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Learning Online at Seneca: Tools for Online Learning

Learning Online at Seneca

This guide lists resources to help you succeed as an online learner.

Tools for Online Learning

Your First Day, Learning Online

Watch our orientation video for a quick tutorial on how to go online and access your classes, how to navigate Blackboard, and more.

Blackboard Ally

A tool for students to gain access to alternative formats of BlackBoard course files that work for different devices, learning needs and preferences. For more information, view Blackboard Ally.

Free Software for Students

All full-time students at Seneca can use the following software for free:

Additional apps are available for Windows users through MyApps.

For more information about IT Services for students, please visit MySeneca.

Netiquette for Online Sessions

When you become involved with online discussion groups, remember that there are acceptable rules of behaviour to follow during this online meeting. It is important to know the proper code of behaviour when using this technology. Here is a module on netiquette, which is about etiquette during online sessions.

Seneca Tools for Online Delivery

  • Big Blue Button (BBB): A web conferencing tool that instructors may use for online lessons.
  • MS Teams: A communication and collaboration platform that brings everything together in a shared workspace within Office 365.
  • WebEx: A collaboration tool used for online meetings, conference calls or online classroom sessions as needed.
  • Zoom: A collaboration tool used for online meetings, conference calls, or online classroom sessions as needed.

Technical Requirements

Computer that runs Windows 10 or MacOSX (Catalina)

High speed broadband access

Headphones or speakers


Please see our Technical Requirements for Online Courses page for more details on the hardware and software you may need.