Carleton University

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Carleton University supports distance education in various ways, e.g. through its video-focused Carleton University Television program (CUTV) and other program-specific purely online courses.

Carleton University is a comprehensive university located in the capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Founded as a small college in 1942, Carleton now offers over 65 programs in a range of disciplines, from public affairs to engineering and international studies. More than 2,000 faculty members instruct some 23,000 students from over 147 countries. Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees are available.

The Carleton University web site is at http://www.carleton.ca/

Carleton University Television (CUTV)

Per the Carleton University Television (CUTV) web site, CUTV is an innovative program that was developed to provide flexible access to roughly 60 of Carleton's credit courses to over 4500 students. Students from across Canada and the continental United States access Carleton University courses using CUTV's Video-on-Demand Service.

In an effort to accommodate students, all CUTV courses are offered in the following modes of delivery:

  • Broadcast on Rogers Ottawa Digital Cable (channel 240)
  • CUTV Webcast
  • Video-on-Demand (via WebCT)
  • CUTV Student Centre

Instructional Television (ITV) began delivering higher education courses to Ottawa-area homes in 1978, originally with University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. Later, as Carleton expanded its ITV course offerings, the other institutions bowed out to pursue other forms of distance education.

In the early 1990s, ITV began offering a videocassette delivery service to allow distance education students outside the cable broadcast area access to Carleton courses.

CUTV unveiled the on-line Live Stream service in the fall of 2004 as a complimentary way to view course lectures. In the fall of 2005, CUTV began offering all courses via the Video on Demand.


CUTV students who live within a 160 kilometre radius of Carleton University write their exams locally (on campus). CUTV students who live outside the 160 kilometre radius of Carleton University write their exams at test centres more convenient to them, or in the presence of approved individual proctors.

The Carleton University Television (CUTV) web site is at http://cutv.carleton.ca/

Other Online Offerings

WebCT is used extensively to support traditional face-to-face education, and a variety of program-specific online courses. See, for an example of the latter, a 2007 article about a distance learner in the school's Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program.



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