Study full-time online or part-time online. Apply for a full-time online program for a full-time student experience without the commute, or register course-by-course as you follow a part-time program of study.

Part-time Online

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Is Online Learning for you?
How to get started
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Is Online Learning for you?

If you prefer a course load that fits in with your schedule and lets you study in the comforts of your home or office, or if you live a distance from our campuses, these courses are for you. Online Learning students should have self-discipline and excellent reading, writing, and analytic skills. In addition to the study skills necessary for post-secondary learning, you will need the following skills to be a successful online student:

  • extra emphasis on goal setting
  • self-discipline and time management
  • ability to monitor your own progress
  • willingness to ask for help when needed
  • dedication to search for information
  • computer skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • ability to work independently

Technical requirements for online courses

Full-time online programs at Algonquin College are defined as full-time education in an off-campus learning environment i.e. work or home, from a quality facilitator through the use of internet/web-based material.

Full-time online programs offer:

  • The same credentials as on-campus programs
  • Online courses that have an equivalent work load to an on campus course, but can be structured and scheduled around personal/work life
  • The opportunity to access course work, class discussions and other learning tools 24 hours a day.

Please note: Courses are structured to include due dates which students are expected to adhere to.

Part-time online programs are the best way to fit quality education into your busy life. In the comforts of your own home or office, you can use your spare time to complete the program of your choice.

Part-time programs offer:

  • Flexibility to choose courses that work with your schedule
  • Easy accessibility through web-based programming at all times of the day
  • Quality programs and courses on a part-time schedule.

How to get started


Registering online is quick and easy. Register online on individual course pages.


Register on a course-by-course basis and choose how many courses you want to take while you work towards your certificate or diploma.


Full-time programs get you there faster. Full-time online programs require students to complete an application process. Apply now to start a full-time online program this spring.


Several of the full-time online programs are available at the beginning of every month, meaning you don’t have to wait for the start of semester to get to work. View the monthly intake programs here.

See all online courses
Technical requirements for online courses

Semestered courses (OL)

These courses start every semester and most run for 14 weeks. You have assignment deadlines to meet throughout the course. You must write the final exam by your course end date. You can register up to one week after the course start date.

Monthly Intake courses (OL)

These courses start the first business day of each month, excluding the months of January, September and May, and run for 14 weeks. You must complete all course requirements and your final exam within the 14 weeks.

Note: You must register within the month prior to the course start date.

View monthly intake courses and other course start dates via the Course Calendar.

Online course registrants will receive email notification regarding course login within 2 business days from the date of registration. Please direct any inquiries to

Part-time on Campus registrants may login to their ACSIS account to view current course timetable information. For further information, contact the Registrar’s Office.


Is Online Learning a credible source of education?

Yes. All Algonquin Online Learning courses and programs give you the same accreditation and certification that on campus courses and programs do. Online Learning allows you to:

  • Schedule your course homework and study time around your personal and work lifestyle
  • Access course information, assignments and class discussions at all hours of the day/night
  • Receive quality education from Facilitators in the comfort of your own home

Do I have to live a certain distance away from Algonquin College in order to enrol in the Online Learning programs and courses?

No. Many of our students are in the work force, have families or other time commitments and are looking to further their education in order to advance or start new careers. Online Learning gives these students the ability to engage in content and curriculum in the comforts of their own home or office, and around their own schedule.

Do I have to buy a new computer to enrol in an Online Learning course?

There’s no need to rush out and buy the newest PC or Macbook. Although online courses require the use of a computer and functioning Internet sources, there are only basic requirements for it. All of the technical needs are outlined here.

Is it true that Online Learning doesn’t allow me to interact with my Facilitators and that I won’t be able to ask my questions or comment on course materials?

No. Students have access to discussion boards within their online course where they can post questions and comments for the instructor. An Online Learning student also has the chance to pose questions to other students in the course through these discussion boards. Algonquin College has a policy that commits all Facilitators to responding to questions or concerns within 24 – 48 hours on weekdays.

Is full-time Online Learning a big time commitment? Does it mean that if I enroll in a full-time online diploma program, I’m going to be doing course work all day, every day?

It depends. A day in the life of a full-time online student at Algonquin is much different from that of a full-time, on-campus student. Although it is essentially the same course load, the perk of completing your studies in the comfort of your own home and around your personal schedule is very convenient for many people.

Do I need to make the same commitment taking a full-time online program as a full-time on-campus program?

Yes. Although full-time online programs allow you to personalize your study and homework schedule, it is essentially the same workload. Full-time online benefits students who like to work independently and in an off-campus setting.

A couple of important points about Algonquin College’s full-time online programs:

  • You have access to an ePortal that you can view any time of the day. This organizes all course outlines, content,  and assignments, as well as additional supportive material all at your fingertips.
  • Upon completion, you will receive the same Ontario College accreditation that on-campus programs give you.

When can I access my online course?

You can access your online course on the course start date.

Do I need to apply to Graduate?

If you are studying part-time, or if you are studying full-time but have taken a part-time course in your last semester, you need to apply to graduate. To apply, follow these steps.

Do I have an Algonquin email account?

Only full-time students are provided with an Algonquin email account.

What’s the difference between the online semester and the online monthly intake?

Semestered Courses

These courses start every semester and most run for 14 weeks. You have assignment deadlines to meet throughout the course. You must write the final exam by your course end date. You can register up to 1 week after the course start date.

Please note: Courses are structured to include due dates which students are expected to adhere to.

Monthly Intake Courses

These courses start the first business day of each month, excluding the months of January, May and September, and run for 14 weeks. You must complete all course requirements and your final exam within the 14 weeks. You can register up until the course start date.

Please note: Courses are structured to include due dates which students are expected to adhere to.

To view all the programs that are available with a monthly intake, you can visit

Can I transfer credits from other colleges and universities?

Credit transfers are assessed on an individual basis. To apply for a transfer of credit, or exemption, please fill out the appropriate Credit Transfer form and supply the required documentation to the Registrar’s Office.

Can I take some of my program’s courses online and some on campus?

The Centre for Continuing and Online Learning offers part-time courses both on campus and online. Both our part-time online and part-time on campus courses have the same content and learning outcomes. All part-time course credits transfer to your program of study, with no application for transfer of credit. Only online courses are accessed through the online learning ePortal. Please note that if you are taking a program full-time online, you are not eligible to take courses on campus.

How long do I have to complete the courses in a particular program?

Each program has a different time limit for program completion. Check the program website, ask your Program Coordinator or contact Online Learning at 613-727-7655 to find out how long you have to complete your program. It is your responsibility as a student to ensure you complete the program within the allotted timeframe.

My program of study changed. Do I need to take the new courses?

The college reviews programs annually to ensure that we are offering the most up-to-date education possible. To remain up-to-date, we often revise programs, which mean adding new courses and taking out older ones. You are required to follow the program of study that was active when you enrolled in your first course. Please check with your Program Coordinator or the Online Learning office to ensure you are following the correct program of study. If you are a part-time student you can track your progress using the Academic Planner available on ACSIS.

What is the Academic Planner?

The Academic Planner is a new tool for students studying part-time that helps chart your progress through your part-time program by listing all the courses you have completed that can be applied towards various programs. The tool can also help you to determine if you are eligible to ladder completed courses into other programs. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under ‘Continuing Education’ on the left-hand toolbar.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism, whether done deliberately or accidentally, is defined as presenting someone else’s work, in whole or in part, as one’s own, and includes the verbal or written submission of another work (for example, ideas, wording, code, graphics, music, and inventions) without crediting that source. This includes all electronic sources (for example, the Internet, television, video, film, and recordings), all print and written sources (for example, books, periodicals, lyrics, government publications, promotional materials, and academic assignments), and all verbal sources (for example, conversations and interviews).The facilitation of plagiarism, that is, one student sharing his or her work with other students, is also considered an act of plagiarism.

A course I want to take has a prerequisite. Do I have to take it?

If you feel you have the relevant knowledge, you may not be required to take the prerequisite as long as the prerequisite is not part of your program of study. We strongly recommend that you take the prerequisite first, if you take the course without having completed the prerequisite, you do so at your own risk.
Note: this does not apply to the Teachers of Adult Lifelong Learners program, in which the prerequisites are strictly enforced.

What is Blackboard?

All courses at Algonquin College are supported by an online learning environment called Blackboard. Within these spaces, students and faculty communicate with each other and collaborate on projects. Connect to Blackboard via the ePortal.

How do I know of I am registered in an Algonquin College or OntarioLearn course?

To find out, refer to the course code displayed in the ePortal. If your course code begins with AL, you are registered in an OntarioLearn course. If your course code begins with ALG, you are registered in an Algonquin College exclusive course.

Who can I contact for technical support?

OntarioLearn Courses

Should you require Technical Support for OntarioLearn courses, call 1-800-695-5008 or visit them on online.

Algonquin College Exclusive Courses

Should you require Technical Support for Algonquin College courses, call 1-877-723-6689 or visit online.

How do I withdraw from my course?

For all withdrawals, you need to contact the Registrar’s Office. Please Note: Withdrawal requests may be made by fax, phone, in-person at the Registrar’s Office or by email. Non-attendance and/or payment cancellation does/do not constitute a withdrawal.

How will I be evaluated in a course or program?

Evaluation and grading depends on the course. You will be provided with a course outline for each of your courses. This outline will explain all the requirements and the grade breakdown for you. If you have questions about the evaluation process, please ask your Facilitator, or Program Coordinator.

Where do I book my final exam?

You can book your final exam online by clicking on the “Book Exams” button in the ePortal.

Who is responsible for proctor fees?

All students are responsible for their own proctor fees.

How do I get my final grades and how long does it normally take?

Final grades are usually available online approximately three weeks following the course end date on the Algonquin College Student Information System (ACSIS). On occasion with special cases it may take up to three weeks for your grades to be posted. You will need your student number to login to ACSIS. If you do not have your student number, you must contact the Registrar’s Office as they are the only ones authorized to give students their student number by telephone. You can reach the Algonquin College Registrar’s Office at 613-727-0002 or 1-800-565-4723.

How do I appeal my grade?

If you believe that you have the basis for appealing an academic decision, you must first discuss the matter with your Facilitator. The expectation is that the decision under dispute is to be resolved as closely as possible to the level at which it originated, and as quickly as is possible with careful review. If you cannot resolve the matter, please contact the Grades Coordinator at 613.727.4723 ext 5703 or by email.