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Humanizing Digital Learning


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. 

Schedule & Registration 


Start with The Introduction to Humanizing Digital Learning, then take the remaining courses at any time they are offered:

  • Practicing Accessibility, EDI, Decolonization, and Indigenization in Digital Teaching: An Introduction
  • Student Engagement: Humanizing the Learning Process
  • Digital Assessment Strategies
  • Ethical Educational Technology: Technology and Data in Teaching and Learning
  • Building for Openness: Capstone Project (can start at any time after taking the Intro course) 

What the program looks like

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 in order to support a variety of skills. 

Program Goals

Participants who successfully complete the micr-program will be able to: 

  1. Critically evaluate, analyse, and reflect on the design of online and digitally-enabled courses 

  1. Apply a lens of equity and inclusiveness, as well as principles of Universal Design and accessibility standards to the design of courses 

  1. Design, develop, and evaluate active, engaging, and aligned online and other digitally-enabled curricula 

  1. Design and implement effective assessment strategies for online and hybrid courses 

  1. Critically evaluate the ethical, equity, and accessibility implications of digital technology use in teaching 

  1. Show an emerging understanding of open pedagogies, and how to create and use openly licenced materials in their teaching 

  1. Discuss emerging and inclusive pedagogies and apply these to their own context where appropriate 

  1. Critically reflect on existing beliefs, values, practices, and philosophies of teaching, and use these to guide their own practice in online and digitally-enabled courses



Looking for Certificate in Online and Open Learning (COOL)? It can be accessed here.