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 can be:
Like classroom-based students, your learning activities include reading textbooks and articles; completing assignments, projects, and essays; and writing exams.
In some online AU courses and programs, you can find yourself participating in group discussions and completing group projects with fellow students.
The only differences between classroom-based and distance learning are that you study whenever you are able and from wherever you happen to be, and your primary contact with your professor (tutor / instructor) is by e-mail and phone.
As a student, you can obtain all kinds of services and support through the University's myAU portal.
Distance education with Athabasca University enables you to:
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.
We also offer some courses in a classroom setting at select colleges in Alberta.
It's a great way to learn!
Updated February 18 2016 by Student & Academic Services