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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Digital transformations are changing every aspect of our world, none more so than our places of employment. Automation is expected to impact 50% or more of Canadian jobs in the next 10 years.

Disruptive Technologies in Your Industry

The good news is that new opportunities are filling the gap for those of us who are prepared.  How can you equip yourself with the skills required to take advantage of the new opportunities these technology shifts are creating in the digital economy?

Laurier has launched a series of professional development online courses, which you can combine into a full certificate, designed to help you master the concepts you'll need to increase your marketability and succeed in this new environment.    

Learning Online

These courses are designed with you in mind: they are fully online and structured so that you control the pace at which you learn. Each course consists of five short modules, with each module teaching a specific aspect of the technology or tool.  

You can progress through these courses as fast or as slow as you like. Each course is approximately 10 hours total, and includes recent news articles, instructional videos, and discussions of current events related to the subject. You can enjoy learning anywhere, because each course is laptop and mobile friendly.

About Laurier's Digital Literacy and Emerging Technologies Certificate

Take eight courses and receive a professional development Certificate in Digital Literacy and Emerging Technologies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

When you register for the full certificate you will be enrolled in all eight courses. You choose what order you complete them in and receive acknowledgement of completion with each course you finish.  Assessments must be successfully completed to move throughout the module and a final assessment completed to finalize each course. When you complete all eight we will issue your Certificate in Digital Literacy and Emerging Technologies.


Courses Currently Offered:

Program Overview

  • Start date: Continuous
  • Delivery: Online
  • Time: Approximately 10 hours
  • Fee: Each course is CAN $125. Registration for the full certificate is $875.


These learning packages are housed within Laurier’s online learning platform, MyLearningSpace. Once you submit the registration form and make payment, your username and password will be emailed to you immediately.

Once you gain access, you will have 3 years to complete the certificate.

Fanshawe students are encouraged to email for enrolment instructions prior to registering for the program.

Register for Digital Literacy and Emerging Technologies Certificate and Courses

Fees and Discounts

Enrolment fees for individual courses is $125. 

Enrolment in the full certificate (eight courses) is offered at a discounted rate of $875, which accounts for a total savings of $125.

Email us for your student/alumni/senior's discount code prior to registering.

Custom Programming

Whether it is leadership training, cloud computing, drones and robotics, anti-oppressive practices, GIS and analytics (the list goes on!), we can create custom programming for your staff. Contact us today to discuss your needs and how the Centre for Public Safety and Well-Being can help.

“I did enjoy this program! I liked a lot of the concepts being presented as they are things that will be coming real fast at us (and some are already here in full-force). I took this course with the business-side of things being top of mind and the course provided a good balance between safety and security as well as business applications. Personally, I took away tidbits to look out for when planning our own internal strategies for making sure we are prepared for technological advances as they come. In particular, I was intrigued by the Smart City concept and how AI and Big Data can be used for something like hyper-personalization in the world of business (utilizing the connected grid for personalized communications). It was also interesting to see how law enforcement is using this technology to take a more proactive approach to safety. I would recommend the course for anyone looking to familiarize themselves with the future of tech and how it will impact daily lives of citizens.”

Nemanja Radenovic, Digital Marketing Manager

“With the recent declining rates of traditional crime there has been an increase in technology-based crime, a trend that is likely to continue, making cyber-crime and smart technology the future of law enforcement. This trend has brought about a new set of challenges for law enforcement and public safety; and continues to bring new challenges as technology evolves. This course provides a great introduction to cyber-crime for anyone working or planning to work in public safety.”

Police Officer, Ontario.

Learn Anytime

Work-at-your-own-pace means you can progress through these courses as fast or a slow as you like. Each course is approximately 10 hours, including readings and videos.

Learn Anywhere

These fully online courses were designed to be accessed with ease on your laptop, desktop, tablet or even your phone.


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