About Distance Education
So you’re thinking about taking a distance course. Since beginning a post-secondary course or program is a big investment in time and money, read through the following information before you register. It will help you determine if distance learning is right for you.
How Distance Education Works
Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL) offers over 55 programs and 590 courses in a variety of flexible formats, including print-based, web-based, online and in-person. Courses and programs delivered by TRU-OL are fully accredited and recognized by other post-secondary institutions, so you can take a single course with us and transfer the credits to another institution or complete an entire program.
Open Education Explained
Distance education means that you can study wherever you live and wherever you are: in a public library, at home, at work or overseas. But open education also means that you may begin your course or program whenever you like; there is no need to wait for a particular semester to begin.
It also means that people who would find it difficult to complete a course or program on a physical campus can still access post-secondary education. This includes people living in a small town without access to on-campus education, people with disabilities, working students and those with family commitments. TRU-OL also has few barriers to entry, so your ability to enrol won’t be affected by your past academic records and you won’t be required to submit transcripts from secondary school to register in courses.
In addition, we offer students the opportunity to receive credits towards a program through PLAR, or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. This program is in place to recognize the experience and skills you have gathered from previous education, or life and work experience.