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“Educational technology represents a cornerstone of modern pedagogy,
and faculty should be supported with the training and resources to use
it effectively in a learning environment.” —Polytechnic Academy Vision

BCIT’s Polytechnic Academy is an integrated program of support, services, and lifelong learning opportunities for faculty. The academy provides a foundation for applied, hands-on polytechnic teaching and learning, supporting BCIT faculty to enhance their skills and expand their practice as exceptional educators.

Academy Features

  • Teaching specialization—advanced courses in polytechnic instructional design, available with a tuition waiver for BCIT faculty and staff
  • Scholarship of Learning and Teaching—resources and academic services that promote educational research and innovation, including Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants
  • E-learning championship—promotion of the latest in educational technology, remote learning, and blended learning
  • Open education—promotion of open resources and teaching methods that facilitate collaboration and reduce costs for students
  • Professional development events—Annual Learning and Teaching Summit/BCIT Professional Development Day

Polytechnic Academy Instructional Development

BCIT’s new Polytechnic Academy offers a pathway to teaching excellence. We offer the latest in instruction and assessment strategies, education technology, and online learning.

We welcome faculty and staff with all levels of experience, whether you want to enhance your current skills or hope to teach adults in the near future. Courses are rigorous and will include a formal assessment of your new techniques and strategies. The program as a whole is targeted to instructors in a polytechnic setting, but some courses may also be useful for those who create courses or workshops. See individual course outlines for more information.

The program builds on the Instructional Skills Workshop (POLY 1005), which should be completed as the first course in the program by anyone without teaching experience. The following chart shows the structure for the program:

flowchart show polytechnic academy coursesFall 2023

For registration in POLY 1005 – Instructional Skills Workshop, please visit this registration page.

Winter 2024 and onward

For more information about each POLY course, please visit the Associate Certificate in Polytechnic Teaching page. You will find a course outline, current offerings and registration links on this page.