Educators around the world are striving to deliver the best possible online learning opportunities so that students can succeed. Examples of good practice abound, with models, approaches, and designs that offer inspiration and strategies, as well as cautions and advice.
Whether highlighting the design of a single institution or exploring and comparing multiple examples from different jurisdictions, each of the following identifies innovative developments which are relevant to Ontario and have potential to enhance initiatives now occurring in Ontario’s post-secondary system.
220 Pockets of Innovation in Online Learning
The Pockets of Innovation Series includes initiatives from 23 public colleges and 21 public universities in Ontario, as well as higher education institutions in other provinces of Canada, and 20 countries around the world.
Start-Ups and Open, Flexible and Online Learning
Many of the innovations which we can describe in online learning began as start-ups and thrived in some kind of incubation environment. The challenge is to keep them in this mode & not allow them to be swallowed up in a culture of conformity & compliance.
Online and Open Learning for Social Change
Social change and action are often preceded by broader social understanding – another key component that online learning can inspire.
Canada is a Hot Spot for Creative and Imaginative Developments in Online Learning and Open Educational Resources
By no means is this a comprehensive or exhaustive list of such developments and the following list is intended as a high-level overview.
Asking the Leaders – Advice for Online Learning in Ontario from 13 Canadian and International Experts
Thirteen experts from around the world were asked to reply to 5 key questions. Here is what they said.
What Online Learning Providers Can Learn from Apple and Google
While there is no doubt that one cannot make direct comparisons between companies operating on a for-profit basis and publicly assisted education and training providers, there is a lot that can be learned and adapted from these very successful companies.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Eight key features of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) which, taken together, are game changing.
The Open University of Catalonia, Spain
Twelve key features of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) which, taken together, are game changing.
The Open University, United Kingdom
Twelve key features of the United Kingdom Open University (OU) which, taken together, are game changing.
The Western Governors University, U. S.
Twelve key features of the Western Governors University (WGU) system which, taken together, are game changing.
What Can Ontario’s Public Colleges and Universities Learn from Athabasca University’s Success in Ontario?
Athabasca University in Alberta has been seen by many as an example of a Canadian best- practice institution. In this short note, we examine what we can learn from Athabasca to apply to “made-in-Ontario” innovations for our post-secondary education system
The Colorado Community College System
Eight key features of the Colorado Community College Systems (CCCS) online labs for teaching science which, taken together, are game changing
How to Take Online Learning in Ontario to the Next Level
When searching for specific models of how online learning in Ontario could move to the next level, we tend to look to three important examples: Western Governors University, Open Universities Australia, BCcampus
Online learning is thriving across the country at the post-secondary level and new investments are being made to support its continued growth and development, particularly in Ontario and in British Columbia.
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We are grateful to be able to work and live in these territories. We are thankful to the First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who have cared for these territories since time immemorial and who continue to strengthen Ontario and all communities across the province.