Welcome to the Centre for Extended Learning

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. Nov. 8, 20192019 JD Leslie Prize Winner announced

    We're very excited to introduce you to Agata Nowak, the winner of the 2019 J.D. Leslie Prize.

    The Prize represents outstanding achievement in an undergraduate degree earned primarily through online courses. This year’s winner is many things: new Canadian, wife, mother, full-time worker, housekeeper, gardener, half-marathon runner, weightlifter and now a University of Waterloo Graduate.

  2. Aug. 21, 2019Introducing our New Associate Director, Professional Development

    We are very happy to announce that April Philpotts will be joining us as our new Associate Director, Professional Development on August 22, 2019.

  3. July 30, 2019What students say about mixed media and interactivity in online learning

    We asked more than 800 Waterloo undergraduate students what they think about mixed media and interactivity in online learning.  The results are fascinating for online teachers who are contemplating using audio, video, animations and interactive elements.  We've created a video that captures all the details.  Watch it today!

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