Our Students

While considering the options to get ahead in my studies, I came across the large selection of online courses available through Queen's Continuing and Distance Studies. An online course offered me the flexibility to continue working over the summer while pursuing subject matter that was interesting to me. Having taken two online courses to date, I can attest to the level of interactivity that professors maintain with their students. I found that the ability to complete coursework at my own pace and discuss concepts with my peers in an online environment contributed to a positive learning experience.

- Alexander Carbone, Queen's Class of 2016, Commerce

I was blown away by how well structured this online course (FILM 260) was. My professor exceeded my expectations in every aspect. From great live lectures to fun assignments! Also everyone was so engaged and it really made me excited to login in each day. The fact that we post our assignments to a public space for feedback is incredible. I really looked forward to what my classmates had to say about my work. I thought I would be learning alone and wouldn’t meet anyone but I was wrong. I’ve made numerous friends who all share my same interests and views. This has been an amazing experience and I recommend that everyone enrols in FILM260. I wish I could take it more than once that is how much I enjoyed it. Thank you very much Queens University! 

- Mercedes Samual, FILM 260: Digital Media Theory and Practice (2014)

When my grandfather passed away, I was late handing in an assignment. I thought I'd just have to live with the 4 point grade deduction. But Professor (Ellen) Barton actually took the time to email me personally and ask why my assignment was late. I explained my situation to her, and she kindly offered to waive the late penalty and offered me a small extension on the assignment. Without her compassion, I think I could have easily slipped through the cracks and wound up either failing the project, or worse, dropping out of the course entirely.

I don't think a day has gone by this past month when I haven't thought about her kindness, and what a difference her actions have made in my life. She could have chosen an entirely different method of handling the situation, and yet, she chose compassion and kindness when not everyone would have. When completing all of my studies online, sometimes it is easy to feel like a number. Professor Barton made me feel like a cared for, important member of her course.

- Student testimonial for WRIT 265: Editing in Academic and Professional Contexts (2015)

Really well organized, fair assessment of my learning, TAs were phenomenal. They really put a lot of care and thought into this course and it really shows. I am able to work full time and take this course which has been great!

- Course evaluation, PSYC 370: Brain and Behaviour II (2014)

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At the start of the term I had some trepidation in taking this course at age 58, after so many years away from school, and after hearing many friends negatively describe their experiences taking statistics courses.  In reality, this was one of the two most enjoyable, educational and interesting courses I've ever taken. I can tell that Dr. Molson loves what he does and his enthusiasm along with his sense of humour and humility made taking this course a lot of fun.  My wife kept wondering why I would laugh out loud while watching a lecture and I finally had to show her his Normal Man lecture to help her understand. If I'd had more professors like him in the late 70's my academic career might have taken a different direction. That being said, I've had a great work career by letting life lead me and find myself coaching and teaching executives how to manage themselves, their teams and their businesses; something I never knew might exist back in 1979 when I left Queen's without my degree.   

- Joseph Timmins, STAT 263: Introduction to Statistics (2015)

This is my first university course after nearly 18 years - I think this is an essential course for people in similar situations. It really helped me feel more confident about academic writing and I am sure it has paved the way for my success at Queen's.

- Course evaluation, WRIT 125: Fundamentals of Academic Essay Writing (2014)

I appreciated that there was consistent interaction throughout this course, between students and with the instructor. Further, the quizzes were a great check-in point to ensure that we were keeping up with readings and understanding them. The quizzes were also great prep for the multiple choice section of the midterm exam and final. The assignments were interesting and relevant and allowed us to really apply our knowledge from the course. Overall, this course has ranked at the top out of all the courses I've taken at Queen's!

- Course evaluation, PSYC 235: Abnormal Psychology (2014)

The organization and set up of the course was phenomenal. I thought the course material, including the text, readings and videos, were excellent. The professor was extremely helpful and always went above and beyond.

- Course evaluation, DEVS 100: Canada and the "Third World" (2014)

It was my first online course and I was pleasantly surprised with how well it worked. It was easy to stay motivated - there was always something to do (either essays or small assignments), and the readings were very interesting. All in all, I enjoyed it a lot and I would definitely recommend it to other students.

- Course evaluation, ENGL 100: Introduction to Literary Study (2014)

I cannot stress enough how valuable, helpful, fun, and interesting this course is. Definitely one of those courses, that thanks to the facilitator, will stay with you forever.  Taking this course at this term (Fall 2014) and with this instructor (Dale Kristensen), in conjunction with HIST 207 Global Indigenous Histories created a unique, synergic experience. I have learnt so much in the overlaps and correlations. Undoubtedly my best term at Queen's.

- Course evaluation, BIOL 319: Introduction to Ethnobotany (2014)

Photograph of visiting student, Douglas Wilson.There were seemingly always very prompt responses to questions from students, the test and exam review sessions were helpful and very well executed, and the course material had a good flow and was very well organized. I hope this kind of teaching grows because this course helped me graduate on time in my biotechnology program and I am very grateful for that. It was convenient, it was well supported and it was transferable to my college education. This was a very positive experience and if I am ever again in need, I would consider Queens first for future educational purposes. Thanks again to Drs. Mulder and Racz.

Douglas Wilson (Visiting Student from Durham College), PHAR 100: Introductory Pharmacology (2015)

I have taken 4 courses online since I graduated in 2009. My experience with online courses at Queen's has been a positive one. The Moodle program is very easy to navigate and keeps you connected with all of the necessary resources. Furthermore, all of the additional support from the professors and the academic advisors also makes the experience a pleasant one. Online courses in general allow me to work while also engaging in ongoing learning on a flexible schedule. 

- Krysta Andrews, Queen's Alum

Sandra RacicotI have a lot of interaction with other students in the program through the online components. As a mature student, it was initially intimidating to post on class websites. However, the conversations quickly developed, and it was rejuvenating to share thoughts and opinions with so many other people.

- Sandra Racicot, online Bachelor of Arts degree graduate from Montreal, Quebec

I loved this course (CISC 121) and I loved Dr. Powley. I have learned a great deal about programming compared to what I knew previously, and I feel this was largely due to her encouragement and fresh approach.

- Course evaluation, CISC 121: Introduction to Computing Science I (2014)

This is the best course I've taken online, even though it has been the most challenging. The reasons is the amount of attention given and assistance provided. Interaction makes for a great learning environment. It's difficult to have this level of interaction with an online course, but Dr. Carran and his TAs are incredible at providing a positive learning environment.

- Course evaluation, CHEM 281: General Organic Chemistry I (2014)

Dr. Molson is a wonderful prof for Intro Stats.  The online course content is very well organized and accessible.  Dr. Molson is very responsive to emails and questions posted within the moodle site.  I feel very supported as a distance student.

- Daniele Behn Smith, online student

I found that Dr. Griffith did an excellent job of using diagrams, sounds, and other factors to assist him in explaining an idea or proving a point. Since I am very much a visual learner, it enabled me to take much more away from his lectures. The lecture videos overall engaged me and really helped me comprehend the readings that I would have done. In addition, I especially appreciated that he posted the script from the lecture slides so I was able to read them and make my own notes along with them.

- Course evaluation, CLST 205: Ancient Humor (2014)

I really enjoyed this course. I took it as an elective to help me get into teacher’s college later, and I’m quite glad I did. It was the perfect blend of science and geography.

- Course evaluation, BIOL 111: Ecology and the Environment (2011)

I really liked having the Webwork due a week after the content was covered. That gave me time to use my weekend previous for the practice questions and be more successful on the webwork quiz. The in-term tests were a fair evaluation of each unit and I really liked the organization/set-up of how they were to be completed (me choosing an hour on my own time rather than having to stress/cram a set time in). I am very happy with my decision to take it online rather than concurrently with other courses during the school year.

- Course evaluation, MATH 121: Differential and Integral Calculus (2014)

Excellent course. Professor LaGrone and the TA's were excellent teachers, one of the best instructors I have had in a long time of studying. This is the first online course I have ever taken and it ran so smoothly. I honestly wish I could take all my courses this way because of how efficient it all was!

- Course evaluation, RELS 131: World Religions/Religious Worlds (2014)

Photo of Kevin Vennesland, Vancouver-based Queen's distance student pursuing an online Bachelor of Arts degree in historyGoing to school full-time and in-person just wasn’t practical for me. It was important to me to complete my degree – as a testament to my belief in education, to further my career, and as an example I wanted to set for my kids. I was attracted to the Queen’s program for several reasons. The most important was reputation – Queen’s is well-respected, both among students and employers. I also wanted to study history, and after researching extensively, it was clear that Queen’s would deliver exceptional options in this field.

- Kevin Vennesland, online Bachelor of Arts degree graduate from Vancouver, British Columbia

Originally, I thought it would be more beneficial to take classes in person, but after going through the course material it was actually better that the format was online. The readings were not too difficult and the course notes are comprehensive. In addition, the discussion forums really helped me keep on top of school work. 

- Course evaluation, PHIL 240: Philosophy of Education (2014)

This was my best course this term by far. It was hugely evident that Prof. Evans put a ton of work into our notes and correspondences. Very refreshing to see an instructor who actually cares that we learn something in the course and is willing to give so much wonderful feedback. TAs who marked my papers always left helpful comments as well. Overall just excellent!

- Course evaluation, ENGL 237: Children's Literature (2014)