Teaching and learning within the post-secondary setting is an ever-expanding area of practice, and to effectively teach in the 21st
century, instructors must continually update their professional learning and pedagogical practice to empower learners. This program provides critical elements to help post-secondary instructors, adult educators, and industry trainers obtain the necessary skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed for the dynamic environment of post-secondary education practice. This program provides new and experienced post-secondary instructors an opportunity to upskill their digital competencies, employ novel approaches to evaluating learning, actively engage and empower diverse learners, and engage in collaborative teaching practice.
The themes in this program are: (a) Introduction to Adult Education, (b) Educational Technology, (c) Teaching and Learning for Engagement, (d) Assessment of and for Learning, (e) Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion in the Classroom, and (f) Coaching for Learning.
In addition to eligibility for certification as a post-secondary instructor in Newfoundland and Labrador, upon successful completion of the program, graduates will:
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professionalism required for an adult learning environment.
- Communicate effectively in a collaborative learning environment.
- Develop lesson plans and instructional strategies appropriate for post-secondary teaching and learning.
- Utilize various assessment methods and modalities for diverse learning environments.
- Integrate technology into teaching practice to serve the needs of contemporary diverse learners.
- Modify educational practice to address the diverse needs of contemporary learners.
- Engage in reflective and iterative post-secondary instructional practice.
- Create engaging learning environments that respect the cultural and individual diversity of learners.
Eligibility for admission to this program requires the applicant to meet the following requirements:
1. Post-Secondary Credential
A post-secondary credential which enables the applicant to teach at a post-secondary level (e.g., certificate, diploma, degree, red seal, etc.).
All applicants must meet CNA’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. CNA will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If an applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
Additional Admissions Information
Due to the online nature of this program, it is advised that prospective students are skilled in navigating the internet and using Microsoft Office programs. Students who do not possess these skills are advised to complete MI1030 (Digital Essentials) or a similar training course before beginning the program to maximize their likelihood of success.
What does ALTI stand for?
- Adult Learning and Teaching Innovation
Who is eligible to register for ALTI courses?
- Anyone who is eligible to teach at a post-secondary level can register for an ALTI course.
How do I enroll in an ALTI course(s)?
- Apply online for the ALTI program: https://www.cna.nl.ca/program/adult-learning-and-teaching-innovation
- Upload Post-Secondary Credential in Self-Service to fulfill program entrance requirements
- Once your application is received and you have been deemed eligible, you will receive a course selection form for the semester where you can choose in which courses you would like to enroll
What is the Post-Secondary Instructor’s Certificate?
Will I receive my Post-Secondary Instructor’s Certificate (PSIC) for completing the ALTI program?
How many courses will I participate in?
- The ALTI program consists of 27 courses in total and participants will complete 26 courses for the full program. Most courses can be completed in any order for faculty interested in a single course or badge as professional development.
- A select few courses do have prerequisites, so please refer to the course descriptions online to plan ahead
How will courses be offered?
- Courses will be offered in a variety of ways, including online synchronous (in real time), online asynchronous (at your convenience), and in-person synchronous (in a physical classroom). Not all courses will be available via all three means. Please see the full course schedule online https://www.cna.nl.ca/program/adult-learning-and-teaching-innovation
How long is each course?
- The courses vary in duration, from 5 hours to 24 hours, with most courses falling in the 10-to-12-hour range.
How are the courses evaluated?
- Participants are awarded a Pass/Fail grade in each course based upon the successful completion of one or more assignments.
Will my schedule be flexible? Can I complete the course on my own time?
- For online synchronous and in-person synchronous offerings, classes will be scheduled at a specific time during which participants will be in attendance. Assignments will have specific due dates.
- For online asynchronous offerings, there will be no scheduled classes. Participants can complete the work on their own time, but assignments will still have specific due dates.
What is a badge?
- A badge is a digital token of achievement of a micro-credential awarded to participants upon completion of one or more courses. For a more detailed explanation, visit:
https://www.gur Calibri (Body) oolearning.com/blog/micro-credentials-and-digital-badges-whats-the-difference
What is a micro-credential?
- Consists of competencies identified as essential by industry and business.
- Primary focus is on assessment of competencies for quality assurance.
- Provides certification to the student upon successful demonstration of competencies.
- For more information, visit https://www.cna.nl.ca/programs-courses/micro-credentials.aspx
How do I receive a badge?
- The 27 ALTI courses have been grouped into 18 different badges and participants will receive a badge after the completion of one to three courses.
How do I access the badges I have received?
- The badges will be awarded through MyCreds.ca and participants can login at any time to view all completed badges.
- MyCreds™ [Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada] provides the platform for certifying, sharing, and verifying academic credentials.
- Digital documents are certified by CNA and can be shared with other educational institutions, employers, immigration authorities, and other third parties.
- Documents issued through MyCreds™ are authentic, tamper-evident, and legally valid. They meet the requirements of certified digital documents in countries around the world.
When can I expect to receive my digital badge?
- Participants can expect to receive their digital badge within 30 days after completing the required course(s).
How many badges will I have earned upon completion of the ALTI program?
- The ALTI program consists of 18 badges in total.
If I have already completed university courses towards a Post-Secondary Instructor’s Certificate, will I participate in all 26 courses with ALTI?
- Depending upon the institution at which the courses were completed, it may be possible to apply for an exemption from certain courses. We are currently only accepting exemptions for select courses from MUN and VSCC. Please e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Can I register for select courses if I already have my PSIC?
- We highly encourage anyone who has an interest in any of the ALTI courses, whether or not you have your PSIC, to apply and enroll.
How much does the program cost?