Newcomer Introduction to Classes Online (NICO) Resources

Newcomer Introduction to Classes Online (NICO) Educational Resources

Open doors for your students to start learning online!

If you are a student interested in taking the NICO course, please click here for the student page.

Newcomer Introduction to Classes Online (NICO) is an online course designed to help newcomers overcome barriers to online learning. It offers a flexible, self-paced curriculum that can be accessed online at any time. Upon completion of NICO, participants will possess the digital literacy skills required to undertake online language studies.

NICO is an open digital literacy educational resource and is free for other agencies to use. The NICO course is offered online through Moodle.  Contact us if you need assistance transferring the course materials to your own Moodle.

NICO Topics

  • Computer skills
  • Online communication
  • Study skills
  • Vocabulary
  • And more!


The outline formulation of the NICO curriculum was informed by a national needs survey. Survey participants included 150 staff and students from 22 online language training programs.  The research identified barriers that newcomers have experienced to access online learning opportunities. The NICO digital literacy curriculum address the needs and is targeted at serving newcomers with Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 3 and above. All of the curriculum activities are appropriate to people with Level I Essential skills and plain language is adopted throughout.


Recommended for agencies serving newcomer students with Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) of 3 or above

Must agree to offer NICO as a free service and to provide attribution credit

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