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Learning online can be intimidating at first. Knowing the applications you will use in your online courses and feeling comfortable using those applications will dissipate your concerns.  


Digital skills for online learning at UCalgary Continuing Education  

Online learning is learning enabled by digital technology. You will use a computer and applications when taking courses online. Most applications will be accessed through the Internet, making internet access vital when taking an online course. 

The applications most used in UCalgary Continuing Education courses are D2L, Zoom, OneDrive, and Word Online. Watch the video of each application to get an idea about how you may use them in your online course. 


Desire2Learn (D2L)

D2L is your online classroom. It has many different sections that contain everything you will need to access content, communicate with your instructor and peers, submit assignments and more. 

Click HERE for the D2L introductory video transcript

Video Conferencing: Zoom

Zoom is an online virtual meeting tool. Some courses have live synchronous sessions, and they will take place over Zoom.

Zoom is not utilized in all Continuing Education courses, and not all students are required to have a email address at this time. 

Click HERE to view the Zoom introduction video transcript


OneDrive is a file storage service in the cloud. If OneDrive is required in your online course you will have access using a UCalgary email address and account. 

OneDrive is not utilized in all Continuing Education courses at this time. 

Click HERE for the OneDrive video transcript

Word Online 

Word Online is a version of Microsoft Word that you can use collaboratively in your web browser. If Word Online is a tool required in your online course, then you will access Word Online using a UCalgary email address and account.

Word Online is not utilized in all Continuing Education courses at this time. 

Click HERE for the Word Online video transcript


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