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Online Options - Tips for Online Success

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Online learning has advantages, especially if you are "learning while earning" or are simply too far away to commute to training.

If you are thinking about online learning with Lakeland College, there are some basics you should know:
  • Access to a computer and high speed internet
  • The right browser and browser support (see technical requirement drop down)
  • All of our courses are taught in English
  • You will need to commit about 4-6 hours per week per course
  • If you don't have a high school diploma, you might not be able to transfer credit to another post-secondary institution.

If you decide you want to take a course, you have to apply to be accepted into the program. You may apply at any time. However courses are offered by term. If you apply between terms, you will have to wait until the next term starts. Once you are accepted, you register for courses. You need to register at least 2 weeks before the course start date. This gives us time to get you any resources such as text books that you might need for your course.

Check the drop downs below for more information on how you can be successful taking an online course.

What We Expect
You should:
  • have access to a computer and high speed internet
  • have a supported browser and browser tools
  • have computer and web skills in order to do course work
  • read and write in English as all of our courses are conducted in English
  • be prepared to submit course work and complete exams within the timelines provided
  • register for your online course at least 2 weeks before the start date
Tips for Success
Time management is a critical part of taking an online course. Because you don't have a scheduled time to be in a classroom, you often must schedule time to work on the course. Here are some helpful hints.
  1. Commit about 4 to 6 hours per week to your program.
  2. Pace yourself--often it's easier to complete an hour a day instead of cramming all the work into a single evening or weekend.
  3. Plan your work--Look over your assignments and create a calendar with deadlines. This road map will help you manage your time and get you to your destination.
  4. Know yourself--If you procrastinate, identify how you waste time and learn strategies to improve your time management.
  5. Check out the writing lab web page for more information.
  6. You can also check out our free online resources including Grammarly, eTutor Alberta and online study skills.
Register early
Registering, at least 2 weeks before your course starts, is important. This gives us enough time to get you any materials you may need.

Use the black register now button on top right, or go to register now.
Learn from Study Tips
If you think time management might be an issue for you, or you just want some study skills. Included are:
Technical requirements
Most Lakeland College online courses will use Lakeland's learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L).

You aren't limited to a particular type of computer or smart device. But, you do have to have particular browsers and other software.

Currently supported browsers are listed below.

Your system must also:
  • have JavaScript
  • cookies enabled
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater on a personal computer  to use the record audio and record video features

Supported Browsers

Desktop Tablet & Mobile 
  • Microsoft Edge
  • for maintenance only Internet Explorer (IE) 11
Microsoft Surface
Operating system: Windows 8
Browser: Internet Explorer 11

Mozilla Firefox - latest version  Android
Operating system:
Android 4, 4+
Browser: Android

Chrome - latest version Apple
Operating System:
iOS 6, 7, 8, 9 &10
Browser: Safari latest version
Safari - latest version
Blackberry (mobile only)
Operating system: BlackBerry 7, 10
Browser: latest Blackberry

For online available browsers, please check their sites for the latest version. Chrome. Mozilla Firefox.
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.