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<Joseph E. Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies

Office of Computing Technology and e-Learning Services

The Office of Computing Technology and e-Learning Services (OCTES) at Atkinson provides students with computing and course Web site access support for all Atkinson courses. OCTES also provides special administrative services for distance education courses (Internet and correspondence), that includes assistance for assignment submission and off-site examination scheduling.

Technology Enhanced Learning

Atkinson provides technology enhanced opportunities for teaching and learning with a generic course Web site template. Many Atkinson instructors choose to use this template to create a Web presence for their course that could provide academic information and communications for their students. Instructors inform their students of their Web usage plans at the beginning of term.

Distance Education Courses

Study at your own pace with Atkinson's distance education courses via an Internet or correspondence format. You can learn from the convenience of your home, office, or from the other side of the world. Atkinson's distance courses use the same textbooks and materials as in-class instruction and cover the same course content. Distance courses count towards your degree in exactly the same way as other in-class courses. Create a more flexible schedule by mixing in-class courses with Internet and correspondence courses or even complete an entire program by distance.

Students taking distance courses obtain instructional information, assignments, course requirements and relevant materials online. Students are required to complete assignments, (due on specific dates) and to write the exams at the University or an alternative location as scheduled.

Detailed distance education course information is available from the Next Steps Web site: This site includes information for registered students, i.e. computer requirements/accounts, access instructions and specialized administrative information. Course listings and timetables are now navigated starting from the York Courses Web site page available at: Once you find your course offering there will be a Course Web site link that includes the outline. The course outline contains academic and text requirements.

Programs Offered via Distance

Atkinson offers a bachelor of administrative studies (BAS) degree, a business economics (BA) degree and a management certificate entirely by combining the flexibility of Internet and correspondence courses. Detailed degree requirements, prerequisites and descriptions are available online in the York Undergraduate Calendar available from

Mixed-Mode Courses: In-class and Internet

Atkinson offers mixed-mode courses which blend in-class and Internet modes of delivery. These courses combine and alternate on-campus classes with Internet online lectures. Mixed-mode courses combine the best of both teaching methods.

Contact Information:

Suite 2120, Technology Enhanced Learning Building
Telephone: 416-736-5831, Fax: 416-736-5637
Toll Free Number (in North America): 1-866-261-1790
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