Director's Welcome

Dr. David MacKinnon
Dr. Jeffrey Banks

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 home of the former Division of Continuing and Distance Education as well as the former Learning Technology Centre. We offer flexible programming and learning opportunities to Acadia students, faculty and the broader community. As a service unit, two themes inform our operation: accessibility and excellent service. Accessibility is the primary driver of our offerings. Many courses and programs are available through online learning, whereby students and community members can participate from remote locations and often at times of their choosing. In other cases, we offer face-to-face classes both on campus and at off-site locations, often during evenings, weekends, and intersession (May-August).

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,a coordinator for non-credit community based classes and workshops, and a terrific management team that oversees all aspects of our operation.

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

Dr. Jeffrey T. Banks

Director of Open Acadia