Brett Bowen Spring 2023

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 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 reading your Course Proposal. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding teaching with VIU ElderCollege at

Become a new VIU ElderCollege instructor

Deadlines for submission:

  • April 1 for teaching in the Fall (Sep - Dec)
  • August 1 for teaching in the Spring (Jan - June)

Complete the Course Proposal Form

Offer a new course (for returning and approved instructors)

Deadlines for submission:

  • April 11 for teaching in the Fall (Sep - Dec)
  • August 20 for teaching in the Spring (Jan - June)

Complete the Course Details Form


  • Interested and interesting students
  • Lively classes, with years of life experience amongst the students
  • Enthusiastic and participatory environment
  • Flexible scheduling - from 1 day sessions to 16 weeks
  • 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