Leading & Learning in a Digital Age


Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (4 course program)


Fully Online


One year (4 consecutive terms)


Graduate Program Administrator:
Barb Howe

Academic Coordinator:
Dr. Barb Brown

Program Overview

This topic offered through the Educational Studies in Learning Sciences provides students with opportunities to examine the complexities of leading and learning in inclusive and high quality digital learning environments using online pedagogies. Through four interconnected courses, students will: (i) examine the implications for designing and leading interdisciplinary and technology-rich learning; (ii) strengthen competencies in technological literacies; (iii) explore ethics in technology-enhanced learning environments; and (iv) lead and empower citizenry in a participatory and digital age.

Program Details

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the Online Delivery eLearn website.

Topic Goals:

  • Develop and critically assess authentic interdisciplinary and technology-rich learning designs and environments
  • Demonstrate technological fluency and competencies in online pedagogies and technological literacies
  • Advocate for high quality digital learning environments informed by understanding of current trends and issues in the field
  • Develop empowering and proactive teaching and learning practices in schools or other work contexts that promote active citizenry in a participatory and digital age

Target Audience

  • Teachers/instructors with an interest in designing and leading digital learning environments in primary, secondary or post-secondary environments or other work contexts
  • Educators and consultants who work with supporting technology use
  • School and district leaders

A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.

Fee details are available through the University Calendar. An explanation of fees is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies' website.

The University of Calgary offers multiple ways to meet the cost of your education. Please refer to the Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries page to learn more about options available to students. For additional information, please contact Student Financial Support.

Please refer to the MEd Interdisciplinary page for the latest Admission Requirements and Transcripts information.

Congratulations to the graduate students in the 2019-2020 cohort for publishing Ethical Use of Technology in Digital Learning Environments: Graduate Student Perspectives

Program Schedule & Course Descriptions

  • Program begins each Summer term (refer to the Academic Schedule for specific dates)
  • Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L
  • 3 units per course

Term 1 - Summer

Interdisciplinary Learning and Technology

In this course, students will examine online pedagogies and the implications for designing and leading interdisciplinary and technology-rich learning and different ways of demonstrating learning. High quality teaching to support learning for all students includes flexible and innovative designs with access to appropriate technology and digital learning environments.

Registration info:
EDER 678.67 L03 (50187)

Term 2 - Fall

Technological Literacies

In this course, students will examine the role of technological literacy in today's learning landscape. Students will consider the shifts that have occurred in developing competencies in technological literacies and the implications of emerging trends and innovations in new literacies. In this course, students will examine the relationship between literacy and the environment and how to foster diversity of language and lead literacy practices and experiences in contemporary classrooms and in an interconnected world.

Registration info:
EDER 678.68 L02 (72776)

Term 3 - Winter

Ethics and Technology

In this course, students will examine safe and ethical use of technology in digital learning environments. Students will explore the ubiquitous influence and complexities of technology in a participatory culture and the evolving issues that confront communities. Students will explore how elements of a participatory culture and the ethical implications involved, can serve to support and change how curriculum outcomes are approached and how to navigate and lead in a complex culture where the line between consumers and producers is blurring.

Registration info:
EDER 678.69 L02 (12629)

Term 4 - Spring

Leading Citizenry in a Digital Age

In this course, students will examine the evolutionary nature of social networks, digital citizenship and the complexities of leadership and fostering citizenry in digital age and advancing online teaching and learning. Students will formulate a responsive and empowering model of digital citizenship that enable high quality teaching and learning with safe and ethical use of technology and with careful consideration and critique of the issues and challenges facing today's schools.

Registration info:
EDER 678.70 (TBA)