Learning opportunities abound through Continuing and Distance Studies
Sandra Racicot wanted to pursue a university degree, but her situation was much different than most first-year students. Ms Racicot found Queen’s Continuing and Distance Studies (CDS) offered the variety of courses and flexibility she needed to earn a degree while working full-time in Montreal.
“I feel like I’m getting the experience of being a university student and the high quality education that comes from studying at Queen’s, even though I am not on campus in Kingston,” she says.
Ms Racicot has taken advantage of the many resources offered at Queen’s despite being away from campus most of her studies. She’s consulted the Writing Centre, for example, to get tips for improving her work on tests and essays.
The distance does not separate her from engaging with her classmates.
“I 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,” she says. “However, the conversations quickly developed, and it was rejuvenating to share thoughts and opinions with so many other people.”
CDS offers more than 50 courses in a variety of subject areas, from math and statistics to languages and cultures. Students can use these courses to complete degree requirements, improve their GPA, or get ahead over the summer. The flexible learning environment means that students can expand their course selection to new subjects outside their usual area of study.
Many professors at Queen’s enjoy taking advantage of the opportunity to reach more students and adapt their lessons and lectures to new technology.
“Online courses make universities more accessible,” says Sidneyeve Matrix, film and media studies professor and instructor of the online courses FILM 240 and 260. “They allow for studying across disciplines with students from all walks.”
Ms Racicot is on track to graduate next spring as a member of the Class of 2013.
Learn more about Continuing and Distance Studies.