What is Online (Distance) Learning?


In the context of education, “remote” learning signifies the physical separation between the learner and the institution, enabling you to participate in our high- quality programs from anywhere in the world. At Cape Breton University, we take great pride in offering a remote learning experience that mirrors the rigour and quality of our on-campus programs. Despite the geographical distance, our remote learning environment ensures that you remain connected to our community of educators and learners. Our state-of-the-art digital platforms facilitate real-time interaction with faculty and fellow students, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose.


Flexibility is one of the hallmark features of online learning at CBU. We understand that many of our students juggle multiple responsibilities, including work, family and personal commitments. Therefore, our online programs are designed to accommodate your unique schedule and learning preferences. You have the liberty to access course materials, engage in discussions, and complete assignments at your convenience. This flexibility not only allows you to learn at your own pace but also promotes a healthy work-study-life balance.


Accessibility in online education signifies the ease with which students can access course materials, resources and support services. At CBU, we strive to make our online learning environment as accessible as possible. Our digital platforms are user-friendly and compatible with various devices, allowing you to engage with your coursework whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. Furthermore, we provide a range of virtual resources, including our digital library, academic advising, and technical support. Our dedicated faculty and staff are just a message or video call away, ready to assist and guide you on your academic journey.

If you are a student with a disability, CBU’s Jennifer Keeping Centre for Accessible Learning is designed to help you get the most our of your studies. CBU now uses the Symplicity Accommodate online portal to quickly provide access to the tools and resources students need. With the Accommodate portal, students can:

  • Register with the JKC for accommodations and submit requests
  • Connect with note-takers and receive notes online
  • Have assistive devices checked out electronically
  • Schedule test and exam accommodations
  • And more!

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