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Is the technology we use in our classroom dehumanizing us and our students? Digital technologies can be distracting, have embedded racially biased decision making, lead to problems with cheating, and guide us into less complex teaching approaches. Those same technologies can also allow us to access people or resources from around the world. Most importantly, they are a fact of our living and learning lives that aren’t going away. The humanizing digital learning micro-program takes these conflicting realities as a starting point and uses the best available research and practices to reduce the dehumanizing impact of the digital while also focusing on the ways the digital can support a more human-centered classroom.

This micro-program consists of six courses that address the issues of humanizing learning from a variety of perspectives. The introductory course establishes some common language and identifies many of the challenges that will be addressed in the program. The next four courses address humanizing from the perspectives of student engagement; assessment; the technology itself; and EDI, accessibility, decolonization, and Indigenization. Following completion of the Introductory course, participants will be assigned a facilitator for the capstone course. This involves the participant choosing a specific project (a syllabus, an ebook, a complex assignment) and developing it for use in their own classes and working on that project throughout the program.

You can take each course as a stand-alone microcredential (eg. Humanizing Technology.) All courses are required for attaining the full micro certification. Participants will be expected to complete the Introductory course at the beginning of the credential and finish the certification by completing the capstone project. All other courses can be taken in any order as they are offered.

A series of technical workshops will be offered at the same time as this certificate to support development of a variety of skills.

Each course will run over four weeks, with one 2-hour synchronous online session each week, as well as opportunities for formative assessment. Participants will be expected to attend each session and engage with the material and assessments in order to achieve certification.

Audience: Faculty, staff, sessional instructors, and students with teaching responsibilities.

For more information on the program, visit the Humanising Digital Learning site, contact the Office of Open Learning by email: or visit the team on the second floor of the Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI) building at the 700 California entrance.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Digital Assessment Strategies

Registration closes May 27, 2024.
Schedule: May 28 – June 18, 2024,
Tuesdays, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
What are the purposes of assessment?  How can you make the process more fair, equitable, barrier-free and better able to assess learning?   According to Boud & Falchikov (2007), assessment “directs attention to what is important. It acts as an incentive for study. And it has a powerful effect on what students do and how they do it.” Discover the principles and options available to make your course assessments more relevant and less painful to all! Topics include: 
  • History of assessment
  • Equity and accessibility
  • Academic integrity
  • Ungrading and other alternate grading approaches
  • Technology tools
  • Large class assessment
Pre-requisites: Completion of Introduction to Humanizing Digital Learning course; preference will be given to individuals enrolled in the Humanizing Digital Learning program.

Audience:  Faculty, staff, sessional instructors, and students with teaching responsibilities.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Introduction to Humanizing Digital Learning

Registration closes July 15, 2024.
Schedule: July 16 – August 06, 2024,
Tuesdays, 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
(list dates)
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Dave Cormier, Mark Lubrick
Does the digital change our relationship to our classrooms, to our content or to our students? What can we do to impact our own experience of teaching and the experience of our students to make it a more humane venture. This introductory course will cover the ways in which we can impact teaching and learning in a digital world that is equitable, inclusive and often, more effective. This course will introduce the themes that will be covered in the content course, including discussion about engagement, assessment, EDDI and about the technology that underlies many of the changes that we’ve been seeing. No prior technical expertise is required for taking this course.

Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions, meaningfully engage with the content and one another, and complete short homework assignments.

Self-paced and other workshops

Building for Openness - Capstone Project

Registration for this event is now closed.
Schedule: (Self-paced)
Location: Online, Microsoft Teams
Instructors: Nobuko Fujita
Note: This is NOT a self-paced course, but a mentor-directed course with no set schedule. The instructor is the coordinator, not necessarily the mentor for your project.
This capstone course is an in-depth experiential learning opportunity that is designed to help you build a syllabus for your digital course that is equitable, engaging, and open. With mentoring by experts in identified areas, you will apply the knowledge and skills to develop digital learning outcomes, activities and assessments customized for your teaching context. You can start this capstone after completing the first course, Introduction to Humanizing Digital Learning, and choose to complete the course as an independent study or as a cohort depending on the participants interested at a given time.

Prerequisite: Completion of

  • An Introduction to Humanizing Digital Learning and
  • enrolment in the Humanizing Digital Learning Micro-Program