School of Distance Education

Academic Policies

School of Distance Education students are self-directing and purposeful in achieving their learning goals. As mature learners, they assume responsibility for completion of their course work. If a student becomes inactive, they will be contacted and encouraged to complete the course. We provide support to students who are experiencing difficulty and are in need of additional tutorial help or a referral to other college educational resources.

Time Limits For Programs taken through School of Distance Education:

GBC certificate programs...............................................................................up to 3 years
GBC Technical Traning Certificates ................................................................open

The time limitation may be extended at the discretion of the Registrar, upon the recommendation of the Dean of the student's Faculty or Centre.

 

  • At the start of your course, you should receive a course outline. The outline will provide details about the grading system used for the course.
  • Teachers have up to two weeks from the last class to submit grades. At any time after that, you can log in to your online student account and access your academic history to see your grade and print your grade report. (Grade reports will not be mailed.) Contact the department co-ordinator if your grade is not in your account's academic history after two weeks.
  • The credit value of distance education courses that are not equivalent to post-secondary courses is identified using Continuing Education Units (CEU). CEU are used at many educational institutions to define value or contribution toward a full program of study.
  • One unit is granted for every 10 hours of instruction, rounded to the nearest tenth. So, if you are transferring credits to another educational institution, a 42-hour Continuing Education course, for example, equals 4.2 CEU. (This number is not included in any calculation of grade point averages.) However, George Brown College does not guarantee that its courses will be accepted by other educational institutions.
  • In order to receive a certificate, you must successfully complete the requirements published at the beginning of the academic year in which you began taking courses toward the certificate. If your require a copy of these requirements, contact the department co-ordinator.
  • Generally, you must complete the certificate requirements within three years. However, that time frame may vary; contact the department co-ordinator about the specific requirements for your certificate.
  • Occasionally, changes may occur that make the courses you require unavailable or available for only a limited time. In such cases, contact the department co-ordinator to discuss your options (including possible course substitutions).

  • The credit value of School of Distance Education courses that are not equivalent to post-secondary courses is identified using Continuing Education Units (CEU). CEU are used at many educational institutions to define value or contribution toward a full program of study.
  • One unit is granted for every 10 hours of instruction, rounded to the nearest tenth. So, if you are transferring credits to another educational institution, a 42-hour School of Distance Education course, for example, equals 4.2 CEU. (This number is not included in any calculation of grade point averages.) However, George Brown College does not guarantee that its courses will be accepted by other educational institutions.