Welcome to the Centre for Extended Learning

NOTE: Centre for Extended Learning staff are currently working from home.

The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) supports the design, development and delivery of online credit and non-credit courses for the University of Waterloo, offers professional development opportunities to the world, and advocates for adult, part-time and online learners.

"We've been extending learning and bringing Waterloo education to the world for more than 50 years."

Online credit course creation

Our talented team works with Waterloo's faculties and university colleges to provide world-class educational options in an online environment. We help faculty members and instructors develop academically rigorous courses and provide training and support to ensure Waterloo students succeed in their online academic endeavours. 

Support for adult, part-time and online learners

CEL understands the additional complexities that adult, part-time and fully online learners face in your academic careers, and we advocate on your behalf with our University of Waterloo partners. Most services that are offered on-campus are available to all admitted students regardless of location. 

Waterloo students taking online courses meet the same admission requirements as those in on-campus programs, and are held to the same high standards of educational excellence. 

Non-credit, professional development opportunities

We can help you develop skills to strengthen your professional profile and enhance your knowledge. ​We offer an array of professional development opportunities in subject areas including business, leadership, project management, customer service, technology and communication.

  1. Mar. 19, 2021Open Educational Resources Save Students $$$

    The Centre for Extended Learning's Kristin Wilson recently worked with Richard Eibach, the author of PSYCH 253, to redesign his course around open resources which resulted in overall student savings of $56,385 each term. By eliminating the textbook the 300 students who enrol in the course each term are each able to save $187.95 (list price). 

  2. Oct. 21, 2020Are you Curious about Extended Reality?

    Extended Reality (XR) is a term used to describe immersive technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Despite twenty years of research, XR has only gained momentum within the past five years.

  3. June 25, 2020Virtual Forum on Navigating Academic Integrity Issues in Online Teaching and Learning

    The Office of Academic Integrity is hosting a virtual forum on Tuesday June 30 from 10:00am - 11:30am to provide insight into academic integrity at Waterloo and showcase some examples. Representatives from multiple campus units will be on hand to answer your questions, and to provide support and follow-up after the session, as needed.     

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