Province Improving Online Learning

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Province Improving Online Learning

Ontario Giving Postsecondary Students More Flexibility

Ontario is creating a Centre of Excellence for Online Learning to give students across the province one window of access to high-quality, transferable online courses, while reducing course duplication.

To launch in time for the 2015-16 school year, Ontario Online will improve collaboration between colleges and universities by minimizing duplication -- allowing students to take the same, centralized online course. The online platform will also give students the flexibility to receive world-class instruction wherever and whenever works best for them. It will operate through three inter-related hubs:

  • The course hub will offer state-of-the-art online courses that are fully transferable between participating colleges and universities, giving students more options to earn credits and complete their education.
  • The instruction hub will allow institutions to develop and share best practices, research, and data on how best to teach online courses.
  • The support hub will provide academic and technical assistance to students, instructors, and institutions.

Supporting a world-class postsecondary education system that is a leader in innovation and online learning is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $42 million over three years to support the creation of the Centre of Excellence for Online Learning
  • In 2010, Ontario colleges and universities offered 18,000 online courses and had a half million online course registrations.
  • More than 555,000 full-time students were enrolled at Ontario colleges and universities last year — an increase of nearly 30 per cent compared to 2002-03.

Quotes

Brad Duguid

“Ontario Online will help make our province a leader in e-learning and will expand access to a world-class education for our students. By improving collaboration between our colleges and universities and giving students more choice in courses, we are continuing to transform our postsecondary education system into a worldwide leader in innovation.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Over its history, the University of Waterloo has been a leader in online education and through the new Ontario Online initiative, we look forward to using this experience for the benefit of students throughout Ontario.”

Feridun Hamdullahpur

president and vice chancellor, University of Waterloo

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