Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE)

The Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE) offers a variety of academic supports to help students transition to university and succeed during their studies.

ACEX 1006 EL: Understanding, Learning and Inquiry
This course is designed to strengthen students' writing, study, numeracy, and research skills. It also introduces students to the institutional commitment regarding bilingualism and triculturalism. (1.5 hrs lecture and 1.5 hrs seminar)


ACEX 1006 EL 03

Winter 2020 - On Campus

V. Kannen

Tuesday - 13:00 - 14:20

Thursday - 14:30 - 15:50

January 6, 2020 - April 30, 2020

3 Credits


ACEX 1006 EL 12

Winter 2020 - Online 

M. Mckenzie

January 6, 2020 - April 30, 2020
3 Credits


Open to ALL undergraduate students!
Become a Better University Student!
Boost Your Studying, Research and Writing Skills!


  • Identify your study strengths and weaknesses
  • Acquire effective stress management techniques
  • Improve critical thinking skills and how to apply them to problem-solving and decision making
  • Develop improved writing and presentation abilities
  • Learn active listening skills to improve notetaking
  • Understand the most effective way to read your textbooks
  • Enhance your ability to work in groups

ACEX 1006 FL: Compréhension, apprentissage et enquête


ACEX 1006 FL 12

Hiver 2020 - en ligne

C. Desaulniers

Du 6 janvier 2020  au 30 avril 2020
3 crédits


Pour TOUS les étudiants du premier cycle !
Dépassez-vous...réussissez mieux à l'université !
Perfectionnez vos techniques d'étude, de recherche et de rédaction


  • Identifiez vos forces et faiblesses pour les études
  • Apprenez des techniques efficaces de gestion du stress
  • Améliorez vos habiletés de pensée critique et leur place dans la résolution de problème et la prise de décision
  • Développez vos compétences de rédaction et de présentation 
  • Découvrez des techniques d'écoute pour une meilleure prise de notes 
  • Sachez identifier l'approche de lecture la plus efficace pour votre matériel scolaire
  • Augmentez vos compétences pour le travail de groupe

ACEX 5006: Teaching in Post-Secondary Institutions

This course provides the fundamental concepts and theories of education with emphasis on the shift in the design and implementation of curricula from what needs to be taught (learning objectives) to what needs to be learned (learning outcomes). The role of technology in the learning process for all levels of education and instructors is explored. Finally, the foundational academic skills required to teach in a university setting are introduced on-line and as face-to-face sessions.


Fall 2019
Bilingual Hybrid Delivery (In-class and Online)
3 Credits    


Designed specifically for graduate students who want to enhance their teaching qualifications:
⦁    Learn education concepts and theories
⦁    Discuss course design and the implementation of curricula
⦁    Explore the role of technology in the learning process for all levels of education and instructors
⦁    Develop foundational academic skills to teach in a university setting online and in face-to-face sessions
⦁    Practice your teaching skills in an actual class setting


Six Online Modules:
1.    How Students Learn
2.    Assessment Strategies
3.    Active Learning
4.    Principles of Course Design
5.    Globalization of Learning
6.    Ethical Principles and Professionalism in University Teaching


Face-to-Face Seminars
This course will include six bi-weekly seminars to foster community, and which will invite guest faculty to address a topic in the field of teaching at the post-secondary level. Examples include technology-enabled learning and including Indigenous content in the curriculum.

The seminars will be held in the CAE Lab - JN 30-254 and will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Topic covered: How students Learn
Guest speaker: Shelley Watson - teaching philosophy and teaching dossier

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Topic covered: Assessment strategies
Guest speaker: Aaron Langille - teaching with technology


Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Topic covered: Active Learning
Guest speaker: Patricia Orozco - Experiential Learning

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Topic covered: Principles of Course Design
Guest speaker: Georges Kpazai - Learning Outcomes

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Topic covered: Globalization of Learning
Guest speakers: Michelle K. Brunette and Tammie McLaughlin - the intercultural

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Topic covered: Ethical Principles and Professionalism in University Teaching
Guest speaker: Charles Daviau - Indigenization of the curriculum

Academic advisors help students better understand their goals, their academic plans, and guide students as they make important decisions about their future.

Students are advised on a variety of topics such as course selection, registration, and interpreting university regulations. Advisors also provide referrals to other university offices and offer options during tough times and difficult situations.

Specific student needs are addressed in the following advising programs:

  • Academic Advantage (Introduction to University Studies, Early Warning, Probation Program)
  • Degree & Career Exploration
  • First Year Student Advising
  • International Student Advising
  • Transfer Students
  • Voyageur Advantage (for student athletes)

Writing assistance is available to all Laurentian students who would like some extra help to improve their writing skills. Peer writing coaches are available for:

  • Consultations with pre-writing, writing, and post-writing
  • Linking the syllabus/learning outcomes and the assignment
  • Using a writing process specific to an assignment (genre, style)
  • Understanding academic integrity and intellectual property
  • Creating an outline while tracking research
  • Referencing or citing using APA, MLA, Vancouver or Chicago writing styles
  • Reviewing points of grammar, vocabulary, sentence structure, and/or punctuation
  • Using Microsoft Word

Appointments are available to all students in English or French. (Including federated universities, on campus, or distance education).

Our Languages Canada accredited institute assists international students in need of developing or refining their English language competency at various skill levels. Their programs include:

• English as a Second Language (ESL)
• English for Academic Preparation (EAP)
• University Preparation (UP) – an academic bridging program
• ESL Summer Camps
• Customized support services

Laurentian University is a leader in bilingual online and distance education. 

Whether you're looking for a flexible learning option to accommodate your schedule or the opportunity to learn from the comfort of your own home, at Laurentian, you can complete full programs online or via distance education. These include French and English undergraduate degree programs, as well as various post-graduate certificate programs. 

Laurentian Online offers: 

  • Fully online degree programs and courses
  • College to online degree pathways
  • Opportunities to learn from anywhere in the world
  • Admissions three times a year
  • No annual or out-of-province fees for part-time learners – pay for courses only when you register for them
  • Knowledgeable instructors
  • Dedicated and experienced staff

For a list of available online programs consult https://laurentian.ca/online-distance-education

For a list of courses please visit: https://laurentian.ca/online-distance-courses

Understanding the distinct needs of online learners, our team provides support and guidance to our student community to help them achieve their academic goals. 

Learning Assistance provides students with resources and opportunities to improve their ability to learn at a university level.

Learning Assistance offers:

  • Online Resources
  • Excellence in Learning
  • Study Skills Coaching
  • Tutor Directory
  • Tutor Training
  • Workshops

Students can also meet one-on-one with a study skills coach to privately go over academic strengths and areas of improvement:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Exam Preparation
  • Note Taking
  • Reading
  • Study Skills
  • Time Management

Together, a personalized study plan is created to meet each student’s specific needs.

11,539 academic advising sessions (January - December 2018)

2,242 writing sessions (September 2019 - July 2019)

1,179 international students enrolled in Language Institute since September 2010

Centre for Academic Excellence

J.N. Desmarais Library, 2nd Floor

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Academic Advising

January Drop-In Hours

Monday 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

January 22 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. |1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

January 29 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.