Applications are now being accepted for September 2019.
Applications are ongoing throughout the year until seats are filled.
Please contact our Admissions department for further information and registration requirements. Our OLTD Program Coordinator, Mary O'Neill, is also pleased to welcome your inquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
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 prublic education system will quality for increased TQS salary placement (depending on your current status.)
Please contact our Education Advising department for further information.
The program fee schedule 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, accountibility 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 - Introduction to Online Learning - Competencies and Environments (3 cr)
OLTD 512 - Instructional Design (3 cr)
OLTD 503 - Online Communication (3 cr)
OLTD 504 - Learning Systems (3 cr)
OLTD 502 - Digital Learning Continuum (3 cr)
YEAR 2 Fall Semester
OLTD 508 - Mobile Learning & Gaming (3 cr)
OLTD 511 - Blended Learning (3 cr)
OLTD 509 - Emergent Environments and Technologies (3 cr)
OLTD 506 - Social Media(3 cr)
OLTD 510 - Capstone Learnings (3 cr)
TOTAL Credits: 30
The Graduate Diploma in Online Learning and Teaching qualifies graduates to complete VIU's Masters of Education (Leadership) degree program with an additional 10 credits of applied project work. It is anticipated that project work will be completed in one semester with graduation in Spring of the following year.
OLTD is a 2 year program with fees totaling $11,919.38 for the 30 credit program. (Note- Fees are subject to change annually.)