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Program goals

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The Designing Adult Education for the Digital Age diploma recognizes the growing importance of formal and informal lifelong learning as seen in the expanding professional development needs of post-secondary instructors as well as similar requirements in the following workplace environments:

  • community-based
  • corporate
  • professional
  • public-sector

As the instructional demands of these large institutions and organizations continue to grow outside the traditional university and college-based education system, and as human resources departments turn their attention to the economic benefits of just-in-time online learning opportunities, there is an increased need for individuals with the knowledge, competencies and skills associated with teaching and learning in adult education environments in the digital age.

The diploma intends to prepare a new kind of expert who:

  • Is essential to the knowledge-based economy.
  • Has a broad social understanding of adult education.
  • Possesses a specialized knowledge and competency base with an understanding of the use of digital technologies for learning.

This diploma is designed with you in mind. It is built on Ontario Tech’s strength in digital technology and the Faculty of Education’s focus on learning and technology.

The Designing Adult Learning for the Digital Age diploma program and the Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology (AEDT specialization) program have similar expectations of their graduates. In both programs, graduates will develop competencies such as:

AEDT specialization competencies
  • traditional and multimodal forms of communication etiquette and ethics
Critical, creative and problem-based thinking:
  • creativity
  • inquiry and analysis
  • problem solving
Design and facilitation of adult learning:
  • adult learning teaching and facilitation strategies
  • adult learning theories
  • authentic assessment in adult learning
Digital age:
  • collaboration
  • leadership
  • online facilitation
  • professional and ethical behaviour
  • time management
  • virtual teamwork
Social advocacy in digital media environments:
  • digital advocacy, activism and social action
  • political and social critique of digital technologies
Technical practices and digital epistemologies:
  • possibilities and limits of digital age for social, cultural and intellectual development

Ontario Tech has demonstrated strengths in the area of learning technology. The addition of the six-course diploma is consistent with the Faculty of Education's overall direction. It builds on the existing success of the bachelor's program in Educational Studies and Digital Technologies and the graduate program in Education and Digital Technology.