Paradigm Professional Institute


Emerging Technologies and Digital Literacy – ETDL

Digital transformations are changing every aspect of our world, none more so than our places of employment. Automation is expected to impact 50% or more Canadian jobs in the next 10 years. The good news is that new opportunities are filling the gap for those of us who are prepared.
How can you equip yourself with the skills required to take advantage of the new opportunities these technology shifts are creating in the digital economy? Laurier University and PPI have launched a series of professional development online courses, which you can combine into a full certificate, designed to help you master the concepts you’ll need to increase your marketability and succeed in this new environment.

Learning Online

These courses are designed with you in mind: they are fully online and structured so that you control the pace at which you learn. Each course consists of five short modules, with each module teaching a specific aspect of the technology or tool. You can progress through these courses as fast or as slow as you like. Each course is approximately 10 hours total, and includes recent news articles, instructional videos, and discussions of current events related to the subject. You can enjoy learning anywhere because each course is laptop and mobile friendly.

Course Outline

Artificial Intelligence The Next Frontier

Artificial Intelligence: The Next Frontier

This course will introduce you to the exciting and rapidly evolving world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Once considered science fiction, AI has experienced an exponential rise to relevance due in large part to the advancements in computing power, the ubiquitous collection of data driven by internet use, and the societal trend of connecting everything to the Internet. Topics covered in this course include the historical context of AI, the scientific development of AI, and the use of AI in both public and private sectors. The future of AI is also discussed in the context of smart cities and concurrently growing technology areas. This course is also designed to provide students with an overview of the current and proposed implementations of AI, along with the potential disruptions posed by this technology.

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Biometrics An Introduction To Physiological And Behavioural Biometrics

Biometrics: An Introduction to Physiological and Behavioural Biometrics

This online, non-credit course will introduce you to the fascinating and rapidly growing world of biometrics. The future of biometrics is intimately linked to two parallel issues in our modern world: first, the increasing need for the identification and authentication of individual human beings, and; second, with an increasingly diverse, destructive, and expanding physical and digital threat landscape, biometrics are the most logical and secure modality for authentication to prevent attacks against people, places, and things. This course will provide an overview of behavioural and physiological biometrics and their application, along with a brief synopsis of future trends and markets for their application.

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Bitcoin and Blockchain

This course will introduce you to the fascinating and rapidly growing world of bitcoin (cryptocurrencies) and blockchain technologies. The future of money rests in digital currency, and the most famous of digital currencies at the time of this writing is bitcoin. Bitcoin, is intimately linked to a technology referred to as blockchain, an unchangeable chronological list of all transactions that can be linked to and confirmed within a given digital currency. This course provides an overview of the definition, history, and application of bitcoin and blockchain and then focuses specifically on their application, along with a brief synopsis of future trends, markets for their application, and the future of crime in the blockchain economy.

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This course is designed to provide you with an overview of criminal activity perpetrated using computers, the internet, and other network-connected digital devices. Course topics include a synopsis of the history of cybercrime, emerging trends, applicable legislation, cybercrime investigations, and the nature of digital evidence. Cybercrime prevention methods are highlighted, as are understanding cyber victimization and criminal typologies.

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Future Directions In Digital Technology

Future Directions in Digital Technology

This course will introduce you to the future growth and directions of digital technology. The future directions of digital technology will be reviewed in the context of prediction and growth, artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality, cloud computing and quantum computing, and the impact of such invasive technologies as biomechanics, human implants, and nanotechnologies. This course is designed to provide you with an overview of digital technologies, with an eye towards the probability of implementation and the potential disruptions such technologies may have upon society.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

This course offers an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and the invaluable contributions made by such technology to crime mapping, municipal planning, policy development, health care systems, business intelligence, and agricultural development in the 21st century

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