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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Introduction to Higher Education Program

Overview:

The IHEM course has been funded by the eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy funding and is run by Ontario Tech Continuous Learning. The course is a collaboration between:

  • Dr. Michael Bliemel, Dean, Faculty of Business and IT, Ontario Tech University

  • Dr. Scott Henderson, Dean and Head, Trent University Durham GTA

The postsecondary sector is most often focused on academic preparation and qualifications when hiring faculty members and other academic supports. This means that the management skills required to navigate large, complex institutions, and the facilities within them, represent a skills gap. Academics who do take on administrative roles are often expected to learn on the fly, with little in the way of formal training or qualifications. The objective of the IHEM course is to close that skills gap and to provide the foundations necessary to assist academics in becoming more effective managers.

The course is designed to allow for flexible learning entry points and pathways, depending on the specific needs of learners. Aspiring, or new administrators, are most likely to complete all modules and assessments in order to receive a course completion certificate.

    

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By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what governance means and identify higher education governance structures and their key elements.
  • Describe and differentiate the roles of key governance players (board, academic governing body and administration).
  • Apply the legal concept of fiduciary duty within a stakeholder framework.
  • Use the legislation and by-laws of any Canadian higher education institution to ascertain its governance model.

 

  • MODULE 1
    How Governance Works in Higher Education

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe what governance means and identify higher education governance structures and their key elements.
    • Describe and differentiate the roles of key governance players (board, academic governing body and administration).
    • Apply the legal concept of fiduciary duty within a stakeholder framework.
    • Use the legislation and by-laws of any Canadian high education institution to ascertain its governance model.
  • MODULE 2
    How Budget Models Work & Evaluating Impacts of Various Academic Scenarios on Budgets

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Define the four main purposed of budgeting.
    • Understand the link between budgeting and strategy.
    • Identify various budget models.
    • Understand the difference between centralized and decentralized budgeting.
    • Understand the difference between operating and capital budgets. 
    • Identify and explain specific characteristics of academic budgeting.
  • MODULE 3
    Best Practices of Meeting Management and Democratic Rules of Order 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Plan and organize a business meeting from agenda to minutes
    • Apply basic principles of meeting management guided by Francis and Francis and Robert's Rules of Order
    • Explain how motions are made and processed
    • Identify and resolve points of order
  • MODULE 4
    Strategic Alignment with Unit and Institutional Missions

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand and distinguish the various components of a typical strategic planning process;
    • Define organizational mission, vision, and values; Explain how these fit within the overall strategic planning process;
    • Analyze a unit or an organization's mission, vision and values, and determine implications for goals and major decisions at different levels.
    • Identify stakeholders and their role in the goal-setting and planning process; 
    • Contrast strategic vs. tactical decisions and goals;
    • Examine various levels of strategy and the role each unit of department plays in the planning process;
    • Appreciate the importance of fit and coordination amongst activities within and amongst levels of an organization.
  • MODULE 5
    Issues and Approaches to Conflict Management 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Define what conflict is.
    • Recognize why conflict occurs.
    • Manage conflict.
    • Leverage positive and negative outcomes of conflict to accomplish goals.
    • Use conflict to bring about organizational change.
  • MODULE 6
    Communication Best Practices

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand and become aware of the changing contexts in a VUCA World.
    • Understand how personality traits (OCEAN - openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism), emotional intelligence, understanding of cultural diversity, and "type of leader" tests, can lead to effective leader communication through self-reflection, across the various levels of hierarchy and leadership in the organization.
    • Understand the importance of Leadership Communication in internal and external  organizational affairs and best practices for communicating to internal and external stakeholders across various media channels.
    • Understand the ConNECT Framework and how to effectively lead high-performance co-located and virtual teams.
    • Create effective internal and external stakeholder communication strategies during times of change.
    • Create effective internal and external stakeholder communication strategies during times of crisis.
  • MODULE 7
    Ideation and Problem Solving with Design Thinking 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Articulate the vocabulary and the strategies involved in designing and building solutions using the Design Thinking approach.
    • Utilize th Design Thinking process within the higher education context using primary and secondary research principles.
    • Engage and guide stakeholders throughout the Design Thinking process with a human-centered approach to problem solving.
    • Participate in a collaborative environment to gather information, generate knowledge, and present findings that propel the Design Thinking process.
  • MODULE 8
    Issues in Human Resources and the Role of Collective Agreements

     

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Labour relations and the role of collective agreements.
    • Academic hiring.
    • Performance assessment and management.
    • Other managerial responsibilities in higher education.
  • MODULE 9
    Approaches to Team Management and Leadership

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand how to motivate and lead team members.
    • Analyze how to deal productively with interpersonal conflict in teams.
    • Apply effective mechanisms to encourage team creativity and practical problem-solving.
    • Design team process to enable teams and team leadership to make better decisions.
  • MODULE 10
    Change Management and Project Management Techniques 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Explain 5 Principles of Change Management in Post-Secondary Education.
    • Discuss organizational culture and its impact on change.
    • Understand the application of Project Management Principles to Change.
    • Make Use of key leadership perspectives of Project Management.
    • Explain 3 Principles of Project Management in Post-Secondary Education.
  • MODULE 11
    Equity, Inclusion and Diversity 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand the legal framework in Canada.
    • Identify the relevant federal and provincial laws for human rights and employment equity.
    • Discuss Bona Fide Occupational Requirement and Duty to Accommodate.
    • Identify the different types of discrimination and harassment.
    • Describe the difference between employment equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • MODULE 12
    Strategic Enrollment Management 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand the definition and history of SEM.
    • Explain how SEM is used today in Universities and Colleges in Canada.
    • Outline the impediments to SEM and how to avoid them.
    • Understand the importance of stakeholders and allies.
    • Explain the two main areas of SEM - Recruitment and Retention.
    • Understand the importance of data in SEM activities.
    • Identify the relevant federal an
  • MODULE 13
    Accommodations and Mental Health

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Have a general understanding of the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and the grounds that are protected, with a focus on mental health and disabilities.
    • Describe what student supports are available on campuses and who would benefit from them.
    • Identify best practices in the event of a mental health issue or crisis on campus.
  • MODULE 14
    Academic Quality Assurance in Canada 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Explain academic quality assurance in Canada.
    • Describe the common model of academic program review.
    • Explain principles of academic quality assurance.
    • Name common concepts related to institutional-level and program-level accreditation.
    • Critically analyze frameworks and concepts related to academic quality assurance and accreditation.
  • MODULE 15
    The Future of Teaching and Learning 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Understand the basics of new course and content approaches (Open course/content, microcredentials etc.) and their possibilities for education.
    • Understand course delivery formats (blended, hybrid, hyflex) and their implication in education.
    • Understand the impact of the abundance of information on assessment, and how course help websites (Course Hero, Chegg) and tested surveillance software are impacting education.
    • Understand the current possibilities of AI and simulation style software and the diversity issues implicit in them.
    • Understand new corporate trends (OPMs, publishers) in higher education.
  • MODULE 16
    Decolonizing Academia 

    By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • Define colonization, decolonization, intellectual imperialism, Indigenization.
    • Explain the process of colonization and its broad impacts on Indigenous peoples across Canada.
    • Understand how legislation contributes to current health, social, economic and education disparities for Indigenous peoples.
    • Identify how systemic and institutional  structures create barriers for Indigenous peoples within the academy.
    • Understand how upper administrators' responsibilities connect to and support decolonizing within post-secondary institutions.
    • Identify some mechanisms to facilitate ongoing learning and enacting of decolonizing processes.


 Registration Status
Coming Soon!

Location
Online

 Date
 Winter 2023

Credential
Certificate

Contact Information: continuouslearning@ontariotechu.ca