ElearningQueen's Arts and Science Online offers over 50 online courses during Queen’s academic terms. These undergraduate degree-credit courses in humanities, social sciences and sciences can lead to a Queen’s bachelor’s degree.

Take courses for interest or professional development, to upgrade your GPA, or to apply toward a degree program.

All online courses are delivered online through Moodle -- a virtual learning environment. You must have an activated Queen's NetID to access Moodle and receive emails about your course.

Computer Requirements

Microsoft Window Client:

  •  Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  •  Intel Core 2 Duo processor
  •  2 GB RAM
  •  Soundcard with speakers and microphone or preferably a headset
  •  Webcam

 Mac Client:

  •  OS X 10.8 or higher
  •  Intel i5 processor
  •  2 GB RAM
  •  Internal, USB or external iSight microphone or preferably a headset
  •  Webcam

Browser - Microsoft Windows Client:

  •  Firefox version 40 or higher (recommended)
  •  Internet Explorer version 8 or higher

Browser - Mac Client:

  •  Firefox version 40 or higher (recommended)
  •  Safari version 7 or higher (browser plug-in supported on 64-bit intel processors only)


  •  Version 1.8 or higher (32-bit or 64-bit)

 Internet Connection:

  •  High speed access: ADSL, Cable or better

 Media Player:

  •  Flash 11 or higher

 Adobe Reader:

  •  Version 11 or above
Using Moodle

Moodle is an open-source, password-protected learning management system. You'll login to Moodle to

  • access your course (available on the first day of term)
  • read, explore, and interact with course material
  • communicate with other students and the professor: one-to-one and many-to-many, both in real time and on your time
  • collaborate on student projects and presentations
  • submit your assignments electronically
  • do online quizzes
  • watch videos and presentations
  • receive course news and updates
  • view your grades

You must activate your NetID to access Moodle.

Need help with Moodle? More information about Moodle can be found on the ITServices site. For technical help with accessing Moodle, contact CDS Moodle Support.

Expected Workload

For a 12-week, 3.0-unit course or a 24-week, 6.0-unit course, expect to spend at least 15 hours per week studying and preparing assignments.

Although there are no lectures to attend, online courses may require you to participate in real-time online activities.


Textbooks are available through Queen's Campus Bookstore. The Bookstore's website allows you to search for your course to find the right books. 

Local students may visit the Campus Bookstore in person Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

Distance students may arrange to have the materials shipped by ordering online or by contacting the Campus Bookstore by phone or fax:

Phone: (613) 533-2955
Fax: (613) 533-6419
Toll Free: (800) 267-9478

Library Access

Queen’s libraries offer access to millions of print and digital books, journals, articles and multi-media resources. As most of Queen’s library collection is moving online, many items are now available through your online course site in Moodle. Here are helpful tips to get you started on your independent research project:

  • To start your search, go to library.queensu.ca. Before you begin your search, you will need to identify yourself as a Queen’s student. You can do this by clicking on the “Connect from Off Campus” link at the top of the homepage. Then, you can select QCAT, Summon or Databases tabs to begin searching.
  • If you are a distance student living outside Canada, you may be able to obtain a selection of relevant books from a local library.
  • Subject liaison librarians and other specialists at Queen’s can help you design research strategies, access and effectively use key information resources online. Subject Liaison Librarians at Queen's.
  • Not sure how to get started on your research topic? Use a subject guide prepared by Queen's librarians for your area of study.
  • For further assistance, please fill out this online form.
Academic Support

The Learning Strategies Development website can help with time management, organization, effective reading and note-making, preparing for and writing exams, quantitative problem-solving and other learning and study skills. 

You can also set up individual consultations. If you live in Kingston, visit the Learning Strategies development unit in the Queen's Learning Commons (Room 142, Stauffer Library) or in the Counselling Services offices (Health, Counselling and Disability Services, 2nd floor, LaSalle Building, 146 Stuart St.). If you live at a distance, call  613-533-6000 ext. 78264 to make a phone appointment.


If you live at a distance from Kingston, you will choose an exam centre in your local area when you register for your course.  You must write your exam on the day and time scheduled by the university.  The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.  Final exams are not scheduled during the evening or on weekends.

View a current list of distance exam centres and the Arts and Science Academic Calendar, Academic Regulation 8: Final Examinations and General Examinations.

For more information, please see Exams and Afterward.

Course Weight (Credits)

All undergraduate courses have been assigned a course weight -- measured in credit units. A regular two-term (24-week) course has 6.0 units. A regular one-term (12-week) course has 3.0 units. A few courses have 9.0 units.

The weighting gives you an idea how much work is involved. You can consider a 6.0-unit course as a full course, and a 3.0-unit course as a half-course.

The course weight is always presented at the end of the course code after the slash: e.g., ENGL 100/6.0.