Distance education is also known as distance learning. It lets you complete most or all of your learning outside the traditional classroom—using online, print, video, teleconferencing or computer–managed learning resources.
Distance education includes a range of programs, from elementary and high school to graduate studies. You can complete a single course or a whole program through distance education.
Distance education offers flexibility. It allows you to
- do your school work anytime, anywhere
- follow your own schedule and work at your own pace
- work at your job while you’re going to school
If you’re organized and motivated, distance education can be an effective learning option.
Distance education in Alberta
- Distance Learning—Search by program or by school for information on distance learning programs in Western Canada.
- Alberta Distance Learning Centre—Find flexible distance learning for grades 1 to 12. Check out course alternatives and alternative ways to complete your high school education.
- Athabasca University—Check out 60 graduate certificate, diploma, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in liberal arts, science and professional education.
Distance education in Canada
Canadian Virtual University provides links to hundreds of accredited online degrees and courses from Canadian universities.
Use the following web portals for information on online learning in Canada’s provinces and territories:
- SaskNetWork: Distance Learning
- eCampus Manitoba
- Ontario Learn
- Quebec's Distance Education Portal
- Nova Scotia Community College Online Learning
- New Brunswick Community College Online Learning
- University of Prince Edward Island Centre for Lifelong Learning
- Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Distance Learning and Innovations
- Northwest Territories: Aurora College