Online Learning

Prospective Students

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Applications are now being accepted for September 2022.
Applications are ongoing throughout the year until seats are filled. 

Please contact the Faculty of Education Graduate Programs for further program information or our Admissions department for registration requirements. 

Our OLTD program consists of ten, six-week, three credit courses, engaging students in discovering best practice for online teaching using the latest Web 2.0 tools and Learning Management Systems. The OLTD program is designed to meet the needs of industry, school districts and post-secondary institutions seeking certified, skilled teachers to work in distance delivery classrooms provincially and potentially internationally.

We also welcome instructors, faculty and trainers with an undergraduate degree (not a B.Ed) with current teaching experience who are interested in incorporating online and blended models into their teaching practice.

The program engages a small cohort model and is focused on student success. December holidays and summer vacations are honoured (July and August) providing a realistic schedule for practicing teachers and working professionals.

Courses are offered via both synchronous and asynchronous delivery models.

The program also qualifies graduates to complete VIU's Masters of Education (Leadership) graduate program with only an additional 10 credits of project work required. Successful OLTD program graduates who are currently teaching in BC's public education system will quality for increased TQS salary placement (depending on your current status.)

Please contact Graduate Programs in the Faculty of Education for further information.


The program fee schedule is available in the "Program Fees" tab in the VIU Academic Calendar Program Page 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..
  • Engage in service learning


YEAR 1 Fall Semester

OLTD 501 - Foundations of 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 - Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies: Challenges and Opportunities (3 credits)

OLTD 506 - Digital Responsibilities and Professionalism (3 credits)


OLTD 510 - Capstone Learnings (3 credits)

TOTAL Credits: 30

The Graduate Diploma in Online Learning and Teaching may qualify graduates to complete VIU's Masters of Education in Educational Leadership degree program with an additional 10 credits of applied project work. It is anticipated that project work will be completed in one to two semesters with graduation in Spring of the following year.



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