About Distance Education
George Brown College (GBC) has a long history in alternative delivery of courses and programs. The College offered its first correspondence course in 1968 and since then its enrolment in distance education courses has grown to over 20,000 students from around the world. Enrolment growth in online courses has increased at a rate of 10 – 15% a year from 2005 (while still known as ‘Continuing Education’) to 2015, and GBC has become the largest provider of distance education courses in Canada.
The GBC School of Distance Education (SDE), was formed in 2014 in response to the significant increase in enrolment in distance education courses and programs within the Centre for Continuous Learning and in recognition of the unique challenges associated with supporting thousands of online students in different international time zones and in supporting the unique needs associated with asynchronous learning.
Historically, SDE certificates were either purposely designed and developed specifically for distance learning or have evolved over time from traditional in-class or hybrid continuing education programs, reflecting the growing demand for online learning options.
The School of Distance Education currently includes 27 certificate programs, organized into six subject areas listed above.
Students at the School are typically adult learners who, through constraints of time and/or physical location, cannot or do not wish to attend/participate in traditional programs/courses. Our experience has shown that these students are self-directed learners who wish to upgrade existing skills or develop new skills to increase their opportunities for employment or quality of life.