Beyond Course Content: Teaching Core Skills Online
Can “soft” skills such as communication, critical thinking, and information literacy be taught in an online environment?
Explore best practices of how these core skills, which are the foundation of effective workplace performance, personal interaction, and lifelong learning, can be integrated into online teaching.
Find out why Niagara College is using a hybrid course model to train faculty on hybrid course development.
Learn how the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is using technology to facilitate learning, communication, and collaboration between students and faculty wherever they are, led by a vision of innovative education and research for a healthier North
Explore the Portal’s growing section of Tips & Tools. Find practical resources to help you effectively develop online courses, engage students in an online learning environment, and successfully teach online.
Find out how Georgian College is using a virtual world to give students in their Child and Youth Worker program and their Community and Justice Service program a more realistic learning experience than the classroom alone allows.
Discover how the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is providing online support including podcasts, video, learning objects, text, tutorials, and other tools to enhance math and writing skills for first-year students.
Online Learning as a Possible Cost Saving Measure: What Canadian Researchers Tell Us
Explore how the ongoing question of the institutional costs of online learning has been addressed in Canada over the past 15 years with our review of web-available reports, articles, blogs, and case studies from Canadian educators and researchers.
Learn more about the commitment Algonquin College has made to embrace digital education; create a more flexible, engaging, effective and efficient learning environment; and leverage technology to enhance learning.
Find out the reasons behind York University’s decision to turn their focus to increasing courses and program offerings in the blended format.
Colorado Community College System (CCCS) –Find out how 13 community colleges are collaborating to make it possible for students to take science courses fully online, conduct real life experiments using a combination of home kits and remote labs, and transfer those science credits seamlessly among any of the 13 members.
Explore four programs at Canadore College that are using technology and online applications to offer students greater access and flexibility in how they study.
Learn about a program being offered partially online by Lakehead University designed specifically for teachers of Aboriginal ancestry who will be teaching students of Aboriginal ancestry.
Keep track of game changing developments at colleges and universities around the world such as the US, Spain and the UK that are transforming the way we teach and learn online. Learn from this growing series of in-depth profiles based on site visits and face-to-face interviews with senior decision-makers and key operational staff.
Find out what the benefits and challenges have been for Lambton College as they have experimented with hybrid learning in their Introduction to Physical Anthropology course.
Discover how first-year Calculus students at Wilfrid Laurier are getting key prerequisite math skills with the help of new online modules.
Contact North I Contact Nord Research Associate, Dr Tony Bates has been invited to address the impact of MOOCs at the MIT's Learning International Networks Consortium Conference, June 16th - 19th, 2013, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
10 Ways to Help Online Learners Succeed
Learn about eDome, a unique facility for the production and delivery of enhanced online learning opportunities for students at Cambrian College.
Discover how Western University is delivering online laboratory courses in Histology, Human Anatomy and Neuroscience.
65 Pockets of Innovation at Ontario’s Public Colleges and Universities and Counting!
Learn about two programs at Georgian College that help instructors design and develop online learning courses.
Read about the IntroPsych Blended Learning Model at McMaster University that feature a combination of online web modules, traditional live lectures, and small group tutorials.
Explore Film260: Digital Media Theory and Trends, a popular course at Queen’s University offered fully online with enrolment limited to 300 students, no pre-requisites, and open to the public as well as students at other institutions.
Learn how Canadore College is offering students greater access and flexibility in how they study with the use of technology and online applications.
Find out how Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa is using an online module to teach students how to better assess and communicate with their patients.
Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)
With 16 colleges and 68 campuses across the state of Kentucky, KCTCS takes flexibility to a whole new level. Students can apply, be admitted and start a program 365 days a year and they can choose to enroll in any three credit course either in class or online.
How to Build Effective Online Learner Support Services
Find out how instructors are implementing blended learning in language studies at Mohawk College.
Learn about peerScholar, a new peer assessment tool designed by a professor at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.
Quickly and easily find resources and tools to enhance online and hybrid teaching strategies offered by the faculty development divisions of colleges and universities in every region of Ontario.
Contact North I Contact Nord Research Associate, Dr. Tony Bates, shares his ideas and research in his blog, E-learning and Distance Education Resources, which receives 20,000 visits a month from online and distance learning professionals, faculty, instructional designers, IT specialists, academic administrators, policy makers and other experts around the world.
Read a new report from OCAD U that lays out a five-year Mobile Action Plan to improve productivity, competitiveness, and public services in Ontario. The report highlights the post-secondary education sector and predicts that online learning and mobile learning will offer students greater access to education opportunities, more flexibility in the way they learn, and the ability to learn in new ways.
Find out how professors at Lambton College are developing and testing new hybrid models for teaching and learning in two key programs.
Discover the innovative learning opportunities for nursing students at Nipissing University where they're responding to the need for more nurses in Ontario by creating two new nursing programs - one offered online and the other face-to-face, enhanced by technology.
In 2012, online learning reached a tipping point. Here are five ways to build on that transformation in 2013.
Download Contact North I Contact Nord's special briefing on online learning presented to the Canadian Federation of Students – Ontario, the College Student Alliance, and Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.
UK Open University
Find out how Western University is supporting online teaching through online learning, guided by the belief that, "Having the experience of being a student online makes you a better instructor online".
Discover how Fleming College is working to develop a broader digital learning strategy, and how faculty, in cooperation with the Centre for Learning and Teaching, are seeking to enhance student learning, access, and experience through the introduction of online learning.
Contact North ǀ Contact Nord Research Associate, Dr. Tony Bates, offers his top 10 predictions for how the landscape of online learning will change in 2013.
We provide an overview and analysis of the strategic mandate agreement proposals submitted to the Ontario government by Ontario’s public colleges and universities.
Open University of Catalonia
Offering a full range of programs (undergraduate, master’s, Ph.D.s, non-credit) all fully online to be available through mobile devices within two years.
Learn about the first MOOCs at the University of Toronto, developed when the faculty in the Department of Computer Science were approached by colleagues at Stanford about joining Coursera.
Find out how Centennial College introduced a new Learning Management System linked to a new e-learning strategy, as well as its development of an Applied Aboriginal Studies Diploma with both online and hybrid learning options.
Perspectives on Online Learning by Ontario College and University Presidents
Find out what we heard when we sat down with 12 of Ontario’s college and university presidents and asked them what role they see online learning playing in their long-term strategy.
9 Key Steps to Consider Before Teaching Online
How do you go from simply posting your existing course online to creating the kind of effective, engaging and interactive course that will take your students’ learning experience to the next level?
Find out how Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are creating and sharing online learning materials for French-as-a-second-language students.
Learn more about a strategic plan for e-learning at George Brown College.
Will MOOCs be the true game changers for post-secondary education?
Explore the wide range of online services that currently exist for Ontario learners.
Download New Ecologies and Trajectories of Learning, a recent presentation by Professor Gráinne Conole, Professor of Learning Innovation; Director, Beyond Distance Research Alliance; and author of the upcoming book, Designing for Learning in an Open World.
Learn how Algonquin College is incorporating a commitment to digital education and the use of technology to enhance learning into its long-term strategic plan.
Find out how the University of Waterloo is using online marking to reduce turn-around time and encourage richer feedback for students, while at the same time reducing costs associated with printing, mailing and staff time.
A new pedagogy is emerging, and online learning is a key contributing factor. It permeates this growing world of MOOCs, Open Educational Resources, and multimedia.
How relevant and practical are Open Educational Resources (OERs)? Find out why the real value of OERs will be to shift instructors away from the creation and delivery of content to focusing on how learning can be developed and facilitated for, in, and by students.
Ask yourself these 8 questions about your students as your first step in preparing to develop and teach an online or blended course.
Learn more about how the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto works with both students and faculty to encourage the best possible learning and teaching through online and classroom-based technologies.
Find out how Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie is using online and hybrid courses to foster a creative and flexible learning environment in order to reach out to students across Ontario’s North.
Will they be the real game changers when it comes to online learning and post-secondary education?
Cloud computing offers great potential benefits to post-secondary institutions, but what are the challenges?
Find out about an unprecedented combination of online, accelerated, competency-based, affordable, accredited educational opportunities offered by Western Governors University across different jurisdictions.
Find out how Durham College’s online Social Media and Society course is teaching students about social media...by immersing them in social media.
Learn how the Digital Education Strategies unit at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University works to design and deliver online and blended courses.
Find out how College Boreal is using technology in different ways to make learning more relevant, engaging and accessible.
Read Contributing to Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation, and Knowledge which outlines how Contact North | Contact Nord is contributing in concrete ways to the vision being considered for post-secondary education in Ontario.
Explore with us the need, and possible focus, of an Online Learning Research Agenda for Ontario.
Learn about Canvas, the open-source learning management system being used at Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U).
Find out how the Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach at Brock University in St. Catharines created an online environment to help their network of course facilitators communicate and connect.
Find out what twelve of Ontario’s college and university presidents said when we asked them if they see online learning as a critical component of the long-term strategy at their institutions.
Learn how the Centre for Continuing Education at Confederation College in Thunder Bay uses both synchronous and asynchronous delivery to create learning opportunities that are accessible and flexible enough to meet the needs of students across the region.
Find out how faculty at the University of Toronto has applied the theory of Knowledge Building to enhance student learning and engagement in the health sciences.
Discover 10 guiding principles for the use of technology in learning.