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The University of British Columbia

Online Teaching for Educators: Development and Delivery

The University of British Columbia via edX Professional Certificate


Online education has been growing and evolving for some time. COVID-19 has accelerated this shift, along with increasing recognition of the benefits of distributed learning, such as flexibility, accessibility, and scale.

And yet globally, instructors and administrators continue to grapple with the transition to teaching online. Navigating the online environment can be daunting and difficult to do well, especially while catering to a variety of student needs. Many of us feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to plan and create high-quality, effective online course content that maximizes student engagement.

Designed for educators and administrators, this hands-on professional certificate program will help you harness and evaluate technology, and effectively plan, develop, implement and deliver engaging and enduring online programs. You will gain the knowledge to assess and implement pedagogical technologies, and contribute to strategic decisions around online course design, teaching and learning.

Course One is directed at administrators and educational leaders required to make decisions around digital learning technologies and frameworks, including assessing learning management systems (LMS) and tools for creating both synchronous and asynchronous course materials. Courses Two and Three focus on content development,effective teaching and instructional design, equipping you to produce and deliver interactive learning experiences that boost student success. These courses contain specific resources and learning activities tailored to primary, secondary and adult/higher education.

Taught by Dr. Donna Bonassisa, an online education expert with international experience in primary, secondary, adult and cultural education, this program offers a unique intercultural perspective. Through online discussion, become a part of a vibrant community of educators worldwide.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Online Course Development: Planning and Implementation

Determine key considerations for preparing and developing an online course or program, from technology selection to change management.

Course 2: Designing and Developing an Online Course

This course will prepare administrators and educators with an understanding of course and program design and development.

Course 3: Strategies for Online Teaching and Learning

Learn strategies for effective and engaging teaching and learning in an online course environment.


Taught by

Dr. Donata Bonassisa


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