Fall 2023 Val Mudryk

Become a VIU ElderCollege Instructor

Instructing with VIU ElderCollege

VIU ElderCollege instructors do not need previous teaching experience, they just need to have significant knowledge and a passion for their chosen topic; along with a willingness and ability to share it with our VIU ElderCollege students!

Our instructors have the choice of presenting their course(s) online via Zoom or face to face at our VIU campuses: Cowichan, Nanaimo and/or Parksville campus. We do our best to accommodate the preference that instructors indicate on the Online Course Proposal Form.

Our team at VIU ElderCollege work hard at supporting our instructors leading up to the start of, and during, course delivery.

We look forward to working with you! Please contact us if you have any questions regarding teaching with VIU ElderCollege at  ElderCollege@viu.ca


Become a new VIU ElderCollege instructor

Complete the ElderCollege Instructor Expression of Interest Form below. Upon receipt, a VIU ElderCollege Board member will be in touch to discuss your interests further. Once approved, you will be prompted to complete the Course Details Form.

ElderCollege Instructor Expression of Interest


Offering a new VIU ElderCollege course (for approved instructors)

Complete the Course Details Form below. Upon receipt, you may be contacted to approve suggested edits. Following that a VIU Staff member will be in touch to schedule your course.

Deadlines for submission

  • April 20 for teaching in the Fall (September - December)
  • August 20 for teaching in the Spring (January - June)

These deadlines are in place so we have time to finalize your course details and scheduling in time to advertise them to our students.

ElderCollege Course Details Form


Benefits of Instructing with VIU ElderCollege

  • Interested and interesting students
  • Lively classes, with years of life experience amongst the students
  • Enthusiastic and participatory environment
  • Flexible scheduling: from 1 two-hour sessions to 12 weeks with a two-hour class every week
  • Flexible delivery method - either in-person or online via Zoom
  • No exams or assignments to grade
  • Invitations to special events
  • VIU ElderCollege membership and a credit to take an VIU ElderCollege course for free for each course taught
  • Access to the VIU Library resources
  • A small monetary stipend
  • Reimbursement for parking at the Nanaimo Campus during in-person instructional hours

Instructions on how to use Zoom for ElderCollege Instructors

Follow these step-by-step instructions in our Zoom User Guide for ElderCollege Instructors.

Zoom User Guide