What is a distance education course at Briercrest?

Distance education at Briercrest allows you to take college or seminary courses  without relocating to Caronport and provides a way for on-campus students to supplement their in-class courses. How does distance education at Briercrest work and what should you expect?


Accessibility is an important value of distance education at Briercrest, therefore we offer course material that can be accessed anywhere at anytime. All of our courses are delivered online using Canvas, a modern learning management system that is intuitive and easy to use. When you enrol you receive access to your course  in Canvas where you can view your material. If you want to work offline, simply download the course material from Canvas and study wherever you are, whenever you want.

Course Delivery

We also offer multiple methods of course delivery. All seminary and college courses run during the traditional semester schedule: September-December, January-April, May-August and occasional eight-week sessions. You will have the opportunity to study and interact with fellow students as you work through course material together.

"Rolling-enrolment" courses, which you may register for at six intake periods throughout the year, are only available for distance education program students. You can work through the course material as quickly as you would like, but there are assignment deadlines that will ensure you don't fall behind in the material. Deadlines are different in each course, so be sure to check the syllabus. In rolling-enrolment courses you may interact with fellow students who are studying the same material, but who may be at different points in the course.

Course Registration

While students taking semester-based courses must register before the semester begins, program students taking rolling-enrolment courses can enrol during any of six "intake periods" throughout the year and begin their studies. These periods are September 1, November 1, January 1, March 1, May 1, and July 1.

What this means is that a new section of every course begins at each intake period. Register when you want and you'll be added to the course at the next intake period. You'll receive access to your course in Canvas shortly after you register.

Course Completion

Course completion dates vary depending on the delivery mode. All semester-based courses must be completed by the end of the semester. Eight-week courses need to be completed by the end of the eight weeks. Rolling-enrolment courses must be completed by the end of six months.

Course Support

Instructors are your first line of support; however, you can always ask questions about courses by contacting the Distance Education office. You can also find technical support for Canvas here or by selecting "Help" in the upper-right hand corner of the Canvas screen.

System Requirements

To successfully complete courses by distance at Briercrest, students will need access to the following:

  • Internet access (high-speed internet is recommended)
  • Modern web browser (the latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer)
  • Basic audio/video for course material
  • PDF reader