Online Learning

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Who teaches the courses?

All courses are taught by experienced instructors, including many Acadia University faculty members. Your Instructor will be available to you by phone or email, as well as through the online course management system.

What does open-entry or continuous-intake mean?

There are no particular registration or start times (ex. monthly, semesters) for our courses. You can register whenever you’d like and begin shortly thereafter, once your registration has been processed. You’ll usually have up to 6 months to complete your course, but, generally, the pace is up to you.

 

Are all courses open-entry/continuous-intake?

Most of our courses are open-entry, self-paced courses. However, please note that some online courses are term-based, with specific interactive group activities that are dependent on scheduling set by the instructor. This will be indicated in the course details and description.

If you are a full-time Acadia University student participating in a continuous-intake/open-entry course, we recommend that you complete your courses by the beginning of the fall semester.

Do I have to be an Acadia student to take your courses? What if I’m enrolled at another university?

Anyone is welcome to take our online courses; you will have to apply to Acadia as a part time/distance learner, but each year, many students from other universities in Nova Scotia and beyond choose to take online courses from Acadia.

Can I transfer my credits to another university?

Yes, most other Canadian universities will accept Acadia University credits. If you’re currently enrolled at another institution or have decided where you may wish to transfer your credits, we recommend you contact the institution to verify details and applicability. If you apply with a Letter of Permission, the credit is transferred when you finish your course.

Do online courses count towards my GPA?

Online courses are measured in the same credit-hours as campus courses, and they count towards completion of your degree requirements. They are included in your transcript in the same way any other credit course is.

What is required to register?

You’ll need to be admitted to Acadia for part-time study, and fill out a brief registration form. You must also pay course fees before you begin your study. Please see the documentation on our Registration page, and contact us if you have any questions.

When can I start? When will my registration be confirmed?

The registration process usually takes about one week. Approval to take the course may be required if you are in a degree program at Acadia University.

You can begin your course any time after your registration has been confirmed. You will receive an email confirmation.

If you are ordering textbooks frome the Acadia University bookstore, allow at least a week for delivery.

 

What if I want to complete my course in less than three months?

You should discuss this with your instructor first. Most of our instructors are full-time Acadia faculty with other teaching commitments. They may not be able to meet your timelines.

I have a busy schedule. How long do I have to complete the course?

Typically, you have up to six months to complete a credit course, but you may apply for a course extension. Note, however, that some online courses are term-based, with interactive, group activities that necessarily make them less flexible with respect to scheduling.

Can I register for more than one course at a time?

Yes. If you are a full-time Acadia University student, however, there may be some limits on how many courses you can take during the summer or in addition to your typical fall/winter course load. Please contact Open Acadia or your academic advisor for details.

How do I order my textbooks?

You can order your textbooks online from the Acadia University Bookstore.

When and how will I receive my final grade?

You will be notified by email when your grade has been submitted. You can access your grade by logging your account on the Acadia Central website. It cannot be given to you by e-mail or over the phone.

How do I write my exams if I’m not near the Acadia University campus?

Acadia allows examinations to be proctored at other educational institutions. If you are in a remote area, other proctors may be considered. Learn more by visiting our Online Exams page.

If I need technical assistance with my online course, what should I do or whom do I contact?

You should contact our technical assistant directly at (902) 585-1427 or e-mail our support staff.

 

Can I use library resources, and how can I borrow books if I don’t live in the area?

The Vaughan Memorial Library provides service to distance education students. More information is available in the Student Handbook you will receive with your course material, or at the library's website.

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Contact

Undergraduate Students:
1.902.585.1222 
Current Students (Hub)
Prospective Students (Email)

University Hall, Basement
15 University Ave
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

Graduate Students:
1.902.585.1466 
gradinfo@acadiau.ca

Horton Hall, Room 121
18 University Ave
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

Technical Assistance:
1.902.585.1427
open.acadia.support@acadiau.ca

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm AST