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.
OSG is a CPO approved JHSC Part I and II training provider. We understand Ontario organizations have new and unique challenges. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering training via distance learning to ensure that everyone has access to the essential training they require.
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.
Distance Learning FAQ
What are the technology requirements for distance learning?
For the best experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer with the Chrome browser. You will need to have built-in or external speakers to hear the facilitator.
We highly recommend completing a system check for Big Marker, the platform we use for Distance Learning courses.
You will need a microphone and webcam for Train-the-Trainer courses only. All other courses, including Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training, do not require a microphone or webcam.
Do I need a webcam to participate?
That depends on the course you are enrolled in. All Train-the-Trainer Distance Learning courses require a webcam.
For all other courses, a webcam is not required. However, since our courses encourage learner participation, you may be asked to turn on your webcam if you have one.
For all courses, your facilitator will be using a webcam so you will be able to see your facilitator live on your screen!
Do I need a microphone to participate?
That depends on the course you are enrolled in. All Train-the-Trainer Distance Learning courses require a microphone to participate.
For all other courses, including Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training, a microphone is not required. While there may be opportunities for participants to speak during the course if they do have a 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 in a course is 25, but it varies depending on the course. The maximum number of participants for Train-the-Trainer courses is 10-12 people, depending on the specific 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 distance learning 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?
For the best experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer with the Chrome browser. However, you can attend a course on your phone or tablet by using the BigMarker attendee iOS app or entering via your device's browser.
You cannot dial-in only as our courses rely on visual instruction as well as audio.
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.