What are important features of this course?
SPECTRUM is online, providing the flexibility (time and location) for taking the course making it accessible for parents or anyone interested in learning more about autism
SPECTRUM has a LifeSpan focus from early signs to seniors, offering practical applications in applied settings
SPECTRUM offers varied perspectives on each topic through interviews and research and is appreciative in its approach
SPECTRUM uses Multimodal teaching with adaptations (e.g. Close Captioning of videos, information on the Moodle platform available in text to speech)
SPECTRUM writers have developed real-life case example stories to elaborate on the content and bring information and insights into context
SPECTRUM began as a locally (Columbia Basin area) focused (filmed interviews from local stakeholders and local information /resources) course
What topics are included in this course?
History, Labels, Neurodiversity
What is Autism?
Strategies for Communication and Social Interactions
Supporting Positive Behaviour
Diagnosis and Prevalence
Evidence Based Causes, Theories and
Significant Transitions Through the Lifespan
Who decided what to include in the course?
After many requests for LifeSpan information about Autism, Selkirk College, working in collaboration with community partners, wrote a proposal to Columbia Basin Trust and were grateful to receive support to develop this course. The first step was to hold focus groups in five different communities to assure input from interested people on what should be included in the course. That has translated into the “scope and sequence” and has guided the development completely. Our communities, parents, professionals, citizens and many voices have informed this course content.
What does a topic or module look like?
Each topic area includes the following:
a warm welcome exploring the relevance of each topic
information about the topic presented as a “book”
stories and interviews
relevant current links to articles and videos and resources
additional resource to supplement your learning
activities and self-assessment tools
a helpful downloadable handout including practical tools
Is this online course accepted as an Autism Training credential for local school district staff (EAs or other employees) wanting to meet requirements?
Yes - in School Districts 51, 10, 8, 5 and 20, this course meets the Autism Training Requirements.
Do I have to be a Selkirk College student to take this online course?
No. However if you have never been a Selkirk College student before, you will be guided to create a student number/record during the registration process.
How do I enrol and register?
Register online here: SPECTRUM . You can also email Castlegar Community Education & Workplace Training or visit any of our Selkirk Centres and register in person. Keep in mind that payment is required on registration.
I have registered. And paid. What happens next?
You will receive an email once you have registered and paid that will give you information on how to access the course. You will create a password and user name and then log in to the course and get started! It’s simple!
Can I withdraw from the course and expect a refund?
As CE classes operate on a cost-recovery basis, last-minute withdrawals make it difficult for us to meet commitments to our instructional staff. For this reason, unless otherwise specified, refunds will be given according to the following schedule:
Withdrawals four days prior to the start of a course - 100 per cent refund
Withdrawals 1-3 days prior - 50 per cent refund
Withdrawals on the day of course - no refund
Please note that refunds apply only to tuition costs.
What are the technical requirements for this online course?
You will need a functioning computer or tablet and access to the internet. The moodle platform works best on FireFox so downloading that Browser will make things flow smoothly. Use of a phone for the primary access to the course is not recommended.
What do I do if I need technical assistance?
Contact Lisa Gates.
How do I get access to the class materials?
All materials are online. Once you have registered and logged in to the site you will be able to access to them.
What is Moodle?
Moodle is the online classroom. Moodle is your home site on the internet, the site that holds all of the content and your interactive activities and tools. Moodle is an acronym that stands for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.
How much does this online class cost?
When do I have to pay?
When you register.
What are acceptable payment methods?
Campuses can accept cash, cheque, credit card, debit card or money order. Students can also pay using a credit card through online registration.
Students are not permitted to re-register in any Selkirk College courses until all outstanding obligations to the College have been met.
Students can check their student account online.
The College does not send out invoices. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure they have no outstanding debt to the college.
By Mail: To register by mail, please send a cheque or money order with a completed copy of our registration form and mail to: Selkirk College, 900 Helena Street, Trail, BC V1R 4S6
Is financial aid available?
There is a Selkirk College Case Bursary for up to 50% of the tuition cost. Contact Carol by emailing TrailCE@selkirk.ca or phoning 250-364-5770 for more information and for information on how to apply.
Craig Andrews Continuing Education (CACE) bursary - please check: www.Selkirk.ca/award/craig-andrews-continuing-education-bursary for more details.
You may also be eligible for funding through the Columbia Basin Trust Training Fee Support Program. Speak to your local WorkBC employment office or visit www.cbt.org/funding for more information. Other possible funding sources may be available though WorkBC.
What kind of credit do I get?
This course is not for academic credit at this time. However you will receive a Statement of Completion showing 32 CPU - and the course is recognized by many employers as training in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Will I be graded?
There are no grades for this course - simply put, you will be able to move through the content and take the short quizzes as many times as you need to in order to assure you have understood the information and then move on to the next topic. We think you’ll find this significantly reduces stress - and our intention is for you to learn as much as you possibly can and be able to put it to good use! That being said, participants need to complete each of the required quizzes in order to receive recognition for completing the course.
Will I have a Recognition of Completion?
Yes! A lovely one! It will state that you have successfully completed the course. You will be able to download your Recognition of Completion once all quizzes have been completed.
Will I have a Selkirk College transcript?
Transcripts are sent on request by the student, and there is an option to include CE courses. Keep in mind your transcript will not show a grade, since this is a non-Credit bearing course, it will just say COM.
What kind of student does well with online learning?
Learners who have internal motivation or good reasons for taking the course.
Learners who are willing to work independently and have self-discipline.
Learners who either have stable internet and computer or access to it in a local library or college location.
Learners who are willing to ask for help if they get stuck - it’s always available.
Is there a class outline or syllabus?
Not at this time.
What do I do if I have questions about the course content?
You can email Instructor Lisa Gates.
Will classes meet at a specific time?
No, your time is your own. You may choose to set a time aside for yourself on a regular basis - some learners find this allows for the self-discipline necessary to move through the course in a good way. However it’s up to you. The course is flexible and will accommodate your time demands.
What is the pace of this course?
It's up to you.
After you have registered and received your enrolment key, you will be able to access the Moodle.
The Welcome module will be open for the week prior to the course start date.
On the course start date, you will be able to access all of the lessons.
The lessons are designed to be moved through in sequence.
You will have 14 weeks of access to the course before it is closed.
What if I can’t start the class on the date it’s scheduled to begin?
The course is available with monthly intake, each month at mid-month. If you are finding that you have delays or have not yet received funding. There is a full 14 weeks from the course start date to complete the course.
Can I go faster than one class/week - to finish earlier?
The modules are slightly different sizes so the amount of time needed will also vary - likely 1 - 3 hours/week if a person was to work through one topic per week. That estimate is based on just getting through the content - watching the interviews, reading the book, etc.
However if you open every link and resource and dive deeply , you could be spending a lot more time. It’s really up to you. So conceivably, the course could be completed within a week if one had the time and focus available. This will of course depend on your learning style.
I know it's self-paced but what is the maximum time from beginning of the course to end of course?
Each course cohort with have up to 18 weeks to complete the course to achieve a Statement of Completion. Students will have access to materials for a further 2 weeks to download and bookmark materials.
How long do I have to complete all 12 modules?
14 weeks from the start date of the course.
What are requirements for written assignments for each module?
None. It is not a for credit course. There will be a formal Recognition of Completion once people have completed the course. However, there are online mini-quizzes for each topic that the learner will be able to take repeatedly until you get them correct and then the next set of assessments will open.