Introducing ONLINE learning at Alexander College!
Beginning from Fall 2020 term, Alexander College is planning to offer select courses in a fully online format.
Online courses are fully transferable, can be used towards programs requirements, and count toward full-time enrolment just like an in-person course. The only difference between an online course and an in-person course is the instructional format. Online courses will be accessible via a videoconferencing software called BlueJeans.
Online learning may not be suitable for every student. Taking a course online requires that students be more self-disciplined and motivated than regular in-person courses. If you are up to the challenge, taking an online course next semester might be a great option for you.
- What is “online learning”?
Online learning is when you take courses online instead of in a physical classroom. If your schedule makes it hard to attend classes, if you prefer studying at your own pace or if you live far from campus, online learning might be for
With online learning, you can:
- Earn credit for university transfer courses and complete part of your Associate Degree program without having to physically be at the College every day.
- Work part-time while you study.
- Get a quality education from Alexander College without leaving home.
- How can I be a successful online learner? To succeed in online classes, you must:
- You must have a valid Alexander College ID card (we need those pictures integrated into MyAC so that we have a face to go with the name).
- You must upload a current photograph on to your Canvas account profile – this picture must be similar to the picture on your AC Student Card (no avatars, graphics or blurry photos)
- Be able to meet the course deadlines, which are not negotiable.
- Reliably and regularly log into your course, connect with your instructor and classmates.
- Complete assignments, readings and discussion posts on time.
- Use the online Learning Management System to download course materials and upload assignments for grading.
- Come into the College for midterm and final exams.
- What are the technology requirements for Online Learning?
- Access to a laptop or desktop computer on a daily basis.
- Stable, secure internet connection.
- Familiarity with Office programs such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Personal, not shared, email account such as gmail, yahoo, outlook, etc.
- We don’t recommend qq, naver, or 123.com email accounts.
- How is online learning different from traditional learning?
- In many ways, it’s not: online courses are just as educational as their classroom counterparts.
- The actual course content is the same, it’s how the material is taught that differs.
- The biggest difference between online and face-to-face learning is that online students can study from anywhere.
- What happens if I need help with my online course?
As an online learner at Alexander College, you’ll be supported by friendly staff and real-time services to help you access your online course technologies and use the College Library online.
- Program staff provide you with directions on how to access your course and where to buy course texts and other required materials. In many cases, course materials are provided free, online as well.
- The Canvas Online Help Desk is set up to support your use of all course tools and technologies.
- email@example.com (response will arrive within 24 hours [48 on weekends])
- 604-558-6195 (Mon. – Fri. 8:30-4:30) Live phone calls only, no texting.
- If you get voicemail, please leave your full name, student number and clearly describe your issue.
- Phone calls are not returned; your issue will be dealt with and an email reply will be sent.
- Do online courses count toward my full-time enrolment status?
Yes, online courses are count toward full-time enrolment status just like a face-to-face course.
- As an international student, am I allowed to take online courses?
Yes. At this time, online courses still contain an face-to-face examination component.
- How many online courses can I take in the same semester?
That depends on your study plans and your academic performance. If you are a strong student with excellent attendance and time management skills, one or more online courses may be right for you. There is currently no limit on how many online courses can be taken in the same semester. There are course registration limits (i.e. the greatest number of courses that a student can take in a single semester), normally a maximum of 6 courses during Fall and Winter terms, maximum of 5 courses during Spring term, and maximum of 3 courses during Summer Intensive term. These maximums can include any combination of face-to-face courses and online courses.
- Do online courses count toward my Associate degree requirements?
Yes. Online courses are equivalent to face-to-face courses, the only difference is the delivery model (e.g. face-to-face vs. online)
- Do online courses count towards my Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility?
Yes, but only 50% of degree requirements can be completed online (i.e. a maximum of 30 credits can be taken online within an Associate degree program). https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/eligibility.html#distance
How to Contact the Office of the Registrar
Drop in During Office Hours
Burnaby Campus – located in rooms #103-104, 117
Drop in Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm
Vancouver Campus – located in room #V203, V216
Drop in Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm
Contact the Registration Unit:
Course registration and registration systems, course prerequisites, class lists
Contact the Academic Advising Unit:
Program planning, university transfer planning