upon completion.