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. July 16, 2018CEL welcomes Centre for Teaching Excellence to EC3

    As of August 1, 2018, the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will be sharing our space on the second floor of EC3 on a temporary basis.  Plans for CTE’s new permanent location are under discussion and will be shared with the university community when they are finalized. You can reach them by email or by phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 33353.

  2. June 4, 2018New Online Instructor Orientation Workshop

    If you're new to teaching online, this three-hour introductory workshop is designed for you.  Sign up today.

    Next Workshop:  September 4, 2018

  3. May 28, 2018Nominations are open for the Online Teaching Awards

    The University of Waterloo’s Online Teaching Awards recognize teaching and course design excellence in fully online undergraduate- or graduate-level courses and programs. There are two awards:

    1. Award for Excellence in Online Course Design
    2. Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

    Nominations for this year’s awards must be received by August 31, 2018. The Office of the Vice President, Academic will announce the award winners in late November.

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