These course regulations and procedures are for all MDDE courses, which are in these programs:
* This program was previously called Master of Education in Distance Education.
Courses are designed to encourage self-study either at home or in the workplace. Students will be supplied with basic course materials, if required, and access to a course website for each course. Students are also expected to use computer mediated communications for the following purposes:
Students may have completed graduate-level course work at other post-secondary institutions that may be applicable to their program. After admission, students may request a review of such course work. A faculty committee will review the work to determine whether the student should be awarded Transfer Credit or Advance Standing toward the program.
Students will not be awarded credit for courses previously used towards another credential.
Students wishing to request transfer credit or advance standing must submit the following information to the Program Director:
Students enrolled in a Distance Education program may take courses from other post-secondary institutions in fulfillment of their program requirements, provided such courses are applicable to their program.
Students wishing to take courses from other institutions must submit the following information to the Program Director for review:
If approved, the Distance Education office will issue a Letter of Permission. To allow for processing time, requests for a Letter of Permission should be made at least one month before the registration deadline at the institution where the student will be taking the course. Upon completion of the course, the student must submit an official transcript to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Distance Education office in order to obtain credit for the course.
Once enrolled, students will be permitted to register in MDDE courses on a first-come, first-served basis, space permitting. Program students are encouraged to register for their courses online.
In exceptional circumstances, and where the course instructor concurs, students may be granted a short informal course extension. Students taking courses in a Distance Education program (i.e. courses beginning with the prefix MDDE or EDDE) may submit assignments up to 30 days after the last day of the course upon approval of the instructor.
A Course Extension is required to submit assignments after that date. Course Extensions for a period of up to 50 days may be granted upon approval of the instructor or Program Director and payment of the Course Extension Fee. Courses not completed within 90 days of the final day of the course may receive a grade of "F".
Students may not re-register in a course for which they have received a passing grade.
Students may re-register in a course only if they have:
In re-registering, students must complete all course requirements and pay the full course fee.
Students are permitted only one re-registration in each course. Both the initial registration and the re-registration will appear on the student's academic record.
(Within 30 days of Course Start Date)
Students may withdraw within 30 days from their course start date for a refund of the full course fee less the withdrawal processing fee. The registration will not appear on the transcript and will be deleted from the official record. Please refer to Course Refunds below for further details. Learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.
(After 30 Days of Course Start Date)
Students may withdraw from a course before the course end date without academic penalty. A "W" (Withdrawal) will appear on the transcript, which means the student has withdrawn without credit and without penalty. There is no refund, and learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.
Late Course Withdrawal
If a student does not formally withdraw by the course end date, and does not complete the course, the official record will reflect an "F" (Failure). There is no refund, and learning resources should not be returned to Athabasca University.
Students will receive a refund of the full course tuition fee minus the course withdrawal processing fee if they withdraw from the course within the first month. Students should not return their course materials. Students wishing to withdraw from a course(s) before the first day of class will receive a partial refund (full tuition fee minus the withdrawal processing fee).
Information effective September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.
Updated November 18 2020 by laurab