Virtual university: Get real!

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · Computing, Education, Extended Education, Media, Mobile, News Release, Students

Registrations in online courses bumped the 200,000 mark last year at 11 Canadian universities belonging to the Canadian Virtual University (CVU) consortium.

“This is a 70 per cent increase since 2000, the year the consortium began sharing data,” states Vicky Busch, executive director of CVU, the national consortium of English and French universities specializing in online and distance education.

CVU is a consortium of innovative Canadian universities collaborating in online and distance education to facilitate access to, and student mobility within, university education; to increase flexibility for learners; to encourage joint program development; and to disseminate best practices across Canada and around the world.

At the University of Manitoba, 30 per cent of part-time students took an online course last year. Several degree programs are available entirely online, including a bachelor’s degree in social work. These anytime/anywhere options allow students to overcome the barriers of distance and time, and balance work and family commitments.

CVU members reported 210,000 registrations by 100,500 students in over 630,000 course credit hours in the 2012-13 academic year. CVU universities collectively offer over 2,000 courses and 400 programs which students can easily search from a single website (

“Since the establishment of CVU in 2000, increasing access to university education has been central to its mandate,” notes Lori Wallace, chair of the CVU Board and dean of Extended Education at the University of Manitoba. “As demonstration of this commitment, member universities accept one another’s courses for transfer credit where they meet program requirements, and we waive certain administrative fees to facilitate our students enrolling in courses from partner universities.”

CVU members are: Athabasca University, Carleton University, Laurentian University, Memorial University, Mount Royal University, Royal Military College of Canada, Royal Roads University, TÉLUQ, Thompson Rivers University, University of Manitoba and University of New Brunswick.

For more information, contact:

Vicky Busch, executive director, CVU, at: 780-421-2540, or email:


Lori Wallace, University of Manitoba, at: 204-474-8009, or email:

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