At the Fall 2017 meeting of Canadian Engineering Deans, Minerva Canada received much support to proceed with the development of an online e-learning Health and Safety certificate program for engineering undergraduate students. They were presented with the compelling case for this program including letters of support from many of Minerva’s industry, government, professional association sponsors together with preliminary details and content for the program. In December 2017, thirteen universities advised they were willing to partner with Minerva in its development and implementation. In 2018, Minerva initiated the development of an online e-learning certificate program and selected the University of Fredericton to work with Minerva and its 13 university partners to design the first of four online e-learning modules. Work is currently underway on Module 1, which should be made available online to engineering students in January 2019.
Scope of the Minerva Online Certificate Program for University Engineering Schools
The online program will contain 4 modules of 6 hours each complete with assignments and quizzes. It will address the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) requirements in Health and Safety for Engineering Schools. Learning objectives will be defined for each module. The content material for the four modules will focus on 8 key domains for Health and Safety engineering student competencies. The content for the modules shall be taken from Minerva’s 26 Teaching Modules with added material provided to address some of the topics. The material covered in each of the four modules will contain core material for all students as well as discipline specific content for a certain engineering discipline.
Current University Partners
- Dalhousie University
- University of Prince Edward Island
- Concordia University
- York University
- Western University
- Laurentian University
- University of Ottawa
- Queen’s University
- University of Toronto
- Ryerson University
- University of Saskatchewan
- University of Calgary
- University of British Columbia
Details of the Minerva Online Program
A “white paper” was produced by Minerva outlining the compelling case for this online program for Engineering Schools, the 8 key focus areas , the desired engineering student competencies in each of these areas, the role of Minerva’s university contacts and the features of the online program. A summary of this information is shown here.
Enrolment of Canadian Colleges into the Minerva Online Certificate Program
Minerva Canada will be offering this program to Canadian Colleges when it meets with the College Deans of Technology and Trades Schools sometime over the next 12 months. Minerva will be requesting input from the Deans on any added core or discipline specific content to be incorporated for College students.