Trent’s online courses offer a quality learning experience, convenience, & flexibility and are delivered through our online course management system, Blackboard. Using this supportive, user-friendly course environment you can:
- Interact with a variety of rich learning materials including visuals, audio, multimedia, and links to Internet resources;
- Interact with instructors and classmates at times that are convenient for you; and
- Navigate course content at your own pace, from anywhere, while completing scheduled activities and assignments by established dates.
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Taking Online Courses at Trent
Online courses are available both to students at Trent and to students enrolled at other Canadian universities, who may take an online course through Trent by first obtaining a letter of permission from their home university.
For more information on taking an online course at Trent, check out Prospective Students.
What is Online Learning?
Online Learnng occurs when students are separated from their instructor and classmates, whether across the hall or across the province. Unlike the "distance education" or "correspondence" courses of the past that depended entirely on written communication through the mail, today’s online courses include multimedia materials and always take advantage of web-based communication technologies.
Online courses require the same commitment as a traditional on-campus course. You can expect the same content and workload; materials will just presented in a different way. For more information on what to expect from your online course see the Course Expectations under Prospective Students.
Trent Online / online courses should not be confused with Part-Time Studies. Part-time studies allows a student to take a course load which is less than 60% of a full-time course load (typically part-time students are those who are taking no more than two 0.5-credit courses in a term).
Students studying online can be full-time or part-time, depending on how many courses they take in a given term.