Last June, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) put forward a brand new short graduate program in Design, training and distance collaboration. The goal? Respond to the growing needs expressed by education and labor market professionals. With the arrival of COVID-19 on Quebec soil, let’s say that the said program has proven to be very popular.
In the current context where businesses, organizations and educational institutions are turning more and more to distance learning for reasons of efficiency and security, this short program, unique in Quebec, is timely.
“It must be said that we were visionaries since the program was created before COVID-19. On January 1, I was hired, ”says France Lafleur, the professor responsible for the program. “The education department got it right! The idea is to develop all digital skills and how to apply them in their respective careers. ”
“We opted for small groups and it’s a winning formula. We have limited the groups to 20 people and we can make concrete and personalized approaches to each participant. The training is not only for teachers. In addition to the part how to teach online, we learn all that is video capsules, Outlook, in short, a very good series of digital tools. We see several methods of communication too. ”
The program allows education professionals, but also trainers, educational advisers and managers to develop or improve their skills in teaching, or in design and management of remote work. Admission is made on the basis of a bachelor’s degree or experience deemed relevant.
“The program contains five 45-hour courses and the first intensive course sets the stage as you learn about the virtual environment. What we also like is to see how the learners share multitudes of ideas, tips and advice. People all share what they do and what they put into practice, ”adds the one who has been offering online training for almost 15 years, accumulating more than 80 courses behind the screen.
“We have teachers with us and they know there will be no going back. I wrote two works on the hybridity of teaching and that’s where we’re headed. There will be a strong trend towards this form of teaching for distance and in-class students. There are two choices, either the synchronous choice, in real time, and the asynchronous choice, offline. There are so many tools available to use. You know, a distance course requires a lot more preparation and planning than a face-to-face course. You can’t improvise, ”she concludes.
The next cohort of students is expected to be split into two groups, with entries scheduled for June 2021 and August 2021. For more information on the program, visit www.uqtr.ca/fc.fad.