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Virtual U offers online solutions to scheduling problems
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No student has the perfect course schedule. There always seems to be one course that's not available, and whose timetable doesn't conflict with sleep or job schedules?
Canadian Virtual University (CVU) offers a solution, with over 2,000 online and distance undergraduate courses that you complete on your time, at your own pace.
Most courses are degree-credit and can be transferred to oncampus programs at universities across the country. And many have year-round start dates, so you can pick up a course well after, or before, traditional university registration deadlines.
Online and distance courses are available in most disciplines, such as business, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and computing. Some courses are paced, requiring you to start and complete at specific time; others can be completed as quickly as you like within a six-month limit for a three-credit course.
“We have seen an increase over the past few years in the number of oncampus students taking one or two online courses to complete their degrees or solve scheduling problems,” reports executive director Vicky Busch. “Before they register, students should confirm with their home university that the online course meets their program requirements.”
“The convenience and flexibility of online learning are its greatest benefit,” explains Busch. “Students can log on to their courses at any time and can work at their own pace. Another advantage is the email and phone access to a personal tutor, which is especially popular in courses such as stats and math, where one-on-one assistance is a bonus. Many students report that they have more contact with professors in online classes then they ever had in face-to-face classes.”
Last year, over 100,000 students registered in CVU courses.
CVU is a partnership of leading Canadian universities with decades of experience in distance education. CVU offers individual courses and complete degrees in English and French through its partners, Athabasca University, Laurentian University, Memorial University, Royal Military College, Télé-université du Québec, Nipissing University, Thompson Rivers University, The University of Manitoba, Cape Breton University, and University of New Brunswick .
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Cape Breton University offers over 100 distance courses and 11 complete programs at graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to a broad range of courses in the humanities, business, and education, it offers unique courses in Crime Prevention, Emergency Management, Public Health, Celtic Studies, Gaelic, Community Studies, Environmental Studies, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Manufacturing
TÉLUQ, l'université à distance de l'UQÀM offre plus de 65 programmes et 360 cours à distance couvrant les principaux domaines du savoir. Elle se distingue par son mode d'enseignement souple, qui permet de poursuivre des études universitaires à l'heure et au rythme désirés. Elle accueille annuellement plus de 16 000 étudiantes et étudiants. La TÉLUQ et l'UQAM réunies forment désormais la plus grande université bimodale de la francophonie, alliant formation sur campus et formation à distance.
Athabasca University offers 600 distance courses and 65 complete programs at the bachelors and masters level, as well as university certificates and diplomas, many of which are available completely online. Athabasca offers unique online programs such as a Master of Arts, Diploma in Inclusive Education, and Certificate in Counselling Women.
Thompson Rivers University offers hundreds of distance courses and over 20 degree programs with a focus on arts, business, health, science and technology. The bachelors of Business in Real Estate, Design, and Music are some of the niche programs available.
Laurentian University offers over 300 distance courses, 18 undergraduate programs and 6 certificates in French and English in various subject areas in Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. These include a Bachelor of Liberal Science and the PostRN Bachelor of Science in Nursing in both French and English, and a unique Bachelor of Social Work in Native Human Services, completely through distance education.
University of Manitoba provides the opportunity to complete degree credit courses through a variety of delivery methods without attending scheduled classes on campus. In addition to five complete programs (Bachelors of Arts, Arts in Geography & Social Work; Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education; Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses), over 125 courses are offered across 12 faculties/schools.
University of New Brunswick offers over 65 degree credit courses in arts; business administration; computer science; economics; education; English; forestry; nursing; political science; psychology; technology, management and entrepreneurship; leadership; and statistics. Students can start at any time of the year. An online Certificate in Health Safety and Environmental Processes and a Diploma in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship are also available.
Royal Military College offers unique distance education suitable for both military and civilian students, in English and French. RMC offers a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science; graduate degrees in Defense Management and in War Studies; and certificates in Management with Applications to Defense and Environmental Protection. Courses are open to nonmilitary students, suitable for transfer credit to degrees at other Canadian universities.
Memorial University offers 300 undergraduate and graduate degree-credit courses from 10 faculties and schools with 13,000 registrations each year. Full undergraduate degrees are also available via distance in Business, Nursing, Technology and Maritime Studies. Distance graduate degrees are offered in Nursing and four streams in a Master's of Education: Information Technology, Post Secondary, Leadership, and Counselling Psychology.
Contact: Vicky Busch
Tel: (780) 421-2540