Learn to create technology-enhanced learning environments for any audience in any sector. Study theories and concepts of digital learning technologies, graphic design and project management.
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January 15, 2024
All sectors, especially in the time of COVID-19, need people who can design compelling digital learning environments.
In the Graduate Diploma in Technology-enhanced Learning and Design, you'll develop the skills to advance your career as an educator, trainer or designer.
In this program, you'll study best practices in the field of learning, including theoretical concepts, principles and debates that inform critical pedagogical issues in learning and technology.
You'll examine graphic design principles and learning theory to inform your course materials, leading to greater learner engagement.
You'll hone project management skills applicable to instructional systems design and instructional design.
You'll have multiple, practical opportunities to test your skills using proven digital methodologies and approaches.
As a graduate of this program, you'll be equipped to create and deliver exemplar technology-enhanced education for any audience in any field.
Best of two programs
This graduate diploma program combines courses from two Royal Roads programs in the School of Education and Technology: the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and the Master of Arts in Learning and Technology.
You'll take three courses from each program.
We've joined these programs to provide you with the pedagogical foundation to effectively design courses for digital learning environments.
Who it's for
This program is a good fit for educators, trainers and course developers in the private and public sectors.
The current marketplace is seeking applicants with a formal background in instructional design as well as the ability to work in technology-enhanced learning environments.
Graduates of this diploma program will be able to:
- critically evaluate how learning occurs in a variety of contexts
- design and create research-informed digital learning environments
- explain the interrelationship between innovation, change and digital learning environments and their impact on organizations and society
- communicate and synthesize information and arguments at the graduate level
Our graduates find work such as:
- training and development professionals, e.g., in industry, Department of National Defense, NGOs
- education and development managers, e.g., in health care
- training managers and directors of learning, e.g., in corporate settings
- higher education faculty, instructors and teaching and learning centre directors
- K to 12 educators and administrators
This program is delivered entirely online.
Throughout the program, you'll have the opportunity to apply what you're learning in practical situations. You'll gain experience with tools and methodologies that you can use right away at your place of work.
Online courses consist of assigned readings, synchronous or asynchronous sessions, interactive discussions, and individual and team assignments.
You’re expected to meet deadlines and contribute meaningfully to your class. Your contributions are a big part of everyone’s learning.
Each 3-credit online course requires approximately 100 hours of work.
You'll start your program with a non-credit, but required, course focused on building community with your fellow classmates and learning about academic integrity.
Courses in date order
Introduction to Academic Integrity
Graphic Design for Instructional Designers
Project Management for Instructional Designers
Instructional Design for Technology-Enhanced Learning
Foundations of Learning and Technologies
Innovation, Design and Learning Environments
Leading Change in Digital Learning
Applications are assessed based on an integrated and consolidated examination of academic credentials, work experience, and personal experience.
- Four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
- At least three* years of professional experience in a leadership** or management position that is directly related to the Graduate Diploma in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Design program outcomes.
- To be considered for flexible admission, applicants would normally require a minimum of seven years of work experience, with a minimum of two years of professional experience in a leadership** or management position, that is directly related to the Graduate Diploma in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Design program outcomes.
*Emerging leaders who have fewer than three years of leadership experience, yet have been in recent leadership or people management roles for two years or more, demonstrate exceptional leadership potential through their professional and life experiences, are preparing for further leadership roles, and otherwise meet the Standard Admission criteria, are encouraged to apply.
**Leadership experience could include one or more of the following:
- Roles in which you consult, negotiate with, or manage diverse interest groups through relationship, in a complex environment.
- Roles in which you lead others toward shared goals and outcomes.
- Roles in which you influence, organize, and coordinate groups of people.
- Leadership roles in volunteer organizations.
- Formal organizational leadership roles in which you directly supervise staff or complete performance-oriented work with individuals, groups, or teams.
- Overcoming a challenging life experience (for self or others), which involved navigating complex systems and resulted in positive community change beyond the individual.
English language proficiency
- If English is not your primary language, please review our English language requirements.
- Applicants should be educational professionals.
- Experience in a technology-mediated learning environment is an asset.
All applications to this program require submission of the following information and supporting documents before your file can be assessed for admission:
In order to apply online, you will be required to create a log-in account using your email address. You will be required to list all credit courses and/or programs you have completed or are currently enrolled in. An application fee will be required. If your application fees are being paid by a third party, review sponsored student information. Once submitted, you may check the status of your application at any time.
Applicants are responsible for arranging for the submission of official transcripts from ALL post-secondary (higher education) institutions currently or previously attended, for all credit courses and/or programs. Transcripts are not required for non-credit programs or courses, though some programs may require proof of professional certifications or designations.
Transcripts are considered official only if submitted directly by the Registrar or other recognized authority of the providing institution in the institution's original, sealed envelope. If the envelope has been opened, the transcripts are no longer official and new (official) transcripts will be required to complete your application.
All international transcripts or credentials are subject to an international transcript and/or credential evaluation.
The personal statement should consist of (but is not limited to) a two- to three-page letter and must address the following four questions:
- What influenced your decision to apply to Royal Roads University?
- Why is this program appropriate for you?
- What do you hope to contribute to this program and the university?
- In five to ten years, how do you anticipate this program will add value?
If there is any other information that you feel might be of interest or relevance to your application, please include it in your personal statement.
Your application requires two letters of reference. Ideally, these letters speak to your academic potential, your professional expertise and your personal attributes. One reference letter should be based on work experience and the other based on either academic performance or personal character reference.
- Professional reference: This letter should attest to your performance in the context of your current or previous work. The letter can address such areas as leadership potential, career commitment, human relations and supervisory skills, flexibility, communication, and technical skills.
- Academic reference: Academic letters of reference should attest to your academic achievement, study skills, teamwork, leadership potential, human relations, flexibility, communication and technical skills.
- Personal character reference: Your personal character reference should consist of a letter from someone who has known you for several years outside of the context of your work. Please ask the writer to indicate the length of time and context in which they have known you, and to consider the following attributes in their letter about you: honesty, integrity, responsibility, adaptability, concern and respect for others, sense of self-esteem and confidence.
Your structured résumé should include the following:
- Education: List all post-secondary education, degrees, diplomas, and certificates you have achieved.
- Work experience: Please include name of organization, length of service (month & year), and a brief description of duties.
- Training and professional development: List career related training and professional development programs completed within the past five years. Include the source of training, and the duration and year completed. List other training and personal development programs not already identified.
- Voluntary/unpaid work experience: List and describe any voluntary/unpaid post-secondary employment and/or community service experience. Please include name of the organization, length of service and a brief description of your duties.
- Leadership/change agent/trainer experience: Briefly describe any specific training and/or experience you have had as a group/project leader, coordinator of change initiatives, or trainer.
- Information technology training and experience: Briefly describe your level of training and experience in the use of information technology including computers, software and telecommunications networks as tools for business, education, teaching and personal use.
- Innovative learning methods: Briefly describe any training and/or experience you have had in the use of innovative learning methods including distance learning, community and team-based learning, mentoring, etc. Include both your experience as a 'learner' and as an 'educator/trainer'.
- Professional memberships/affiliations: List memberships and positions you hold/have held in professional associations, service clubs, the community/volunteer sector.
- Other relevant information : Provide any other information which you believe is relevant to your application and will be of assistance to the review committee. For example, electronic or digital copies (disk or flash drive) of business papers/documents/business plans, etc., might be useful. In certain cases we may require such documentation for individual candidates.
- Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada, must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application.
- Transcript evaluation fee or credential evaluation report, if submitting international transcripts.
- An official English language proficiency score report or other evidence of proficiency if English is not your primary language.
- Other information or documents as may be requested to determine your eligibility.
For information on how and where to send your supporting documents, please refer to the document submission guidelines.
Financial aid and awards
RBC Community Integrated Learning Grants
Funding for students completing a required career learning and development (CLD) work term in the community of at least 420 hours with an organization that cannot provide wages or compensation.
Up to $8,500
ACT WEST Community Foundation Fund
The ACT WEST Community Foundation helps support single mothers build better lives for themselves and their children.
up to 4 years tuition
Admiral John Charles and Mary Charles Scholarship
Awarded annually to a second year School of Humanitarian Studies student who is currently serving or retired military.
Active students (In-course)
The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) works to improve the lives of blind, deafblind and partially sighted Canadians...
From $1,500 to $2,500
Allan Cahoon Global Advancement and Diversity Award
Assist students in underrepresented populations who wish to promote diversity.
Active students (In-course)
Allan Cahoon Scholarship
This scholarship aims to encourage academic excellence, supporting students who excel both academically and through their leadership.
Active students (In-course)
Andrea Fallan Memorial Bursary
Provides financial assistance to a second year BCom student for exceptional leadership, community involvement, and dedication to promote a cohesive team environment.
Active students (In-course)
Asper Foundation Communications Award
Awarded to students in communications-related degree working in, or seeking to work in the communications industry.
Active students (In-course)