Now that you’re ready to begin your online education at Durham College, there are a few things you should prepare for your course start date, including:

  • Review all information on this website.
  • Ensure that you have reliable internet access.
  • Arrange to purchase any needed textbooks or materials.

There are two ways we offer online courses at Durham College. A course is either offered through our in-house DC Connect, or through OntarioLearn which has a different login procedure. Before classes start, you will receive an email giving you the specific information you need to login. Please read the instructions carefully and contact our office if you have any questions. Please note: you will not be able to access your course prior to the start date. For those registering after the official start date, it will take 24 to 48 hours to activate your account.

How to login to DC Connect

For students registered in the following courses, you must sign on to DC Connect at www.durhamcollege.ca/connect using your student number and password (birthdate MM/DD/YY) to access the online courses:

  • Mental Health Nursing, Intro (NURS 1556)
  • Crisis Intervention in MHN (NURS 2556)
  • Issues & Ethics in MHN (NURS 2557)
  • Therapeutic Techniques & Group Therapy (NURS 2558)
  • Pharmacology and Behaviour (COUN 1583)
  • Special Topics in MHN (NURS 2566)
  • Personal and Professional Wellness (HLTH 2385)
  • ECE Field Placement I & Seminar (FWK 2381)
  • ECE Field Placement II & Seminar (FWK 4387)
  • ECE Field Placement Prep II (FWKP 2382)
  • Communication Essentials (COMM1718)
  • Issues & Ethics Social Service Worker (COUN1584)
  • Addictions Theory & Practice (COUN3502)
  • Crisis Intervention Social Service Worker – SSW2586
  • SSW Field Placement I & Seminar (FWK1587)
  • SSW Field Placement II & Seminar (FWK2581)
  • SSW Field Placement III & Seminar (FWK3581)

You will not be able to access the course until the start date. Please allow 24 hours after registration for the system to update.

How to login to OntarioLearn

Many of our online courses are offered through a consortium of 22 Ontario Colleges called OntarioLearn. Courses are delivered through a variety of software platforms that are all accessed through one login portal.

For OntarioLearn courses, please follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Go to ontariolearn.com and select Login.
  2. Review the Username and Password links on the left side of the screen to determine your login information. Enter your username and password and select Start a Session.
  3. Review all Start-up announcements once you have successfully logged in to the OntarioLearn ePortal.
  4. To access your course(s), click on the course title to connect to the course platform. A new browser window will open and you will be required to re-enter your username and password (it is the same username and password as required in the second step above).
    If your course is to be delivered on the FirstClass platform you will be required to download and install the FirstClass software before you can log in. Select the FirstClass download link and follow the instructions. (You are only required to download and install the software once).
  5. If your course is to be delivered on the Blackboard platform, you must update the Personal Information section to include your email address. Failure to do this means the instructor has no way of contacting you. To update the Blackboard system with your personal email address:
    1. Login to the Blackboard system.
    2. Click on Personal Information, then Edit Personal Information.
    3. In the email field, delete “ontario_learn@embanet.com” and enter your personal email address.
    4. Check to make sure that the information you have entered is correct.
    5. At the bottom of the screen, select Submit.
    6. If you encounter any difficulties, please review the Frequently Asked Questions area for troubleshooting tips or contact the Embanet 24/7 Technical Support Help Desk.