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									         Distance Learning: The Learning Alternative

Thanks to the extreme convenience of Distance Learning, there is truly no
excuse for not obtaining a post-secondary education. This learning alternative is
available at many reputable colleges and universities, and allows students to
learn on an individual basis at their own speed and convenience. Although it has
been around, according to Wikipedia, from "as early as 1728, when an
advertisement in the Boston Gazette... [said] Caleb Phillips, teacher of the new
method of short hand, was seeking students for lessons to be sent weekly," it
has come a long way. Today, Distance Learning is still available in print, but is
most popular through an online option.

Centennial College, Ontario's first community college founded in 1966, offers
Distance Learning through its Continuing Education School. Graduates from its
Distance Learning programs obtain credentials such as: post-secondary
advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates of completion and post-graduate

As previously mentioned, Distance Learning is still available in the print form,
with material being mailed to students. In this Distance Learning option at
Centennial College, students register and then receive a registration
confirmation letter, proctor information form, student guide and all of the
educational materials required to complete the course. Such Distance Learning
print-based courses are typically completed in a six-month frame and are made
up of lessons, written assignments, exams and the various tools for success.
This print-based distance learning experience allows students the flexibility to
communicate with their instructor by email, phone, or regular mail. Among
Distance Learning print-based correspondences are: Business Management –
International,   Business    Management      –    Marketing,    Cosmetics     by
Correspondence, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel - Phases 1 and 2 and

With the Internet revolutionizing how society looks at everything from shopping
to travel, education is no exception. The Distance Learning option that sees
students learning online puts them in a virtual classroom to which they have
24-hour access. As such, students can study from anywhere that has a Wi-Fi
connection. Qualified instructors lead the courses and use online communication

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca                                   Page 1
tools such as discussion boards and forums, and digital assignments. There is
also a sense of classroom thanks to exchanging emails with their classmates.
Among the 40 online Distance Learning programs at Centennial College are
Professional   Writing,   Logistics Management,     Event    Planning/Meeting
Management, Automotive Service Advisor, Business Writing, Effective Project
Management, Food Service Worker, Legal Office Assistant, Medical Office
Assistant, Fundraising and more.

Both online and print Distance Learning students are required to complete an
in-person final exam to gain their credentials. Students are responsible for
writing their exam on the first Saturday following the course end date. It is their
responsibility to book the correct exam date within the time constraints of their
course. Students who fail to write their exam by the due date will receive a zero
on their exam.

                                                                           Author: Jason White

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Centennial College – Canadian College, Colleges in Toronto

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca                                   Page 2

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