Online Teaching Courses & Resources

Vancouver Community College offers a certificate in online teaching – 3 courses – using Moodle as the LMS and delivered online so you have the student and the instructor experience.

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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has the following course through open learning. It is a post baccalaureate course:

EDDL 511: Intro to Distributed Learning
Availability: Canada Only, Delivered by: TRU-OL

Course Description

Participants will explore the realm of distributed learning through discussion about learning theory and pedagogy in online environments, consideration and application of technological tools to enhance the learning environment, and examination and design of assessment strategies.


Bachelor’s Degree and/or special permission from School of Education.

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E-Campus Alberta and NAIT offer an on-line course entitled Best Practices in Online Teaching. Although it does not follow the ISW model, it is more a traditional on-line course.

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Royal Roads University offers an ISWO (ISW Online) for their faculty regarding online teaching. This program follows the model of an ISW in both time dedicated to the theory of adults learning in the online environment and also time for the practice of participants facilitating online and getting peer feedback.

Contact Doug Hamilton, ( Chair of Faculty Development, for more information.

The University of Victoria offers a variety of online education courses, including one on e-learning.

For more info go to or contact Alison Brophey at 250-721-7860.

UBC Continuing Studies offers a course called Facilitating Online Across Cultures – It’s offered with partners in Latin America so brings together a rich mix of north and south educators to explore online learning.

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The community college system of Connecticut (12 colleges) has also developed a modular program. The modules are based on a document outlining pedagogical best practices for online instruction developed by the Teaching and Learning Team here which addresses online instruction. The classes are facilitated to give the participants the feel for an online class, with participants completing various assignments such as using a creating a discussion board and organizing collaborative activities. (The community college system uses the Blackboard Vista system) Participants are awarded a certificate of completion. Focus group and written feedback has been positive.

This is independent of the ISW program which is coordinated by the Manchester Community College’s Center for Teaching.