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.
- 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.
“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.”
“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.”