Contemporary Educational Practices

College-Approved Certificate (11 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1921X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Education today must position students for success in evolving work and social environments by addressing the competencies needed to thrive in a global context. In turn, educators must transition from dispensers of knowledge to facilitators of learning. This online College Certificate outlines specific competencies that address the skills, the character building and the innovative and creative thinking processes that students need. Educators of the 21st century must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to create educational programming that engages and supports success for every student. This program is designed for current educators or working professionals engaged in teaching activities who want to be on the leading edge of evidence-based educational delivery.

This program explores diverse, student-focused educational theories and models of experiential learning. Students participate in contemporary topics, such as learner engagement, retention, creating accessible learning materials and the role of technologies as educational supports for classroom, online and hybrid delivery. Students are immersed in an interactive, experiential learning environment that allows them to find relevant sources to design and create learning materials and to develop effective teaching skills in an ever-evolving educational environment.

Graduates of this program can deliver value to the postsecondary educational market.

To qualify for this certificate, this program must be completed within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy using educational technology.
  • Are self-directed learners.
  • Wish to share their subject matter expertise with others.
  • Enjoy exploring current educational trends.
  • Want to upgrade their teaching knowledge and skills.

Your Career

Graduates may find work as course developers, facilitators and instructors in online or traditional education, in colleges, corporations, government offices, healthcare or other vocational settings.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Melissa Langlais, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723, ext. 7310 or


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameFallWinter
EDU200125.0Online Learning TheoriesOnline Learning Theories

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EDU200225.0Developing Online Course ContentOnline Learning
EDU200325.0The Art and Science of FacilitationOnline Learning Online Learning
EDU200425.0Assessment and EvaluationOnline Learning Online Learning
EDU201020.0Reflective EducatorsReflective Educators

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EDU201120.0Engaging Mobile LearnersBlank Icon Online Learning
EDU201220.0Ethics and Legislation in EducationOnline Learning Online Learning
EDU201320.0Applied Research and EducationOnline Learning Online Learning
EDU201420.0Work Integrated LearningBlank Icon Online Learning
EDU201520.0Accessible Course ContentOnline Learning Online Learning
EDU201620.0Effective Use of Open Educational ResourcesEffective Use of Open Educational Resources

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EDU2002 Developing Online Course Content

The development of online course content requires an in-depth understanding of personal learning, the incorporation of digital competencies for the 21st century and compliance with ethical principles and current compliancy standards. The development of interactive content and activities that engage learners to practise and extend their knowledge and skills is emphasized. Students explore instructional media to create rich elements that are visually appealing and fully engage the learner with the content, fellow students and their facilitator.

EDU2003 The Art and Science of Facilitation

Facilitating online courses is a methodology that requires the knowledge and skills of proven strategies that involve students in active learning. Students learn synchronous and asynchronous communication strategies and create effective communication processes for online learners to enable them to construct new knowledge in collaboration with peers. Students research best practices in online student engagement and use key functions of content management systems.

EDU2004 Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment plays a significant role in learning and cannot be underestimated. Learners explore using the following criteria: effectiveness, efficiency, reliability and validity when developing performance-based assessments. Using available tools, learners construct sequenced, balanced assessment plans that include feedback strategies that promote learning.

EDU2011 Engaging Mobile Learners

By using technology and recognizing the mobile learner, educators can facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of education. Students start with an exploration of contemporary theories, research and trends in mobile learning, then progress to review current devices and popular apps. Application of theory is demonstrated by converting traditional learning activities into dynamic mobile learning experiences.

EDU2012 Ethics and Legislation in Education

Educators require an understanding of the major legal and ethical principles and issues that relate to Canadian education. Through research, analysis and discussion of common scenarios, students explore legal and ethical rights of all stakeholders in the educational process. As well, they learn to apply ethical principles to their own practice as educators.

EDU2013 Applied Research and Education

Applied research uses new or existing knowledge to solve real-world challenges; it has immediate practical application. Participants explore the concepts and types of educational applied research and learn essentials of proposal writing, funding and the ethics approval process. They examine completed applied research initiatives within educational programs and identify and write a short proposal for an applied research project.

EDU2014 Work Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning is as much about learning as it is about work. Research highlights benefits for students, institutions, employers and community partners. Students explore various forms of work-integrated learning. They review different definitions and relevant models of work integrated learning, types of documentation necessary to participate in off-campus experiences and create a field or clinical placement learning module.

EDU2015 Accessible Course Content

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires that Ontario businesses and organizations provide communication in accessible formats. Accessible formats allow individuals to interpret information independently and can include electronic format, large print, Braille, audio delivery and closed captioned video. Students create examples of accessible curriculum by using various standard computer applications and tools.