Learning Options


Virtual Classroom Independent Study Classroom
Hosted by Local Institutes/chapters and National by The Insurance Institute of Canada. Nationally by The Insurance Institute of Canada. Local Institutes/chapters and by some colleges and universities.
Location Any location. Course accessed via the Internet. Any location. Physical classroom environment.
Time Learning activities such as lectures occur on a specified day and time (synchronous learning). No formal activities. Learning can occur any day or time (asynchronous learning). Learning activities such as lectures occur on a specified day and time (synchronous learning).
Facilitation/Instruction Live instruction/facilitation. No instructor/facilitator. NOTE: Students enrolled in mandatory or applied professional CIP courses will have access to an online tutorial, which may include access to an instructor. Live instruction/facilitation.
Interactivity Level High/Medium. Learners will often be actively involved during sessions with the instructor and classmates. Low. Mainly reading/studying from textbook materials. High. Learners will be actively involved during lessons with the instructor and classmates.
Benefits Students can listen to lectures, ask the instructor questions, interact/collaborate with classmates, and get answers in real time. Allows students to focus solely on the course material without interacting with an instructor or classmates. Learn any time, any place. Students can listen to lectures, ask the instructor questions, interact/collaborate with classmates, and get answers in real time.
Recommended for Recommended for those who prefer the flexibility of learning from home/remotely via the computer. Recommended for those who prefer working on their own at their own pace mainly via a text book. Recommended for those who prefer face-to-face (f2f) communications.
Examples Examples include various CIP courses. Examples include various courses in the CIP program. Examples include courses such as in the CIP program (C11, C120, etc., and with 1-day or ½ day seminars such as Cyber Risk, Flood, Drones, Fast- track, Weekend Warrior, etc.

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