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Professional development and English language proficiency

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences brings lifelong learning to you with our online professional development courses. Fit your training around your job and family life and take the next step in your career.

Our faculty is also the home of Athabasca University’s English language proficiency courses. Whether you are learning English as a second language or wanting to improve your skills, we can help.

Professional development

Blended and Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT)

BOLT courses let K-12 teachers explore the latest digital technologies and teaching philosophies.

There are 9 online modules, worth 1 graduate credit each, that can be taken in any order. Schedules run counter to the intense periods of the K-12 calendar.

Complete all 9 courses to earn the Graduate Certificate in Technology-Based Learning.

Explore the BOLT program

Open online courses

Our free massive open online courses (MOOCs) are designed to help learners, educators and administrators develop skillsets through customized content, collaborative work, and technology-enabled learning.

Learn more about these online courses

Online learning resources

Moving Education Online is a resource hub created to support parents and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources on this site are some of our most-recommended support materials as Canadian and global education move to online and distance delivery.

Explore Moving Education Online

English language and writing studies

Yes, you can improve your written and oral English skills through online education. Prepare for further study and increase your employment and professional opportunities while you work.

Our English Language Proficiency program is made up of 5 online courses. Taking all 5 will give you a certificate of completion and the confidence and ability to succeed in university or college programs.

All these courses are also open to students who speak and write English as their first language. Take our English Language Assessment to check your skill level.

Updated February 05, 2024 by Digital & Web Operations (