VIU Expands ElderCollege Online Courses to Students Worldwide

Vancouver Island University will offer online courses through its ElderCollege program to students around the world.

ElderCollege courses were originally created for people aged 50 and over on the central island, but were offered online due to the pandemic, which sowed the seeds to offer courses worldwide , noted a VIU press release.

With online classes, staff started answering questions from students asking if their relatives and friends could sit in and now people from other parts of Vancouver Island and British Columbia have signed up, according to the press release.

“We don’t advertise. It’s all word of mouth,” VIU ElderCollege program coordinator Regan McKeever said in the statement. “We even had one person from China and a few people from the UK taking courses.”

A Zoom user guide has been created for people to learn the basics, and “student Zoom cafes” are held, where people can learn more about using the program. The program also offers individual training sessions if people need more help.

Any mobile device should be sufficient to enroll in ElderCollege classes, McKeever said.

Fall registration begins August 18 at 8:30 a.m. and people can find out more on the ElderCollege website, http://adm.viu.ca/eldercollege.


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Karen O. Fielding