Cape Breton University offers free online courses

Last fall, Cape Breton University (CBU) introduced free online courses, and the response has been better than expected, according to the Cape Breton Post. The program’s director, Laura Baker, in an interview with the Cape Breton Post, said they were expecting few registrants, but soon had more than a thousand students enrolled. Students can register in the courses for three purposes: to receive a certificate of participation, a credit, or simply out of curiosity. The credit option is exclusive to Cape Breton students, where the courses can count as credits toward their degrees. For $75, students can receive a certificate of participation stating they have completed the course, while those looking to simply learn something new can take part for free at any time. The courses […]

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Ontario government unveils large online course portal

Ontario students who wish to take more online classes can soon choose from a list of thousands, thanks to the launch of the eCampus Ontario web portal. Run by the non-profit eCampus Ontario, the new portal includes a searchable catalogue of over 13,000 courses offered online and access to 277 new and redesigned courses with transferable credits between participating post-secondary schools. It also includes a feature that immediately identifies credit transfer information and support for faculty to design and deliver courses. There are currently 114 courses offered by Carleton University on the portal. Students will be able to register for certain courses provided by other universities. Carleton students will be able to see whether Carleton has previously given credit for […]

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Data shows higher fail rates in online courses

Students in Carleton’s online courses are racking up higher rates of failing grades and withdrawals than their counterparts in traditional, in-person courses, according to data presented Feb. 28 to the Senate, Carleton’s highest academic body. The data presented by Peter Ricketts, Carleton’s provost and vice-president (academic), measured the rate of “D” and “F” grades and course withdrawals—called the DFW rate. He reported an overall DFW rate of 32.75 per cent for courses offered by Carleton University Online (CUOL) versus 24.59 per cent for non-online courses at the undergraduate level. The office of assistant vice-president (institutional research and planning) Bruce Winer compiled the statistics. Winer said he thinks the numbers should not come as a shock, but the jury is out […]

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Online enrolment goes up 40 per cent in three years

Online learning at Carleton has been steadily growing, according to a report presented Oct. 25 to the Senate, the university’s highest academic governing body. With online courses increasingly defining students’ learning experience, Carleton University Online (CUOL) course enrolment increased 40 per cent, from 5,379 credits in 2009-10 to 7,532 credits in 2012-2013, according to the Carleton Academic Plan. CUOL is Carleton’s online course distribution system. The flexibility CUOL offers to students in Ottawa and beyond has resulted in the increase in enrolment, the report states. Provost and vice-president (academic) Peter Ricketts provided the report to Senate. He said improvements in technology allow students more options in mixing online with traditional in-class courses. CUOL director of teaching and learning Patrick Lyons […]

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