Lost or Incorrect Password? Need to reset?

1. Click the Lost your Password? to take you to the reset page.
2. Type in your email address.
3. Click Reset Password.
4. A password reset email will be sent to you within 10 minutes.
5. When you get the email, click on the link to reset your password” that it contains.
You will be taken back to the GTLLI web site with 2 boxes to fill in.
     Type your new password in both boxes.
7. Click SAVE.
8. This will take you to the login page with all your information already entered.
9. Click LOG IN.

Creating an Account

To create a new GTLLI account –

If you are creating a new account for someone else, log out of your own account before proceeding.

1. Go to Log In/Create Account on the main menu.
Click on Register New Account.
Complete the information requested.

An Active Member is one who had a regular course ticket during the 2018-19 season. If the website does not recognize you as a member when it should,  use Contact Us on the main menu to ask the Registrar to correct the status.

*** A unique email address is necessary to create a GTLLI account, to buy tickets and get receipts, to recover lost passwords and to communicate with GTLLI.
If you have a unique email address, enter it

*** If you do not have any email address or share one with another GTLLI account holder, there are 2 options to provide the mandatory unique email address ……
. either create a separate email address for yourself (eg gmail address)
. or enter a fake email address using exactly this format….. gtllimember+yourfirstnamelastname@gmail.com

for example gtllimember+johndoe@gmail.com and gtllimember+bettysmith@gmail.com
This specific fake address will allow you to create an account but does not function for email.
You will not receive any communication through it.

*** When buying for 2 people, the ticket buyer should be the account with the earliest access and the valid email

.*** your username is whatever you chose to log in with in the future. You can also sign in with your email address.
Choose something easy to remember and easy to key in. It must be unique to you.

Buying For Someone Else

Within the restrictions explained below, account holders may buy 2 tickets for each of the regular GTLLI courses – Perspectives, Fall, Winter and Spring. 

1. The first ticket must be for the person buying who must have a valid email address.

2. The second ticket can only be for a friend or spouse who also has a GTLLI account. If they do not have an account, one must be created by or for them. 

3. Between June 18 and June 29, when sales are restricted to members, that 2nd ticket can only be for another member. On and after July 2, any account holder may buy for any other account holder.

Before creating an account….. read more.



Watching your Videos

1. Go to Create Account/Log In and Log In so the system knows who you are and what video pass you bought.
Logging in will take you to your account page.

2.Click on Video Passes to see which video passes you bought.

3.Choose the video product that you want to watch.
The first item you see is the link to material provided by lecturers. The material is listed according to the date of the live lecture. Scroll down past that to see the videos that are available to you. If you bought a bundle, it will start with the earliest video and you must scroll down to see the others.

4.Use the control bar across the bottom. If it disappears, click on the bottom area and it will reappear.

Volume control will vary with the device you are using. There may be small vertical volume bars on the bottom control bar or you may have to use the volume control on your particular device or the volume control on the TV itself. Try all to see what combination works for you. If still not loud enough, you can use headphones or the small earphone buds which plug into your Laptop/IPad/tablet/phone to improve the sound.

Size is controlled by the little 4-dot icon on the right on the control bar. Clicking that will make it full screen and easier to see. When you want to get out of the video, (depending on the device you are using), click on ESC OR get the control bar back by clicking on the lower screen and then click on that same 4-dot icon to get out of full screen.
You can stop and start the video and watch it as often as you like. By moving the narrow blue moving line back with your finger or cursor, you can repeat a section.

5. Seeing the video on a TV
If you have a SMART TV, log in to the website on it.
If you don’t have a Smart TV, what you see on your computer/laptop/tablet can be ‘mirrored’ on your TV.
Go to  viewing-gtlli-videos-at-home and follow the blue links.

Sharing a Video
1. You have purchased viewing access to a video. You have not bought the video itself.
You may watch it as often as you like and invite anyone to watch it with you.
Remember to notice its expiry date.

Buying a Video Pass

1. Go to Create Account/Log in on the main menu.

2. Log in to your account with your username or email address and your password. 
The system now knows who you are and whether you are a member.

3. Go to Purchase Tickets/Passes on the main menu.
The top part of the screen is general information, and below that is a rough outline of how to buy.
Scroll down to see what is for sale.
Look at what is available to you and decide what you want to buy.
It there is a small lock beside an item, you are not eligible to buy it. For instance, some products can only be bought by members.
Members sometimes get a lower price than the public on video passes.
Perspectives has 3 or 4 videos. The other regular Courses have 6 videos. If you buy the bundle of all lectures in a course, it is cheaper than buying them individually.
Videos are available for 2 weeks only after the live lecture so note when they expire..
Once 2 videos have expired (disappeared), the bundle is not a bargain. Buy them individually.

4.Click on the video pass you want and a more detailed picture will appear.
If you want it, <ADD TO CART>.
If you want another one, <CONTINUE SHOPPING>.
Follow the prompts to pay with your credit card
You can stop your order at any time if you haven’t paid by clicking on the back arrow at the top left.

When you have completed the purchase, you will get an immediate confirmation of your order.
The system will remember who you are and what you bought.

5. To see what you bought – go to My Account on the main menu and look at Video Passes.
You can click on Orders and see every order you ever made on the system.

6. For instructions on how to watch your video, click on watching-your-videos


2018-19 Spring Course – will be available on video


The radio documentary is one of the most powerful genres we have for storytelling, education, and the exploration of ideas. This course will discuss the origin and theory of radio documentaries, how they are made, the different acoustic elements they employ–voice, sound, music, silence–and how those elements can be combined in different ways to produce a range of radio documentary styles. Drawing on both video and audio material, we will listen to and discuss examples of documentaries produced by CBC, BBC, NPR and other public broadcasters.

March 29: Where Ideas Come From

The CBC program Ideas is a mainstay of the long-form radio documentary. This lecture tells the story of the evolution of the program from its beginnings in 1965 and the thinking behind it.

April 5: The Documentary Idea

What is a documentary? John Grierson, the founding head of the National Film Board of Canada, is often credited with having coined the word, “documentary.” Though Grierson was referencing film, his ideas apply in other genres such as radio documentary.

April 12: Composing With Sound

Radio documentaries draw on an infinite symphony of sounds that envelop our lives – sounds we use to navigate the world, talk to each other, entertain ourselves, find our way in the dark – people, cars, planes, music, computers, seagulls, dogs, wind, ocean waves – everything in the built and natural environments.

April 26: Tell Me a Story

Aristotle was the first theorist of dramatic storytelling. In a book called Poetics, he laid out the basic structure of storytelling: every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. Aristotle’s ideas still guide our approach to documentary-making.

May 3: The Nuts and Bolts

The lecture is about the strategies documentary makers use to create documentaries and the challenges they face. We discuss the documentary process from gathering interviews and sounds in the field to the management of the raw material to shape it into a compelling documentary story.

May 10: “Contrapuntal Radio”: The Documentaries of Glenn Gould

Between 1967 and 1977, Glenn Gould produced three pioneering radio documentaries under the title, The Solitude Trilogy. The documentaries introduced the idea of “contrapuntal radio,” in which several voices are heard speaking simultaneously. Gould described his approach as, “musically derived.” He was testing the extent to which it is possible to listen to more than one conversation at a time and make sense of the whole.

Bernie Lucht is Distinguished Visiting Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, where he coaches media production students and leads workshops in audio and video documentary production. He was a long time documentary producer at CBC Radio, and the executive producer of the CBC series Ideas from 1984-2012.