What’s the difference between remote learning and online learning?

COVID-19 has changed everything and Willis College has proudly pivoted to ensure we’re providing the same high-quality education that we have for more than 150 years. 

To keep everyone safe, our in-classroom learning has moved to remote learning, temporarily offering classes online until it’s safe to return to our physical campuses. At the same time, we have proudly launched Willis College Online, a 100% internet based campus with classes offered online only. 

Naturally these two similar but VERY DIFFERENT learn from home options have caused a bit of confusion. To simplify it all so that you can decide what option best works for you, here are some of the key similarities and differences between temporary remote learning and learning with Willis College Online.

Remote learning and Willis College Online learning BOTH offer…

Instructor led programming

  • Instructor paced programs
  • Full-time licensed diploma programs
  • Practicums with applicable programs
  • FInancial assistance for those who qualify
  • Career support services
  • Programs that can be completed in one year or less (most programs). 

The key differences between remote learning and learning with Willis College Online are:

Interaction with your classmates:

  • Remote learning: throughout your class times.
  • Online learning: during mandatory sessions and live lectures.

Possibility of returning to lectures in the campus:

  • Remote learning: YES!
  • Online learning: never. You will always learn 100% online.


  • Remote learning: you may need to return to campus to attend weekly labs.
  • Online learning: never. Labs are designed for online delivery.

Access to instructors:

  • Remote learning: access to your instructors via email.
  • Online learning: set office hours booked via online calendar when you can chat via Zoom.

Assignment submission:

  • Remote learning: may need to be submitted daily.
  • Online learning: submitted once a week (on Sundays).

School hours:

  • Remote learning: structured set school hours (four to seven hours daily, Monday to Friday).
  • Online learning: Access to live or recorded lectures. Only two mandatory attendance hours weekly. Designed for maximum flexibility.

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