Welcome to Distance Learning
An interactive learning experience that enjoys many of the benefits of in-person training, but participants learn from anywhere that suits them!
A distance learning course is led by a facilitator and executed online. All enrolled participants experience training via the same virtual classroom during the same time - resembling the experience and benefits of in-person training.
How is distance learning different from online learning? While some may use these terms interchangeably, there are many differences between online learning and distance learning. Read the descriptions below to learn more.
Distance Learning is Online Training Led by a Facilitator
Distance learning courses provide a similar experience as in-person facilitator-led courses just delivered online. All participants enrolled in the course have to be in the same online classroom, on the same date and time. This course, like numerous in-person courses you have likely taken in the past, are said to be synchronous. This means that there is a prescribed manner through which participants take the course, and everyone enrolled completes the course as a group.
A distance learning course is a facilitated course. A facilitator is the class’s guide through the content, fostering an environment in which participants can co-create knowledge in real-time. This environment often referred to as a learning community, allows participants to connect and learn from each other, all while being guided by the course facilitator.
The facilitator will still conduct the training but instead of being in a classroom, they will be speaking into a webcam to their virtual classroom. The learning community can still be fostered as participants will all be in the virtual classroom at the same time, engaging in online discussions via a chat forum.
Online Courses are Self-Paced and Self-Facilitated
Our online courses offer a completely unique experience that is notably different from our facilitator-led courses. Online courses are self-paced and can be completed anytime, without the assistance of a facilitator or participation of other learners. Online courses are asynchronous. This means learners do not have to be online at the same time as others to complete the course.
This course is self-facilitated, meaning there is no person guiding them through the content or engaging them in a discussion.
OSG has been offering online courses for over 10 years. Check out our library of online courses.
Distance Learning FAQ
What are the technology requirements for distance learning?
You'll need to be on the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer 11 (if webcast mode is enabled) or Opera. You can enter the course via your browser on a desktop, tablet, or phone. You will need to have built-in or external speakers to hear the facilitator. You do NOT need to have a microphone or webcam.
Do I need a webcam to participate?
No. Usually, participants will not need a webcam. You will be able to see our facilitator through their webcam. Since our courses encourage learner participation, you may be asked to turn on your webcam.
Do I need a microphone to participate?
No. While there may be opportunities for participants to speak during the course if they do have a webcam or microphone, there is also a chat room available for those without access to a microphone.
Can I share the same login with a colleague?
No. In order to obtain a certificate, you need to have completed the course as an individual. You can enroll multiple participants in the same course, but they will need to attend separately.
How many people can attend the same course?
Typically, the maximum number of participants we allow is 25, but it varies depending on the course.
When can I enter the classroom of the course I'm attending?
You can enter the virtual classroom 15 minutes before the start time or at the exact start time. If you arrive early, you can remain on the webinar page and wait for the enter button to appear.
When the webinar is open, you will see a green enter button:
How can I be sure an employee of mine is attending and engaged in the course?
Even though the course is being held online, there will still be a facilitator present who will take attendance. If someone who registered does not attend, we will get in touch with whoever booked the course to let them know of the absence.
We expect and encourage participation in our distanced ed courses, just like we would in-person. However, at this time, we do not assess different levels of participation. Our assessment comes from the mandatory activities and in many cases, the final assessment, which is an individual test all participants must complete in order to be certified.
Can I attend on my phone or tablet? Or can I call or dial-in?
To attend a webinar on your phone or tablet, you can use the BigMarker attendee iOS app or enter via your browser.
Are distance learning courses approved by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development’s Chief Prevention Officer (CPO)?
Certain courses that we offer must be approved by Ontario’s CPO in order to certify successful participants. The following courses are approved by the CPO for distance learning delivery:
- Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Part One
- Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Part Two
- Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) Certification Refresher
The following courses are currently only available for in-person facilitator-led delivery:
- Working at Heights Construction - not available via distance learning due to the nature of the subject matter
- Working at Heights Construction Refresher - not available via distance learning due to the nature of the subject matter
To see what courses are available for distance learning, check out the schedule.
I've registered for a course, what happens next?
You will be sent an email that includes instructions for joining the virtual classroom at least one day prior to the course start.