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Virtual Learning at FNTI

Our world has never needed Indigenous education more than it does right now. 

In order to meet the needs of our students and the multiple responsibilities they carry, FNTI delivers its programming in condensed blocks, in the following method:


Virtual Learning

All theoretical components of virtual delivery are carried out online through facilitated and scheduled class times. All classes follow the 4-week cycle described below.

NOTE: most work placements are required to be carried out in person.


FNTI’s 4-Week Intense Delivery Cycle

FNTI utilizes an intensive delivery schedule to deliver our programming. As a student, you can expect to move through a four-week delivery schedule, taking 1-2 full-time post-secondary courses every four-week period. During the first three weeks of each cycle, students will be engaged in mandatory learning activities; the fourth week is an administration week without student instruction.   

Foundations Week (Week 1) 

During Foundations Week, students are assigned a variety of activities, most notably readings, recordings and self-assessments, to prepare them for the following Live Instruction Week.  Many courses will include a graded assessment before moving into Live Instruction Week. The work assigned during Foundations Week is mandatory to ensure that students are prepared for the learning outcomes and Indigenous learning outcomes associated with  Live Instruction Week. During Foundations Week, students can complete the work on their own schedule, at times convenient to them. 

Live Instruction Week (Week 2) 

Over the course of the Live Instruction Week, students are engaged in scheduled learning activities for full days. Students can expect to receive a class schedule, between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., during which time they can anticipate being engaged in live (synchronous) classes. During this time, faculty members, cultural advisors and student success facilitators will provide live instruction and support to learners. Students may also be assigned mandatory graded team work, peer evaluations and self-guided exercises during this time frame.  

Consolidation Week (Week 3) 

On their own time, students will complete items assigned during the Live Instruction Week to represent a culmination of their learning understanding from the Foundations and Live Instruction weeks. Learners must meet deadlines set by faculty, but work can be carried out at times that are convenient to the student. 

Administrative Week (Week 4) 

Course grading is finalized by faculty to confirm that the student has met all course learning outcomes and Indigenous learning outcomes, and final grades are remitted to the registrar's office. 

In order to meet the minimal threshold of cultural, vocational and learning outcomes for each course, each of the following applies:  

FNTI requires that students attend all of the course’s contact hours with faculty, cultural advisors, student success facilitators and peers. With advanced notice, or in the case of emergency, students may be permitted to miss up to one day’s live Zoom delivery or be excused from live Zoom classes for a maximum of 20% (10% for Aviation program) of the course’s overall contact hours. Contact hours are detailed in the course outline published on Brightspace for each course, and are available to students at least five (5) business days in advance of the beginning of the live course delivery. The virtual classroom is an experiential learning environment and students are required to attend in order to meet the standards related to the learning outcomes of the course. These outcomes are directly linked to the provincial association that governs the profession associated with your credential. 


Questions? We are here for you – please contact our recruiting team at recruitment@fnti.net or 800.267.0637, ext. 141