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IDEA offers a range of both Face-to-Face and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

Face-to-Face Courses

The Face-to-Face courses empower educators to reflect critically on how they might support disability-inclusive practice, promote dialogue within a community of inquiry; and explore support systems for educators that promote equity, equal access, and dignity for learners

with disabilities. The courses are target audience are educators at a school, district and provincial levels and stakeholders involved in supporting the education of learners with disabilities including, for example, school principals, learning support advisors, and district officials.

The following courses are offered:

  • Disabilities studies in education
  • Navigating D/deaf and hard of hearing education: Empowering teachers
  • Education and Care of Learners with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities
  • Teaching Learners with Visual Impairment

The Face-to-Face courses also have corresponding MOOCs.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS).

MOOCs are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

The following MOOCs are offered:

  • Disability Inclusion in Education
  • Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered teacher
  • Teaching Children with Visual Impairment: Creating Empowering Classrooms
  • Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education

The courses duration is 4-5 weeks each and can be completed in the participants own time. The courses include a variety of learning formats and course materials including video lectures, online and offline reading (downloadable content), discussion forums, quizzes and assignments. Mentors and assistance is also available to participants where required.

The course can be completed free of charge, with the option of a Coursera certificate upon completion, at a cost of $49.

Previous participants have provided positive feedback on their experiences with the MOOC courses –

Participant 1


“…with regards to doing it when you have time..okay so, I’ve done an online course already so it is really about flexibility, your time, um and working through it at your own pace. So that was important.”

 “ I like the fact that it was multiple choice….but overall it is a fabulous course….. I also downloaded the videos, it was easy to download, so that I eventually created like a little database of resources um, where I had the videos and all the bibliographies”

Participant 2


“..to have a transcript of that video, …. I can refer to it at anytime..”

Participant 3


“I like the idea that it is all experts in the field, you know and that was remarkable……experiences which are built over the years”

Participant 4


“..that deaf people experiences …you are given examples..it makes things so much more clear”

Participant 5


“….a very valuable course. You need to know how to deal with different disabilities, you know…”