Online Learning


Memorial University is a Canadian leader in online learning, offering over 450 online courses in over 30 subject areas. Each semester, more than one quarter of on-campus students completes at least one online course to enable greater flexibility in on-campus schedules and life responsibilities. Online learning also gives students the convenience of advancing studies during work terms and summer breaks.

Administered by the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL), Memorial’s online courses are designed specifically for a web-based environment, and are offered through the D2L learning management system. D2L enables students to submit assignments, complete quizzes, participate in discussion forums and class chats, and email instructors, all from one place. Courses incorporate a variety of resources such as video conferencing, interactive multimedia and other learning technologies to best present the course material in an engaging and accessible way.

The registration process for online courses is the same as the registration process for on-campus courses. For a complete listing of undergraduate and graduate online offerings at Memorial University, please visit


What you need:

Students completing an online course require enthusiasm, dedication and drive. Additionally, students will need familiarity in using a personal computer (for file management, word processing and printing), email programs and accessing the Internet.

Completing an online course requires access to a Pentium-class PC (or higher) or a GS-based Mac (or higher) that can connect directly to the Internet or the on-campus wireless network. Students can access online courses via The Commons in the QEII Library on the St. John’s campus, in the Ferriss Hodgett Library on Grenfell Campus, or at a variety of computer labs on any of Memorial’s campuses. Any additional hardware or software requirements will be included in the course listings.


Support services for online learning:

An array of support, services and resources are available to all students completing an online course. Support is available seven days a week online at, by telephone (see Contact Information) or at The Commons. Staff can assist with:

  • Accessing the online component of a course
  • Using and accessing D2L
  • Technical support for hardware/software configuration, embedded multimedia, and creating and editing course blogs
  • Accessing online student resources, such as the Writing Centre and Memorial Libraries

When it’s time for mid-term and final exams, students that are registered as an on-campus student at one of Memorial’s campuses will be set up to write the exam at their respective campus. For students at a distance from a campus, Memorial University uses both face-to-face and online exam proctoring.

Regular and scheduled contact is made with students throughout the online experience. Initial telephone calls are made to new applicants, and relevant information is distributed to new and returning online students prior to the start of a semester. General online orientation sessions are provided for new students, where students can meet staff, ask questions and receive basic tips for taking an online course. Additionally, CITL works with academic departments to facilitate department-specific orientations.


Contact information:

For more information about online learning at Memorial, please contact:
Tel: (709) 864-8700
Toll free: 866 435 1396





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