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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Diploma - Designing Adult Learning for the Digital Age

The Diploma in Designing Adult Learning for the Digital Age is a fully online, six-course program designed for students with a post-secondary diploma or equivalent. Our unique online format uses virtual classrooms to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building.  You may pursue this program on a part-time or full-time basis. This program emphasizes real-world inquiry/problem-based learning to provide you with the best opportunities to develop job-ready skills in training and instruction using digital technology in adult education fields.

As a graduate from our program, you will learn:

  • Digital age skills such as collaboration, leadership, online facilitation, professional and ethical behaviour, time management and virtual teamwork.
  • Critical, creative and problem-based thinking.
  • How to design and facilitate adult learning.
  • Social advocacy in digital media environments.
  • Technical practices and digital epistemologies.
The Diploma in Adult Learning for the Digital Age:

  • Is conducted fully-online, using virtual classrooms to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building. This flexible format allows you to study from anywhere in the world and to pursue your studies part-time.
  • Affords careers in human resources management and training in the industrial, commercial and various other sectors
  • Leverages the potential of digital technology affordances in adult education contexts.
  • Offers adult educators in the corporate and government sectors opportunities for professional development and advancement in adult education and human resource development.
  • Situates graduates as college educators, military trainers, health educators (both for professional development and public education), as well as education bureaucrats and public educators in other service areas.
What is the online course structure?

The Designing Adult Learning for the Digital Age diploma is offered fully online using virtual classrooms to maximize interaction, collaboration and community building. In each semester, one of the required courses will be offered. A typical 36-hour (three-credit) course is 12 weeks long and typically includes:

  • Two to three video clips per week, each of them six to eight minutes long, and associated readings available online.
  • Online synchronous tutorials in Adobe Connect (60 minutes) moderated by a teaching assistant or Instructor and drawing on the analysis and synthesis questions posed in the video clip as the starting point for discussion.
  • Online discussions in a learning management system such as Blackboard or other asynchronous tools.
  • Work on problem-based learning (PBL) with a collaborative team.

Each student is expected to actively participate in the tutorial sessions by using their webcam and microphone, since it is easier to understand the ideas communicated by others when their facial expressions and body language can be seen, rather than just listening to them.

How many courses do I need to complete the program?

You need to complete 6 courses (18 credits) to obtain a diploma in Adult Learning for the Digital Age.

What technology do I need to participate?

Students require access to a computer, preferably a laptop, with these minimum characteristics:

  • A combination headset/microphone (external speakers are not acceptable as they tend to cause feedback noise).
  • High-speed Internet access (download speed should be greater than 2.0mbps and upload speed should be greater than 0.6mbps).
  • Video capabilities with either a built-in or external compatible WebCam.
What software do I need to participate?

Your courses will make use of open-source software packages as much as possible. Each course instructor may also require the use of course-speaker software.

Basic software required includes:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 or newer, or MacOS X 10.6x or newer.
  • Web browser: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge.
  • Office software: Microsoft Office, Open Office or Google Docs (presentation application, spreadsheet capability and word processing).
How do I participate in the online virtual classroom?

You will also need to use Adobe Connect, a free browser-based video conferencing software. This program allows you to actively participate, real-time, in a virtual classroom.

What computer skills do I need?

Students must possess a minimum technical skill set that allows them to use the necessary technology used in their courses. All students should be comfortable with the use of their computer and the basic software listed above.

Adopting a flexible attitude towards digital technologies is highly important for this program. If you don't know how to use a specific tool or affordance, use the situation as the basis for an independent problem-based learning opportunity to try to figure it out for yourself or work collaboratively with your peers. You should also be able to find many resources on the Internet.

What teaching approach do you use?

Classes are highly interactive, collaborative and Inquiry Learning/Problem-Based Learning. IL/PBL is an approach to learning in which "students, working in small teams, examine a problem, situation and, through this exploration, are expected to locate the gaps in their own knowledge and skills in order to decide what information they need to acquire in order to resolve or manage the situation".

Integral to ESDT course will be the application of foundational educational principles to workplace/community-specific contexts and problems to ensure depth and breadth of understanding. Understanding is further enhanced through exposure to contexts beyond students' own intended work/life environments.

What courses do you offer?

Check out the "Courses" tab to explore our rich course selection.

How do I apply to the Designing Adult Learning for the Digital Age diploma program?

Please go to our College-to-University Transfer Application site to apply.

Full Course Descriptions for the Diploma Program are available here.

Course List
EDST 1100U - Problem and Inquiry-Based Learning
EDST 1110U - Foundations of Adult Learning
EDST 1120U - Foundations of Digital Teaching and Learning Technologies
EDST 2140U - Creating Digital Tools
EDST 2110U - Assessment for Learning
EDST 4120U - Serious Gaming and Simulations

Please go to the College-to-University Transfer Application site to information about

  • Admission Requirements 
  • How to Apply
  • Important Dates
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Transfer Credits
  • Useful Links

For general inquiries, contact

Susan Snelling
Senior Academic Advisor
905.721.8668 ext. 2703 

Diane Tepylo, PhD
Program Director
905.721.8668 ext. 3763