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 partnered 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 contains 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 24 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.
Details of the Minerva Online Program
A “white paper” was prepared 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.
Details and FAQ’s of the Online Courses and Modules
More information to some frequently asked questions including program features, a listing of modules in each course, licensing fees etc. can be found here.
Enrollment 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.