Online Education Delivery Methods

Our online education courses are delivered in a variety of formats. Below is a list of acronyms and definitions that explain how we bring education to you.

Self-directed or Term Courses

Online Learning courses are available on either a self-directed enrollment or a term basis. In course descriptions, courses are identified as either Self-directed or Term.

Self-Directed courses have monthly starts (with a few exceptions) and must be completed within the specified time period. The time frame begins on the first of the month and ends on the date specified on your Registration Statement. Time frames vary from one month to six months (see courses). However, you may complete a course sooner.

Many courses are available on a Term basis and must be completed by the specified date. Most Term courses are either online or involve teleconferencing and telephone tutoring. Term courses have a given start and end date in fall, winter, or spring terms. Some term courses are offered on a cyclical basis such as once a year. Students are encouraged to register for those courses when offered.

Textbooks (TB)

Most Online Learning course packages include the required textbook and/or readings package. Its cost is included in the fee. (TI)

In some instances, one textbook is used for two or more courses so it is only included in the first course of study.

For a few courses, a textbook is required but sold separately. The textbook details will be included in your course package. (TR)

LEARN (LN)

LEARN is a web-based learning management system (LMS) for the delivery of online teaching and learning. Students will use the tools within LEARN to access the course content, link to resources, communicate with the instructor and other students and to submit assignments.

Some courses have chat rooms, some have class mail lists and some have a discussion board.You will access your course on the web, using your College user name and password. Additional information is included in all applicable course packages.

SharePoint (SP)

This is an easy to use web-based collaboration tool for peer-to-peer work, small group work and instructor-to-student communication. Documents such as modules or compacs and course outlines are available on the SharePoint site. You will be required to login, using your academic domain (e.g. academic\username) and the same password as you use for all College resources. Additional information is included in all applicable course packages.

Teleconference Courses (TC)

Teleconference courses are offered on a term basis only. Terms usually begin in September, January, and April. Teleconference courses must be completed by the end of the term. Teleconference courses are run with groups of students. They have minimum and maximum enrollments. Students are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Classes are conducted over the telephone using a teleconference bridge that enables the instructor and students to speak to and hear each other. To access the bridge, you dial a toll-free number and enter a pass code. Each course includes a series of one-hour, one-and-one-half-hour, or two-hour teleconference classes.

For teleconference courses, you receive printed materials and, in most cases, a textbook. Some include videotapes. You study the materials in preparation for the teleconference sessions, do assignments, and write exams.

Elluminate (EL)

Elluminate is a form of continuing education done live or virtual through distance delivery. Join students in real time from other RRC Regional Campuses and throughout Manitoba. This is live and very interactive learning with a college instructor.

Learn more about Elluminate →

Print Materials (PR)

Receive printed materials, modules, class notes and readings if applicable.

Telephone Tutoring (TT)

For many courses, the instructor provides each student with a certain amount of one-on-one telephone tutoring.

Videotape/DVD (VT)

Videos listed in your course package are available from RRC. Call, e-mail or fax us your request. Or, drop into our office. Videos must be returned within one week and cannot be renewed.

Some courses may include videotapes or DVD’s to augment course material.

Video Streaming (VS)

Two programs, Library & Information Technology and PLAR Training, include live classroom sessions sent over the Internet.

Skills Lab (SL)

Two programs, Health Care Aide and RN Refresher, include a Skills Lab component to provide a setting to practice and demonstrate skills learned prior to taking the Clinical Practice. Skills Labs, conducted at the Notre Dame Campus, are offered when there is a sufficient enrollment or as specified in the course schedule.

Practicum’s and Field Placements (FP)

For programs involving field work practicum’s etc., placements can’t be guaranteed as spaces are limited and available on a fluctuating basis. There may be a waiting period.

Clinical Practice (CP)

Clinical practices provide opportunities for supervised practice in College arranged health care settings. This allows learners to integrate theory with care of clients. Teaching and supervision are provided. Clinical practices are scheduled as appropriate clinical sites are available.

Some health related programs include a clinical practice. Clinical practices are arranged by the College on an individual basis following successful completion of the program’s theory courses.