Topic outline

  • Canadians & Distance Education

    Canada is a very large country, in fact it is the second-largest country in the world. However, even though we are a large country, we have a small population. In 2009 our population was apx. 33,500,000 or apx. one-tenth the size of that of the United States.

    Canada is ethnically diverse and we have a long and successful history of providing education at a distance. We're internationally respected for our ability to do this well!
    Founded by Alfred Fitzpatrick from Nova Scotia, Labourer-Teachers taught men and women of all backgrounds. They worked alongside the labourers, taught them during the day and the evenings when the work was done:
    • Basic Literacy
    • Secondary and University Education
    • Language training, culture and traditions of Canadians
    Visit Frontier College of today.

    t A network of tent circuits operated across Canada from 1926 - 1935 called Canadian Chautauquas. The programs consisted of four to six days of musical numbers, lectures, dramatic productions and magic or puppet shows with different performances daily.


    The Farm Radio Forum took place between 1941 and 1965. It was a national rural listening discussion groups project sponsored by the Canadian Association for Adult Education and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    As Canadians we have learned from our experiences such as Frontier College, Chautauqua and Farm Radio Forums and we apply these historical lessons to the inclusive online environment (and with different time zones!) that we provide.
    How Do We Fit In to our Canadian History?

    We apply solid distance education principles to all of our courses and learning activities. We believe that when participants are actively engaged in their learning that retention rates are high:

    • Ability to ask questions, get answers,
    • Someone notices if you are absent, and
    • Your comments are valued