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Micro-Credentials and Non Credit Programming

at Laurentian University

The Centre for Continuing Learning (CCL) at Laurentian University strives to develop and offer a broad range of lifelong learning opportunities for personal and professional development. These offerings reflect the needs and wants of a diverse clientele, whether for upgrading or career advancement or for the simple and pure pleasure of learning something new. 

Let your own motivation take you there. Browse our offerings to:

  • Earn a degree
  • Earn a certificate
  • Earn additional career qualifications
  • Learn a new skill
  • Refresh your own skills or dive in deeper
  • Learn something new

It’s easier than it’s ever been! All of our offerings -- whether completing a degree program or a short course micro-credential -- provide you with the flexibility to get ahead, keep up or catch up as your schedule permits. 

We are also looking to develop new offerings with community partners and subject matter experts.

Additional Information

How much time should I spend on one course every week?

You should set aside 3 - 15 hours a week to read, work on assignments, do research, participate in online discussions, and watch videos.

 

How do I access my online/distance education course?

The Centre for Continuing Learning uses the learning management system Desire2Learn (D2L). You will have access to your course(s) on the first day of the course.

 

Do I have a specific time frame in which I must complete a workshop or course?

Workshops can last anywhere from a few hours or be delivered over a few days.

You must complete a course within its assigned timeframe. Online courses are generally completed within 12 weeks. 

 

Will I have to come on campus?

Online courses do not require you to come on campus including workshops delivered through zoom. However, some workshops may be delivered on campus, the method of delivery is clearly stated for each workshop on our website.  

 

Will I have to write a final exam?

Your course may contain a final assessment. You will be able to complete your assessment online within our learning management system.  

What is a Micro-Credential?

Each micro-credential is made up of one or more micro-courses. To complete and earn your micro-credential you will need to complete the required micro-course(s) for that topic.

A micro-credential is a short program, typically 12 weeks or less, that is awarded for completing one or multiple micro-courses that are focused on a specific skill or competency. You will receive your micro-credential in the form of a certificate.

 

What is a Micro-Course?

Our micro-courses can be taken individually with no prerequisites required. If you see a micro-course that you are interested in, you can register for it! 
 
Our micro-courses are short, accessible, flexible, and affordable learning opportunities. These courses are what you will be registering for when pursuing a micro-credential. They are between 10-45 hours of study in total and are delivered over a 6–12-week period. They contain clearly defined learning outcomes and objectives. Our online (asynchronous) offerings allow students the opportunity to learn at their own pace. Micro-courses may be offered as synchronous (live) in-person/online workshops or asynchronous (allows you to learn on your own schedule, within a certain timeframe) using an online learning management system. Additionally, in some cases, our micro-courses will be offered as a combination of both asynchronous and synchronous. Every one of our upcoming micro-course offerings will have their delivery method listed so that you can make an informed decision and choose the learning style that works best for you.

It is important to note that if you would like to earn a micro-credential you will need to complete the required micro-courses for that topic.

 

We can help walk you through this process and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at continuinglearning@laurentian.ca
 

Centre for Continuing Learning

J.N. Desmarais Library, 2nd Floor