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Foundations in Canadian Health


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Format (Online)


The Foundations of Canadian Health program offers courses in an online format.   It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you in order to ensure that you have a successful learning experience.  The Centre for Continuing Education uses the Learning Management System (LMS), Brightspace (Desire to Learn), to deliver its online courses.  McMaster uses the term “Avenue to Learn (A2L)” for the LMS. 

Online Format

Teaching methods include weekly readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated presentations, group and individual projects, assignments.  You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructor each week.
You should expect to allocate approximately six to eight hours per week to complete your work.  Unless specified, you do not need to log on at a specific date and/or time for a live, session. 
Medical Terminology and Anatomy/Physiology will have final exams delivered online.  Students will be given a specific date and time to log on and complete the exam.  Details are provided at the start of the course. 
A pre-course email with information on the course will be sent approximately 3 days before the course start date.  Courses are made “live” in Avenue to Learn 3 days prior to course start date.

Considerations for Taking an Online Class

  • You are good at keeping yourself on task to complete a project.
  • You are comfortable asking for clarification when needed and expressing yourself in written form through email or a discussion board.
  • You are able to read the textbook (and the assignments) on your own and understand the concepts.
  • You are able to work independently and in small groups.
  • You have a quiet place to complete your work.
  • You are comfortable using technology.

What equipment do I need to use any of the online course software and tools?


The following equipment is required for taking a course online: 

  • Windows or Mac computer
  • Internet connection (high speed broadband is best)
  • Microphone and speakers (built-in or USB headset)