Access a suite of flexible and diverse learning opportunities from anywhere in the world through Mount Allison’s Extended Learning program. 

Extended Learning is a growing initiative at Mount Allison, focused on expanding the types and format of learning offered through the University.

Extended learning mandate
  • To welcome all learners of different ages, backgrounds, and career paths to the Mount Allison experience with flexible and diverse learning opportunities that enrich and nourish everyone’s personal, academic, and professional development goals.
  • To offer courses, credentials, and value-added experiences through a range of teaching principles emphasizing universal design, EDIA, Indigenization, and decolonization.
  • To offer high-quality learning and educational experiences led by Mount Allison faculty, as well as by a range of external experts, all supported by innovative technologies and platforms.
  • To support meaningful, respectful, diverse, open, and innovative knowledge seeking and gathering.
  • To foster networking, collaboration, and community building with Sackville/Tantramar; with regional organizations, employers and employees; with provincial and federal institutions; as well as with an international hub of engaged learners.

Current Programming

Summer Digital Skills Workshops

This summer, Mount Allison is offering FREE courses on digital skills to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the wider community. The courses offer a mix of online and hybrid delivery on campus and will provide valuable digital skill-building, along with a certificate of completion for each workshop. 

Office 365 — Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 

Interested in learning the basics of Office 365 and improving your Word, PowerPoint, and Excel skills? Then these free workshops are for you!  

Word I 

Learn the basics of creating documents that include images, properly formatted text, a cover page, and more. 

Tuesday, June 11 
6:30–8:30 p.m. 
Online 

Word II 

Learn to create documents that include tables, columns, lists, a table of contents, and more. 

Thursday, June 13 
6:30–8:30 p.m. 
Online 

Powerpoint I 

Learn to create basic slides containing text, images, tables and charts. 

Saturday, June 15 
9:30–11:30 a.m. 
Online

Powerpoint II  

Learn to create advanced slides with screen recordings, formatted images, morph transitions, and more. 

Saturday, June 15
1–3 p.m. 
Online 

Excel I 

Learn the basics of entering data, merging cells, and understanding basic formulas and functions. 

Saturday, June 22 
9:30–11:30 a.m. 
Online 

Algorithmic Ethics: AI, Algorithmic Bias, and Images  

Are you curious about social media algorithms and generative AI? These frees sessions are for you! These four hybrid (online or in-person) 90-minute sessions help build AI, algorithmic, and visual literacies. Take one or register for all four sessions. 

Instructor: Kevin Burke, Creative Arts Librarian 

Session 1: Algorithmic Bias and Social Media 

Monday, June 17 
10–11:30 a.m. 
Hybrid: Online or in-person 

Session 2a: Intro to AI 

Tuesday, June 18 
10–11:30 a.m. 
Hybrid: Online or in-person 

Session 2b: Generative AI at the University 

Wednesday, June 19 
10–11:30 a.m. 
Hybrid: Online or in-person 

Session 3: Images and Videos Online: Finding the Right Stuff and Spotting the Fakes 

Thursday, June 20 
10–11:30 a.m. 
Hybrid: Online or in-person 

Exploring Excel Series – Registration opening soon!

Instructor: Elizabeth Stregger, Data and Digital Services Librarian 

Exploring Excel: Charts  

Wednesday, July 10 
2–4 p.m. 
Online 

Exploring Excel: Functions  

Wednesday, July 17
2–5 p.m. 
Online

Exploring Excel: Pivot Tables for Mac 

Wednesday, July 24 
2–4 p.m. 
Online

Exploring Excel: Pivot Tables for Windows 

Wednesday, July 31 
2–4 p.m. 
Online

Register now

Questions? Contact extendedlearning@mta.ca


Career development

Structured as short duration learning programs focused on skill development and knowledge acquisition, this suite of micro-credentials, threads, and skills workshops provides learners with self-paced programs designed by experts in their fields that increase competencies to boost your resumé and your confidence.

Micro-credentials

A micro-credential is a specialized certification that recognizes specific skills, learning outcomes, or competencies valued by industry and employers.

Workshops

A series of free workshops focused on building core competencies and upskilling, available to the Mount Allison community and the public. 2024 Summer Series now available.

Lecture series subscriptions

Not in Sackville but wish you could access the biggest lectures of the academic year? Access curated online lectures and talks by a range of speakers. Launching Fall 2024.

University prep

Are you about to start university? Returning to school after being away? Looking to improve your success as a student? Gain foundational knowledge and skills that will help you in your university career through these university preparatory courses. More details available in Summer 2024.

Questions? Contact extendedlearning@mta.ca