using the learningHUB

The LearningHUB uses four different online platforms, each of which is supplied to us by third party software companies. For some of these we write our own course material. Other courses are supplied for us and we simply provide the online help necessary for our students to be successful.

These four platforms and their description are listed below.

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Video: Using Puffin on a Mobile Device


Using Plato

What You Need to Know

Plato has been a resource for classroom literacy programs for several years. PLATO has a number of lessons that deal with more basic skills in math, reading and writing. More advanced lessons are outlined by a number of National Occupation Codes (NOC) and packaged lessons dealing with Essential Skills required for each code are available. This is an extremely valuable tool for learners with employment related goals.

Separate courses can be taken such as:

  • Writing in the Workplace
  • Life and Job Skills
  • Business Basics
  • Employment Key Technologies and Emerging Alternatives
  • Job Skills for the Real World


Helpful Videos:

Video Tutorial - Understanding Plato Exemptions and Progress
Video - View Plato Demo 
Video - Using Basic Skills for the Real World


If you have signed up for Independent Study and your LearningHUB Practitioner recommends you work on Plato, an account will be created for you and login instructions will be sent to you by email.

Your LearningHUB Practitioner will be in touch with you regularly to support you through your online upgrading using Plato.


Technical Requirements for Plato


Web Browsers

Windows PCs (Vista or newer) - recommend Chrome for all lessons except Basic Skills for the Real World (use Internet Explorer)
Mac Computers - recommend Chrome
Mobile Devices - use Puffin browser (from app store/Playstore)


Shockwave (applies to Basic Skills for the Real World only - use Internet Explorer)

Download (free) from website. This is safe and may take few minutes to download to your computer.


Flash and Popups

Adobe Flash and Popups are required for most lessons.

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Using Moodle

What You Need to Know

Moodle is a course website where learners can log into online courses and complete assigned course work at their own pace. A LearningHUB practitioner monitors learner progress, provides support and feedback, and assesses learner's work online. Most online courses offer a variety of activities that include videos, quizzes, webpage links, journal writing/opinion pages, etc. that enhance the learning experience for learners.After you sign up for a course on Moodle your LearningHUB Practitioner will send you login instructions for your course.

View Moodle Demo.

Taking a Short Course using Moodle

What You Need to Know

Short Courses do not have specific start and end dates, however, learners are expected to complete their course by the deadline agreed upon with their Independent Study Practitioner. 

All course modules are available at the beginning of the course and learners are expected to complete a minimum of one module each week and/or work online an average of 3-5 hours per week showing measurable progress.

Each course has an introduction module, 5 course modules, and a conclusion module.  It is important that learners complete all the required work in their course.

Certificates of Completion are awarded to learners who complete all the course requirements. Following course completion, certificates are sent by email from your Independent Study Practitioner.

Using LearnScape

What You Need to Know

If you have signed up for Independent Study and your LearningHUB Practitioner recommends you work on LearnScape, an account will be created for you and login instructions will be sent to you by email. Your LearningHUB Practitioner will be in touch with you regularly to support you through your online upgrading using LearnScape.

View LearnScape Demo.

LearnScape offers a variety of learning modules including: Reading, Writing, Math, Canadian Social Studies, Science, Pre-GED assessments, Life Skills and Essential Skills. LearningHUB practitioners assign lessons for the learner to complete at his/her own pace. LearningHUB practitioners are able to review and track their learner's progress as they complete the assigned course work. LearnScape also provides packaged courses based on the learner's job specific goal.


Technical Requirements for LearnScape

Web Browsers and Compatibility View

LearnScape works best with Internet Explorer as a web browser. Other browsers may work for most lessons (Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari), but if you find some lessons do not work properly, use Internet Explorer.
You must set Compatibility View to allow Learnscape to work properly on Internet Explorer.
Follow these instructions to set Compatibility View.

Updating/Downloading Flash Player

Flash Player software works along with your web browser to allow you to view animations and movies.
Click here to check that Flash is enabled on the browser you are currently using.

Using Saba

What You Need to Know

Live Classes are offered on a program called Saba. Saba transforms the traditional classroom into a "real time" online delivery format. Saba is a virtual meeting space for learners and LearningHUB practitioners to learn and teach online, in the comfort of their own home, or in a public computer lab. Saba is a powerful conferencing tool that uses visual slides, audio, and video technology to host Live Classes. You can even mark up a public whiteboard to share your ideas with the class! A microphone and speakers (or headset) are required to participate in Live Classes on Saba.


Attending a Live Class

What You Need to Know

Before signing into your Live Class, make sure you have your username and password available. You will also need a headset and/or speakers with microphone. (A microphone is required if you wish to participate with live audio.) It is recommended you log into your Live Class 15 minutes early to complete the audio wizard and be ready for class to start at the scheduled time.