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How Online Learning Works

Learn how online learning works and what you need to know before you get started.

Plan your learning

You can take our online courses throughout the year. Based on demand, we offer multiple intakes for some courses — others may only be offered once or twice a year.  The sequence of online courses you may take will depend on the program and any prerequisite courses involved.

You can register for as many online courses as you like. An online course has the equivalent workload of an on-campus course but is structured and scheduled around your personal and work life. If you are new to online learning, we recommend that you do not take more than three courses concurrently.

Know the course technical and admission requirements and prerequisites

Ensure you understand the technical set-up requirements of your desired online course as well as any course prerequisites. Any course-specific technical requirements and prerequisite information for a course will be detailed in our program and course descriptions on sait.ca and reiterated in the Registration Confirmation document we email you once you've registered.  If you're taking courses to complete and receive a SAIT credential, keep the credential timelines for completion in mind.

Register online, by phone or in-person

For most of our continuing and online courses and programs, you do not have an official admission process to complete - simply register for the course and pay at the time of registration. We have 13 programs with admission requirements (ie. English language proficiency, requirements in mathematics and science) for which you are required to complete an online application process through ApplyAlberta. Looking for credit towards post-secondary courses based on what you already know and can do? Learn about SAIT's Recognition of Prior Learning.

Log on anytime, anywhere

Access the Brightspace (D2L) learning platform to complete your coursework and assessments on your own time. A course outline and recommended schedule will be included in your course to help you stay on track and ensure you complete all required coursework, assignments, discussions and proctored assessments within the allotted course timeframe.

Request an extension

Our online courses vary in length from six to 34 weeks and have defined start and end dates. Most of our courses offer an option to purchase an extension up to two business days before the course end date. An extension provides additional time equal to half the original course duration.

Book and write your proctored exams

If your online course includes exams that must be supervised by a proctor, it is your responsibility to book these assessments and write them at an arranged location.

We offer various proctoring options to meet your personal needs. You can write your exams at our on-campus testing facility in Calgary at no cost. You can also take your exam at a SAIT-approved off-campus location near you, or ProctorU live, online proctoring service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year*.
*Off-campus proctoring fees may apply
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