Other Learning Options

If you are still looking for ways to develop your instructional skills (after completing the ISW, FDW and Trainer options), here’s some suggestions:

Further professional development in teaching adults:

BC Provincial Instructor Diploma program Vancouver Community College

“…provides adult educators with the knowledge and skills needed to design, develop, manage and evaluate the instruction of adults in post-secondary education, business, industry and non-traditional adult learning environments. It also provides instructors with an accredited development program leading to diplomas and degrees at Vancouver Community College and other institutions.”

Note: recognizes completion of ISW for credit in program

Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Distributed Learning University of BC, MET Program

The TBDL certificate is directed at anyone concerned with managing, designing or tutoring online or face-to-face technology-based courses for post-secondary or adult learners.

Further professional development in teaching online:

Graduate Certificate in Online Learning Facilitation Royal Roads University

“…Designed to give those already working in the fields of education, training or development a greater understanding of the pedagogical foundation required to effectively facilitate in a technology-mediated environment…”

Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction Vancouver Community College

“…builds on a foundation of professional preparation experience as an educator. Completion of the certificate is a follow-up to prior instructor training.”

Graduate Diploma – Online Learning and Teaching Vancouver Island University

“…designed to provide educators, instructors, and teachers in BC, and beyond, with a solid foundation in the pedagogical and technical expertise required to effectively use technology to support effective distributed learning in technology-mediated environments.”

Note: Diploma can be applied to Master of Education in Educational Leadership)

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning Thompson Rivers University

“..designed to provide educators (K-12 teachers, post-secondary instructors and trainers) in British Columbia and beyond, with a solid foundation in the technical and pedagogical expertise required to effectively use education technology in the classroom, in distributed learning environments and in the world of online education Thompson Rivers University”

Note: This certificate provides BC teachers with the ability to achieve an additional 15 credits above their baccalaureate credential. In order to qualify for an additional salary level (the 5+ category), the provincial Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) requires teachers to take a minimum of 30 credits of senior level and/ or graduate courses. This is now provincially mandated across BC.

Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) University of Victoria, Continuing Education

For people who want to enhance their effectiveness as adult educators and trainers in:

  • leadership
  • management
  • facilitation
  • instructional design and technologies

Courses are offered on campus at the University of Victoria on weekdays, weekends, during the summer, and by distance education. Learning is accessible to part-time learners outside working hours.

Teaching Online Program University of Calgary

This 4 week, hands-on program is intended for instructors wanting to either get started, or enhance their online teaching. The Teaching Online Program (TOP) is designed to give participants an opportunity to learn practical skills and knowledge in both developing and teaching an online course. TOP is taught entirely online using a variety of technologies and strategies to facilitate participant learning through interactions, content delivery, and assignments. Participants will work through the program as a cohort interacting with other participants and the facilitators.

TOP is divided into 4 modules:

Module 1: Exploring Online Learning
Module 2: Planning Your Course
Module 3: Online Teaching and Learning Activities
Module 4: Online Student Assessment