Volume 94, Issue 25

Friday, October 13, 2000


Fanshawe asks for $5 million

Mt. Trudeau re-naming draws critics

Degrees now available online

London slots mark first year

As Prime Minister Lackner, I would...

Parker brings well-rounded resume to the BOG table

Fortin for BOG and Justice for students

Planet Me

Degrees now available online

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

Canada's newest university has arrived – at a Web site near you.

The recently founded Canadian Virtual University is a partnership between seven universities across Canada, said Patrick Carrabre, VP-academic and research at Brandon University in Manitoba.

The virtual university opened for business on Sept. 29 and allows students to take courses from any of the schools involved in the consortium, Carrabre said.

He added the seven universities involved are BU, the University of Manitoba, Athabasca University, British Columbia Open University, Royal Roads University, University of Victoria and Laurentian University.

"The main advantage is for students who are seeking something flexible," he said.

Students must apply to one of the schools involved and will receive their degree from that institution since CVU does not grant degrees of its own, Carrabre said.

There are about 100 programs currently being offered between the schools. The courses are all conducted at a distance, whether through print correspondence, the Internet, or CD-ROM, Carrabre explained.

Alberta Learning, the Ministry responsible for education, is providing up to $75,000 per year for three years for the program, said Randy Kilburn, spokesperson for the Ministry.

"We'll watch the development with a great deal of interest," said Greg Moran, Western's VP-academic. "If it looks like something that is consistent with our mission, we may consider it."

Moran said Western has to assure courses taken through distance education or over the Internet are of the same quality as the courses taken through regular classes.

"You learn better with someone talking to you," said Lindsay Grundy, a third-year psychology student. "[Internet education] may be efficient, but it takes away from the whole learning experience."

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