Why Online?

Move your career forward without losing momentum

To keep up with today’s fast-paced workplace environment, continuous learning has become more important than ever. Professionals need the flexibility to continue increasing their knowledge and skills without interrupting their career momentum, and online education is proving to be the best way of accomplishing this.

Online education isn’t just something we do. It’s what our entire University is predicated on. We’ve designed all of our programs and courses specifically for online delivery, and your success is our most significant objective.

Online education fast facts

Studies have shown learning outcomes are equal or superior online

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According to studies over the past decade conducted by Allen & Seaman (2016), 71.4% of educators have found that learning outcomes are equal or superior online.

In a study conducted by Kwolaski, Dolph, & Young (2014), the most important motivating factors for choosing online education are convenience and flexibility, both of which are elements that are at the very core of all UFred education.

 

Sources: 

Allen, E., & Seaman, J., (2016). Online report card.  Tracking online education in the United States.   Retrieved from http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/online-report-card-tracking-online-education-united-states-2015/

Kowalski, T. J., Dolph, D., & Young, I. P. (2014). Student motives for taking online courses in educational administration. Educational Research Quarterly, 38(1), 27-42.

Online studies can help develop soft-skills, such as delivering presentations

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In a study by Butz & Askim-Lovseth (2015) comparing face-to-face and online MBA students, results showed that online and face-to-face students performed equally. Results also demonstrated that online international students actually performed better in presentation skills, which the authors suggest relates to the removal of typical face-to-face pressures that cause students stress.

 

Source:

Butz, N. T., & Askim-Lovseth, M. K. (2015). Oral communication skills assessment in a synchronous hybrid MBA programme: Does attending face-to-face matter for US and international students?  Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 40(4), 624-639. doi:10.1080/02602938.2014.940577

Online learners repeatedly show strong academic performance

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In a large study conducted by Cavanaugh & Jacquemin (2015) of more than 5000 courses and 100 instructors, results showed that online learners had a less than 0.07% GPA difference than those studying face-to-face, which is not considered to be statistically significant, and demonstrates the success of online learners.

 

Source:

Cavanaugh, J. K., & Jacquemin, S. J. (2015). A large sample comparison of grade based student learning outcomes in online vs. face-to-face courses. Online Learning, 19(2), 25-32.

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Why UFred?

At the University of Fredericton, we are dedicated to online education that helps you to succeed. Through the use of user-friendly technology, accomplished faculty, and a student support network that is second to none, we're confident that we can help you achieve to your goals.

Custom, interactive course design and advanced technologies

Our in-house development team designs every program and course we have with the objective of leveraging interactivity and collaboration. We strive to offer the most user-friendly experience possible, allowing you to focus on what’s most important: your studies. Through our partnership with Cisco WebEx, we offer interactive, live virtual classes (vClasses) that provide students with the opportunity to collaborate and network with one another, and with their professors. We’re also regularly updating our online campus, which serves as a hub for students and alumni for all things UFred.

Professors and Instructors trained specifically to deliver online education

Our professors and instructors are as passionate about online education as we are. They are all trained specifically in delivering education online via our platforms, and are ready to assist you when you need it.

Extensive student support network

Our Student Services team is dedicated to providing you with the support you need in all facets of your education, from planning to get started right through until graduation. Our Technical Support team is also available Monday-Friday, and during all live vClasses, in order to provide support to students who may need it.

Our student's perspective...

Michael Meleca. EMBA alumnus

“The technology and format are state-of-the-art, and I felt comfortable to the point that I felt like I was on campus.”

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Mandy Abrahamsen, DIDM student

"If in the future I wish to continue my post-secondary education through distance learning and online, my first choice would be UFred."

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Michele Chase, PHS alumna

"I'm one of those people that are going to be a lifelong learner. I'm not a full-time student, I hold a full-time job, but I'm a lifelong learner."

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