Social Development Studies - a leader in online learning!

Did you know? SDS has been offering online programming for over a decade!

Social Development Studies (SDS) has been providing alternatives to in-class learning for over 20 years. SDS is a customizable and flexible program that allow students to complete their degree in a variety of ways.

In SDS, we have students coming from diverse walks of life, with personal circumstances that may not favour the traditional format of in-person learning.

SDS students can choose to study in traditional in-person classes, or choose to complete their degree exclusively online. Many also choose to take a combination of in-person and online courses - almost 60% of SDS students take either a blend of online and in-person courses, or study exclusively online. It is also not surprising to find SDS students who choose to begin their degree online and gradually transition into in-person coursework.

Curious to learn more? Connect with a member of our academic team, current students, or recruitment specialist!

 28.4 per cent of students were taking classes exclusively online, 30.7 per cent took a combination of online and in-person classes, 40.9 per cent took only in-person classes.

Percentages of SDS students taking online learning courses, a mix of online and in-person courses, and strictly in-person courses, pre-COVID-19.  

SDS - a longtime leader in online learning. 

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Get a glimpse of what online learning at Renison is like. Hear from various perspectives on the format of online learning, its advantages, and the supports you will receive. 

The SDS online learning portal.

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Here is a sample of what an online SDS course looks like. See how easy it is to view your lectures, download slides, complete quizzes, and connect with your instructor through our online portal. 

It really made a difference that both of my professors made a point of encouraging students to reach out. They seemed to really care about us students on a personal level and made it clear they wanted to provide as much support to help us be as successful as possible (in online courses).

AMBER, Social Development Studies Student in IntroDUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY

Connect with us to learn more about the online experience

We are eager to connect with you, answer your questions, and get to know you before you join the online Renison community. 

Book a virtual call with a member of our community today! 

Connect with a member of our academic team, a current online student, or a recruitment specialist by filling out this form

Student Supports

SDS offers individualized student support, for both online and in-person students. While online, students are supported by SDS academic advisors, who are available via email, phone, or virtual meetings, to help students reach their academic goals. SDS students also benefit from upper-year student mentorship through the SDS Buddies program that matches new students with an upper-year mentor, and through the SDS Peer Leaders who provide virtual support, one-on-one meetings, and organized study sessions. There is also an online support group for new SDS students! And, of course, students are able to connect with professors during their office hours.

Here are just a few of the additional resources you can access to help you manage academic life and thrive while learning online:

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