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Finding a course

The courses catalogued on our website make it easy for students to browse and compare online courses offered by our seven partners. These courses are all provided by the host institution offering the course—our website serves to centralize those options and make them easily navigable for Manitoba’s diverse population of post-secondary students. Our fundamental purpose is to provide students with an accurate and updated catalogue of online courses and to facilitate the registration process for those courses.

  • Browsing for courses

    The first decision you'll make is whether you'd like to filter by degree or certificate/diploma courses. If you aren't sure which type you'd like to search for, you can search all course types. Our website also uses three filters: subject area, institution, and session. Filtering by “subject area” will allow you to see the courses offered by all of the institutions with that theme. Filtering exclusively by “institution” simply brings up all of the online courses offered by that university or college. Filtering by session shows courses that start during fall (September - December), winter (January - April) or summer (May - August). You can narrow the results more by choosing more than one filter. 

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  • Searching for courses

    You can also find the courses according to keywords as you would in any regular web search. You can search the course code (sometimes known as the course number) and the course title. The search does not provide matches for the course description. One way around this limitation is to find a course you’re interested in and make note of the course code, then create a search with its first few letters. That search will bring up courses within that discipline.

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  • Need help finding a course?

    Finally, if you’re having trouble with navigation or have any questions, please use the chat tool on the bottom right corner of the page. Our Virtual Help Desk Navigators have experience browsing the site and they can help with specific problems you encounter.

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  • What if I can't find a course I want?

    Unfortunately, if you are unable to find a course you want, it means that the specific course you have in mind is not currently offered online by any of our partner institutions. However, there may be another course available that would suit your purposes. Expanding your search may also show you more options. It’s also possible that although the course is not currently listed on our website, it may be offered in a subsequent term. If you ask us in the chat, we may be able to help you find a comparable course or identify the future availability of the course.

    More broadly, other “virtual” institutions may offer the course you have in mind. One association that connects online courses across Canada is called the Canadian Virtual University (CVU)—of which the U of M is a member—and that service compiles over 2,000 courses in its catalogue. A major provider of online education in Canada is Athabasca University, another member of CVU. They exclusively offer courses by distance.

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  • What are "subject areas"?

    “Subject Areas” are broad categories into which the courses are sorted.  Each “subject area” includes related courses from various academic disciplines and faculties. Browsing courses this way allows you to see comparable courses that fall under the broader category of the “subject area.” This means of sorting is one way of finding courses that are within your own area of study. Here are some examples of the types of courses you would find under each area:

    • Applied, Creative, & Fine Arts - Art History, Website Development and Programming, Graphic Design, and Photography.
    • Business, Management, & Leadership - Accounting and Bookkeeping, Business Law, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Human Resources, Public Speaking, Management, Organizational Behaviour and Development, Project Management, Statistics, Tax Theory and Preparation.
    • Community Services - Child and Youth Care, Early Years Education, Library Cataloguing and Referencing, Recreation and Leisure, Social Work, Critical Thinking, Electronic Publishing, Interpersonal Communication.
    • Computing and Informational Technology - Computer Science, Database, Digital Skills Development, Data, Programming, Computer Software Skills.
    • Education
    • Environment
    • Humanities - English Literature, History, Religion, Philosophy, Art History, Anthropology.
    • Indigenous Studies - Native Studies.
    • Industry & Trades
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Language Studies & Translation
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Nursing & Health Sciences
    • Sciences - Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Geography, Physics,
    • Social Sciences - Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Criminology.
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