Transforming higher education: connecting knowledge and community

Let's transform and reshape higher education to meet the challenges of our times—embark on a journey of building knowledge and community, social change, and leadership. Designed to fit your schedule, our short courses are packed with current information and resources to ensure you stay at the forefront of this innovative field. Elevate your learning, connect with leading experts, and refine your skills in one, comprehensive program or learning series. Your knowledge democracy journey starts here.

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Program description

Knowledge Democracy in Higher Education is a five-part learning series focused on understanding the principles of community-university engagement, community-based participatory research, building equitable partnerships, integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and transforming higher education. This online program will combine both asynchronous and synchronous learning (led by the UNESCO Research Chairs and invited experts).

This learning series draws inspiration from renowned experts in the field of community-based participatory research and social responsibility in higher education, curated and led by Drs. Budd Hall and Rajesh Tandon. Their extensive expertise and contributions have significantly shaped the program's content and approach. Their collective efforts have also contributed to developing participatory research methodologies and knowledge democratization, which enriches the program's objectives of fostering equitable partnerships, addressing global challenges and co-constructing sustainable change. Participants can look forward to engaging with their profound insights, experiences and ground-breaking contributions.

The Knowledge Democracy in Higher Education learning series will be open for enrolment as individual sessions. Those participating in the full series will be eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion. Participants will be able to engage with cutting-edge concepts, learn from experienced educators and external experts, and actively contribute to developing democratic learning environments. Join us as we explore the dynamic intersection of knowledge, society, power, and the pivotal role of knowledge in addressing global challenges while promoting inclusive and sustainable change. Don't miss this chance to be part of a transformative journey toward knowledge democracy and its practical implementation within higher education.

Program highlights

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Experiential Learning
This learning series allows you to integrate theory with practice by engaging with your instructors and fellow classmates. You will be given the opportunity to learn foundational concepts along with international case studies.

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These short courses are designed with a busy lifestyle in mind. Learn at your own pace and propel your career journey forward.

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Teaching Talent
Our instructors are industry professionals with years of expertise and lived experience. They’re dedicated to helping you develop the knowledge and skills to realize your full potential.

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The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading universities, recognized for preparing students for careers in a wide range of disciplines. Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Program outcomes

Learners who complete the full Knowledge Democracy in Higher Education learning series will be able to:

  • recognize multiple dimensions of knowledge
  • apply knowledge democracy principles in education
  • advance democratic values such as transparency, inclusivity and accountability
  • better integrate the SDGs in research and teaching in higher education

Who is this program for?

This program is for national and international academic leaders, researchers, and others working in the knowledge sector and/or community-based organizations.


Courses and fees

Learners can choose to register for individual courses or complete the full Knowledge Democracy in Higher Education learning series. To register for the full program and earn a Certificate of Completion for the five-part series, click the “Apply Online” button below. To register for individual courses, click on the course titles below.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
5 courses $675.00
Estimated Total $675.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Learners can purchase individual courses for $150 each.

Application information

Admission requirements

The five courses and program are open to all.

How to apply

Courses in the Knowledge Democracy in Higher Education learning series can be taken either as stand-alone learning opportunities or combined to receive a Knowledge Democracy in Higher Education Certificate of Completion. Each individual course in the series costs $150. However, learners committed to completing all five courses can take advantage of our discounted rate, which is applied to the final course in the series (KDHE150). Instead of paying $750 for all five courses, learners will pay $675. To access the discounted rate for KDHE150, please follow these steps:

  • Register and pay the full price ($150) for the first four modules: KDHE110, KDHE120, KDHE130, and KDHE140.
  • When registering for KDHE150, select the “Full Program” fee tab that offers the reduced course fee of $75.

Application dates

Starting in
November 2024
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