AUPE has been working hard to develop and implement e-learning as a result of a resolution passed at Convention 2011 to create a more accessible education option. Online learning provides learners with flexibility to juggle busy schedules in a way that face-to-face education does not. It also means you can engage in education anywhere there is an internet connection and appropriate technology. At the same time, e-learning requires a different kind of effort from learners, so if this is your first time taking an e-learning course, it will take a bit more effort to get up to speed. Here is a short list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about e-learning.

How do I access e-learning at AUPE?

Once you have registered for an online course in AUPE’s online registration system and the course has been approved by AUPE, the approved course will sit on your dashboard under “Your Scheduled Courses.” Go to “Enter online Learning Environment” and click the arrow. This will take you to the online course in Desire2Learn (D2L). Click here to go to the online registration system.

What is e-learning?

At AUPE, we define e-learning as a course with weekly learning activities that is completed by a group of learners (a cohort) who work through the course at the same time with a facilitator. The facilitator will answer questions and provide guidance. The advantage of this approach is that it allows learners to learn from the facilitator and more importantly, from each other. Successful e-learning experiences are co-created by learners and instructors – they don’t happen without mutual effort and attention. Communication and participation are key factors in creating a successful e-learning environment.

Is e-learning too isolating?

E-learning experiences are greatly enriched through participation. Learners build a sense of community in an e-learning environment through their participation. When learners ask questions and share their experiences on a given topic, the class has the opportunity to reflect upon those experiences and build new understanding of the topic at hand. The role of learners in e-learning includes participating in online activities, reviewing and reflecting on course content, and communicating about course topics with their instructor and fellow learners.

What do I need for e-learning?

E-learning at AUPE has on two primary technologies to create your e-learning experience: a learning management system (LMS) and a web conferencing system.

AUPE is using Desire 2 Learn (D2L) for our LMS. D2L is where you can access all your course content and communicate with your instructor and fellow learners. You can access it via the online registration system. You will use this link on a regular basis so it might be a good idea to bookmark it in your browser.

It is also important to have access to a stable high-speed internet connection and regular access to a computer. If you do not have regular access to a computer or a stable internet connection, you might consider visiting your local community centre, internet café, or local public/university/college library to see if you can get regular access to a computer and high-speed internet. If you arrange access, it is important to ask the administrator to perform all the technology checks for D2L and Collaborate on the computer. It is possible to participate in AUPE courses using dial-up internet but it is not recommended.

How do I prepare for e-learning?

Before you access an e-learning course, it is important to prepare your computer. Please click on the following links to evaluate the readiness of your computer to access Desire2Learn (D2L) and Collaborate. Please resolve any computer issues identified by the checks before beginning the course:

  1. D2L System Check

What courses can I take via e-learning?

Currently AUPE is offering Introduction to Your Union by e-learning. You can review the course description and register here.

What skills do I need to be successful at e-learning?

Below is a list of some computer skills you may need to draw upon in order to be a successful e-learner. If you are currently unable or unfamiliar with some of these tasks, please engage a family member, co-worker, or friend to help you get up to speed. You can also find assistance in free online tutorials by searching YouTube or Google. www.lynda.com is a good resource for paid tutorials. It is important to be comfortable completing these kinds of tasks in order to have a successful e-learning experience.

  • Basic typing skills
  • Creating folders on a computer to organize files
  • Renaming files and folders
  • Moving files around on your computer
  • Finding your downloads folder to access downloaded files from the internet
  • Turning off pop-up blockers in your internet browser
  • Using email (writing new messages, replying to messages, forwarding messages, attaching files to email messages)
  • Opening an internet browser and browsing the internet
  • Searching the internet for images, videos, and websites based on specific search terms
  • Opening multiple internet browser screens or tabs and switching between them
  • Switching between multiple programs on your computer
  • Switching between multiple browser windows or browser tabs on your computer
  • Minimizing and maximizing screens on your computer
  • Downloading and installing browser plug-ins
  • Bookmarking internet pages