Trinity Western University

Global and International Programs

Online Courses and Programs

TWU Extension provides service and support for online learning as well as the design, development, and delivery of online courses and programs. TWU’s learning management system is called MyCourses and it utilizes MOODLE. Students automatically receive their TWUPass-the universal log-in-information, once registered in a course. Students are provided with support for the use of the MyCourses system Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 604.882.4357 or 1.866.614.4652, or by emailing

Faculty who desire or are contracted to use the MyCourses system in the development, design, and delivery of online learning are supported through TWU Extension instructional and online learning supports. Faculty are provided with group and individualized training in the appropriate use of online learning systems; are coached through the delivery of their online courses; and are able to access course design specialists to provide appropriate design elements to support their learning outcomes.

(Freshman Online Certificate—University Studies)

FOCUS is a program for individuals who want to begin their studies but are unable to attend courses on campus such as graduating homeschool students, stay-at-home parents, or individuals who work. The program supports students as a community of learners who stay together in cohorts for the entire academic year. A faculty learning coach is a key element of FOCUS and support is provided by phone or email. Intensive courses are seven to eight weeks in length and are taken two at a time for maximum concentration and success. It is recommended that students plan to devote between 25 to 30 hours of learning time per week to complete their studies. FOCUS represents 27 sem. hrs. in fall and spring and one 3 sem. hr. elective in a Summer session.

FOCUS Program Content:
BUSI 111 Introduction to Business (3 sem. hrs.)
ANTH 101 Introduction to Anthropology (3 sem. hrs.)
COMM 111 Introduction to Communications (3 sem. hrs.)
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology (part 1: 3 sem. hrs.)
PSYC 106 Introduction to Psychology (part 2: 3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 111 History of Western Civilization (3 sem. hrs.)
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 109 Critical Thinking: Informal Logic (3 sem. hrs.)
WRIT 100 University Writing (3 sem. hrs.)

Elective: choice of one 3 sem. hrs. online or on-campus course during Summer sessions (subject to availability).

Note: Courses offered may be adjusted with notice.

Online Courses

All students have the opportunity to enrol in online courses when they are offered. Through our independent study course program, any course in the TWU Calendar can be delivered in a customized way to a student based on faculty interest and availability. Check the timetable for current course listings.

Mixed Mode (Hybrid) Courses

Mixed Modal courses involve a proportion of the learning face to face and a proportion online. Typically, each portion must comprise more than one third of the course instructional time in order to constitute a mixed mode course. What this means for the learner is that mixed mode courses involve less class time than traditional face-to-face classes. This type of learning mixes the best of both worlds and provides face-to-face instruction with a more convenient schedule. Check the timetable for current course listings.

Web-Enhanced Courses

Professors who use the MyCourses system to supplement their existing face-to-face class are conducting a web-enhanced course. A web-enhanced course involves either the use of technology to supplement or complement an existing face-to-face class or online class time substitution at less than one third of the class. Currently the majority of TWU classes use the MyCourses system for at least a portion of the learning that occurs.

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This page contains official TWU academic program information.