Open Online Learning: Certificate & Curiosity Courses

We are thrilled to offer another Open Online Learning course for the 2017 Spring (May) Semester- COMM2103: Nonverbal Communication.

This courses can be taken for either certificate of participation, credit, or simply out of curiosity. Read below for more information or register now!


Students who wish to join these classes simply out of curiosity, may do so online. Curiosity students will have access to the same materials as Certificate students, aside from any copyrighted materials. Curiosity students are not obligated to complete any assignments, but may switch to the Certificate option at any time throughout the course of the semester if interested. This option is free of charge.

Certificate of Participation

Students who are not looking to earn credit, but would still like to engage in a learning experience through group discussions, assignments and interaction with a CBU facilitator, may register for a Certificate of Participation. Certificate learners will have access to a set of engaging learning activities that will enrich each person’s experience of the concepts explored in the course throughout the term. This option is online only, but CBU facilitators will act as liaisons between online participants and instructors during the live streaming of each class. A fee of $75.00 CAD must be paid before Certificates will be administered.


Students wishing to earn credit for any of the courses mentioned below must first apply to Cape Breton University, and meet all prerequisites, should there be any. If you’re planning to earn credit for any of these courses, you may choose to do so in-class or online. Please note that seats are limited for this option, and tuition is required.

COMM2103: Nonverbal Communication

Instructor: Michael MacDonald

Schedule: May 01 to May 26, 2017 – delivered asynchronously, online.  

So much of our communication goes beyond what our words say. We also communicate by vocal communication (how we say our words), the use of touch, personal space, and so forth. We’ll discuss various aspects of nonverbal communication including what is commonly referred to as ‘body language.’ Consider how much of your own communication is nonverbal: what messages do you send by your clothing styles, facial expressions, tone of voice, and other communication channels? How do people flirt without saying a word? Can we tell if someone is lying? How can we improve our own nonverbal communication? We’ll learn how to observe nonverbal communication in human interaction. Going beyond typical interpersonal communication, think about the planning that goes into buildings and other spaces we use. Why are classrooms designed to seat students in rows and columns in hard chairs with harsh fluorescent lights beating down, rather than in more comfortable spaces with soft lighting, comfortable chairs and couches, and more flexibility for student-teacher interaction? We’ll discuss how some spaces are designed: office areas, prisons, parks and green space, bars and nightclubs, ans so forth. Each class will be focused on a specific reading or readings, with class discussion being essential for our shared concept of nonverbal communication.

Register for Certificate or Curiosity Now