About Online Learning

MITT offers programs delivered through a blended model of in-person and online learning. Courses are hosted on a learning management software system developed by Desire2Learn (D2L), also known as Brightspace.  This software platform for virtual learning and training provides 24/7 web-based access to provide flexibility for students.

Online learning features instructors, lectures, assignments and group discussions. Instructors may also use collaboration and gamification tools such as Kahoot, Quizlet, Google Classroom, Moodle and LinkedIn Learning to engage and challenge students.

To be successful in an online study environment, there is a particular need for students to be independent, self-motivated, resourceful and organized. It is important to consider your computer skills, quality of internet connection and other technical requirements before you enroll. We offer students support with account and/or technical issues.

MITT instructors have the opportunity to improve their teaching and technical skills online through support by the Centre for Learning and Innovation.

Thank you for considering MITT as your career-education provider; we know you will have a wonderful experience with us. 

Online Program Information

Blended learning is a style of education where students learn through electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching.

Some programs will start on-campus. Others will start online. All online programs will shift to on-campus learning on a specific date (subject to public health orders).

Blended learning is defined as ‘a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching’. Some students may study exclusively online for a few weeks and then switch to on-campus learning for a few weeks, and repeat. Others may have a blended week with some days online and other on-campus for in-person learning. Online classes may involve a portion of the day, attending a live or recorded video lecture or PowerPoint from your instructor, working on group projects with classmates, or designated time for theory work completion.

MITT is now using Zoom and/or Microsoft Teams for Orientation webinars, as well as all classes and lectures. While physical distancing and campus closures are in place, students will communicate with their instructors, student advisors and classmates primarily using video conferencing.

What you will need:

  • laptop with webcam
  • headset with mic
  • USB stick
  • adequate internet connection (1-4 Mbps)
  • a quiet and safe environment with as few distractions as possible

Note: Students are not required to purchase a Zoom user account in order to access their MITT classes online. Microsoft Teams is included free with the Office 365 suite accessible through MITT student email login.

Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with video conferencing software before classes begin.

If you are unsure how to use Zoom or would like to learn how to use more of it's features, visit the Zoom Youtube Channel for short, easy to follow user tutorials.

Watch a Teams tutorial here or a more in-depth video here.

Zoom support during COVID19 includes links to tutorials, demonstrations, and training sessions.

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all courses at MITT. In order to ensure that each student has the tools they need to achieve their goals, all MITT students require access to the following resources, at minimum:

  • off-campus access to a computer with a webcam (minimum requirements below)
  • high speed internet
    • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload - Please check the speed of your internet connection using the CIRA Speed Test
      • Note that a slower internet connection may result in audio and/or video issues, which will hinder your ability to participate in online courses.
      • In evaluating whether your connection will be adequate, please remember that if others are using the same internet connection as you, you may not have sufficient bandwidth to participate in course delivery.

Additional recommendations

Most MITT programs require a Windows based operating system. For specific program requirements check the programs supply list.

We do not recommend the use of Chromebooks, Apple products, or tablet-style devices, as they may not be compatible with the required applications of some courses.

Laptops may be purchased online or through any retail store/outlet, as long as the minimum specifications are met (see below). MITT does not require use of a specific computer brand or model.

It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with a third party vendor in the event of software or hardware issues. All computer maintenance and repairs are the responsibility of the student.

Use of a headset or headphones and a microphone may enhance audio during classes.

Ergonomic mouse and keyboard suitable for extended hours of use daily

Software and Online Applications

In order to participate in online course material, you will need:

Access to a Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome or Edge.

MITT will provide all students with:

  • Web Access to Microsoft Office 365 (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Student email address
  • Access to College resources such as our online learning environment, MyLearning

Additional required software, on a per course basis, may be provided by specific programs. Please refer to your programs supply list for additional requirements.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

As of June 30, 2020 the specifications below meet the requirements for most MITT programs. If you already own a laptop, and it meets the minimum hardware specifications, you do not need to purchase a new machine.

The following Programs have additional requirements that can be found on program supply lists:

  • Network and Systems Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Cyber Defence and Cloud Administration Diploma
  • Network Security Diploma
  • Graphic and Print Technician
Minimum Laptop Requirements
Component Minimum Recommended Notes
Operating System Windows 8.1 (English Version) Windows 10 Home (English Version) Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista are NOT acceptable
Processor 2.1GHz Intel Core i3 1.9GHz+ Intel Core i5 AMD Dual Core processor is acceptable
Memory 4GB 8GB+ More is better
Storage 500GB (Hard Disk)
120GB (SSD)
750GB+ (Hard Disk)
240GB+ (SSD)
Supplemental external, cloud storage is sufficient
Display 12″ 13″+ 12.5-14″ offers best balance between usability and portability
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n IEEE 802.11ac There are minimal LAN connections so your Wi-Fi component needs to meet the standard
Ports One USB 2
Headphone
VGA or HDMI
Two USB 2+
HDMI 1.4b
Ethernet
The more ports available, the more options you have
Other Software Antivirus with anti-malware software is strongly recommended

Acceptable Use Policy

Any use of MITT’s information technology infrastructure, including the institutional network, Microsoft 365, online learning, including Wi-Fi, is subject to MITT’s Computer and Telecommunications Usage Policy [PDF].

Online Learning Resources

Being a successful student in an online learning environment starts with the fundamentals of good study practices in any course! Keep in mind, online courses are not easier—they include the same material, assignments, deadlines and grading as face-to-face delivery. Self-direction and time management are especially important.

MITT's Student Services department and Learning Specialist can help students with these learning supports!

Quick tips for online study:

  • Check your computer and internet connection to make sure you have a reliable connection to your online classes.
  • Create a physical study space that maximizes your focus. An organized, comfortable and quiet setup with a professional background will make a huge difference.
  • Know your daily/weekly schedule. Most lectures will be online in real-time according to your program schedule. Make sure you set aside time each day to participate
  • Follow your course outlines. Just like in-person classes, knowing your course outline is important to stay organized and know what you need to study ahead of time for the next online class
  • Pay extra attention to your communication skills. Check your writing for spelling and grammar, be mindful of how your words and body language comes across virtually
  • Ask questions! If you have questions about using video conferencing software, your course outline, or anything presented in your class, connect right away with your instructor or Student Services for help

Guides to Accounts and Online Tools (PDF)

Student Email and Accounts Access - Slides [PDF]

Introduction to MyLearning and Online Tools - Slides [PDF]

YouTube Tutorials by/for D2L Brightspace (developer of MyLearning)

Student log in help

Log in to Office 365
  1. Check your personal email* for login instructions from MITT (*the email you indicated in your MITT application)
  2. Go to mail.mitt.ca
  3. Log in using your MITT email (…@student.mitt.ca) and default password
  4. Type your default password and your new password into the Update Your Password form
  5. Provide your phone number or personal email
  6. Submit the code you have received to verify your account
  7. Go to Outlook in your Office 365 to access your emails
Log in to MyLearning
  1. Go to mitt.ca
  2. Click on the Sign in with MITT Email button
  3. Log in using your student email (…@student.mitt.ca) and your new password
  4. Click Yes to stay signed in if you use your own computer. Click No if you use a public computer.
  5. Enjoy your courses!

If you are having technical difficulties with your student account(s), please use the appropriate email addresses below. Remember to include your full name (as it appears on your application) and your student ID in your email.

MyLearning: MyLearning@mitt.ca

MITT Student Email:

Student Portal Help Options: mitt.ca/current-students/student-portal

MITT Virtual Study Hall is a time and place (Zoom) that students can join to study independently, but also take breaks to connect with others.

The goal of the study hall is to simulate a campus common area, library or coffee shop environment where students would normally study together. Many students find that they focus better when they are around other people, because when you see others are studying too, it’s easier to stay on task.

We also want to help you connect with each other so that you can experience the social benefits that have been missing during the pandemic. So, there will be an open group chat running, as well as 5-min social breaks when students are welcome to turn on microphones and cameras to say hi, talk about their study goals or participate in quick icebreaker games.

Visit: mitt.ca/student-services/virtual-study-hall for further information

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