Online Delivery & Learning Resources

Computer Configuration

As most online courses are accessed via the Internet, it is important that graduate students have an appropriate computer configuration. On this page you will find information about technology requirements, delivery tools, and technology support.

A video conferencing technology Zoom is a web-based virtual classroom system, which allows participants to interact synchronously with full two-way audio and the opportunity to use video cameras, instant messaging and a shared, interactive whiteboard. The sessions can also be recorded for listening and viewing at a later time.

Class sessions in Zoom are accessed via the appropriate course in the Online Rooms page of Desire2Learn.

Desire2Learn (D2L) is a robust learning management system, produced by a Canadian company. It is designed to work on any web browser, on any computer operating system. The interface is also optimized for use on mobile devices, and several dedicated applications are available for iOS. Access your D2L through your Student Centre.


University of Calgary Information Technology (IT) provides support for D2L & Zoom users. Email the IT Support Centre at or call 403.220.5555, Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MST.

Contact the GPE distance delivery technology support team at

Online Learning Resources

View recordings and access content from our Fall 2020 orientation series for new students.

This session introduced students to the recently published APA 7 Style Guide.

Download a PDF copy of the slides.

Visit the library's APA guide for more information and resources.

This session provided students with an overview of D2L and Zoom, and what contributes to a comfortable online learning experience.

You may view/download a PDF of the slides for our Introduction to Online Learning session here.

This session covered online learning strategies (e.g. time management, expectations, etc.) and provided students with an introduction to conducting online research using the university library.

Download PDF copies of the presented content:

The Student Success Centre offers one-on-one online writing support meetings for graduate students. Visit their website to learn more about their services, and to book a consultation.

The University Library also has a literature review guide for education students.