Director's Welcome

Dr. David MacKinnon

Welcome to Acadia University and Open Acadia. I’m delighted that you have chosen to come to Acadia, either as a teacher or as a student.

Open Acadia is the University’s continuing and distance education arm. We offer flexible programming and learning opportunities to Acadia students and the broader community. As a service unit, two concepts fundamentally inform our operation: accessibility and excellent service. Accessibility is the primary driver of our program offerings, whereby courses and programs can be delivered in off-site locations, utilize instructional formats that vary from traditional face-to-face learning, and be offered at flexible times, such as evenings and weekends, that can accommodate those for whom traditional delivery formats do not work. Our commitment to excellent service is driven by our staff of academic technology specialists, instructional designers, computing specialists, English language instructors, a contract (for instructors) and exam (for students) coordinator, and an outstanding management team that oversees every aspect of our operation.

As the Acting Director, I have the privilege of working with this terrific team of professionals in helping to guide our day-to-day work and chart our path forward. Enjoy your time at Acadia. It is a very special place!

Dr. David MacKinnon
Acting Director, Open Acadia