Typically, distance education means that you and your professor (also called tutors or instructors) are physically separated from each other.
Your distance education learning materials may be
Like classroom-based students, your learning activities include reading textbooks and articles, completing assignments, projects, and essays, and writing exams.
The only differences between classroom-based and distance learning are that you study from wherever and whenever you happen to be, and your primary contact with your professor (tutor / instructor) is by e-mail and phone. In some online AU courses and programs, you can find yourself participating in group discussions and completing group projects with fellow students.
As a student, you can obtain all kinds of services and support through the University’s myAU portal.
Typically, the BPA programs use an approach called individualized study. This means that you work on your own within a contracted six-month course timeframe. You may start any course on the first of any month (as long as you register by the 10th of the previous month.) Otherwise, there are no deadlines for university enrolment or course registration. You can study full time or part time. You may enroll in one course at a time, or choose to do more than one. If distance education is new to you, we recommend that you start with one course in order to get a sense of how independent study will fit into your regular schedule.
We also offer some courses in a classroom setting at select colleges in Alberta. What are the benefits of distance education? Distance education with Athabasca University enables you to
Updated August 13 2015 by Student & Academic Services