How distance courses work

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When you enroll in a distance course, you'll find a whole team behind you to help you succeed.

You'll be supported in your study by your instructor, your classmates, and a team of dedicated professionals who believe that distance learning can be engaging, productive and satisfying.

Your instructor guides you through the course topics, facilitates discussion of readings and other online activities, and offers direction and encouragement as you work through your course.

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As you get to know your online classmates, you'll find they can be a useful source of information and advice on course-related topics, study skills, and how to use course learning tools.


Program staff provide you with directions on how to access your course and where to buy course texts and other required materials. They are your first point-of-contact for course advising and administrative matters.

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The Onlinehelp Desk supports your use of course learning tools like Moodle, Elluminate, blogs and wikis.


The Infoline library staff helps you carry out online research and locate library materials. And, they'll deliver those materials to you at home.

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And, if your study skills need a tune-up, you’ll find a set of helpful resources on academic reading, critical thinking, academic writing and communicating online in the For Students.

It’s this team-based approach to distance learning that makes us different, and it’s why we won the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Student Services, 2007, from the Canadian Association of Distance Education.


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