OpenEd Job Posting 101

Teaching Opportunity | Course Instructor – Occupational Health and Safety

Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd), University of Guelph is recruiting for an instructor with a passion for teaching, and the academic knowledge and experience to facilitate the online synchronous course, Occupational Health and Safety, one of nine courses offered in the Diploma in Human Resources Management.

Position Description

We are looking for an instructor to develop and facilitate the Occupational Health and Safety course during the Fall 2024 semester. The course is typically scheduled to run on Wednesdays.The projected class start date is September 10, 2024. The course is eleven (11) weeks in length and is delivered live via Zoom each week from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., also utilizing an online learning program to support course materials, communications etc. All students begin and end the course together.

As an OpenEd instructor, you support student learning, develop course content (content, activities, and assessments), and provide meaningful student feedback, in alignment with provided learning outcomes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a course structure including all curricular and assessment elements
  • Prepare course outline, and assessment structure with rubrics as per the standards and requirements of the department
  • Develop and update learning activities including quizzes, exercises, case studies, and discussion activities that reinforce learning, in consultation with OpenEd staff
  • Work collaboratively with OpenEd staff according to established timelines; respond to OpenEd staff in a timely manner (24-48 hours) to support course administration
  • Select, prepare and identify course content including but not limited to reading lists, materials list, slides, visuals, and activities in alignment with course learning outcomes
  • Facilitate the course online based on a set schedule
  • Create a supportive and engaging online community that fosters student learning
  • Share real-world experiences and provide examples that demonstrate your expertise in the topic area and meet the needs of the learners
  • Utilize the online learning management system as part of course facilitation
  • Respond to and support students in a timely manner (24-48 hours)
  • Participate in meetings, orientations and trainings as requested to support course administration and instructor orientation
  • Grade all assessments following the rubric/grading criteria and provide appropriate feedback on submitted work
  • Provide student feedback in a timely manner throughout the semester with final grades being completed within two (2) weeks of the course end date
  • As required, re-read or re-grade assessments, attend appeals, and participate in cases of academic misconduct, which may occur after the end date of the course
  • Manage files and comply with University of Guelph's Policies and Procedures to maintain a safe, engaging and supportive learning and working environment

Course Description

In many organizations, health and safety is the responsibility of the human resources (HR) management function. As an HR professional, you need to be knowledgeable about current occupational health and safety regulations, equipment/process safety, behavioral aspects of safety, and ways to prevent and minimize hazards in the workplace.

Identify the link between occupational health and safety and human resources management, and examine occupational health and safety as it relates to economic, legal, technical and moral issues in order to create and implement safe and healthy workplaces.

You will also gain an adequate understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its Regulations, and the practical tools used by industry’s health and safety professionals today.

Well-suited participants of this course include those working towards the Diploma in Human Resources Management or CHRP professional designation, and people working in or who wish to work in human resources management.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the duties and roles assigned under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and recognize OHS Regulations that commonly apply to workplaces
  • Recognize and describe chemical, biological and physical hazards in the workplace and outline considerations for safe work design aimed at reducing musculoskeletal injuries
  • Explain the components of workplace violence and harassment prevention programs
  • Understand how to manage the stages, components, and possible outcomes towards resolution of a work refusal 
  • Conduct a hazard analysis and risk assessment in order to provide guidance that meets best practices and regulatory compliance
  • Conduct accident investigations including reviewing underlying and root-causes and provide recommendations for corrective actions
  • Describe reporting requirements of the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Workplace Safety Insurance Board
  • Identify components and actions that comprise a basic return to work program
  • Discuss the components of an effective Health and Safety Program


  • A university degree from an accredited institution with expertise in the subject area; HRPA designation is considered an asset; CRSP Certificate is a strong asset
  • A minimum of five years’ work experience in occupational health and safety in a diverse range of organizations and contexts
  • Exceptional written communication skills including the ability to effectively communicate with students in class and online
  • Experience in developing course curriculum, training or facilitating
  • Teaching experience in an online synchronous learning environment—you show a dedication to teaching and learning, and are committed to quality teaching, delivering courses and student support
  • Excellent ability to manage projects and due dates and meet timelines
  • Excellent ability to balance competing priorities
  • Strong computer technology skills and the ability to learn new software, computer systems. Excellent management skills in Zoom, email, PowerPoint, and Word; Previous experience utilizing D2L Brightspace or other learning management software is an asset
  • Access to the internet and computer technology to participate in live synchronous delivery and the course online learning management system

To Apply

If you are interested in this position, please respond by sending a resume/CV with a cover letter that outlines your education and experience, how you meet the stated qualifications, and why you want to teach in this online continuing education course.

Resumes must be submitted by Sunday March 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM to

Mariel Mading, Interim Manager, Continuing Education
Open Learning and Educational Support
University of Guelph

Continuing Education at OpenEd

Continuing Education at OpenEd provides innovative, high-quality professional development programs that reflect the unique teaching expertise and research strengths of the University of Guelph. We offer over 100 courses delivered to students in 26 countries, creating a network of learners who bring a rich, diverse cultural experience to our courses and programs.

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