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Environmental, economic and societal best practices

Practical tools, resources, strategies and techniques to develop sustainable living and working environments

Format (Online)


The ​Sustainability program is offered in a convenient online format. It is important that you consider the learning format and its suitability for you to ensure that you have a successful learning experience. McMaster Continuing Education uses the Learning Management System Desire2Learn to deliver its online courses.

Courses will include self-paced activities, you complete the work when it is convenient for you, and opportunities for instructor-led discussions/webinars will be scheduled ​for a specific dates and times.

Online Learning

Teaching methods could include readings, facilitated discussion boards, videos, narrated presentations, group and individual exercises. You will be interacting with your classmates and your instructors each week.

Details are provided at the start of the course. A pre-course email with information on the course will be sent prior to the course start date. Courses are activated in Avenue to Learn three days prior to course start date.

Considerations for Taking an Online Class

How do I know if an online class is for me? 

  • 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 material 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 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)
  • Speakers (built-in or USB headset)