About Extended Learning

What is Extended Learning?

Extended Learning supports the implementation and oversight of all non-credit courses and learning offerings that fall outside of traditional degrees. These opportunities are open to all internal and external learners and include, but are not limited to workforce development, continuing studies, community engagement, youth programs, third age/leisure learning, and micro-credentials. These offerings allow any individual the opportunity to increase confidence and maximize personal growth with accessible, affordable and achievable options that are professionally recognized.

Extended Learning is a part of Nipissing University's Ancillary Services Team.

Focus Areas:

Non-Credit Learning

Non-Credit Learning is the main category for opportunities through Extended Learning. Learners can select their preferences based on their own personal interests and professional development needs. These may be graded (pass/fail; attendance, etc.); however, there are no pre-requisites or requirements to participate. Learners will receive digital badges and/or certificates of completion that are professionally recognized by Nipissing University and can be shared on social media and/or professional applications as evidence of the skills achieved.

These opportunities include community partnerships and professional engagement opportunities that are designed to be short in duration and affordable. The Extended Learning team supports learners from start to finish and are available for any questions along the way.

Registration for non-credit extended learning offerings are made directly through the office of Extended Learning.

Professional Designation and Academic Credit

Professional designation and Academic Continuing Education courses or programs are linked to academic faculties and provide learners with academic transcripts on Nipissing University parchment. These types of extended learning opportunities are graded and defined more conventionally. Minimum requirements or pre-requisites may be necessary for enrolment. Unlike Non-Credit Learning offerings, these opportunities may involve other professionals in other departments to service and support the needs of the learners.

Examples include Additional Qualification/Additional Basic Qualification courses and Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas and Certificates.

Registration for Professional Designation and Academic Credit courses are made directly through the Nipissing University Registrar's Office.

Who is Extended Learning For?

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Family and Youth

Extended Learning offerings welcome every member of the family. The youngest members can enjoy our Youth Camps, teens can explore our Highschool Transition offerings, and other members of the family can enjoy Leisure Learning and professional development opportunities.

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Working Professionals and Alumni

Stay competitive and relevant by upskilling or reskilling your professional contributions to the workplace. Your efforts will be professionally recognized by industry leaders and endorsed by the university through virtual badges and/or certificates of completion.

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Current and Incoming University Students

As you transition into university, Extended Learning can help you build your skills and succeed.  Stretch your learning above and beyond your degree by participating in Extended Learning offerings. Build confidence and skills in minimal time with maximum support.

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Community Members

Extended Learning welcomes adult learners of all ages. Whether you are a working professional, a busy family member or a recent retiree, we offer flexible learning experiences. Take part in any of the Extended Learning offerings and/or connect with our team to request customizable learning opportunities for you, your business or organization.

COVID19 Guidelines

Pre-Screening Requirements

In accordance with guidelines set out by public health authorities, all staff and participants shouldcomplete a pre-visit screeningbefore using our facilities. If staff or participants do not pass the Ontario Self-Assessment, they are asked to remain home and follow the guidelines provided for self-isolation and testing.

Please do not attend the workshop if you are unwell or symptomatic.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

  • Subject to change based on provincial guidelines.
  • Masks are HIGHLY encouragedbe worn indoors on campus afterJune 20, 2022, but not required.
  • Masks are not required to be worn outdoors or when eating/drinking.
  • Participantsshould sanitize their hands before entering the facility.
  • Regular hand hygiene is encouraged.Hand sanitizing stations will be available for participant & staff use.
  • Physical distancing of 6ft or 2m should be maintained indoors

Visit https://www.nipissingu.ca/coronavirus for more information.

Extended Learning Team