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Ride the waves of a changing workplace

The workplace is always evolving like a constant wave, but you have the power to remain steady and not get swept away by constant change. The Micro-certificate in Designing Learning for a Changing Workplace is your opportunity to ride the wave of change and learn how to effectively adapt to it. This certificate is a quick and convenient way to learn how to design workplace learning experiences that enhance job performance. Whether you are an instructional designer, learning specialist, curriculum developer, HR specialist or someone new to the workplace learning profession, you will discover how to put learner-centred instructional strategies and methods into practice so that you can stay on top of the waves of change.

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Program description

In order to bridge the skills gap (reskilling, upskilling, right-skilling), organizations need to create training programs that will meet the quickly evolving needs of the workforce. This means that the format and delivery of training programs must include just-in-time, bite-sized chunks of learning that fit into the employees’ workflow.

Performance and learning professionals need to engage in their own upskilling so that they can re-design existing content and develop new training programs that closely align with how people work and lead to improved job performance.

In this short, flexible, online micro-credential, performance and learning professionals will build on their existing skills and experience to meet the changing industry needs. They will learn to design and develop programs that align with the necessities of the evolving workforce and support employees to improve their job performance.

Program Features

Online Flexibility
This program can be completed entirely online. Study in a program designed to fit your life as a busy professional.

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 micro-certificate.

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Short term
This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve your professional goals in as little as six months.

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Complete this program and ladder into the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) program.

Knowledge and Practical Skills
Get the latest information and learn about best practices that will give depth to your program development and implementation.

Excellent Instructors
In this program, you will get the opportunity to learn from some of the best adult educators in the country.

Networking Opportunities
You will collaborate with, learn from and find support in a network of professional colleagues who are as passionate about adult education and workplace learning as you are.

Program partners

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Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Recognized by The Institute for Performance and Learning

Program outcomes

After successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • design adult learning experiences that address diverse learners’ needs through the integration of adult learning principles into practice
  • develop workplace learning programs using instructional strategies and methods that align with performance objectives
  • plan for the assessment and transfer of learning as part of the design process
  • evaluate the effectiveness of instruction in meeting performance goals

Who is this program for?

The Micro-certificate in Designing Learning for a Changing Workplace is designed for:

  • workplace learning professionals who are seeking a short micro-credential
  • those who are new to the workplace learning profession
  • subject matter experts who are looking to upskill or reskill to meet industry needs
  • performance and learning professionals, including human resource professionals, instructional designers, learning specialists, curriculum developers
  • members of Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL)
  • participants of the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE):
    • current students
    • graduates
    • students who have taken a CACE course(s) but have not enrolled in the program
    • CACE students who have taken one of more of the Designing Learning for a Changing Workplace courses
  • students and professionals who are uncertain about the commitment to a longer credential (like CACE) but interested in something shorter

If you resonate with more than a few items on the list below, you are not alone! This program could support your professional development if you are:

  • passionate, enthusiastic and motivated about helping people learn and grow by creating effective learning and training programs
  • innovative, analytical, creative and enjoy learning yourself
  • are always looking for new and better ways to deliver effective training programs
  • can work collaboratively with others to design and deliver training programs that make a real difference in people's lives
  • proactive and able to anticipate challenges and opportunities in the changing workplace, and can adapt existing strategies accordingly
  • committed to staying up to date with the latest learning and development trends and best practices
  • empathetic and enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and experiences
  • committed to creating a positive and inclusive learning environment

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • instructional designer
  • learning specialist
  • curriculum developer
  • learning experience designer
  • e-learning developer


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Courses and fees

Students who complete the following will earn the Micro-certificate in Designing Learning for a Changing Workplace:

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program fee $20.00
Required course $625.00
EDCA elective course** $625.00
EDCA elective course** $625.00
Estimated Total $1,895.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

**Note: if taking the Designing Learning in a Hybrid Workplace program instead, the cost would be $300 x 3 courses = $900.

Application information

Admission requirements

It is recommended that participants have completed secondary school and are new or emerging workplace learning professionals.

How to apply

No application is necessary, simply select any of the courses required for the micro-certificate and register for them independently. When registering, you will have the option to purchase the Micro-certificate in Designing Learning for a Changing Workplace fee at an additional cost of $20. You are only required to select this when registering for one of the three courses.

Please contact us once you have completed your third course to receive your certificate. 

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