What do you mean by distance learning?
Distance learning is exactly what it sounds like: students are able to pursue an education from a globally-recognized institution like Athabasca University from anywhere in the world!
Learning takes place via the internet, and teamwork is facilitated through online technologies while individual work is supervised by an academic. AU is a prime example of a distance learning education institution; as an AU student, you can work from anywhere (such as your home or workplace) and set your own pace and schedule that suits your individual needs. While conventional classroom-based institutions require extra time and costs for transportation and convenient housing, distance learning facilities allow students to complete courses and programs without attending scheduled group classes in a central location. Wherever you are, even if you are hundreds of miles from the nearest town, your AU university campus is right there.
But what if you’re looking for a sense of community with your peers?
Distance learning is suited for introverts and extroverts alike! While introverted people find it easier to have their voices heard from the comfort of their own homes, extroverts can interact with their peers through online chat-rooms and discussion threads.
Also, AU is dedicated to assuring that our learners have the support systems to help them succeed, which is why our tuition fees include access to a tutor or success centre. With our academic support, we have seen AU students complete courses and degrees while travelling abroad; while stationed in remote arctic outposts while serving overseas with the Canadian Forces, aiding with humanitarian groups, and while competing as professional or Olympic athletes.
Take it from AU MBA graduate Terry Kirkey, who asserted that “you [don’t] feel alone in the experience” despite the online setting.
Still not convinced that distance learning is right for you? Check out our article about 3 benefits of online learning.
AU’s slogan is “Open. Flexible. Everywhere.”, and we deliver just that. As a world-class leader in online and distance education, AU is dedicated to providing you with opportunities to pursue your personal interests and professional needs without having to sacrifice your family, career, or community commitments. Set your own study hours and work at the time and place that best suits your lifestyle. You are in control of your education!