Distance Education

General Interest Courses

Applying Lean Sigma Practices to HR Functions

Develop the mindset of Lean Operational Excellence, an advanced problem solving approach that facilitates continuous improvement within the organization through the identification and elimination of waste. Lean principles can also be used to streamline processes in the human resource functions such as recruiting, hiring, training, compensating and managing performance.

Managing Remote Workers

You cannot manage remote workers like you manage office workers. But you can manage remote workers better, with greater productivity and efficiency. Discover the keys to successful managing in the new workplace of the 21st century.  

Get a step-by-step practical guide you won’t get anywhere else.  Employees and employers both like the new system. You’ll want to apply these practices to your office workers as well. 

Refining your Writing

Refine your writing to say exactly what you intend it to say. Make it the best. Explore errors in agreement, structural inconsistencies, shifts in person and tense, and wordiness/concision. Next, you will learn how to correct and reshape sentences that have gone wrong. 

Put the finishing touches on your work by selecting the right capitalization and choosing the best punctuation. In addition, you’ll receive proofreading tips that will help you ensure everything you write is polished and in tip-top shape.

Remote Working and Communication

Working remotely does not make you an expert on remote work.

Gain new insights, experiences and advanced tips for working from home.  Find out the 5 bad habits too many remote workers and their managers acquire from lack of experience, tools and expertise. Then acquire the latest strategies for communicating with remote workers. 

Come away with a deeper understanding of this enormous cultural and work shift going on in the workplace and in society. 

Stress Management in the Workplace

Stress isn’t the enemy. It is our perceptions of stress that amp our anxiety and use up all our steam. Events happen every day. How we interpret those events can set the stage for how we feel and how we react to others. 

 

Sentence Level Grammar

Discover the magic to work with sentence grammar. First, you will look at various kinds of incomplete sentences—also known as sentence fragments. You’ll learn how to rewrite them to make them whole. Next, find out about run-on sentences—those sentences that keep going on and on. You will develop techniques for punctuating or separating them into new sentences. 

 Then, explore the power of verbs and discover how the various verb forms keep sentences moving along and placed in time. Finally, you'll learn about all of the pronoun groups and how to determine a pronoun's proper form in a sentence.

Word Level Grammar

Get reacquainted with the parts of speech. Don't worry! There's no painful memorizing involved. With these fundamentals in your back pocket, you'll learn how to choose the right word from pairs that sound alike, but have very different meanings. 

Then you'll learn about subjects and predicates, the very foundation of sound sentence structure. You will build a grammar vocabulary and discover the value of using a dictionary as an everyday grammar research tool.

Computer Fundamentals

This course has changed format. It is now being offered to everyone as a self-guided online course where you will learn the basics of the Windows 10 operating environment. It will cover basic terminology, the desktop, icons and shortcuts, the taskbar, launching and closing applications, working with files and folders, and internet basics.

Dental Assisting (intro)

Designed for individuals not currently employed in the dental field who are considering a career as a Dental Assistant.  Provides information and activities to introduce students to the dental profession and to enable individuals to make an informed choice with respect to a dental assisting career.  This is a non-academic course.  Point Value: 1; used for Selection Criteria for the Certified Dental Assistant program at Okanagan College. 

Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology is a fascinating, ever growing language used throughout the medical community. Knowledge of medical terminology equips a student for many medically related fields such as pharmacology, the medical office and numerous hospital and health community positions. The Systems Approach outline used in this distance education course will introduce students to the concept of building language using root words, prefixes and suffixes. Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete this course. If you wish to take this as a stand-alone course and not part of a certificate program, please complete this form to apply.

Spanish for Medical Professionals

Are you frustrated by the communication gap that can occur between you and your Spanish-speaking patients? If you answered yes, this Spanish class - designed specifically for healthcare professionals - will help you bridge that gap. You will practice the basic, practical language skills needed to effectively communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients and their families

Practical Gardener

This course provides a basic understanding of cultural techniques that will enhance plant establishment, survival and health. It emphasizes practical approaches and solutions to gardening situations and problems encountered by both the novice gardener and grounds maintenance personnel.

Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction Manuscript Mentoring: Part I

This online course offers students the opportunity to complete half of a book-length manuscript in fiction (novel or short-story collection) or creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essays, or literary journalism). They will receive individual guidance from an acclaimed professional author, Melanie Murray, including extensive feedback customized to their work’s specific needs. Students will make regular submissions over a 13-week period (to a maximum of 40,000 words). 

Students will receive a welcome email within 3 business days of registration with information on how to start the course. Students will then have 13 weeks from the date of the welcome email to complete the course. Register any time!

Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction Manuscript Mentoring: Part II

This online course offers students the opportunity to complete the second half of a book-length manuscript in fiction (novel or short-story collection) or creative non-fiction (memoir, personal essays, or literary journalism). They will receive individual guidance from an acclaimed professional author, Melanie Murray, including extensive feedback customized to their work’s specific needs.

Writing a Memoir: Step by Step

Is writing a memoir on your bucket list? The time to start is now. Capturing your life experiences on paper is a worthwhile mission that will benefit you and countless others. The goal of this online course is to set you up for memoir success, by walking you through the process step by step. The course contains 10 lessons that will prepare your mind, help you to organize your thoughts, and motivate you to start writing.

Interior Decorating

This exciting course will cover topics from the first rough floor plan to the final accessory. This course will appeal to anyone interested in decorating their own homes with confidence, those working in the retail decor industry, or anyone considering the first step toward an interior decorating career. 

Digital Reporting

Explore the world of digital court reporting in courtroom and freelance settings. There is a huge need for more digital reporters, and you can work from home.

Find out about court proceedings; recording components; and producing Annotations. Learn about the professional integrity; physical and emotional stamina; and terminology needed to be successful in digital reporting. 

Finally, get the basics about the tools of the trade, the equipment needed,  maintenance and troubleshooting; and how digital reporters do research on the Internet.

Digital reporting could be the new career for you.

Google Analytics

If you are not reviewing your website statistics, then you are missing several key opportunities to profit from your website traffic. This course, aimed at non-technical users, will take you through all the key techniques and how to use website analytics using the world-standard Google Analytics, a free online tool. 

Podcasting

Businesses are turning to podcasting to grow their brand and connect with customers. People with a niche hobby are turning podcasts into a business. Podcasting is experiencing a rebirth as mobile devices are everywhere. The intimate nature of the audio medium allows potential clients to get to know who you are and determine if you are the kind of company with which they want to do business. Learn how to take your business or hobby and turn it into a podcast. 

Wine 21- Introduction to Grapes and Wine

This course will introduce the various legal, health, historical, production, viticultural regions and marketing aspects of the wine trade in Canada. An overview of wine styles from around the world; packaging and presentation; cellaring; sensory evaluation; wine and food and wine marketing will be included. Pre-requisite: Must be 19 years of age or older. Internet access is required.

Students have 6 months from the date of registration to complete this course. If you wish to take this as a stand-alone course and not part of a certificate program, please complete this form to apply.