eLearning is one of the fastest growing areas of education. It is also one of the most complex, as it changes every aspect of how education is designed, delivered, assessed, managed, led, funded and governed. For effective eLearning systems and practices—particularly to serve increasingly diverse learners and communities—new knowledge, skills and attitudes are needed for everyone involved in the education industry.

This program is based on sound principles for online pedagogy and practice in a range of educational settings.

Participants draw on their professional knowledge and experiences in course learning. The certificate cumulates in a capstone activity that will be implemented or shared with leaders and colleagues in participants’ own education contexts.

Who is this program for?

This program targets school-based personnel, but may be of interest to those in other organizations and industries in which blended and online eLearning is gaining traction. The program is also geared towards an international audience.

How the program works

This fully online program includes four core certificate courses (36 hours each) that are taken sequentially and cumulate in a mini-capstone project.

What you will learn

By the completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:


  • Understand how the key features of distinct educational contexts shape the implementation of various eLearning principles, practices, and technologies (LIM)
  • Identify a selection of sound and relevant theories, research, and resources for framing, designing, delivering, and assessing eLearning (RES)
  • Recognize a range of emerging technologies, web 2.0 tools, and eLearning trends that drive 21st century eLearning (KNOW)
  • Synthesize content, pedagogical, and technological knowledge in a particular case study problem on eLearning (APP)


  • Conduct web-based and database research for appropriate theory and educational research on topics in eLearning (RES)
  • Articulate effective pedagogical and design principles for effective eLearning in a variety of contexts (APP)
  • Plan, deliver, and assess an eLearning activity, lesson, course, program, and vision for eLearning for a particular audience and school using emerging technologies (APP)


  • Develop an attitude of ethical care for selecting, organizing, and implementing innovative and appropriate emerging technologies, given their affordances and limitations for different populations, contexts, and cultures (LIM)
  • Develop an appreciation for results-oriented planning, with emphasis on research-based, evidence-informed, and data-driven decision-making (PRO)
  • Develop a disposition that prioritizes student-centred, flexible, accessible, and inclusive learning (PRO)
  • Be open to multiple modalities and forms of communication within programs, as well as iterative eLearning models of design and delivery for programs (COMM)

Faculty of Education

These courses are offered by the Faculty of Education, in Partnership with Western Continuing Studies