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Certificate of Online and Open Learning


Certificate of Online and Open Learning

A flexible program, offered by the Open Learning team, to prepare instructors for designing, developing and teaching high-quality online, blended, technology-enhanced, and open courses.

Are you interested in exploring the possibilities of introducing technology into your teaching?

Have you identified a particular challenge, or a need your students have that may be overcome with a new resource?

These courses; free, entirely online, and available to UWindsor faculty and beyond, offer both the pedagogy behind introducing technology into your teaching, as well as the practical tools you need to get started right now. All guided by the Learning Specialists in Open Learning.


Take the half-courses on their own as you like, or combine a series of achievements to earn the full Certificate of Online and Open Learning.

Each COOL half-course is a free, non-credit, 6-week online course, earning a certificate upon completion. The courses are offered at least once a year, and do not need to be taken in succession.

            Anatomy of the 21st Century Online and Open Educator

            Practice What You Teach

            Exploring the Edges of Online Teaching

COOL workshops registration link is open 


The paths to earning the full Certificate are plentiful and offer the learner a chance to identify their needs and wants to enhance their own professional practice.

COOL Must Haves:

In order to earn the Certificate of Online and Open Learning, you must provide the following:

  1. A letter of application
  2. An ePortfolio
  3. A course (re) design
  4. A workshop lead by you or A peer teaching observation

In addition, one of these four combinations of Program Requirements must be met:

  1. Complete the 3 half-courses (Anatomy of an Educator, Practice What You Teach and Exploring the Edges of Online Teaching)
  2. Complete 2 of the half-courses, and the Online Course Design Institute
  3. Complete 2 of the half-courses, and 3 selected workshops offered by Open Learning
  4. Combine any of the above options, and provide evidence of prior experience (ex: online course development projects, MOOC completion, completion of other relevant course, etc)




Submission link coming soon!


If you have any questions about the Certificate of Online and Open Learning, please email us at