ACE Distance offers adult students an online delivery option for those preferring to study online rather than in a face-to-face classroom program. ACE Distance is part of the “e-Channel” group of LBS service providers who offer online programming.
To maximize the chances for success, applicants must complete assessments to demonstrate course entry standards (similar to assessments in face-to-face AU/ACE programs) and successfully complete the 20-hour Learn to Learn (L2L) course which provides an orientation to ACE Distance learning.
The CSC is the service provider for ACE Distance and receives LBS funding to administer ACE Distance courses, with very similar contractual obligations to MAESD as face-to-face programs. As a result, there is a limited number of free (LBS-funded) ACE Distance seats available each year. There is also a fee-paying stream. ACE Distance faculty are hired and managed by the CSC, and course renewal is ongoing.
Students wishing to take ACE Distance courses first register on the ACE Distance website for information, referral (if applicable) and assessment, as well as to complete the L2L course. Once the student’s eligibility for registration has been determined, s/he registers via one of the many colleges who provide ACE Distance registration. The registering college then records the final grade and can produce a transcript as required.
Students who wish to complete the ACE certificate can use a combination of online and face-to-face ACE courses. There is also a process in place which allows students to transfer from a partially completed face-to-face course into the same ACE Distance course.
Students who do not meet the required skill level for direct entry into ACE level courses may be eligible for the Communication Support and/or Numeracy Support courses. These are pre-ACE level courses which feed directly into ACE Distance courses.