Letter of Permission

getting permission ahead of time to take a course from another institution and apply it to the program you are currently in

Application for Transfer Credit

Forms used by students at colleges and universities to apply for transfer credit for courses taken at another post-secondary institution


Students work through course on their own schedule at times that work for them. They may have deadlines throughout the course, but they can choose times that fit their life to complete tasks.


Biographical sketch (bio) is a short writing about the author and their life, often highlighting unique or interesting events as well as notable accomplishments in their work.

block transfer

a prearranged transfer agreement between institutions that a set of courses will transfer as a block to another program, rather than having to apply for transfer credit for each individual course.

citation generator

a digital tool to manage and organize referencing and citing sources

course outlines

an official document provided for each course which describes the learning outcomes for the course, the evaluation system, the prerequisites, the number of hours and other important information. It is a very useful document to evaluate whether courses are transferable to different institutions.

curriculum vitae (CV)

A lifelong account of a person’s education, awards and honors, conferences and presentations, publications, professional memberships, employment, and so forth. A CV may be dozens of pages long; it doesn’t attempt to be brief—as would a résumé; rather, it is an encyclopedic collect of a person’s accomplishments.


course which is chosen by a student from a number of optional subjects or courses in a curriculum, as opposed to a required course which the student must take as part of a program

freelance writers

a professional writer who is hired and assigned to write specific stories or articles. Freelancers may not be experts in subjects they’re assigned to write about, but they are skilled researchers, enabling them to write about varied topics.

hybrid courses

courses done mostly online but have some face-to-face meetings - also called blended courses

Information literacy

refers to skill and competence in locating, examining, understanding, and working with all kinds of information.


a skilled writer who has completed a college bachelor’s degree in journalism. Journalistic writing follows a specific style that is fact-based and objective. Journalists subscribe to codes of ethics and behavior in terms of creating factual, verified, and unbiased writing.


a publication that is printed on a regular schedule (i.e., periodically). Periodicals include newspapers, magazines, journals, and more. Periodical titles should always be italicized in your academic writing.


a brief (often 1-2 pages) account of a person’s education, work experience, and qualifications, typically sent with a job application. A longer version of the résumé is the curriculum vitae, often called the CV.

Synchronous online courses

The whole class works through the course on the same schedule and they meet online at specified times. Students must be "present" online at those specified times to take part in the class.

transfer credit

when one post-secondary institution gives credit for a course taken at another institution and applies it towards the student's program of study.


a website that functions as a public, open encyclopedia or collection of information.


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