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, twelve 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 12 university partners to design the first of four online e-learning courses.
Scope of the Minerva Online Certificate Program for University Engineering Schools
The online program will contain 4 courses 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 courses 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 courses will contain core material for all students as well as discipline specific content for a certain engineering discipline.
After three months of beta testing, work is now completed on the first online course consisting of six modules and the Minerva Learning Management System which will provide student sign in, access to all courses, student grades, other analytics etc. Universities who choose to subscribe to the Minerva program can have their students accessing the first online course by July1, 2019. Work is underway to develop content for Minerva’s second online course consisting of seven modules. Minerva anticipates that students will be able to access this second online course by October 2019.
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
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.