ElearningQueen's Arts and Science Online offers over 50 online courses during Queen’s academic terms. These undergraduate degree-credit courses in humanities, social sciences and sciences can lead to a Queen’s bachelor’s degree.

Take courses for interest or professional development, to upgrade your GPA, or to apply toward a degree program.

All online courses are delivered online through Moodle -- a virtual learning environment. You must have an activated Queen's NetID to access Moodle and receive emails about your course.

Computer Requirements

Microsoft Window Client:

  •  Windows: XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  •  Pentium III 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Soundcard with speakers and microphone or preferably a headset


  • OS X 10.5
  •  G4, G5 or Intel processor
  •  256 MB RAM
  •  Internal, USB or external iSight microphone


  • FireFox (recommended)
  • Internet Explorer version 6 or higher


  • Version 1.5 or higher (Note: Windows users can use only the 32-bit version of Java - not the 64-bit version)

 Internet Connection:

  •  High speed access: ADSL, Cable or better

 Media Player:

  • Flash 9 or higher

 Adobe Reader:

  • Version 7 or above
Using Moodle

Moodle is an open-source, password-protected learning management system. You'll login to Moodle to

  • access your course (available on the first day of term)
  • read, explore, and interact with course material
  • communicate with other students and the professor: one-to-one and many-to-many, both in real time and on your time
  • collaborate on student projects and presentations
  • submit your assignments electronically
  • do online quizzes
  • watch videos and presentations
  • receive course news and updates
  • view your grades

You must activate your NetID to access Moodle.

Need help with Moodle? More information about Moodle can be found on the ITServices site. For technical help with accessing Moodle, contact CDS Moodle Support.

Expected Workload

For a 12-week, 3.0-unit course or a 24-week, 6.0-unit course, expect to spend at least 15 hours per week studying and preparing assignments.

Although there are no lectures to attend, online courses may require you to participate in real-time online activities.


Textbooks are available through Queen's Campus Bookstore. The Bookstore's website allows you to search for your course to find the right books. 

Local students may visit the Campus Bookstore in person Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

Distance students may arrange to have the materials shipped by ordering online or by contacting the Campus Bookstore by phone or fax:

Phone: (613) 533-2955
Fax: (613) 533-6419
Toll Free: (800) 267-9478

Library Access

Online students may borrow books from the Queen's Library System. If you are local, visit the Library in person. 

Distance students may complete the online Library Loan Request Form to request books. They will be sent to you by courier at no charge. You may return them by Canada Post. There is no charge for borrowing books.

For assistance, contact the Stauffer Library Access Services Department/Circulation Desk at 613-533-2524 to speak to Olivia Middleton (Extension Services Technician). Or you can e-mail qulcirc@queensu.ca.

Academic Support

The Learning Strategies Development website can help with time management, organization, effective reading and note-making, preparing for and writing exams, quantitative problem-solving and other learning and study skills. 

You can also set up individual consultations. If you live in Kingston, visit the Learning Strategies development unit in the Queen's Learning Commons (Room 142, Stauffer Library) or in the Counselling Services offices (Health, Counselling and Disability Services, 2nd floor, LaSalle Building, 146 Stuart St.). If you live at a distance, call  613-533-6000 ext. 78264 to make a phone appointment.


If you live at a distance from Kingston, you will choose an exam centre in your local area when you register for your course.  You must write your exam on the day and time scheduled by the university.  The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.  Final exams are not scheduled during the evening or on weekends.

View a current list of distance exam centres and Queen's official exam regulations.

For more information, please see Exams and Afterward.

Course Weight (Credits)

All undergraduate courses have been assigned a course weight -- measured in credit units. A regular two-term (24-week) course has 6.0 units. A regular one-term (12-week) course has 3.0 units. A few courses have 9.0 units.

The weighting gives you an idea how much work is involved. You can consider a 6.0-unit course as a full course, and a 3.0-unit course as a half-course.

The course weight is always presented at the end of the course code after the slash: e.g., ENGL 100/6.0.