eLearning is a broad concept. It ranges from minimal use of technology in an otherwise traditional classroom through to complete online deliver of a course or even an entire program. York University, through the AVP Teaching and Learning Office, has developed descriptive terms to identify eLearning strategies and facilitate conversations about the range of possibilities for innovative use of technology in teaching and learning (York University, Common Language for eLearning, 2014).  eLearning is defined as the development of knowledge and skills through the use of information and communication technologies to support interactions for learning with content, learning activities and with other people.

York has a common language for eLearning uses a subway analogy  to describe the range of possibilities for innovative use of technology in teaching and learning: http://avptl.info.yorku.ca/files/2017/03/2014-03-26-Common-Language-for-eLearning.pdf.

If you are interested in developing an online or blended course, the Blended and Online Development Team, or BOLD, is a  streamlined service created to partner with you to support the design and development of your course. To find more about the BOLD, visit http://bold.info.yorku.ca/.

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Examples of Good Practice

Psych 3495 3.00 Neuroscience of Aging and Cognitive Health

Course director: Dr. Gary Turner, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Delivery mode:

PSYC 3495 3.00 Neuroscience of Aging and Cognitive Health

IHST 1020 6.00 Agents of Change in a Global World

Course director: Dr. Leslie Beagrie, Interim Master Stong College, Special Advisor to the Dean
Delivery mode:

IHST 1020 6.00 Agents of Change in a Global World

Gail Mitchell and Beryl Pilkington describes how a course instructor can incorporate into upper level courses and graduate courses a trans-disciplinary web-based open source suite of pedagogical tools for curriculum development called DAGU: A novel approach for engaging students.


PSYC 2120 3.00 Social Psychology

Course director: Dr. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Delivery mode: online
Enrollment: 160-190
PSYC 2120 online

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Additional examples of eLearning courses at York University.

York Support

Workshops and Courses

We offer a series of workshops and courses for course directors who would like to enhance an existing course, or create a new course design. The sessions provide you with through, creative and practical advice for developing your course.

These courses are offered several times per year.  We can also offer specially scheduled or tailored workshops for groups of 6 or more.

Faculty eLearning Leads

Each Faculty now has an eLearning Lead. Faculty eLearning Leads are your first local point of contact for eLearning queries within your Faculty

Resources Internal to York

The Teaching Commons eLearning Guide guide has been developed to provide extensive information on topics such as backward design, identifying learning outcomes and selecting assessment tasks, choosing modes of course instruction and learning activities, the development of online environments, course evaluation, and examples of blended eLearning courses at York University.

Moodle is York’s Learning Management System (LMS). At Moodle Guides for Instructors, course directors and Teaching Assistants may access information regarding important topics such as online training and documentation, workshops, and frequently asked questions.

Copyright-Update-2014.20.11 contains information regarding  important updates on copyright compliance from the University Copyright Office. It may be of particular assistance in ensuring that course preparation and research activities are completed consistent with copyright requirements.

Provostial Guidelines on the use of online and digital learning materials – November 2014

The Student Guide to eLearning provides advice, resources and information about what to expect in your online course and what you’ll need to be a successful online learner.

Globally Networked Learning (GNL) is a resource presented by Professor Robin Roth from LA&PS, is a method of teaching in which classrooms and instructors from distant locations collaborate with the assistance of technology.

External to York Resources

Quality in eLearning

Tips and tools

Models of eLearning