- What is a Continuing Education course?
- How are these courses conducted?
- How does online courses work?
- Where do I take the courses?
- When can I start?
- How much time will I need to devote to my online course each week?
- Could you send me an Open Learning and Educational Support catalogue?
- Online technical requirements
- A computer system compatibility check
- Are textbooks required for my online course?
Policies & Procedures FAQ…
- How do I register for a course?
- When should I register?
- Are there restrictions on who is eligible to take courses through the Open Learning and Educational Support?
- Is English proficiency required to take these courses?
- How should I prepare my online assignment?
- How many distance education assignments will I have to complete?
- What happens if I can’t get my assignment in on time?
- What if I am unable to complete a course?
- What is the course cancellation policy?
- What is the cost of each course?
- Are Open Learning courses tax deductible?
- Is there any form of financial assistance available for these courses?
- Do you have any other questions not covered above?
The DNA Barcoding courses are Continuing Education courses taken for professional development. The courses are taught at the under-graduate/university level. A record of your grade is maintained at Open Learning and Educational Support and an official transcript is available if needed.
Continuing education courses are not degree credit – they do not carry credit towards the University of Guelph undergraduate programs. If you wish to receive credit for the course towards your University studies, speak with your course counsellor or academic advisor.
The online courses are offered through interactive and innovative online instruction. The courses are facilitated by qualified instructors and content specialists. Students log onto the course web site several times per week to study the course material, talk with classmates and instructors in the course discussions, submit assignments, and check grades. Courses are broken down into modules that are completed each week. Courses have a paced study schedule which ensures everyone progresses through the course at the same time with the support of classmates and the instructor. You have flexibility within each week to determine when you will participate in the course.
Online courses allow you to study at home or in your office, according to your own schedule…there are no classes to attend. Each course has a web site where you will find the course content, assignments, quizzes as well as access to classmates and the instructor. Online courses provide a contemporary means through which the University of Guelph continues its tradition of outreach and opens learning opportunities. For more information on our online continuing education and degree-credit programs, see the Open Learning and Educational Support website
You can take the course from wherever you have a computer linked to the Internet! The benefit of the online format is that you can work around your busy schedule at a time convenient to you. There are no classes to attend. All that is required is a computer, an Internet connection, and a desire to learn.
For specific start dates or the schedule of offerings, visit the Course Description page. Sign up to the Join Info List to receive course updates and advance notices through email, as courses are scheduled and become available.
You should expect to spend six to ten hours per week to study the course material, prepare for assignments and quizzes and participate in the discussions. It is recommended that you establish a study routine and schedule early in the semester.
More detailed information, including registration forms, is available on each continuing education offering at www.OpenEd.uoguelph.ca. You can also request a brochure regarding specific programs of interest.
Distance Degree-Credit Education
A catalogue of degree-credit and professional development courses is available.
Contact us at info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca or call 519-767-5000 to request your copy.
Technical & Material Requirements FAQ…
Online technical requirements can be found at this link:
Textbooks are not required. If you wish to supplement your personal library, the instructor has provided a list of suitable references on the Resources page in each course.
Policies & Procedures FAQ…
You can register online by visiting the Registration page for links to the course registration.
For assistance, call 519-767-5000 or email info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca
Many of our courses fill up quickly so you should register early. Registrations will be accepted until the first Friday of class, if there is space in the class. An email confirmation letter will follow within 24 hours of your registration being processed. The email confirmation letter will provide details on how to access the course website.
There are generally no restrictions for individuals wishing to register in Continuing Education and professional development courses, workshops, conferences, distance education courses etc. However, it is best that you read the course description carefully, including the information on the intended target audience, to ensure that the course is right for you.
The DNA Barcoding courses are facilitated in English. In order to understand fully the course materials and increase your chance of success, we strongly suggest that you have an English proficiency equivalent to a score of 89 iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) with no band less than 21 or successful completion of the advanced level of the English Language Certificate Program at the University of Guelph. Should you have any questions or concerns about your English proficiency, please contact the Open Learning and Educational Support at info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca or call 519-767-5000.
The course web site will include specific instructions about assignment format.
Here are some helpful hints:
- double space your assignment and allow for margins along the top, bottom and sides of the page
- assignments are submitted electronically through the course dropbox. We strongly urge you to use a word-processor; however, if this is not possible check with your instructor to see if he or she will accept neatly handwritten assignments
- proofread your assignment for content, spelling and grammatical errors
- always retain a disk or hard copy of your assignments
Online courses typically have a combination of assignments, quizzes, research papers, graded discussions, case studies etc. Each course has a schedule of study and specific requirements for assignments, quizzes, etc. Information on the course requirements is located in the course description and in the Course Outline on the course website.
It is important for you to be aware of due dates so that you can complete and submit your assignments in a timely fashion. Instructors may use their discretion to deduct marks for late assignments. If you are unable to complete your assignment on time, contact your instructor in advance of the due date, if possible. Medical documentation may be requested if illness has prevented you from keeping up with your course.
If you are unable to complete a course, submit a request for withdrawal
- Introduction to DNA Barcoding – the 25th day of class (Friday of week five)
- MetaBarcoding – the 5th day of class (Friday or week one)
- Regulatory and Forensic Applications of DNA Barcoding – the 20th day of class (Friday of week four)
- DNA Barcoding: Standard Operating Workflows – the 20th day of class (Friday of week four)
to avoid academic penalty (receiving a grade of “F” on your academic record). Login to the Student Portal to withdraw from a course.
Failure to take part in a class does not constitute notification of withdrawal and will result in forfeiture of the entire course fee. No refunds are issued after the second week of the course.
A refund less a 20% administration fee will be issued provided a request to withdraw is submitted to Open Learning and Educational Support 30 days in advance of the course start date or up to the first Friday of the course.
To submit a request to withdraw, visit the Student Portal.
Failure to take part in a course does not constitute a notification of withdrawal and will result in forfeiture of the entire course fee.
The tuition fee of each course is posted on the Registration page. All fees are in Canadian funds. Take advantage of the early bird registration fee and register 30 days before the course starts.
In Canada, the tuition portion of your course fee is income tax deductible. A receipt for your tuition fee is available through the Student Portal.
You may be eligible to receive a bursary award towards an Open Learning and Educational Support continuing education activity and/or Open Learning program. Visit OpenEd Financial Assistance for more information.
Contact us at 519-767-5000 or send us your questions by writing to info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca.