Guidelines and Expectations
Our online courses are designed to provide you with a range of ways to interact with the learning materials including visual and audio objects, multimedia, and links to resources. You are encouraged to engage with faculty and fellow students through discussion boards, emails and other interactive tools. Active communication and participation is no longer limited to the live classroom. All you require is a home or office computer with an Internet connection.
Courses may have the following features:
- bulletin boards (used primarily for student-to-student discussion)
- online chat
- instructor information
- course schedules
- term calendars
- assignments/learning activities
- online quizzes/tests (may be proctored by in person or by a remote proctor)
- online course notes
- companion sites for text or CD
- online syllabuses
Once you're registered at Laurier and your Laurier email account is ready for activation, you can set up your myLaurier webmail account. The official means of communication between you and Laurier is through your Laurier email, so be sure to set it up as soon as you are able.
Our registration guide has all the information you need to get started on registering for courses.
Online Learning students pay all regular Laurier tuition and fees. In addition, you must pay an online course administration fee. In the 2015/16 academic year, this ranged from $25 to $39 per course. For details, contact Service Laurier.
If you drop an online learning course prior to the last day to drop without penalty, and before you receive any materials from the Centre for Online Learning, you may request a refund of the administration fee.
For information about course materials, deposits and shipping, see our Course Materials page.
MyLearningSpace Online Platform
Laurier uses MyLearningSpace (MyLS) as the online platform for all of its online courses. Access is typically granted to online courses one week before their official start date. Follow the below steps to log in and begin using MyLS:
- Go to mylearningspace.wlu.ca.
- Login using your Laurier username and password. This is the same login that you use for your Laurier email.
- Click on the course title to find your weekly schedule, course notes, assignments, and communication tools. All course correspondence will take place using the MyLS communication tools. You are responsible for being aware of online notices and for accessing your courses as required.
- Verify through MyLS that you have all the course materials.
- Review any introductory student information videos associated with your courses. For problems with login, password, or "course missing" errors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time Spent on Studying
Online courses are flexible and convenient, allowing you to work around other commitments. However, they do require you to dedicate approximately 10-12 hours per course per week to your academic work (specific requirements vary by course).
There will be assessments, assignments and activities that are due at set times throughout the term.
Tests and Exams
The assessment scheme for our online courses may include quizzes, midterms and final examinations that may require you to be proctored – either virtually or in person. If you are required to complete a proctored assessment, submit the Online Learning Term Form to select an exam centre location. If you live outside of our 100-km radius, you will need to complete your exam with the supervision of a proctor and we can provide you with information on possible exam centre locations throughout Ontario.
Due dates are set up at the start of the courses and are identified by the week of study that you are in. For example, you may have an essay due at the end of week three; this is because terms may start on any day of the week. Some courses may also include upgraded learning tasks that are intended to help reinforce learning.
Additional Information for Online Degree Students
For students in the part-time Honours Bachelor of Arts in Policing program, please note that your courses are six weeks long, in comparison to the typical 12-week courses for on-campus students. For example, in the winter 2016 term, the first six-week course will start on Jan. 4, 2016, and the second six-week course will start on Feb. 22, 2016. It is recommended that students take only one six-week course at a time. Note that part-time students can only take three courses per 12-week term (so three courses total between January and April, three courses total between May and August, and three courses total between September and December).
If you cannot access the system or have any questions, contact Service Laurier at 519.884.0710 x5885 or email@example.com.