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Support for distance students

Angie Thomson

Angie Thomson (Social Work) balanced distance studies with newborn Morgan.

Supporting our distance students

The Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD) is a proven leader in the delivery of distance and online learning programs. With over 30 years of experience and pioneering distance education models, our expertise ensures you get the support you need to succeed.

We’ve been successful because we’ve listened to our students and responded to increasing demands for flexible learning environments. One-third of our students study on campus and two-thirds of our students are taking their programs online. Our distance education models are working―our graduates are leaders in their communities

Kay Chauhan (Social Work student) says, "UVic really stands out in terms of the profs in the Social Work distance ed program. They’re extremely supportive. They understand that you have another life with family and work. If you couldn’t make the deadlines they were very understanding."

Multiple learning strategies

Our courses use one-on-one communication, small group discussion and classroom conferencing to bring students and instructors together. We provide the best tools for your learning environment regardless of your location or requirements. We use:

  • asynchronous and synchronous models
  • interactive print, audio and video materials
  • on-site workshops and intensives
  • list serves, interactive websites and e-learning
  • course webCT
  • audio and video streaming
  • online learning systems: Blackboard, Moodle and Elluminate  

Study where you live

Our online programs let you combine studies with work and family responsibilities. You'll study with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and locations without leaving your community. Learn more about distance learning and what it’s like to study online.

Getting strength from community

Photo: Cinamon Holland Cinamon Holland chose UVic’s BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) program because she wants to give back to her community of Smithers, BC. Cinamon chose the online (distance) education program because she needs the strength and support of her community to help her reach her goal.

The ability to achieve her dream and stay in her community with her family and the people most important to her means the world to Cinamon. "Staying in my community while working on my social work degree is important to me because this is where I get my strength." Learn more about studying from where you live.

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