Whether you’re interested in taking a course for personal interest or transfer credit, to qualify for admission or improve your professional qualifications, CUOL provides the convenience and flexibility you need to fit a university education into your schedule.

Becoming a CUOL student

Signing up for CUOL courses is easy. Just follow these three simple steps:

STEP 1
Decide what courses to take. Browse through our CUOL course list.

STEP 2
Decide how to watch your lectures. Explore the viewing options available for CUOL courses.

STEP 3
Sign up for classes. If you’re already a Carleton student, you can simply register in the CUOL section of the course in Carleton Central.

If you are not a Carleton student but are interested in taking a course for personal interest or transfer credit, to qualify for admission or improve professional qualifications, you will first need to become a Special Student. For information and the online application, visit the Registrar’s Office website.

Students from other universities seeking a transfer credit can apply as a Special Student using a Letter of Permission from their home university. Learn more at the Registrar’s visiting students page.

To become a Carleton student in a degree program, see the Undergraduate Admissions website. Note that you will not be able to complete all degree requirements online as no undergraduate degree programs are fully online.

Course sections

When you search for CUOL courses in Carleton Central Registration, you will see different sections listed. Check our registration examples below to determine which ones to select. If you need help with the registration system, visit the Registrar’s page.

Course sections

Section T or V is the CUOL section of courses that are recorded on campus. Distance students should be registered in the T/V section, as should local students who do not attend the on-campus class.

On-campus section: There is also an on-campus section of the course which will have another letter. It is identified in Carleton Central by the words “this course will be recorded for CUOL.” For students registered in the on-campus section, the primary means of accessing the lectures is by attending the class, although they can use CUOL services as a supplementary way to view lectures. NOTE: Distance students must not register for the in-class section.

Web-only courses: These courses are accessed through cuLearn, Carleton’s Learning Management System. They usually have the section letter R, but some use different section letters. The notes will indicate that it is an online/web-based course.

Video On Demand sections

Video On Demand (VOD) is an optional service in which both in-class and T/V section students can register in Carleton Central (fee applies). It allows students to login through the CUOL website to access to lectures at their convenience. Lectures can be streamed online and/or downloaded. If you are interested in VOD, you will need to register for the Video On Demand section in addition to the class.

Section TOD or VOD is the Video On Demand service for students registered in the T or V section. These sections appear when you do a class search, and you can select the section to add to your registration. Note that you must be in the T or V section first!

Section ?OD is the Video On Demand service for students registered in the on-campus section (where ? is the letter of the on-campus section). They do not appear as a separate section. Instead, in the “section information” of the on-campus section, the CRN (course registration number) for the On Demand section is given. You can add it by going to Add/Drop classes in Carleton Central registration, and entering the CRN into the “add classes worksheet.”

Note that the Video On Demand sections are not credit sections, they are merely services. You must be registered in the on-campus or T/V section in order to add the matching Video On Demand section. If you drop the class, make sure you drop class itself, not just the Video On Demand section.

Some classes also require registration in a discussion group, lab or tutorial (i.e. V1). Most of these are online, but occasionally a course has a lab that must be attended on campus. In this case, the course is not suitable for distance students. This will be noted on the CUOL course list.

Note that CUOL classes may have caps, so you may find the class is full even though the Video On Demand service is open.

If you want to have Video On Demand access but you miss the registration deadline, you can still add the service through our own registration page (but only after Carleton Central is closed for registration).

CUOL also offers an online Pay Per Lecture service to access occasional missed lectures.

Registration examples

  • A student in Manotick wanting to take ECON 1000 and view the lectures online at the time of the on-campus class would register in section V only. He/she would go to the live stream for the classroom to watch the lecture while the class is being held. She/he would write the exam at the regularly scheduled time at the Carleton campus.
  • A distance student in Toronto wanting to take LAWS 1000 with the Video On Demand service would register in section V, V1 (online discussion group), and VOD. He/she would then apply for distance exams through the CUOL website by the deadline, and would write the exam with a local approved proctor.  He/she would log in and view the lectures online at the time that worked best with his/her schedule.
  • A student in Ottawa wanting to take PSYC 2001 and attend the lectures on campus, but also wanting to be able to view the lectures online as a back-up, would register in section A and AOD (if A is the one specified as being recorded for CUOL).  He/she would write the exam on campus. He/she could log in and review the lectures online at any time.
  • A distance student in Saudi Arabia wanting to take PSYC 2002 would register in sections V and VOD. He/she would then apply for distance exams through the CUOL website by the deadline, and would write the exam under the invigilation of a local approved proctor. He/she would log in and view the lectures online at the time that worked best with his/her schedule.

Getting started

Once you’ve registered for a CUOL course, be sure to check out our Current Students page for important resources to make sure you’re ready for your first session.