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Courses

All PBDLD courses are delivered by individualized-study mode. Courses begin the first day of every month, on a year-round basis. Registration requests must be received by the PBDLD Administration Office at least one month prior to the requested start date. The course contract period for individualized-study courses is six months. Note that some courses have limited enrolments.

Individualized-study courses are delivered in a self-directed learning environment. Students will communicate with their course instructor via email or internal Moodle (Athabasca University's learning management system) mail and send their assignments using the Moodle assignment drop box. Computer conferencing may be used within this learning environment. Learners will require access to a computer with configurations and software as outlined in the computer requirements. As instructional support is provided through an online environment, it is important that students have regular and reliable Internet access.

Students may receive a course package of digital media on a CD-ROM by requesting this material from the PBDLD Office; otherwise, all materials are available in Moodle. Students are expected to use computer-mediated communications for:

  • instructor-student and student-to-student interaction in computer conferences
  • electronic mail, both within and outside of the course structure
  • file transfer or file attachment of assignments
  • feedback between instructor and students or between students on joint projects
  • accessing electronic databases (e.g., AU Library search) and web resources
  • accessing course material that is provided in an online format

You will need to be mindful of course availability (i.e., limited enrolment) and professor study leaves when selecting your courses. Faculty members who teach graduate studies must stay current in their area(s) of expertise. As such, they may take Research and Study Leave or other leaves periodically throughout the year. There may be a few weeks during which a student may work on his or her own, without supervision. Should questions arise while an assigned professor is absent,
the student may contact the PBDLD Student Services Coordinator in the PBDLD Administration Office for further assistance.

The maximum number of courses a program student may take is two at a time. Taking more than two courses at a time would require special approval. Be sure to review the course extension and course withdrawal policies.

Updated November 06 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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