Open Studies - Online Graduate Courses

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As an Open Studies student at UCalgary, you're eligible to take university credit courses without requiring admission to a degree program.

Whether you are interested in a single course, considering a graduate certificate or Master of Education program, these online Open Studies graduate courses afford you the opportunity to immerse yourself in an Education-specific topic that fits your interests, pace and lifestyle.

With more than 30 years of experience in providing flexible delivery options – online and blended – the Werklund School of Education is proud to offer students meaningful learning opportunities.

MEd Interdisciplinary Topics

EDER 619.38 L13 Leading with Heart: Theoretical Foundations

Description: This course introduces students to key leadership theorists with a focus on the importance of knowing oneself and one's personal views and educational purpose. Students will come to understand the importance and power of theory in the development of a personal vision for leadership. This theory will be employed to challenge the preconceived notions of students around the purposes for and effects of leadership in educational institutions. Students will be required to examine those theorists that both support and challenge their currently held beliefs about leadership.

Academic Coordinator: Amy Burns

EDER 631.05 L05 Workplace Learning & Society

Description: This course provides a macro-level examination of the place of individual, group and organizational learning in the community and contemporary society; perspectives on societal change, work and learning; philosophical and ideological perspectives.

Academic Coordinators: Janet Groen and Colleen Kawalilak

EDER 669.11 L05 Additional Language Learning

Description: In this course, students examine the theoretical perspectives (e.g., critical, cognitive, psychological, sociocultural, linguistic, affective) and factors of language learning and the implications of theory and research in this area for the teaching and learning of English as an Additional Language (EAL). Students will learn how to support EALs with complex needs such as EAL plus SPED, long term EALs, EALs with Limited Formal Schooling.

Academic Coordinator: Subrata Bhowmik

EDER 678.67 L03 Interdisciplinary Learning and Technology

Description: In this course, students will examine 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.

Academic Coordinator: Barb Brown

EDER 693.19 L01 Curriculum as possibility

Description: This course will introduce students to the contested terrain of curriculum inquiry. Students will reflect on the politics of curriculum scholarship and practices, and examine the many ways that curriculum has been conceptualized throughout curriculum studies’ history. These conceptualizations may include considering curriculum as planned, emergent, permeable, hidden, enacted and lived. Students will also be encouraged to explore new possibilities for understanding curriculum that respond to contemporary life. 


EDER 693.20 L02 Curriculum as place

Description: Students in this course will examine the often under-acknowledged importance of place in curriculum research and practice. Drawing on Indigenous, Euro-Western and other culturally rooted scholarship and practice, students will inquire into the relationships between knowledge, people and the more-than-human world. Topics to be considered may include: place-based learning; ecological ways of knowing; responsibility to land and place; wisdom and intergenerational ways of knowing; and schools and classrooms as places.


Academic Coordinator: Mairi McDermott


EDER 689.82 L01 Learning Mathematics: Current Perspectives

Description: This course looks across current perspectives and innovation in teaching, learning, and assessment practices in K–12 mathematics, including aspects of embodied cognition, spatial reasoning, and computational thinking and modeling. Current research and emerging paradigms in mathematics education afford new insights, prompt different questions, and suggest alternative ways of thinking about pedagogical practice—including, but not limited to, the design, articulation, and interpretation of various teaching–learning enactments. Drawing on these current perspectives, participants will critically analyze the possibilities and constraints inherent in mathematics pedagogies.

Academic Coordinator: Paulino Preciado Babb

MEd Specialist Topics

EDER 631.01 L03 Adults as Learners 

Description: This course serves as a wonderful and challenging introduction to the world of adult learning by exploring the learning-teaching transaction both from the learners’ and the facilitator/instructor’s point of view. It adopts the fundamental and respectful adult education principle of starting with the experience of each participant, as adult learners and as facilitators of adult learning.

Academic Coordinators: Janet Groen and Colleen Kawalilak

EDER 669.27 L04 Applied Linguistics for Teachers

Description: Students are introduced to how applied linguistics address language issues across a variety of educational contexts. This course focuses on several key areas in applied linguistics including pragmatics, discourse analysis, bilingualism, and multilingualism. Particular emphasis is given to the implications that these areas of applied linguistics have for language learning and teaching.

Academic Coordinators: Subrata Bhowmik

Non-program specific courses

EDER 619.28 L10 Teaching and Learning Ethically in Online and Remote Contexts 

Description: In this graduate-level Open Studies course students examine fundamental questions related to teaching and learning ethically in online and remote contexts. The course will cover both theoretical and practical issues related to educational ethics, academic integrity and fair and just assessment.

Academic Coordinator: Sarah Eaton

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