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Distance Education

How Does Distance Education Work?

Distance education vary from traditional classroom-based education in that it allows a student to complete courses and programs without attending already scheduled group classes in a one location, such as a university campus. If you are CNOU distance education student, you can:

work from anywhere, such as your home or workplace
work at your own pace, on a schedule that suits your individual needs
register for a single course or enroll in an undergraduate or graduate degree, diploma or certificate program

Delivery Methods

CNOU employs a wide spectrum of distance learning methods and relies on variety of information technologies to deliver course materials and instruction to students. These include the use of a multi-media online activities, print materials, web, e-mail, Internet, CD-Rom, computer software, audio/video conferencing, audio/video tapes and TV or radio. Any particular course might use a combination of delivery methods. If you register for an online course, you will need access to a computer with an Internet connection.

Individualized Study

Most CNOU courses are offered as individualized study courses. As a CNOU student ,by using individualized study course, you will receive a learning resource package in the mail and work independently, with support and instruction from your supervisor. You will work according to your own schedule, within the six (three-credit course) to 12 (six-credit course) month period allowed to complete the course.

Grouped Study

Some CNOU courses are also offered as grouped study courses. As a student in a grouped study course, you will be part of a group where students simultaneously receive instruction from an instructor, same as student would do in traditional university. Group study courses are taught online or in classrooms at collaborating institutions across Canada and abroad by following a traditional semester system, lasting 13 (three-credit course) or 26 (six-credit course) weeks.

Student Support

As CNOU student, you will benefit from an broad network of student services including access to one-on-one support from faculty members, help-desk personnel and other support staff as well asacademic advisors, counselors, tutorswho will, together, provide you with information, advice, and service. A varietyof individualized accommodations and support services are available to students with physical, sensory, psychological or learning disabilities.

CNOU also offers nearly 200 scholarships, leadership awards and bursaries. Awards are available to both graduate and undergraduate students on the basis of academic achievement or financial need. All students are automatically considered for many of the academic scholarships; others are available by application. CNOU is also committed to facilitating student research and supports students in their research activities through an endowment for scholarships and funding for special research projects.

The Information Centre is the first point of contact for questions or to reach other departments and services.

Benefits

Distance education through CNOU allows you control, where you can fit your program to your personal or professional needs and interests and to continue your education without sacrificing personal, career, family, community commitments. Four aspects of distance education make it a particularly attractive option for busy people:

Affordability

As a CNOU student, you can complete a CNOU university certificate or diploma, a three- or four-year bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or a doctorate; you can take one or more CNOU courses to transfer to your program at another post-secondary institution; or you can take one or more courses to just to satisfy your own interests or curiosity or for personal or professional development. Whatever your educational goal, you can achieve it at CNOU.

Adaptability

You can complete an CNOU university certificate or diploma, a three- or four-year bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree or a doctorate; you can take one or more CNOU courses to transfer to your program at another post-secondary institution; or you can take one or more courses to just to satisfy your own interests or curiosity or for personal or professional development. Whatever your educational goal, you can achieve it at CNOU.

Flexibility

Your CNOU classes take place when it’s convenient for the student, at any time of the day or night, and in whatever classroom student choose, whether its bedroom, a hotel room, an airport waiting room or workplace. The advantage of CNOU’s year-round admission and course registration policy allow you to enroll in a program or start a course at any time of the year: you don’t have to wait until the beginning of a term or semester.
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