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OLTD Program Overview

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The OLTD program consists of ten, six-week, three credit courses, engaging students in discovering best practice for online teaching using the latest tools and learning management systems. The OLTD program is designed to meet the needs of school districts and educational organizations seeking certified, skilled teachers to work in distance learning schools, blended classrooms and corporate training environments--provincially and potentially internationally. It will also serve the needs of post-secondary and industry training facilitators encouraging their faculty and staff in the use of fully online and blended delivery models. 

The program engages a small cohort model and is focused on student success. Asycnchronous and synchronous formats are offered fully online. December holidays and summer vacations are honoured (July and August) providing a realistic schedule for practicing teachers, instructors and training professionals.

The OLTD program also qualifies graduates to complete VIU's Masters of Education in Educational Leadership graduate degree program with only an additional 10-15 credits of project work. Successful OLTD program graduates may also quality for increased BC TQS salary placement.

Applicants with either a B.Ed OR a degree in another discipline with current teaching experience will be encouraged. Applications for September startup are accepted throughout the year until seats are filled. Please contact the Faculty of Education graduate programs office for further information and registration requirements.

Please Note: OLTD does not qualify graduates for BC teacher certification.

Our OLTD program brochure is available here.


These outcomes are intended to strand across all courses and ensure that every course has consistent and common outcomes. Students will:

  • Become familiar with common terms, definitions and elements related to online environments
  • Demonstrate basic competency with design and implementation within a variety of online learning environments and tools
  • Plan learning opportunities most suitable to the strengths and challenges of a variety of environments
  • Develop and design intentional learning activities suitable for the appropriate environment and the learner
    • Incorporate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
    • Select strategies and resources appropriate for environment, learners and learning outcomes
  • Understand, design and commit to student success in online learning environments
    • Design inclusive learning environments
    • Share engagement strategies and tips
    • Engage in mentoring and coaching with educational partners
    • Work with families and students to establish effective learning plans
  • Undertake engagement with environments through online facilitation for effective learning
    • Moderation and mediation
    • Understand how to build rapport and manage groups
      • establish relationships with learners and families
      • build teacher to student rapport
      • engage in building learning communities and communities of practice
  • Critically assess and evaluate resources for best practice in online learning
  • Create assessment and evaluation methods/tools most suitable to the strengths and challenges of online environments
  • Scaffold digital citizenship from K-12 to professional level of educators
    • Consider responsibility, accountability and civility in online environments
  • Integrate current cognitive learning and brain-based learning theory
    • Examine current research around best practices and emerging practices
  • Develop practical and technical skills in all phases of concept, development, design, implementation, etc.
  • Develop skills to optimize learning experiences through personalization
    • Based on characteristics, needs, stages of development, current 21st Century personalized learning mandates, etc..


(Note: Each course is 6 weeks in duration with a 2 week break between courses each term.)

YEAR 1 Fall Semester

OLTD 501 - Introduction to Online Learning (3 credits)

OLTD 512 - Instructional Design (3 credits)

Spring Semester

OLTD 503 - Online Communication (3 credits)

OLTD 504 - Learning Systems (3 credits)


OLTD 502 - The Digital learning Continuum (3 credits)

YEAR 2 Fall Semester

OLTD 508 - Game-Based Learning (3 credits)

OLTD 511 - Blended Learning (3 credits)

Spring Semester

OLTD 509 - Emergent Technologies and Pedagogies (3 credits)

OLTD 506 - Digital Responsibilities and Professionalism (3 credits)


OLTD 510 - Capstone Learnings (3 credits)

TOTAL Credits: 30

 Visit our VIU Program and Course Calendar page for further details.

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