Introduction to ADST and Design Process 5-9 Online

Course Overview

What is Applied Design, Skills, and Technology? And what is Design Process? Learn all about the new ADST curriculum with exploration options in areas such as Business Education, Home Economics, Information and Communications Technology, and Technology Education.

Design Process is an amazing way to explore these areas, and this online module will explain the steps of Defining, Ideating, Prototyping, Testing, Making, and Sharing. Does this sound like hands-on activities and fun? It is!

Students are required to complete three modules of ADST subject per year in grades 5-9. Each module is approximately ⅓ the length of a core subject. This introductory module is a free online resource, designed to be used in a self-directed manner, then students will share their work with the individualized support teacher to receive credit for ADST competencies and content.

There are two different options or ‘streams’ to complete this module:

A) Simply read, watch, and go through the course content in the 5 lessons.
B) Complete a project in any area of ADST (for example Foods, Woodworking, Media Arts, Computers, Robotics, etc) while working through the lessons and receive credit for 1 of 3 required ADST modules per year. See the BC Ed. Plan for more details on which elective subjects are included in ADST.

This introductory module may be repeated in grades 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 if a new unique project is made for each grade.


Time Commitment:

This course consists of 5 lessons, approximately 1 hour each. Students may either complete the overview of the course in approximately 5-7 hours; or complete a project while going through the lessons in approximately 30 hours.


Students will need access to a computer or device with internet capabilities. Students may require access to more specific materials and resources if they elect to complete the project stream, depending on what type of project they select.

Enrollment Information

Enrollment Options

Your child is...

  • An enrolled HCOS student

    If your child is already an enrolled HCOS student, you can add a new online course in your parent Encom account. Here are the steps to do this:

    1. Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
      What if I don't remember my login info?
    2. In Encom, click on the Course Selection button. 
    3. This will show you all of the courses that are available. If you do not see a specific course that you were looking for, please contact your individual teacher (grades 5-9) or regional grad advisor (grades 10-12).
  • A new student wishing to enroll with HCOS

    To enroll your child with HCOS, go to onlineschool.ca/enrollment-options/enroll-or-register-now/. Read the information and requirements, then click the Proceed with DL Enrollment button, and complete the enrollment form.

    Once you have completed this process, you will receive an email with your username and password for Encom. Then follow the steps for an enrolled HCOS student to add new courses.

  • Attending another school, but wishes to take an HCOS course

    If you attend another school but wish to take just one, or a few courses with HCOS, please go to bconlineschool.ca for more information about how to cross-enroll. Click the Sign Up! button, near the top right corner, to get started: