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Jun 02, 2020 jjamison

Connecting with Students at Home

With social distancing measures still in place, Canadian students are continuing their "new normal" education, often including online learning with their teachers and at home learning with their parents. Families are slowly adjusting to this current reality, and teachers are stepping up to show their innovation and their commitment to their students.

We continue to be so impressed with all the new and creative ways teachers are finding to connect with their students during this time. We've compiled a short list of examples to share and get you inspired!


  • North Vancouver: Argyle Secondary school’s PE teachers find creative uses for toilet paper – watch video
  • New Westminster: Qayqayt Elementary school's grade 5 students share ways they are supporting their community – watch video
  • Surrey: Colebrook Elementary school's teachers create inspirational music video for their students – watch video
  • North Vancouver: Choir teacher creates virtual choir lessons – watch video
  • Delta: Deltaview Secondary school's teachers collaborate to create this music video for students – watch video

These are only some examples of the countless ways teachers are getting creative and finding ways to reach out to their students. We hope this inspires you as much as it has inspired us, and we wish you another creative month ahead of teaching from home!

Read on to find our online programming options, as well as resource videos for teaching online.

The PDCE Team


Discover our self-guided MOOCs, and engage in meaningful, relevant, and necessary topics today – 100% online!

LEARN Mental Health Literacy

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Course start: Ongoing

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Teaching MHL (Ages 12-19)

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Don't miss this three-part free video series designed to assist in the transition to teaching online. Visit the link below for videos, tips, guidelines, and more!

View all three free video resources, and FAQs about teaching online:


The Master of Educational Technology (MET) program educates professionals in the use and impact of digital learning technologies. This fully online graduate program provides a unique opportunity for our students to study and engage in:


  • Technology-supported instruction
  • Planning and management of learning technologies and eLearning
  • Design and development of digital learning technologies and environments
  • Digital literacy and digital culture in formal and informal learning contexts


The Master of Educational Technology program offers a comprehensive curriculum exploring pedagogical, implementation and development topics relevant to learning technologies and eLearning.


Format: 100% Online

Begins: January 2021

Length: 2-3 years

Apply by: October 15, 2020


There is a need for qualified Early Childhood Educators. UBC’s Faculty of Education is offering a program of courses that would lead to the BC Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant and Basic Certificates. These credentials are required by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to work in early childhood settings (ages birth to 5 years) in BC.


Coursework for both certificates is offered 100% online, allowing the flexibility to work and manage other responsibilities while preparing for an exciting career in Early Childhood Education! 


The Basic Certificate provides students with a basic foundation of the knowledge and skills needed to work with young children in a range of early childhood settings. Graduates from an approved education program can work as an Early Childhood Educator once they receive a certificate from the ECE Registry in the Ministry of Children and Family Development.


Format: 100% Online

Begins: January 2021

Length: 2.5 years | 39 credits

Apply by: October 15, 2020

Designed to meet the needs of teachers working in school districts and educators working in other settings, our diplomas will lead to a category upgrade with the Teacher Qualification Service. Increase your leadership & expertise today

Adult Learning and Education (ALE)

This program is designed for professionals wishing to gain new skills or to build on their current knowledge base on the topic of adult learning. The Diploma in Adult Learning and Education is particularly appropriate for those not quite wanting to pursue a graduate degree but interested in developing skills and knowledge in organizing, conducting, evaluating or administering programs for adult learners.


Format: Online

Length: 30 credits

Program Start: Ongoing




Last but not least, have you seen our Professional Learning Viewbook?

Our 2020 Viewbook outlines everything PDCE has to offer, especially for teachers and educators.

View it online!

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