Explore your creative side or advance your career. Improve your English or upgrade your high school marks. We offer hundreds of courses for children, youth and adults. Browse a complete list of our course offerings below.
Mental Health First Aid - Basic
Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. This course focuses on interacting with adults in all environments, and discusses substance related disorders, mood related disorders, anxiety and trauma related disorders and psychotic disorders. You will learn crisis first aid skills for situations including substance overdose, suicidal behaviour, panic attack, acute stress reaction and psychotic episode. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - Seniors
The likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem or illness in a given year increases as of age 69 and currently, men aged 80 and older have the highest suicide rates in Canada. MHFA - Seniors is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, family members, caregivers, and staff in care settings to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors, and intervene early when problems first emerge. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems or crises as they develop in seniors, provide initial help when dealing with a mental health problem or crisis, and guide a senior and/or caregiver toward appropriate professional help and resources.
Improving Employee Engagement, Health and Productivity Using Smart Data
How can you use smart data to inform decisions related to improving workforce engagement, productivity, and health and wellness? Organizations are increasingly being held accountable for establishing more efficient approaches to doing business with limited or reduced resources. At the same time, they also have access to more data than ever before. Learn about best practices in using evidence-based strategies, as well as how you can avoid common pitfalls in relation to workforce health, engagement and productivity. Through case studies, practical examples, and hands-on activities, you will acquire new skills and techniques to achieve increased productivity and organizational goals.
Music Therapy for Health and Wellness
Are you curious about the field of music therapy? Explore the ways in which music can be applied for health and wellness in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual domains. You will participate in music experiences and deepen your awareness of how music can be used sensitively and effectively to make an impact. This course is suitable for anyone including those who may use music in their practice such as nurses, teachers, counselors, recreation therapists and caregivers.
The Art of Creative Writing
Whether you are new to creative writing or would like to hone your skills, this course invites you to explore the fundamentals of writing poetry, fiction and narrative nonfiction. You will examine tone, imagery, point of view, character development and editing essentials. Looking at time-tested and contemporary works, you will gain an understanding of how imagination plus craft produce art. You will also have the opportunity to receive constructive critique of your creative work.
Writing Creatively: Poetry and Lyrics
Whether you like writing poetry or song lyrics, or wish to begin practicing these arts, this course is designed to help you grow stronger in personal expression. Various exercises combined with thoughtful readings of your writing will offer continuing insights into craft and meaning. Through a variety of examples, you’ll gain experience with creative thinking, image and metaphor, sound, rhythm, and voice in an informative and supportive workshop setting.
Travelling with My Pen
Travel, write, and get paid. Become familiar with the work of great travel writers to learn travel writing techniques, including style, the art of dialogue, setting a scene, and constructing a narrative arc. Explore how to integrate research with personal narrative to move beyond a memoir, and how to include larger themes into your work such as globalization, the environment, the dynamics of social class, ancient and modern politics, race and immigration, and issues of gender. Techniques of writing for publication, from writing the query letter to preparing the typescript for submission will also be discussed.
Freelance Writing: A Practical Guide to Getting Started
Are you tempted by freelance writing, but don’t know how or where to start? Learn how to find your niche, your markets and your stories. This course is a practical guide to the realities and opportunities of the freelance life. Explore the roles of research and relationships, and discover how to present yourself to potential clients and find other writer resources. The useful tips in this course can help you take the leap.
Introductory Mathematics is a pre-university course that explores sources of earlier learning difficulties and gives students an opportunity to acquire the skills in mathematics needed to pursue further studies. This basic course reviews operations and application of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios and proportions, percentages, and includes a study of the metric system. Additional topics, as required, may be included. Prerequisites: Grade 9 Math or equivalent.
Medical Office Chaperone
It is an asset in the health profession to have staff trained to be medical office chaperones. Chaperones are instrumental in supporting the emotional comfort and reassurance of their patients, as well as providing assistance for the examining physician. MacEwan University, in association with The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, is pleased to offer the Medical Office Chaperone course for staff working in physician offices. In this interactive course you will learn from video dramatizations, handouts, open dialogue and hands-on activities to gain the knowledge and tools that you can apply immediately to your work environment.
This course is for Medical Office Assistants, LPNs, RNs and PCAs. It is designed to help you understand your role and responsibilities as a chaperone, learn about what constitutes a proper and improper intimate examination, understand the rights of the patient, provide chaperone support and assistance to the patients and physicians, and correctly document procedures and processes observed.
Writing & Editing Indigenous Work
Who has the right to work with Indigenous stories? Is there a right and wrong way to do so? Through readings, discussions and explorations of past, you will be introduced to the complexities of working with writing by and about Indigenous peoples. Non-Indigenous editors and writers will learn how to work with Indigenous stories in a way that is culturally appropriate and helps ensure that books that accurately reflect Indigenous peoples in Canada are published.
Social Innovation and Changemaking
Are you involved in creating positive social, economic or environmental change? Need more knowledge, tools, and connections to others also committed to creating meaningful impact? Changemaking crosses the boundaries of sectors and disciplines - whether you come from the public, private or community sector, this course is for you. Gain a foundation in social innovation and changemaking, and an introductory toolkit for mindful action that will be explored further throughout the remaining courses in the program. Be exposed to a brief history of social innovation and emerging definitions; actively explore local and global issues and tensions that have fuelled the demand for a new approach; and learn about the principles, mind-sets, tools and practices required to effect meaningful social and/or environmental change.
Mobilizing for Systems Change
How do we challenge and change the systems that perpetuate social problems? Learn to apply systems thinking as a means to address complex and entrenched social and environmental challenges. You will be introduced to the basics of systems thinking, including principles such as resilience and self-organization. Explore systems leadership and what it means to facilitate change. Dive into some of the frameworks, approaches and tools that support systems change, such as the adaptive cycle, facilitation and collective impact.
Evaluating Social Innovation
Evaluation and measurement are critical to developing social innovations that tackle tough social, economic and environmental challenges. You will be introduced to the basics of evaluation, including evaluation purposes (e.g., developmental, formative and summative). You will also explore issues related to developing evaluation designs, identifying and developing indicators and measures, and the importance of “failing forward” and “intelligent failure.”
The Promise of Social Innovation Labs
How can you move your change initiative from roundtable talks to action? Learn promising practices that are emerging in the social innovation ecosystem to draw on the strength and creativity of the right collective to help steward solutions through the use of social innovation labs. You will experience how to apply a selection of social innovation lab tools to navigate and make progress on a complex social challenge.
Introduction to Enterprise Information Management
Discover how to help your organization effectively manage its information, reduce its information-related risks and start realizing a greater return on investment. Enterprise Information Management (EIM) is about enabling an organization to capture, manage, preserve, store and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. In this introductory course, you will explore the key elements of an EIM framework and learn what is required to establish and manage a sustainable EIM program.
Basics of Business Analysis
Business analysis enables change within organizations by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value. Gain an excellent understanding of what business analysis is and why it is so vital to today's organizations. Learn about the role of the business analyst and how to perform key tasks and techniques. Discover A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) from International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Learn how these concepts and techniques are applied to real world situations.
Elicitation and Collaboration
Requirements are rarely obvious or clearly defined up front. Business analysts perform the art of elicitation to draw out requirements and develop a clear shared vision. Learn how to perform elicitation, communicate results, and manage collaboration with all stakeholders. Discover how to use a combination of interpersonal and object-based techniques to develop the appropriate approach to performing business analysis for your particular situation.
Requirements Analysis & Design Definition
Once requirements are identified, they need to be modelled so that everyone understands what they are and can ensure they are relevant to the change being performed, then evaluated for potential options. Learn how to evaluate the quality of requirements and how to validate them against the needs to be addressed. Discover the relationship between business analysis and solution design, and how to develop evaluation criteria to determine which option is the best fit for the organization.
Once solutions are in place, organizations need to ensure they are actually meeting business needs and are operating correctly. Learn how to measure the performance of a solution and recommend actions to increase the solution's value. Solution and enterprise limitations will be assessed to identify opportunities to expand organizational capabilities. Techniques such as benchmarking, decision analysis and root cause analysis will be used to determine whether to continue with an existing solution or look for an alternative.