Course Delivery

Your distance education online course is delivered to you via a Learning Management System (LMS), which is in turn managed by your tutor-marker (TM). As your course progresses, you'll meet other students online and become part of the dynamic online learning community at SFU.

Note: You will need access to a device with a reliable Internet connection (and web access) to take a CODE course.

Tutor-Marker (TM)

Each distance education online course is assigned a tutor-marker. He or she will post a welcome message online the first week of classes to introduce themselves, let you know their availability, and how often he or she will respond to students. If you require assistance from your tutor-marker, you can contact him or her through your learning management system (LMS).

Your tutor-marker will mark your assignments and exams, and help with any difficulties you may have in the course. This is the person to contact if you don't understand some aspect of the material, are uncertain about your assignments, or have other questions or comments. This is also the person you should contact if you think you might have difficulty meeting a deadline.

Learning Management System (LMS)

CODE primarily uses Canvas as an LMS to deliver our distance education courses, although, you may encounter another LMS, such as LON-CAPA, in certain courses. The LMS facilitates every aspect of the learning process and provides you with the tools you need to successfully complete your distance education online course.

Comprehensive tutorials are available to guide your through learning your LMS. Take advantage of these opportunities to familiarize yourself with your new learning environment:


Canvas is an exciting LMS that emphasizes flexibility and easy integration with social media and emerging technologies. It is designed to be accessible on mobile devices and has a friendly, intuitive user interface. Best of all, Canvas facilitates participation in a way that will open new teaching and learning opportunities for instructors and students.

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Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is sometimes used in conjuction with the above learning management systems as an interactive web conferencing and virtual classroom environment designed for teaching and learning and real-time collaboration

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