Students, faculty, colleges, universities, technologies, employer expectations, job market developments, social needs, funding sources – who knows what the future holds for any of these aspects of post-secondary education. The resources below explore the potential and suggest some positive – and some not-so-positive – possibilities.
A Snapshot of AI Tools to Create and Curate Content in Higher Education
We developed a summary of the major tools that colleagues use in course creation, to create social media or blog posts or to curate content. This is not a complete list — there are more than 100 such tools and services.
AI In Higher Education Reminds Us of the Borg Catchphrase from Star Trek: “Resistance Is Futile”
For those who aren’t familiar with the popular sci-fi series Star Trek, the Borg are a group of cyborgs who aim to achieve perfection through the assimilation of the technologies and knowledge of the other alien species they encounter.
How ChatGPT Can Help Foster Purposeful Learning
As educators, we seek to engage students in ways that help them find purpose and meaning in their work. ChatGPT can help us support their learning if we use it creatively.
How to Guide Faculty: Navigating the AI Avalanche in Higher Education as an Academic Administrator
As educators, it’s our job to be curious and to systematically research and test innovation to sort out valid from inept tools. The same applies to the (not so) new AI technology that is taking the world by storm due its easy user interface.
Is ChatGPT Triggering a New or Transformed Pedagogy?
ChatGPT3 was launched in November 2022 and has sparked a huge amount of investigation and conversation about its potential role in education. From our vantage point of March 2023, what might the impacts on pedagogy be?
Five Steps to Leverage ChatGPT in Your Teaching
To help you better understand this new tool and how it can be used, here are five steps you can take to become more familiar with ChatGPT.
Seven Major Developments in AI and the Assessment of Learning
Significant investments have been made in AI assessment tools and development, with US$166 million invested in 2022 alone. More than 15% of EdTech companies are focused on assessment.
To support program planning and delivery of future services within the post-secondary system, Contact North | Contact Nord surveyed students using its services to imagine how they will learn in 2030.
Looking into the Future of AI in Higher Education
Let’s explore what’s next for AI in higher education and the issues these developments give rise to.
AI and the future of Teaching and learning
ChatGPT found images and relevant video materials and developed a quiz to assess learning.
My Five Wishes for Online Learning in 2023
It’s that time of year to look forward to what a new year might bring, especially in the world of online learning.
A Growing Complex Ecosystem of Learning Choices
In a city of over a million people in Canada (e.g., Toronto, Montreal Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau), there can be over 3,000 providers of adult learning offering over 30,000 learning experiences each year.
Five Bold Actions for Canada to Strengthen Its Position as an Education Superpower
Canada leads the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in educational attainment.
Rethinking Learning: The New Learning Hagen Manifesto
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a lot about how higher education systems favour some and not others. It also revealed many differences between effective and ineffective online learning, and what it takes to make online learning more engaging.
Imagining Canada as a Learning Superpower in 2022
As we look toward a new year and the beginning of the end of the pandemic, it is vital to imagine a bold new 2022.
In Pursuit of Equity: Is Online Learning Really the Great Equalizer?
Post-secondary institutions and policy-makers at all levels tend to see online learning as a response to inequality in education, with the potential to improve access to learning for those who cannot attend campus.
It’s Time We All Use Common Definitions for Key Concepts in Online Learning
As preparations begin in earnest for a return to campus this fall, more colleges, polytechnics and universities are developing online and blended courses as a way to grow enrolment and meet the need for skills and capability development in a fast-changing
10 Key Actions to Ensure Micro-Credentials Meet the Needs of Learners and Employers
As colleges and universities start rolling out micro-credentials, 10 key actions must be taken to ensure these credentials meet the needs of both learners and employers.
Micro-Credentials and the Skills Agenda
Micro-credentials represent a real opportunity to make lifelong learning accessible to all. In this overview, we address 12 fundamental questions about micro-credentials.
Online Learning as a Solution to Ontario’s Literacy Problem
With the support of Contact North | Contact Nord, five organizations have delivered Ontario’s online Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) “e-Channel” program across the province since 2007.
Greater Flexibility as the New Mantra for Higher Education
In reviewing the developments of flexible approaches to development, delivery, assessment and accreditation, five forms of flexibility are explored.
Imagine Online Learning in Ontario as an Industry and a Job Creator
What will it take to accelerate the growth of the EdTech sector in Ontario and see it as a major opportunity for reskilling?
Contact North | Contact Nord’s 10 Predictions for Online Learning in 2020
Here we boldly explore ten patterns and trends likely to dominate online learning around the world in 2020, and capture them as predictions about the future.
Preparing for a Different Future - Learning in an Age of Disruption
A number of change forces are reshaping communities, organizations, work and identity.
Tackling Five Major Social and Pedagogical Challenges in Online Learning in Ontario
As the new academic year starts, let’s continue as a sector to boldly tackle five major social and pedagogical challenges in online learning in Ontario.
Get Ready for 5G - Reshaping Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
When fully deployed across Canada, 5G enables us to do all we can do now faster and more reliably, and also support breakthrough technologies in a variety of fields, including health and education.
Contact North | Contact Nord's Top Ten Wish List for Online Learning in 2019
Offering this list is intended to encourage, challenge, inspire and enable. Let us collectively make 2019 the year of breakthroughs in authentic, engaging and effective online learning and teaching.
Five Key Questions About the State of Online Learning
Because of new modes of teaching and designs for learning, colleges and universities are also rethinking assessment and developing new delivery tools and resources for learning.
Making Sense of Flexibility as A Defining Element of Online Learning
Today online technologies have brought further flexibility to post-secondary education on various dimensions.
Smart colleges and universities (as well as high schools and private colleges) are moving in this direction, seeing it as building in new capacities for access and completion at a lower cost.
How Ten Key Developments Are Shaping the Future of Technology-Enabled Learning
These are developments which we see as having the potential to impact, in different ways, the strategic plans and actions of colleges and universities around the world.
What are the plans and strategic intentions of these companies? How disruptive might they be? Will their growth and development change the post-secondary landscape?
A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning - Part 2
What we have outlined here are the inter-related changes most likely to occur within the key components of the system – students, programs, teaching and learning, and policy and government.
A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning - Part 1
It is not technology that drives adoption; it is the institutional strategy, the changing nature of the student population and the decisions of individual instructors and faculty members.
Contact North I Contact Nord’s Top 10 Wish List for Online Learning in 2016
Rather than resolutions or predictions, we list ten developments we wish for online learning in 2016.
What are the transformative developments in online learning to watch for in 2015?
The surprising predictions of a select group of world experts and thought leaders in online learning.
Four Big Changes in Online Learning to Watch In 2015
The four big changes to online learning to watch in 2015.
Think we have seen a lot of change since 1990? Imagine it’s 2034 – post-secondary education hasn’t seen anything yet.
Online Learning: Three Big Opportunities for Ontario
What are the major opportunities that online learning offers for Ontario's colleges and universities, the Ontario post-secondary system as whole, and the student population?
Five Fundamental Challenges for Online Learning in Ontario
There are five major challenges that colleges and universities will need to overcome to position online learning as a core activity of the institution.
Provincial Land Acknowledgement
Contact North | Contact Nord respectfully acknowledges that our work, and the work of our community partners, takes place on traditional Indigenous territories across the province.
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.