Saturday, June 15, 2024

Post-secondary institutions in Victoria offer online courses for community at large this summer


Staying at home doesn’t mean our lives have to stop. There are so many opportunities to learn, explore, improve, and marvel, even while sitting pyjama-clad on the couch.

One great way to do this is by taking online courses. Camosun College, Royal Roads University, and the University of Victoria have all modified their spring and summer lineups in an effort to make education accessible while the risk of COVID-19 lingers.

Check out a few selections from the huge range of offerings provided by these post-secondary institutions.

Camosun College

Camosun provides over two dozen publicly accessible, affordable courses from May through August.

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Start learning a new language in Spanish Level 1, or buckle down in Spanish Boot Camp if you’ve already got an intermediate understanding.

They even offer Prenatal Online, a course for expectant families that covers the stages of pregnancy, labour techniques, and potential interventions, and options during labour and delivery.

Royal Roads University

Royal Roads offers a variety of non-credit courses through their Professional and Continuing Studies department. 

Building and Sustaining Community in Times of Crisis is an especially relevant course right now. Discover how to build resilient, collaborative communities and look at leadership with an interpersonal lens. Learn how to live with the greater good in mind.

Multiple offerings of the course Academic Writing and Critical Thinking are available, which allows writers to hone their craft as well as improve their research skills. This practical course is feedback-oriented, with consistent input from instructors as well as peer review.

Royal Roads also has a number of webinars available to the public, ranging from mindfulness practices for leaders to pandemic conspiracy theories!

University of Victoria

UVic has over 800 courses listed within their Continuing Studies department. Here are a few that are currently available:

Looking to build your online brand? Social Media Marketing for Creative Professionals covers networking, research, personal branding and more.

Learn how to communicate successfully with Effective Communication Tools, exploring methods both old and new in the realm of public relations.

Or maybe take a range of complimentary courses like Introductions to Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.

UVic has also launched The Great Indoors, a freely accessible site with content covering everything from virtual art exhibits to climate action at home.

You can even watch Cinecenta documentaries from the comfort of your home.

How are you broadening your horizons this summer? Let us know in the comments!

Hannah Koning
UVic student and Freelance Writer at Victoria Buzz. If you’ve got a story, I probably want to write it:

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