Open Online Learning: Certificate & Curiosity Courses

Cape Breton University’s open online learning courses aim to build communities of learning, regardless of where you are in the world. Whether you’re local to Cape Breton Island or residing internationally, we invite you to learn with us either for curiosity, certificate or for credit.



Students who wish to join these classes simply out of curiosity, may do so online. Curiosity students will have access to the same materials as Certificate students, aside from any copyrighted materials. Curiosity students are not obligated to complete any assignments, but may switch to the Certificate option at any time throughout the course of the semester if interested. This option is free of charge.

Certificate of Participation

Students who are not looking to earn credit, but would still like to engage in a learning experience through group discussions, assignments and interaction with a CBU facilitator, may register for a Certificate of Participation. Certificate learners will have access to a set of engaging learning activities that will enrich each person’s experience of the concepts explored in the course throughout the term. This option is online only, but CBU facilitators will act as liaisons between online participants and instructors during the live streaming of each class. A fee of $75.00 CAD must be paid before Certificates will be administered.


Students wishing to earn credit for any of the courses mentioned below must first apply to Cape Breton University, and meet all prerequisites, should there be any. If you’re planning to earn credit for any of these courses, you may choose to do so in-class or online. Please note that seats are limited for this option, and tuition is required.

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